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Mail Call

September 27, 2010

"Hagerstown caller, here is a fact maybe you don't know. The Imam Rauf should pay the $300K taxes he owes on the slum apartments in Hudson County, N.J. Rauf received $2 million public financing to renovate low-income apartments. For years tenants have been complaining about blocked up sewers, no heat. Now it's big Demo politicians who have covered up the fact Rauf used our money and then never fixed the slums. TV news showed the deplorable conditions and the actual tenants. He and President Obama have criticized America, but love the milk and honey."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to know when someone is going to address the problem with the traffic lights at the intersection of Jefferson and Eastern Boulevard. For the past two days at around 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the lights begin to flash red in one direction and yellow in the other. I called Hagerstown City Police about this the night before, and they said they were aware of the problem and hope to have it fixed within the next hour or so. Next day, they are doing the same thing."

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- Hagerstown




"I'd like to know why The Herald-Mail feels like it's necessary to show criminals on the front page as they're being transported to their arraignment or transported to some other court appearance. Jeffrey Miles has been on the front page - I've got Thursday, Sept. 16, in front of me, and - digging through some old papers, and I found a similar photograph on - these are photographs, and he's playing it up, and I don't have any need to see that. I don't even care if the news gets reported about it. But if it does need to be reported, it should be somewhere buried deep in the (newspaper)."

- Chambersburg, Pa.




"As parents, we need to see that our schools are a clean environment for our children. Have you seen the pillows and throw rugs that your child plays on, to read? I'm told they want it be like a home environment. I'm sending my child to school to learn. I'll provide the home. ... Let's clean it up and get a sanitary environment for our children."

- Hagerstown




"All these political parties - Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, Independents, whatever - need to stop making believe they have the perfect candidate. There is none. Stop making promises you know you probably won't be able to keep. Just say I'm going to try to do this or that. The American citizens don't expect a perfect person."

- Hagerstown




"On Saturday, I was driving west on the Dual Highway and there was a gray Toyota Matrix in front of me, and on the back of the bumper it had an obscene word. I couldn't believe what I saw, and they came in Mount Aetna Road and when I pulled up to the light beside them, there were two teenagers in the back seat. What are these people teaching these children? It just totally blows my mind."

- Hagerstown




"Here we go again. Nobody has forgotten the horrors of Sept. 11, but George Bush's war in Iraq had absolutely nothing, nothing, nothing to do with Sept. 11. No WMDs, no Taliban, no Al-Qaida, and no Osama bin Laden, who is still out there in Afghanistan, because George didn't finish him off before he got us into Iraq. Remember that."

- Hagerstown




"I think it's a shame that the Boonsboro girls won the county championship, beat the North Hagerstown Hubs for the first time in six years, and there's not even a picture of these girls, and their story's buried on the sixth page of the sports section. Boonsboro girls should be recognized for that win, and they should have had a picture on the front page of the sports section, instead of this kid with his shirt over his face."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to congratulate the new owners of the Hagerstown Suns, and I appreciate their vision for the team. I would like to suggest that maybe they would find more adequate parking, and maybe purchase some ground so they can do more parking, and it would be very appreciated, so we didn't have to be there an hour and a half before the game started to get adequate parking."

- Smithsburg




"I'm calling about the Washington County teachers not getting their pay raise. I also work for the BOE, in food service. We didn't get our pay raise. Our insurance went up, too, plus we got our hours cut - and I'm a widow trying to make it on my own. I bring home $240-some every two weeks. Tell them to try to make it on that budget."

- Hagerstown




"This is something I think would be interesting. All public employees, especially since they're getting hit hard, as far as furlough days and their retirements and whatnot, I think a job requirement would be: Be registered to vote and be required to vote to retain your job. I'm sure that would be stepping all over the Constitution, but I think it would be very interesting. ... I was a public employee for ... I always voted. I kept in contact with my delegates and my elected officials, and I always kept in contact with my union representatives. Come on, public employees."

- Hagerstown




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