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November 02, 2009

"I am a grandmother of two great young people, and I read the Mail Calls, pro and con, about gratitude and lack thereof. I love them without reservation, in spite of their seeming lack of reciprocating their love in outward ways. They are involved in their own lives now, and I know they love me. I will not change my support and help. My husband and I raised their mother, and she is doing a terrific job with her husband of raising them now. I'm proud of all of them. Take heart, mamas and papas, it's our time on the sidelines."

-- Hagerstown




"To the person responsible for stealing Halloween decorations out of my front yard: I hope that you are truly proud of yourself and have a great time with them. The lack of maturity that you have displayed is incredible. Some people really enjoy celebrating various holidays, and take a lot of time and energy to put together a display for neighbors and kids to enjoy; and then someone like you comes along and ruins it for everybody."

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-- Hagerstown




"I attended the annual Hancock Halloween parade on Wednesday night. There was a dance group from Martinsburg that was experiencing some problems with their sound equipment, which caused a slight delay. When the group reached the judges' stand, they were told to keep moving and don't perform because they were holding up the entire parade. Even with the delay, the parade wasn't a full hour long. What would three to five more minutes hurt? These girls were not allowed to perform after all of the hard work they had put into practicing. Performers will not continue to sign up to be in this parade if they are treated this way."

-- Hancock




"Heard several rumors what's being built at Rench Road and the Downsville Pike. One was dorms for the school in the old Allegheny building. The other is storage sheds and the other is an office building. Anyone know what's really being built there?"

-- Williamsport




"In (the story) Oct. 27 regarding the robbery of a disabled man, the phrase 'beyond the pale' was used. 'Pale' was spelled 'pail.' For goodness sakes, that kind of pail is a bucket. The proper spelling is 'pale.' ... The Herald-Mail needs a proofreader."

-- Hagerstown




"Calling in, if they would kill the welfare package, we could clear our deficit. That's my main thing, stop giving free stuff away to everyone. I've worked 36 years, and I need my money."

-- Hagerstown




"Anybody who thinks that our police department just sits around and eats doughnuts, they should take the ... civilian police academy. You would see not only how hard they work here to protect us, but the great job that they do."

-- Hagerstown




"After realizing that I would not be in Maryland when my driver's license expired, I made a trip to the MVA off Sharpsburg Pike to find out how to solve my problem. After a friendly greeting, I was told I could renew it now. The experience was pleasant and efficient. A big thanks to the staff I came in contact with at the MVA."

-- Huyetts




"Obama is so busy trying to get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being a celebrity, spending all of his time on talk shows and attending all the galas and parties, he doesn't have time left to be in his office trying to get us out of the mess that America is in. People are losing their homes and jobs. Hopefully, in three years he will join us -- no home, no job."

-- Mercersburg, Pa.




"I just want to tell you, I've been hearing lately about the right-wingers and the right-wing talk show hosts complaining about Obama having a few of his friends to the White House to play basketball or whatever. Well, they seem to forget that for the whole time Bush was in office, which was eight years, I guess, every Christmas he'd invite all the talk show hosts, Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, for the Christmas party. Even Bush Sr., he would have Rush Limbaugh sleep in the Lincoln bedroom."

-- Hagerstown




"It seems that Hagerstown has always had a lot of trouble with our downtown area looking nice. However, I am hopeful that things are going to continue to perk up. We need small little shops, antique shops and shops that will bring a lot of interest to our downtown."

-- Hagerstown




"I was pleased that some of our state delegates are returning a portion of their pay to the state treasury. However, those who say they will give theirs to charity are not helping the state treasury. This is taxpayer money, and the choice of charities should not be the delegates'. Won't they also take a tax deduction for it? And will this take the place of what they would have given normally?"

-- Hagerstown




"Please keep your cats at home, and not loose to spray my bushes, which turns them brown. They kill my wildlife in my yard, too, and I don't appreciate it at all. I hope that you don't let them sleep with you or your kids then, because they carry parasites from the animals that they eat. I am about to capture and transport to the SPCA."

-- Fairway Meadows




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