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Mail Call - March 16

March 15, 2011

“There is apparently a new scam going on. Someone will call and tell you in very broken English that you’ve won cash and gift cards. ... It is usually a person that you cannot understand, and you have to ask them numerous times what they are saying, and then all of a sudden they will ask you for a credit card number, which you can understand very well. It comes up on your caller ID as 0, at least it did on mine. Don’t be caught in this trap, and most of all, keep your credit card in your pocket.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s amazing how the county office building at 80 W. Baltimore St. can have all kinds of county cars sitting there during the day, but at nighttime there is only a couple of them sitting there. I guess all those employees need transportation to and from their homes. Another great ripoff of the taxpayers.”
— Washington County

“We have rented for years. We have been at this place for almost 10 years and have never asked our landlords for anything. We have redone the entire kitchen, including a new tile floor, along with putting down a new floor base, baseboards, new cabinets, trim, countertops ... redoing all the walls. ... Our landlord is a great person who lets us do what we want, and we totally appreciate it. ... We consider it our home. Don’t class all renters in the same boat, because they are all definitely not the same at all.”
— Washington County

“I guess maybe it’s just me, and I really like racing and souped-up cars and stuff like that, but when I see a grown man driving his pickup truck with a bumper sticker on the back that says, ‘I’m not speeding, I’m qualifying,’ I think that’s very childish. I can understand some young kid doing that, but not a grown man. This is a pet peeve of mine.”
— Hagerstown

“Why are people allowed to bring home and park large commercial trucks, even tractor-trailers on neighborhood streets in the county? I would like to have the answer to that.”
— Hagerstown

“Last Friday’s Herald-Mail said table games in Charles Town generated $1.7 million, local schools $1.2 million, county municipalities $1.5, horse racing. They have $20 million in state and local taxes in the first six months of operation. They also have 600 new employees. Here in Maryland, all we’re talking about is gay marriage. Next week, it has to do with guns. No mention at all of the illegal ... Rocky Gap. Change West Virginia jokes to Maryland. We’re the dummies.”
— Hancock

“In today’s paper someone wonders why Dale Earnhart Jr.’s our most popular driver. Well, my husband says — and we watch NASCAR, we’re seniors — it’s because of the Bama gang’s history that goes way back to the ’50s, including the Allison brothers, the Bodine brothers, the Petty family, the Wood brothers, and of course, Dale Earnhart Sr. That’s the land of stock cars that grew into NASCAR.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to take a moment to talk about the fact that the government is broke. Well, if I was broke, what I would do is, No.1, I would cut my spending. No. 2, I’d get a second job. So basically, I agree with the government cutting its spending, but unfortunately I think we’re at the point now we also have to raise taxes. Raising taxes would be equivalent to me getting a second job. I’m bringing more money in and I’m spending less money. ... That will balance the budget.”
— Boonsboro

“This is on government and newspapers. I’m sitting here reading page A3 in The Herald-Mail, Wednesday morning. It says here ‘Government, newspapers clash over ads.’ The government don’t want the newspaper to put anything in the paper anymore about government items or anything, tax rates or anything. What’s the matter with the state of Maryland government?”
— Hagerstown

“I want to complain to the city, I guess, about I am disabled, and the bathrooms that have the commodes in there for the disabled, they’re not very well equipped. Also, curbs are high. Whenever you have handicapped parking, the curbs are high, not cut off. That’s all I have to say.”
— Hagerstown

“Something I think is pathetic, and it’s actually heartbreaking to some people, is, look at the salaries out at our BOE, and then look at the statistics that prove 40 percent of our schoolchildren are at such a low-income level, their families, that they qualify for the free meals. Something’s wrong with this county, and right there is obviously one of them.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve been searching in some books, trying to find out what Abraham Lincoln’s middle name was, if he even had a middle name. Thanks for the help.”
— Clear Spring

“One of the largest problems we have in this country is our politicians. ... For too long we’ve treated these people like royalty, and they’ve taken total advantage of this situation. The government needs to get off their high horse and help the largest class of people in this country, which is the middle class. If they are working for us, then why do they live so good, and you don’t see the cost of living affecting their lives?”
— Samples Manor
                                  
“Wednesday began the beginning of the most sacred time in the Christian church. I say ‘Christian church’ because Lent is not a Catholic event. It is a sacred Christian time of inward reflection, fasting and prayer.”
— Smithsburg

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