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Mail Call - Jan. 7

January 06, 2011

"Solution for the old hospital in Washington County: Part could be used for offices, and they have parking available. Another part for the low-income senior housing and for veterans. This would create jobs for local residents in the housekeeping, cafeteria, and also the laundry departments. It's a win-win outcome for all."

— Pondsville


"Greencastle caller, I'm not jealous of cyclists. I simply am very much opposed to and resent the use of our gas tax dollars — which cyclists don't pay — on bike lanes, etc., when our roads are in such horrendous shape. And I've been — seen and been subjected to so much rude, arrogant and dangerous behavior by cyclists that I consider them — especially on our narrow roads with no shoulders — at best, a nuisance, and at worst, a menace."

— Frederick, Md.


"This is to the lady who called in about not being able to afford insurance, although her husband gets medical care through the VA. I couldn't afford insurance, either, and I'm self-employed, so I went to the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP), which is underwritten by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. All you have to do is call our local office here and they'll give you the information, the applications, and they'll do it all for you. ... It's so much cheaper — and good insurance."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to say I don't understand and I wish people would get an education, when it comes to them saying that unemployment and disability, that they are tired of it being taken out of their money. If you'd get an education you'd understand, disability and unemployment are for people who work, and compensation."

— Hagerstown


"Just a few comments. Wondering when people are gonna be smart enough not to leave money lying around, whether it's in a restaurant, your home, vehicles or whatever. This day and age, you can't do that. And as far as text messaging, I still say they need to change that law. You see somebody on a cell phone, they need to be stopped and given a warning. You're not gonna stop it any other way. And speed — the cops need to crack down harder than what they are right now."

— Hancock


"Now that the Christmas holidays are over and the new year has begun, everybody's back to work. Our newly elected county commissioners start their tasks. We seniors don't want the new center built at HCC. Think about it. If you were the senior would like to fight the traffic at Robinwood Drive to go to the center. We need a center for us seniors, but not a lot easier to get to and from. I hope the new commissioners are more aware of the fact of the situation, and move on it."

— Fairplay


"I have driven the road in both directions from our new medical center, after dark. I hope that no one breaks down at that side road leading to the hospital, as it is pitch-black. They are no lights along the road whatsoever, so let's hope that in the future the hospital will make some changes and there will be some lights along that road."

— Hagerstown


"I would like to tell everybody that's reading Mail Call to be on the watch out for phone calls from a scam that's someone telling you that you have won money ... and everything else that they can think of, but you have to pay the interest first and all this and that stuff. But it's not true, and I've had three in less than one week. So just warning everybody, be on the lookout for all these scam calls."

— Williamsport



"Response to the pensions for the state employees: To the old officer who is satisfied with what he got, and they should let the union just go along with it and let the younger people pay for it, the older officer should ... members of the union, the younger people should just drop out because the union's not representing them."

— Hagerstown


"Like to find about the thing about these deadbeat dads. Called couple times about them and I know other people have. You know, this could really cause the taxpayers a lot of money, and every time one of these girls get on welfare, and they don't want to know who the daddy is, they know who the daddy is but he's out roaming around and goes over the state line and Maryland won't go get him, he's owing like $25,000 to $30,000."

— Hagerstown


"Blue Ridge Summit, a patriot doesn't force health care (on) us when we don't want it, or take our money and give to the enemy, Hamas, Gaddafi, take up for the Iman, protect his religion but not Christianity, give our borrowed money to U.N. for overseas abortions, send our work overseas, give education free to illegals, apologize to the enemy for Gitmo, slur Americans, snub our allies, pamper, bow to our enemies. Obama on down."

— Hagerstown


"Have our highway officials ever been on the Dual Highway near Edgewood when someone leaves the bank, shoots across three lanes to make a left turn? This includes crossing the bike path. The Dual is not a safe place for a biker, especially there."

— Colonial Park



"Obamacare is unconstitutional? Are you kidding me? I don't recall signing up for Social Security or Medicare, but government started deducting it from my salary. Was that unconstitutional? A wise person once told me, "Beware of what government gives you, for what government gives you, government can take away." Obamacare is a prime example. So if you are planning on it, watch out."

— Hagerstown


"Does anyone know why every two weeks the amount of my unemployment goes down? First it was $40, now $70 less every two weeks. Is this happening to anyone else? Reason?"

— Hagerstown


"What do stink bugs eat? Last summer they ate every leaf from my rose bushes, and a farmer friend told me they ate $200,000 worth of his soybean crop. They start at the outer edge of the field and begin their destruction toward the center. I have heard the bugs also did great damage to some of the local fruit crops."

— Beaver Creek

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