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Mail Call - Feb. 7

February 06, 2011

“In World War II, it took 90 days to train an officer. The Pentagon has just announced that it will take 11 months to implement the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Does this make sense?”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“That person that put the picture in near Salem Avenue School, about the people illegally parked and whatnot, the police ought to drive by sometime, with all this snow. People are still parking illegally. This is a sad joke. Our law enforcement needs to get out and patrol the streets more often.”
— Hagerstown
“Headline here says ‘Shank and union at odds.’ Come on, Herald-Mail, that’s no news. He’s a Republican. Republicans have never liked unions — never. You know the Tea Party motto. They want to go back to the old days where there were no unions and people had to work 12-, 14-hour days, for maybe two or three bucks an hour. That’s what they want. So this is not news, not even newsworthy.”
— Hagerstown
“Reply to the ‘Seniors should have saved more for retirement:’ We did, but the amount we saved then was peanuts compared to prices today. Then gas was 29 cents a gallon, bread 35 cents a loaf, doctors’ visits $10. How long do you think it lasted with today’s prices? It’s gone, and we get no help from no one, just barely survive, and that’s it.”
— Hagerstown
“This thing with AFSCME and state employees is a no-brainer. Why would employees who pay no union dues or a service fee see the same benefits that employees who do? If employees don’t want to pay dues or service fee, fine, but then they shouldn’t get any benefits that employees who do pay an organization that has negotiated for them do get. What part of fair share don’t you understand?”
— Hagerstown
“I have kids in school that go to the public schools. My opinion, along with probably a lot of the other parents, is the worst decision the school board has made so far this year is to let these kids go to school today, Jan. 28; snow falling, it has not stopped since they decided to go on a two-hour delay. I just think it’s really an unsafe move to have these kids go to school today, being the way the situation and the weather is outside.”
— Hagerstown
“I can see where the city of Hagerstown is going with having the higher-rank policemen who have time in to retire. They pay them an incentive to retire, then they hire police officers at a less pay. So you know, it doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. So they’re trying to save money one way, and spend it.”
— Hagerstown
“I think people ought to be fined when they clean their driveway out and block the road. I think they ought to be fined, like everybody else gets fined for, like, blowing snow early in the morning and like 8 in the morning in Smithsburg, Md., and the mayor doesn’t even do anything about it. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Why you have to get a fine for blowing snow with a snowblower, and somebody blows snow out in the middle of the road.”
— Smithsburg
“I’m calling in reference to the person who takes his unemployment money to West Virginia to buy cigarettes, and then takes the unemployment money into their bars, where they can smoke. I think everybody should do that. That way the taverns can close and go out of business, and then you know, that’s the recourse that they get for passing such rules and regulations. The people who pass those regulations also want to live your life for you. So I would recommend and encourage everybody to take their money elsewhere.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“I see where the county and the city are offering employees early retirement. I think that’s great, but I hope on these retirements they also put a stipulation that you cannot get another city or county job within five years, like they did in Frederick a couple years ago, where employees retired on Monday and took a new job the following Monday. If they’re going to retire, they retire. They can go to (a business) and get a job or somewhere. They don’t need a second government job after they retire from one.”
— Hagerstown
“For the Hagerstown caller in Friday’s paper, said for senior citizens, you got more things coming to you than what you deserve, you should have saved your money if you’re only living on Social Security: What comes around goes around. Be sure you won’t bite and eat your words someday because you never know what may happen to you in your life.”
— Smithsburg

“I think education is very important and a lot of emphasis is placed on education by our government, politicians and society. With so much importance placed on education, why are teachers permitted to strike? Federal workers, police officers, correctional officers and firemen are not allowed to go on strike.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“We didn’t get a COLA for the past two years, and it doesn’t look like we will get one this year because we are over the Obama years. The 2011 taxes on my pension was increased — just another hit. Obama and the government are telling us we have no room for our greatest generation, so get off our planet, we don’t need you anymore.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“Barbara Ingram School for the Arts: $634,000 lease payment, versus $396,000 to replace a roof at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and $270,000 to replace windows and doors at Northern Middle School. Please replace the lease payment with the roof and windows and doors spending. Which of you elected politicians agrees with prioritizing limited state money for spending on our county needs?”
— Washington County

“Has anyone noticed a drastic change in their electric bills from Hagerstown last month? Not only me, but everyone in my entire building, and at least two businesses in my block has had their electric bills more than double last bill for an ‘electric surcharge.’  What exactly is an electric surcharge? Why has everyone’s bills at least doubled from one month to the next? You can’t say it was because of the colder weather — I don’t run any more heat than what I normally do — it’s mostly off, except for the ‘wee’ hours of the morning. Is this a way for Maryland to make up for its $1.9 million deficit, or a way for Hagerstown to give an extra ‘tax’ to the residents? Did you ever consider where that leaves the poor people with limited income (such as the retired and the elderly)? Those who are on a fixed income? What would happen (if) a bunch of us got together and protested these outrageous fees? Would we be arrested and treated like criminals? I would like to hear other people’s opinions on this matter.”
— Hagerstown

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