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Mail Call - Jan. 24

January 24, 2011

“How neat it is: Gift store downtown for sale, front page, Herald-Mail, free advertising. I don’t know these people, but isn’t it nice, somebody’s giving them front-page, first-page, free advertising? I wonder if we could all have that.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I’d like to see The Herald-Mail go back to the old plastic bags they used. My dog used to go out and bring the paper in for me, but since they switched to these new bags, I don’t think he likes the taste of them, and I now have to go out and get the paper.”
— Halfway

“I would like to know how the Town of Williamsport can charge a senior citizen $82.69 for a water bill when she has been in a nursing home for three months, has not took trash out, flushed the toilet, did laundry, run water or took a shower. Something about this is not right, and I would like to know who I can contact about this legally.”
— Williamsport

“I’d like to congratulate the mayor and council on their ... buying a property downtown for $220,000. I feel that money would be better used for roads and things of this nature throughout the city, and I might reiterate the road thing, as far as Antietam Street, between Washington Square and Burhans Boulevard.”
— Hagerstown


“People need to admit there is not enough tax money for what everyone wants, and hard decisions must be made. Both sides of the teacher contract debate should recognize the state Senate wants to move teacher pension costs from the state to the counties. Yesterday, Senate majority leader and budget and tax committee chairman Kasemeyer said if the state pays all pension costs that K-12 education and Medicaid funding will suffer. Maryland is running a $1.6 billion deficit.”
— Hagerstown

“A very interesting article in Saturday’s Herald-Mail supplement ‘Homesource,’ discussing the negatives about reverse mortgages. Use caution when dealing with the financial-services industry. They can quickly turn you from a customer into a victim. You own the asset and it’s their job to plunder it.”
— Boonsboro

“Regarding Girl Scout cookies, Maryland troops are in a different council from Pennsylvania troops. The council sets the price for cookies based on the needs of the Girl Scouts in the council. All girls in the council benefit from cookie proceeds, as do the communities that the troops serve. Please purchase your cookies from the areas that you want to support. Cookie sales are a fundraiser, as well as a community service.”
— Hagerstown

“In response to the question posed in the Jan. 13, 2011, column concerning Girl Scout cookie pricing: ... It’s important to remember each council is a separate corporation and sets the price for cookies based on budgetary needs of the program and services offered to girls and volunteers. The truth is, when buying a box of Girl Scout cookies, you are doing so much more than buying a product. ... Thanks for supporting Girl Scouting everywhere.”
— Washington, D.C.

“Hey, you people around Hagerstown complaining about your gas prices, they are lower by 4 to 6 cents than in Waynesboro — congratulations. And I have one more comment about Social Security: It is well-funded, and without changes will last for another 25 years. There is no crisis. Medicare is the one being ignored and will be in trouble. Washington doesn’t want to talk about that.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Terry Pratchett wrote, ‘Poison goes where poison’s welcome.’ And in America today, that is in politics. And in talk radio. And in cable TV. And in the mind of Jared Lee Loughner. Don’t welcome it into your thoughts or into your speech. It will poison you and those around you.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

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