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Mail Call

August 21, 2010

"You know, it amazes me, people are still using nails to put yard sale signs up on telephone poles. People, don't you realize that's a fine? And if the police ... they'd go get your signs - it's got your address on it - take that sign, take a picture of your nails in the sign and then fine you the maximum amount of money they can fine you. That creates a serious, serious safety hazard for the people that climb those poles. I mean, come on, use some common sense."

- Hagerstown




"I'm responding to the person about the foreclosures ... and they think that the banks are to blame. First of all, I'd need to look at the - read one of them, or read all of them, for that matter. How many of them are local banks is the question. And another thing is how many of them are not brand-new properties, like built in areas where you don't even know where the address is. And also, how many of them are names that are common to the Hagerstown or Washington County area? Look at those things."

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- Hagerstown




"To Chris Shank: You've met your match - Don Munson. He is a person who doesn't have to ask people to vote for him because he is honest and well-liked. Just ask the people in the East End. Thank you, Mr. Munson. He will win this race."

- Hagerstown




"I live on the Dual Highway, and I think it's great that they want to redo the roads and make it nice, but I think that they need to do it during the day. People on the Dual Highway work and they (the road crew) worked all night and here it is 6 o'clock in the morning and there's a big dip out in front of my house. I think it's ridiculous that they are doing this work at night. They need to think about what they are doing to the people in the Hagerstown area."

- Hagerstown




"My Bible tells me that divorce is the same as adultery, so you have to decide how far you're going to carry this. Don't pick and choose what you like out of the Bible."

- Boonsboro




"Maybe the Washington County Highway Department could go along with Smithsburg's plan on disregarding complaints about high weeds. I've complained about high weeds on West Water Street that looks horrible, and they have ignored me. Maybe they are waiting for a frost to take care of it. With the ordinance that we have in our town, I think it's terrible that they did nothing about it. ... Come on, Smithsburg, get with the program."

- Smithsburg




"The people complaining about the barking dogs should live in our area. We have the drone of a jackhammer to listen to every Saturday and Sunday. It seems the county officials don't respond to complaints."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to know when President Obama is going to start representing the people of the United States. He does everything he can against the will of the majority of the people. This guy has no clue. He's a media president. He takes care of the media and the media takes care of him."

- Boonsboro




"We must get rid of these Washington County Commissioners that want to hire a contractor to mow the grass at these foreclosed homes. Make the banks and real estate agents who collected the big commissions to pay to have them mowed, not us taxpayers. Vote them all out. We need someone with some common sense."

- Williamsport




"I'm a just recent subscriber to the paper here about a month ago, and I just realize how great it is to have The Herald-Mail, that we are able to get this paper, but more importantly, my whole article is about the photography and the photographers that you guys have at the newspaper. I think they're kind of unsung heroes. The articles are great, but the photography and the setup and everything of how they compose these pictures ... goes to the photographers of The Herald-Mail. Great jobs, guys. Keep up the good work."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"This call is in response to the person who wants to know if I would rather have one or both Bushes back. Boy, you talk about the no-brainer answer for that: Yes, yes and yes. Throw in Jeb and any other Bushes. Look, Humpty Dumpty could run this country better than President Obama is. The man is not a leader. He is a follower."

- Hagerstown




"TV showed Jay Leno asking people on the street about the Declaration of Independence. One didn't know what July 4th stood for, one told Leno Truman was president during the Revolutionary War. One said the Revolutionary War took place in the 1980s. These were people in their 30s and 40s. So this is what our voters are about. They don't bother to think what kind of change O had in mind."

- Hagerstown




"To answer another Mail Caller's question: Jim Rutledge is running against Mikulski."

- Sharpsburg




"Does anyone remember the old black 'paddy wagon' Washington County Sheriff's Department had in the 1960s? (Think it was a 1962-66 Chevrolet or GMC panel truck.) Last reported sighting was beside Bud Crouse's Auto Repair shop on Locust Street as late as the early 1980s. Is this beast around or did it get - gulp - crushed?"

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"To the gentleman in Martin's this morning driving a large white SUV: You were in the grocery store for about 45 minutes. ... I do not understand why you would leave your Shih Tzu in the vehicle when it was 90 degrees, with windows rolled down about 2 inches. Do you have any idea how hot it can get inside a vehicle when it is 90 degrees outside? ... Please, leave the little guy at home if you have shopping to do. The next person who sees this might just call the police."

- Williamsport




"I was appalled this morning as I passed a local cemetery to see campaign signs posted on the cemetery property. Even though these politicians have the consent of the cemetery owners to do this, I feel it is very tacky and disrespectful of the politicians."

- Williamsport

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