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Mail Call

August 03, 2010

"I'm not a big one on getting the County Commissioners to spend money because I think they waste enough, but I think there's an opportunity that they passed up once that they ought to really reconsider now. That's the old P.E. building. They could move all the county offices out of those ... buildings downtown, have them all in one place so you didn't have to go all over town to get your county business done, plus there'd be tons of parking and it would be a service to the community."

- Halfway




"I was kind of curious, now that this BP oil spill is pretty much getting fixed up, does everyone actually believe everything the media has been telling us? Don't you think there's more to this story than just that cap leaking and going to all the trouble to get it resealed? There's so much in the media nowadays that you only get the sensationalized story. You don't get to read between the lines. We need more information ... and the stories behind the story. It's always the sensationalized part and some people suffering."

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- Hagerstown




"This is for the person who needs help paying your electric and oil bill. You can get energy assistance through OHEP. The telephone number for Washington County is 301-797-4161."

- Hagerstown




"My comment's about the dam on Devil's Backbone. See where they're going to pour concrete in behind it and put stones on the front of it. Don't make sense to put stones on the front of it and they're going to have water running over it and you aren't going to see the stones after water's running on it. It isn't going to be that pretty. It's going to get green, and it's wasting money. You might as well just put it all up in concrete and put stone on top for pillars, make it look better."

- Hagerstown




"This call is regarding the unemployment extensions. The people on unemployment don't need to keep getting extensions, they need to have jobs. President Obama promised when he gave out those stimulus packages they would create jobs. Well, where are they? Because sooner or later, these unemployment extensions are going to end, and then the people have no income at all. They need jobs and they need an income that they know is going to be there every week."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I'd just like to - I'm calling in regards and want to thank the U.S. Congress for extending my unemployment. I was working hard for 20 years, I'm an honest, hard worker, I ... never claimed disability, I never claimed that one of my children had disability to fraud the government in order to receive welfare."

- Hagerstown




"For all you people who say the Republicans did not want the unemployment extended: You are wrong. The Republicans wanted the unemployment taken out of the stimulus money, not added to the national debt for our children and grandchildren to pay back."

- Williamsport




"It's a shame when Americans are not willing to fight a war with an enemy that has vowed to eliminate you, but are willing to start one here with its own citizens by even talking about taking their guns. A shame when embarrassment is enough for ripping off Americans for billions instead of setting an example and putting the guilty parties in jail. A shame when more interest and effort is applied to every crying idiot and immoral and new idea on how to change America rather then repair what it's lost. A shame when new programs are started and never try to fix one that is failed or is broke."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"For the person looking for information on insurance for those of us that have lost our jobs and need some assistance: There is a program in Maryland called PAC (Primary Adult Care) for adults aged 19 to 64. Some of the basic qualifications are: You must be a Maryland resident, between the ages of 19 and 64, not on Medicare, a U.S. citizen, and make under $12,563 for one person and $16,901 for a family of two - although if married, both do not have to participate. There are also restrictions on assets. You get to choose between four MCOs and many, many primary care physicians."

- Clear Spring




"I would like to remind all correctional officers living in Washington County that Chris Shank has done very little for us for many years. Don Munson got the correctional officer's bill of rights through the legislature. True, we're not getting raises, but this bill will be a very important tool for us when it is enacted in October and will be one of the biggest gains for us in decades. Give it time and we will reap the benefits of this."

- Williamsport




"After much debate, the U.S. Senate passed the E.U. benefits on July 23. However, the State of Maryland will not extend the benefits to its unemployed citizens. Two of my former co-workers who lost their jobs told me that they had their E.U. benefits cut off on June 2, 2010. The Maryland unemployment office sent them both letters stating that they were now 'monetarily ineligible.' ... These are real families with real needs, not just some numbers in a computer in Baltimore."

- Hagerstown




"I see a lot of comments about increasing taxes on the rich. I know what the government's definition is, but could someone please tell me how much money someone has to make for you to consider them 'rich'? Based on comments in Mail Call, it seems like it's anyone who makes more than the writer does. If that's the case, each of us seems 'rich' to someone else who has less. Before anyone starts talking about take from the rich to provide more to the less fortunate, better make sure you include yourself. Do what you can to provide to those with less, no matter how much you have."

- Knoxville, Md.




"In response to the person needing medical assistance: You should try Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock. They have a medicine assistance program, as well as operate on a sliding fee scale."

- Hancock

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