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Mail Call

May 04, 2010

"If the canal aqueduct in Williamsport would be repaired, it would be wonderful. If it can't be repaired, would you please put up some kind of side railings? Foolish are those persons who dare ride across the aqueduct on a bicycle, against posted warnings, but I'm half scared each time I try to walk across this area. Please consider this."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about I read in the morning paper about the county and the city borrowing money, and you have to pay interest on that money. If you don't have the money, why are you borrowing it? Why not save up your money you want to spend for projects, instead of borrowing it and paying all this interest on it, and raising taxes for the taxpayers? We're tired of paying taxes."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reference to the caller from Hancock complaining about the Soap Box Derby. How self-centered can a person be, basically saying that doing something for a group of kids is a complete waste of time. I guess basically you're against parades and festivals, too, and maybe even schoolhouses. You know, reconsider your thoughts."

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- Hancock




"This is to the office of unemployment and welfare. What don't you all understand? People are out there now, not getting married and having children, and the mother reports that they have just a child and not married; unwed mother. They collect welfare while the father is living at the residence. Why are we not checking the residence and who all lives there, and how much money is actually coming into these residences, instead of just handing it out? We know it's going on, we see it every day."

- Samples Manor




"To the person that has been a resident of Hancock for 60 years: You probably were one of the many kids who was able to sled ride the same hill that the kids used for the Soap Box Derby a few weeks ago. You probably didn't see anything wrong with closing the street then, did you? Hancock cannot grow because of people like you."

- Hancock




"To the person asking how to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes: Work some garden lime into the soil when planting, and again later in the growing season if the condition shows up. Quite often it's caused by soil that is too acidic or lacking calcium, and this helps. Good luck."

- Smithsburg




"I just want to say that I agree with the caller who said about the coaches who do not play all of the players. My son played on a basketball team and he practiced for two hours for three nights a week, and when it came time for the game, the coach did not play him. He sat on the bench. He did, however, play his grandson and his grandson's friend. Finally my son said he wanted to quit the team because he got tired of sitting on the bench. I did let him quit, even though I normally don't agree with quitting, but this time I did let him quit, because it's not fair."

- Hagerstown




"I've been interested in the wren letters that your column has been printing from the people. I'm 80 years old, I live in this area, and wrens in this area do not return until the first week in May - a little later if the weather is wet and cold. This bird does leave us in winter, going below North Carolina and into the Gulf Coast. You could go to ... a book store."

- Hancock




"I'd like to let all the women in their fancy SUVs who park in the fire lane ... I would like them to know that they, too, are allowed to use the parking lot. The parking lot is not for just the rest of us, it's for all of us."

- Hagerstown




"Since our president is such a good speaker and thinks that everyone should go by his rules, I'd like for him to tell us, as the voting American public, is he for the illegal immigrants coming into this country and living here or he is against them? It's all that simple - yes or no. He doesn't have to go through 15 minutes of a speech to tell us how he feels, just that."

- Sharpsburg




"I'm calling in response of the inquiry about the South Potomac Street diner. The year it was torn down was in 1974, and the location of it was 920 S. Potomac St."

- Funkstown




"I liked the picture you had in the paper today of somebody stealing a TV set. ... I would like to see the police department put out about a three- or four-page booklet each week that shows pictures of people stealing stuff from ... all these different stores, and maybe you might put a little reward below each one."

- Halfway area




"The City of Hagerstown loves to fine homes and things that need to be done to homes, but at the back of Mulberry Street at the Fairgrounds Park, the roof to the shed that runs adjacent the whole way down the fairground, the roof is tin, and the roof is blown up and down and blown off, pieces have blown off, and it's been like that for the past week."

- Hagerstown




"I was calling in response to the person that called about the South Potomac Street diner. When I was growing up in the 1950s, it was located right there where the Hagerstown bank and the oxygen store is right now, but I didn't know when it was torn down."

- Boonsboro




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