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Mail Call - Dec. 22

December 21, 2010

"The City of Hagerstown — and I'm a taxpayer — this is on 2012 budget. I see in Wednesday morning's paper, the city plans on buying a CVS store downtown, to do for city business. Then on the front page, — City-proposed '12 budget would cut jobs, raise fees.' You know, if you guys can't do any better than that, you all ought to quit or you all ought to be impeached, because this isn't a time to be raising taxes on anybody. You all caused this shortfall in the first place. So you keep buying, you keep spending."

— Hagerstown



"I just read this morning's paper, Wednesday, and read ... about the city buying CVS. ... The people in Hagerstown are going to have to pay for this thing, and they are not in the real estate business. They are supposed to govern the city, not ... buildings sitting all over town now they don't have enough money to fix up. If (they) think buying that building is going to get people walking on West Washington Street, (they've) got another thing coming."

— Hagerstown



"Where, oh where — has anybody seen Del. Donoghue? He missed another forum. Gee, I guess he knows all the answers to the voters' concerns, and I guess he just doesn't have the time to show up, like he usually does."

— Hagerstown



"I just finished reading the article in the paper regarding the city's budget. If the city is in such bad shape financially, why did they donate a million dollars to the library? And why are they trying to purchase a CVS building? And why did the higher-ups get their raises."

— Hagerstown



"The city's proposed 2012 budget would cut jobs and raise fees. Well, here we go again. Now this is coming from the city administrator's office, and I would like to emphasize that the city administrator has been on that job for 16 years, started in 1994, and his salary, his salary has doubled in those 16 years. And all you hear about from the city is ... when is the City of Hagerstown going to wake up and look at the top, and say hey, we have problems here?"

— Hagerstown



"I've been reading the Hagerstown paper, and I see that there are so many people — not so many, but a lot of people — embezzling money from companies. Do they not think they're going to get caught? I mean, it's not your money. So think twice before you take and try to embezzle money. Find another way to get your bills under control. It's just going to mean you're going to spend time ... and I hope everybody that reads Mail Call has a very pleasant Christmas."

— Hagerstown



"Who pays the electricity for all of the toys that prisoners are allowed to have? The taxpayers, of course. I'd like to see the (prison) do an experiment. Turn off the electricity to all of their toys and read the meters; turn the electricity back on and read the meters. I think you'll find that a lot of money can be saved if these toys are taken away. I suspect that these toys are paid for by money earned illegally, welfare checks, or poor old grandma's SS check. After working at the prisons for 30 years, I've seen it all, so believe me."

— Williamsport


"I was in the store the other day buying for my kids, and I saw where now they have (marshmallow candy) in the shape of trees and snowmen, but I can't figure out why they don't make (them) in the shape of Jesus. He is the reason for the season. I think we all need to think about that."

— Hancock


"Can we please end the discussion about which president is responsible for high gas prices? This is a capitalist system. Commodity prices are set by the producers and the market. Consumers (you included) are a part of the equation. If enough consumers are willing to buy at the higher price, then the higher price will prevail. The president is just another consumer, even though his fuel bill is picked up by the taxpayers."

— Washington County


"Calling from Williamsport retirement home. Why is it that the new hospital doesn't even have shuttle rides, like the old one? That's a shame for us seniors. It's a long walk from where I had to park the other day, and plus the cold. I think it is just awful."

— Williamsport


"I have a complaint. Whoever stole my sled from ... Little Elliott Drive, I hope they're having fun with it. It's been there for four years and we never had it stolen, and they stole it now."

— Hagerstown



"To the person from Boonsboro that called in saying about the other holidays in December: That's true, and there's a lot of different religions in America and in the whole world. But I would not call atheist a faith."

— Hagerstown



"With regard to a Herald-Mail article on the high gas prices, published on Dec. 9, most people acted like, — Well, we just have to put up with it.' Well, if this were the 1960s, we just wouldn't have to put up with it."

— Funkstown


"Merry Christmas from a nice Jewish girl here in Sharpsburg. Merry Christmas to ya."

— Sharpsburg


"The town of Williamsport certainly has the Christmas spirit. The park is spectacular. What a lovely place to drive through during the holiday season. The Springfield Barn's Charlie Brown Christmas was just beautiful. The trees, the decorated trees, Santa, the hot chocolate and cookies, were so wonderful. Thank you, all those who made this such a great event."

— Hagerstown



"I was wondering if anyone else out there is having a problem with being overpaid by unemployment during the recession. According to them, I was overpaid thousands of dollars, and I don't understand how that happens when you only talk to a computer. I was wondering if anybody else out there was having the same problem with unemployment."

— Hagerstown



"This is to the kind gentleman who paid my tab at ... in Hagerstown on Wednesday morning, Dec. 15, during the breakfast buffet. Thank you so very much. I would like to know who you are."

— Hagerstown



"For the person who wrote in to Mail Call on the 15th in reference to all the different holidays, and do you want all of them on the calendar: Every calendar that I get has all those holidays on it. Absolutely, Christmas is a whole different holiday. It is designed up as the 25th of the month here in December, and I don't care if those other ones are on it, as well as the other person said, it's still, 'Merry Christmas' and I will say, 'Merry Christmas,' forever."

— Hagerstown



"It's about time that those of us with moral values and believe in the Bible as the infallible word of God start reaching out and using our voices, instead of letting the silent minority continue to bring out things that have no value and are causing many problems. This thing with Christmas is ridiculous. Why would anybody think that this is winter wonderland? It is ... That's what we celebrate. Merry Christmas. That was when Christ was born."

— Maugansville



"On the front page of Thursday morning's paper, it says patient volume is high at new hospital. What did they expect? They opened a new facility. You open a building, a new facility, and they will come."

— Hagerstown

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