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Mail Call - Feb. 23

February 22, 2011

"Hagerstown caller, if you are on disability, do you not have some medical assistance? Anyone I know on disability has medical assistance. Have you always been without insurance? Obtaining jobs with medical insurance would have been your choice. Perhaps you should know/read the 2,000-plus-page health bill to know what is in it. Republlicans have offered plans saving the taxpayer, and President Obama ignored them, refuses for us to go across state lines for insurance."

— Hagerstown

"I know the Shriners organization collects soda caps, and now I'm trying to find an organization that collects plastic drink caps. Any information would come in handy. I have some, but now I have to find somebody who collects them."


— Hagerstown

"Just one question: Why is there no 900 block of Georgia Avenue or Florida Avenue?"

— Hagerstown

"In today's paper you printed an article about the wonderful contract that the state of Maryland employees were handed. But you failed to mention (it was an AP post) about pay cuts and unpaid furlough days that many state employees have had to take. The big $750 bonus is supposed to be paid out over six months (that's about 12 pay periods). It might cover the increase in everyone's electric/oil bill. Somewhere near the end of this great contract is a sentence that says it is all based on state revenues. (If) the state doesn't have the money, then you don't get it. Did you listen to the governor's "State of the State" address? That great deal has already gone up in smoke. Tell the whole story."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



"Wednesday, Feb. 9, disruptive students discussed at an informal Board of Education meeting, Hagerstown resident teacher perspective. The board states that there is a mechanism to deal with disruptive students. Students are assigned detention. They simply do not serve them. They are placed in ALO, which is an alternative learning opportunity, where I've walked in and they're game surfing, surfing the 'Net, talking, and otherwise enjoying ... as a teacher, if you write too many referrals, you are reprimanded. And oh, yes, and put them on a student contract that they simply do not honor. That's your mechanism."

— Hagerstown


"This is in response to the person who bashed my idol, Dagwood Bumstead. If you did the research, you will find Dagwood was the heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune, but was disowned by his family when he married a flapper known as Blondie Boopadoop, who his family saw as below his class. Dagwood has worked at the J.C. Dithers company since ... all you Bumstead supporters out there."

— Fiddlersburg



"Thank you for Lester Hart, about his brother. ... I really, really enjoyed it. I called my friends and family and told them to be sure to read it. I even cut it out of the paper. It was a wonderful story, heartfelt. We ought to have more people write letters like that."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the gas tax. I can't understand, Washington County, all we are are taxed, taxed, taxed. And same way with our property tax. We just got our property taxes, and they keep going up. We come out here and ... $1,500, and now we're paying $3,500, and it just keeps going up, with no improvement. Why is that? I'm asking someone why."

— Boonsboro


"I'd like to thank the railroads that have fixed the crossings in the area. Now I can go across without my false teeth falling out."

— Hagerstown


"I was up to the town hall and asked about my electric bill, because I get residential electric heat, and this month it's $48.64, but nobody can tell me why I get charged this, but they told me if I had fuel oil as my heat, I wouldn't get charged this. Would anybody in this town please explain this to me, because it's $48-and-something this month, and that's ridiculous, because I'm not even ... if somebody could explain this, thank you."

— Williamsport



"The local community college should spend less time issuing petty fines and more time making sure their students can safely get to class."

— Hagerstown


"I'm a senior citizen of Washington County, and I live on a fixed income. I just got my light bill today, and it has tripled in cost. I would like to know what the electric company plans to do about this."

— Hagerstown


"For the lady in Falling Waters wondering if any students were in Afghanistan with the soldier sharing stories, do you realize you are the only person in the Tri-State area that does not understand what the headline means? If they are a student, how could they be in Afghanistan? Maybe he told some stories from his tour of duty. You should be respecting the soldier."

— Funkstown

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