Mail Call

July 14, 2009

"A big thank you to the town of Boonsboro for having the band Spike Sunday, for a summer concert." - Boonsboro

"Just wanted to congratulate Maugansville Senior League All-Stars on a fantastic series. We are proud of all of you. Good luck in Elkton." - Hagerstown

"Another wonderful government expense. The Social Security Administration, in Phoenix, at a high-priced resort, spending ... for 700 people to go to a so-called conference. Isn't this wonderful what our country is doing to us? And then we can't even get a Social Security increase this year. What a wonderful place to live." - Clear Spring

"In reference - I see in the Mail Call in the paper, here we go, all the assessments and all, why don't we put a moratorium on the tax assessments at the state, county and city levels for the next three years? Since we're not gonna get a Social Security increase ... let's at least freeze it two to three years on our assessments." - Chewsville


"I just found out if you are caught hanging yard sale signs or posting them in the ground on a stake, it is illegal. You can be fined for that. I think that's a little bit ridiculous. It's something that the community needs to know about, and maybe take a stand to do something about that." -Williamsport

"This is a repeat of the one before me. This is the time of year for a lot of food poisoning, and I want to alert the public about rotisserie chicken. ... You should check the time ... I've seen some that have been over four hours held, and I don't know if that's safe. They say three or four. And the health department ought to check into this." - Hagerstown

"Do I have a news flash for you - it took the City of Hagerstown almost 60 years, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to consider the dam on Antietam Creek behind the old milk plant a danger. Now they want it removed. I think they're just picking on the owner." - Clear Spring

"This is for all those GOPiranhas that are spouting off about Reagan, how good he was. He wasn't nothing. He raised taxes on us, he took away all deductions from taxes, he took Social Security out of the fund and put it with the taxes. He didn't do nothing for us at all." - Hagerstown

"I'm calling in regards to Veterans Park, Smithsburg. I walk my dog every day in the park. Every time I go there, the park is more beautiful. I would like to thank Mayor Myers and the maintenance crew for such a beautiful park. The only thing you may consider is a portable toilet for the walkers." - Smithsburg

"The advice someone provided, for those who get laid off, is to get a job at Washington County Schools, is right on. The only problem is, I have been qualified for five or six jobs that have been advertised over the last 10 years, and haven't even been able to get an interview. I'd like to know who it is you have to know to get a job there." - Hagerstown

"You know, as far as these Iraqi prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are concerned, what I would do if I was the president like Obama, and Congress, Senate, I'd send them back over to Iraq and turn them over to them. Tell them to take care of them, put them in jail there. They belong to them, so take them back over there." - Hagerstown

"Remember, the Sharpsburg caller told you this. Barack Obama will go down in history as the president who said more but did less than any president we've ever seen. He is good with words, but that doesn't cut it. We need action, and all you people who voted for him, I'm so sad that you're so disappointed." - Sharpsburg

"About the airport business booming. Maybe the commissioners will tell us finally how much money it costs us to maintain it. They should; it's open to the public. And why don't they tell us, ever since they built the air terminal, and all the acquisition of properties and everything else, time, labor, materials and all, what's the bottom line?" - Chewsville

"I'm calling about the article about the cat that was in the tree. It was a very good article, but I don't understand why all these people now want to adopt this cat, when the shelter is full of adoptable cats that are waiting to be euthanized." - Hagerstown

"Now the Obama dynasty wants to spend an additional $18 million on a Web site to show where our stimulus money is being spent. Real change, all right. Can't wait for the next two and a half years." - Smithsburg

"I am a retired correctional employee. I read your article in the paper about the lawsuit that the employees at MCTC has against the jail. I hope they win every cent. ... I think it's just terrible, and I think a lot of retired employees will agree with me." - Boonsboro

"Just wanted to say that in all my life, I have never seen a cat skeleton in a tree." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"I've lived in Funkstown 85 years. I hope to live here until I'm 100; born and raised here. I thought the fireworks was beautiful, and if the town spent my tax money, they're more than welcome to it." - Funkstown

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