Mail Call

August 11, 2009

"I just wanted people to know that my phone's been out of order for seven days. ... I've called them almost every day. They said they would be out here, they never come. Boy, when this phone gets turned on, they are gone. They might not think so, but they keep saying 'Sorry for the inconvenience.' ... But they'll be there to collect on the bill." - Hagerstown

"To all you callers - to all you people out there that's badmouthing inmates: Let them alone. Give it a rest." - Waynesboro, Pa.

"This is in reference to the 'Neighborhood residents voice complaints about middle school students' in Thursday's paper. Mr. Scott Hoffman's comment about a bunch of sailors getting out, because of the children using foul language. As a retired naval chief petty officer, I am appalled by that comment." - Fairplay

"I regularly, as part of my commute, go through Smithsburg, Main Street. It's slow already, and you're gonna put in a traffic light at the school, and then you're gonna lower the entire speed limit, which is 30 anyway, down to 25. I might as well get out and push my car until I get out of Mayberry, and jump back in." - Hagerstown


"I'm calling in response to the Boonsboro caller about Allegheny Power and how quick they responded to getting his power turned back on the other day during the storm. I would like to think, with the money that we're paying Allegheny Power for power, light bills and so forth have doubled, if not tripled, in Big Pool. I don't know about where he's from in Boonsboro, but I think it's totally ridiculous." - Big Pool

"My suggestion for how Congress should spend their monthlong vacation: Go home, thoroughly read these so-called urgent bills for two weeks, then spend the time with your constituents, to get input. Our money is expensive. Whether health care or giving money to automakers and then to the buyers, we cannot spend our way into prosperity with borrowed money." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"When I was growing up in Williamsport, we had a theater. Down at the end of the bridge coming across the Conococheague Creek, down here coming up toward Clear Spring, there was an amusement park open down there all the time in the summertime for kids to have. We had a theater right across from where Bowers' market used to be and they had things for the kids to do back then." - Williamsport

"They can bring the three deer out to my farm. I'll gladly take care of them for the people." - Smithsburg

"I love Tim Rowland's animal stories. Animals are much more interesting than people. Nicer, too." - Greencastle, Pa.

"I cannot believe what this clunker program is doing. Why take perfectly good running vehicles and lock them up? These trade-ins are better than what most (of) the lower class have to drive. Why not take the better trade-ins and let the even less fortunate people trade in their even less fuel-efficient vehicles for the ones they are locking up, even up? This would have gotten the true gas guzzlers and clunkers off the road." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"Isn't it interesting how the County Commissioners could fund $10,000 of county taxpayers' money last year for Federal Little League's playoff expenses, but now deny the same request from Conococheague Little League? I believe Williamsport is still part of Washington County. Isn't this playing favorites? I will certainly remember this at voting time - I will vote for representatives who are fair." - Williamsport

"I'd like to thank the gentleman who held the door for me at the Chick-Fil-A in Hagerstown. He was in a big blue truck. Thank you again for helping me get into Chick-Fil-A." - West Virginia

"You gave $10,000 to Federal; you should give $10,000 to Conococheague. There's no excuse for it. All I can say, it's favoritism to the rich North End." - Williamsport

"Those people who participate in the TEA party. ... You can see this by the way they've been organized by the insurance industry and a couple right-wingers, to shout down any kind of real debate about health care reform. They're not interested in hearing anything. They just want to shout it down for the insurance companies. They're being manipulated, regardless of what they think.." - Smithsburg

"I was calling in about the health department going around and checking all these food places. I think one thing they should check when they go to assisted-living places and nursing homes, make sure the food is served hot to the residents. These residents are not getting hot food and I don't think that's right. They're afraid to complain because they're afraid people will take it out on them." - Hagerstown

"Come on, people in Smithsburg, wake up. It's time for progress. ... Think of the job opportunities that would become available to the teens in our area.." - Smithsburg

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