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Mail Call - Feb. 14

February 14, 2011

“You know, I can’t even believe what I read, what this school board does out here. ... I want to thank Miss Brightman and Miss Karen Harshman for voting ‘no’ on this stupid thing of paying a figurehead $520-some a day just to be a fill-in for a superintendent ... so I congratulate Mrs. Brightman and Mrs. Harshman, and I’ll guarantee you our family will vote for them the next time, too, and some of these other people better stop and think.”
— Hagerstown

“My comment is about the BOE appointing a Mr. Schaub ... to a position of $48,000 for a four-month period, when in fact we do have a deputy and two assistants making over $100,000 a year. I wonder what they’re needed for, if we, for a four-month period, we can’t place them in that as an acting situation. I did not vote for Mrs. Harshman, but I certainly will the next time. ... I think it’s ridiculous, and I will not vote for the five who voted for it in the next election.” 

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— Halfway

“The hospital is privately owned. The ‘people’ do not own it. Therefore, the ‘people’ have no vote. Can we turn your house into a senior center or a shelter for abused women and children? ... It would take millions to fix it up. Who is going to pay for that? Who is going to maintain the building after it is renovated? Many questions must be answered before it can be turned into something.”

— Hagerstown

“I would like to clarify the cell phone law in Maryland. The cell phone law is a secondary offense. This means you must be stopped by police for a primary offense such as speeding, seat belt, following too close, lights out, etc. With that said, you cannot be stopped by police just for being on a cell phone. The Maryland law states law enforcement are exempt from this law. Each agency may adopt their own policy that could supersede the Maryland law.”

— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown, we haven’t had a draft in years and years, but we have had anti-war protests. Liberal news doesn’t show you the hundreds of people marching around the White House with anti-war, ‘Impeach George Soros,’ etc. It was shown to us under Bush. One big reason we have a teacher shortage is because many children aren’t taught respect, right from wrong, at home. In school, teachers aren’t allowed to correct them. It’s called abuse. We never had wardens on our school buses.”

— Hagerstown

“Two years after my birth, my father suddenly died, leaving my mother with three children to raise, and times were tough, especially during the Great Depression. We survived, and my brother, sister and I each made it through college. We each served our country in different ways. Last week I was denied a ‘Medigap’ insurance policy due to pre-existing conditions. Any future illness could easily bankrupt me. Seems to me that the Republicans want people like me to just die and go away.”

— Williamsport

“In last Friday’s edition of The Herald-Mail, on the 28th, our newly elected senator Shank takes odds with the various union people for requiring people to pay a fee. He must believe in a free lunch. If someone gave me a $700 bonus and gave me a 2- or 3-percent pay increase, I certainly would not expect anyone to give me free service ... and I just would criticize Shank for saying that it’s OK for certain people to have a free lunch.”

— Boonsboro

“I would like some information on the Barbara Ingram the school for the arts is named after. I called before but I got cut off, and I was trying to make a short call. I just wanted to know if that was her maiden or married name, and age, and where and when she went to school, etc., and how she was associated with the arts, if she was.”

— Clear Spring

“I want to thank the person who found my credit card at the ... parking lot in Boonsboro on Sunday, Jan. 23, and called it in. Thank you very much.”

— Boonsboro
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