Mail Call

May 05, 2010

"I'd like to know why DSS goes after men that leave their kids and not mothers that leave their children. It's been nine months since this mother walked away from her three little girls, and the father's yet to get one penny of child support." - Hagerstown

"In case you're wondering, the banking crisis was brought about by Congress and heads of agencies in Washington who permitted the banks to do what they did. Congress is doing everything they can to look good, but they aren't, as we all know. The banks took risks that were made legal by Congress a few years ago. Who's to blame? Many, but Congress should be at the top of the list again." - Greencastle, Pa.

"Increase in Hagerstown city property taxes? Are these people nuts? They can't find a tax that they won't find a place to spend it. We should be getting relief here in town, not more misery." - Hagerstown


"I was reading in Mail Call about people have a problem with obese people with Independence cards. It shouldn't matter - obese, skinny, race - none of that matters. Why don't people just get over it? Nobody knows what goes on in somebody's life with health problems. I was a working person, and now I'm a stroke patient and I use the Independence Card. But to look at me you wouldn't know that. I look healthy, like I could work, but I have, my memory's a little off, and I just think it's terrible." - Hagerstown

"I'm calling about those fliers somebody throws out along the street in Boonsboro, three and four in one yard, and now along the street. Where's the mayor at in Boonsboro? Boonsboro looks like a dump. I think they should get on - I don't know who's throwing them out, but they're everywhere, three and four on a pile and they're in the streets." - Boonsboro

"I'm calling regarding the tradition of throwing the octopus on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. This started back in 1952, when a local restaurant owner threw an octopus onto the ice, and the octopus has eight tentacles, which each one represents how many wins it takes to win the Stanley Cup. At least back in 1952, it took eight wins." - Waynesboro, Pa.

"Thumbs up to Arizona. It's about time somebody starts waking up in this country. The simple fact that we see the numbers on unemployment are so high - well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that if we get a handle on the illegal aliens in this country and remove them, that our unemployment rate will go down. If you want to be here, be here legally. If you want to be responsible, be responsible. Pay your taxes, be an American, but that is - being an American is not a right. It is a privilege. Like I said, thumbs up to Arizona." - Samples Manor

"Concerning the illegal immigrants, I'm glad the governor of Arizona had the guts to do what the bunch of puppet politicians in Washington couldn't do. So I think that we all should be very proud of her, and if I could ever vote for her for anything, I'll certainly do it." - Sharpsburg

"In reference to the answer where the old Potomac Street diner was, the caller who answered is incorrect. The last location of the Potomac diner was in the same building that houses Baker Insurance today. But the original was right across the street, an old Silver Diner, beside where CVS is today. The CVS property was the location of Central Motors Dodge at the time. I'm older than dirt." - Hagerstown

"I just want to congratulate the City of Hagerstown on a good job on Jonathan Street reconstruction. Only thing I have a problem with is the amount of signs. I think some of that could be reduced. It's somewhat of a blight to drive that street now with all the signs." - Hagerstown

"I just want to give a little history about the Almshouse on Locust Street. When I was a child back in the 1930s, the building was used by a wholesale produce company. I believe it was run by the Cronise family. There were big trucks backed up all day, transferring fruits and vegetables." - Hagerstown

"In regards to the Potomac Street diner on South Potomac Street, in today's paper it says it was where the CVS store is now. No, it wasn't. It was before that. It was closer to where the bank is, across from the insurance place." - Hagerstown

"I think the Potomac diner was up where the bank is, and Bester-Long had a shop behind it, along the railroad tracks." - Funkstown

"There's a 100-mile-long oil slick directing towards Louisiana and other parts of the Gulf Coast. So how's that whole 'Drill, baby, drill' shtick working for you now?" - Hagerstown

"Why do the people of Maugansville area have to tolerate these big tanker planes continuously flying over our homes all day long? Why can't they go out and fly over the mountains, that are less populated? If they can't do that, why don't we just close the airport down and let it go at that?" - Washington County

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