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Mail Call

July 17, 2009

"I'd like to say I'm not a Federal or Conococheague ... I'm not partial to either team, but I'd like to say that the picture on Tuesday morning in the ... front page of the sports section, that picture is one of the most awesome pictures I've seen. ... I mean, just look at the expressions on the boys' faces. ... Great picture, great job, and good luck, kids."

- Hagerstown




"Concerning it passing the House, of them banning text-messaging while driving, I feel they should ban both cell phone use while driving also. I mean, what's the use in banning one act and not the other? I mean, both acts are hazardous to other people that are driving on the roads today."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Factories and small businesses are laying off, and cutting wages and benefits, but the federal, state, and local governments are giving raises and increasing benefits. It just doesn't seem fair, does it?"

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- Clear Spring




"I've been reading in Mail Call about people being upset about the high taxes of our state. I want to tell the people of Hagerstown there's been two parties; one on April 15, and one on July 7. We are getting a crowd. Please come to the next one."

- Hagerstown




"Like to agree with the caller from Clear Spring about the loud music in stores and grocery stores. One would think they would want you to stay in longer and shop longer, but that doesn't seem to be the case. ... Also, to the reader that commented on left-leaning radio stations: They've been tried and not been successful. They can't get the crowds."

- Chambersburg, Pa.




"Calling about the school board wants to spend $300,000 to fix the lobby up in the building. At this time, it is a big waste of money. And also, the County Commuter, it's running about empty all the time, and they want to go to Hancock. I think it's disgraceful."

- Hancock




"There is a utility pole at the corner of Key Circle and Salem Avenue. Now, people are using fairly good-sized nails and a lot of other things to post their yard sale signs - and of course, they never take them down anyway, so it really looks ridiculous - but don't even bother using that pole anymore, because I live in that neighborhood, and I'll just go take them."

- Hagerstown




"Today is Tuesday, Washington County Commissioners' meeting day. Another meeting without the president of the county commissioners. Apparently other outside business is more important than county business."

- Washington County




"Hey, people, come on. Why do we have to have lawmakers do something about the phone books? Takes two seconds to drop your phone books in a recycling bin."

- Williamsport




"This is for the Halfway caller who's complaining about Obama taking vacations, and that he's being taxed more. Unless he's making $250,000, he's (not) taxed more. I'm not. The only tax I'm paying is from our Republican county commissioners, on our property taxes, which has almost doubled."

- Hagerstown




"I go to Virginia Avenue pretty near every day in the week, and when they fixed that road I think they did a poor job, because the manholes are lower than the road, and when you go to Hagerstown, I'll tell you one thing, it is really rough when you hit the manholes, and I wish somebody would tell somebody to fix them."

- Williamsport




"I happen to be a nonsmoker, and I'd like to suggest to some of the smokers out there - not all - but when you're smoking outside - which I know it's kind of hard these days to find a place to smoke - please be considerate, and if there is a nonsmoker in your vicinity, do not blow the smoke in their area."

- Hagerstown




"Regarding the person who said that Obama is appointing contributors to ambassadorships, that's been the norm all along. Look at Walter Annenburg during the Reagan administration. George W. Bush, a lot of - 36 percent of his appointees were political - noncareer appointees, or those who had made contributions. ... So it's not just Obama."

- Hagerstown




"We came from New York and drove in to your lovely city of Hagerstown, and noticed on Salem Avenue the most beautiful house, with purple flowers everywhere. It's so elegant, it's just lovely. What a nice welcome to this city."

- New York




"Obama, he seems to be taking care of all the big wigs, you know, big people with all the money. What about us little people, you know, who have nothing? He should think of a different stimulus package and spread the money to everybody, you know, in the world. Obama's not doing what he said he's supposed to do."

- Hagerstown




"I live in Martinsburg, and I would like to have one of those Hagerstown telephone books, as I do most of my business in Hagerstown. So if someone could put something in Mail Call as to where I could get one of those, I'd be willing to take at least one of them off your hands."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




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