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Mail Call - March 21

March 21, 2011

“I just had an idea, now that they’re tearing down the hospital. It would be — there have been a lot of families started in there. It would be nice if maybe they could sell the bricks, if someone wanted a brick for five bucks or something. Just an idea. I would like to have a couple. Had three children born there, and there have been a lot of deaths in our family there. It would be nice to have a brick, so, just an idea.”
— Washington County


“This is to the caller complaining about the music in her church being too loud. You’re supposed to make a joyful noise to the Lord, not be quiet and subtle about everything. Maybe you should hook up with the unappreciated pipe organist who called in previously.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m calling to say that I’m very, very proud of state Sen. Ron Young for voting for same-sex marriages. Thank you, Ron, for having the courage to stand up for equality.”
— Hagerstown


“I had to call an ambulance to Clear Spring, take my wife to the hospital, and they came and picked her up and they said that they had to take her to Martinsburg because the new hospital was filled up in Hagerstown. So this means that I gotta drive over to Martinsburg now every day to see my wife.”
— Clear Spring


“I feel that the Sellers boy that’s pitched the two no-hitters for HCC should have made the front page of the sports paper, instead of the back page. Local boy doing something that — it’s not very often somebody throws a no-hitter, perfect game, on top of throwing two no-hitters — should get a little better recognition next time. Matter of fact, you can do it starting tomorrow.”
— Hagerstown


“Why does anyone believe that more oil exploration and more drilling will produce lower energy prices? What will encourage more of this activity is the current high price levels, which is what they will be chasing. We need to go in a new direction.”
— Boonsboro


“It’s pretty evident to me that it’s time to rethink the way schools do business. We can’t afford to keep paying higher taxes. How about year-round school? How about much bigger classes, especially in less critical subjects? Maybe TV classes, like Hagerstown had many years ago or computer teaching? Maybe larger school districts or consolidate more schools. Stop all sporting activities. There would be many sports programs after school by outside groups — there is now. Why should the taxpayer pay?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“The idea with Corporal Buckles, of honoring him, didn’t have to do with his age. It had to do with his service being the last chance at honoring those people who served in World War I, the men and the women who were treated very shabbily in our first engagement on foreign soil, helping allies. We have no memorial to them anywhere, and we just lost our last chance to honor those who served their country in World War I, the War to End All Wars, the Great War. Ambulance drivers — another name for medics who see battle without weapons.”
— Hagerstown


“Hagerstown caller, since when and by what right did our tax dollars, that are the responsibility and the right of our elected representatives to allocate as they think best, become ‘monies that belong to schools.’ Who decided that? You? Evidently you think there’s no waste, etc., in education, and it should never be cut, and we should raise taxes and open the treasury and give the education establishment everything they demand. ... What nonsense.”
— Frederick, Md.


“I’m calling about the highway. I think you need to post it when you drive your car, you drive on the right and you pass on the left. When you go down to Ohio, west, they have the same signs. They’ll tell you to drive on the right and pass on the left, so the highway 81 won’t be all backed up. So learn the rules when you get on the highway. Drive on the right, pass on the left.”
— Hagerstown


“My thanks to the Maryland House leaders who said ‘no’ to gay marriage. They have spoken for me.”
— Smithsburg


“We have bicycle lanes for bike riders to ride in, but they insist in riding in the lanes for cars. So does this mean it’s OK then for cars to ride in the bicycle lanes?”
— Hagerstown


“Well, now we see Gov. O’Malley’s plan to balance the budget. We won’t tax you and we won’t tax me, we’ll only tax that fellow behind the tree.”
— Smithsburg


“Would somebody please call in to Mail Call and explain this to me, please? Republicans always vote ‘no’ when it comes to the poor and senior citizens — always vote ‘no,’ no matter it is, if it involves a senior or poor people, they all vote ‘no.’  But when it comes to corporations and people with money, they always vote ‘yes.’ Why is that? Somebody please call in and explain to me. Something simple as a senior citizen still being considered 62 years old, they vote on it? How sad is that?”
— Hagerstown


“I was shocked — I was watching the NCAA. I know Maryland didn’t have a shot at going to the NCAA basketball tournament, but I thought they’d go to the NIT. They didn’t even go there, so that’s a 100 teams between both tournaments that’s gonna play more basketball but Maryland. One of the biggest hotbeds for basketball players is the Washington-Baltimore area. ... I think it’s really time for a change.”
— Williamsport


“I can see on Monday the 14th, whoever works for Herald-Mail that edits the Mail Call, puts the articles in there for Mail Call, he’s got to be a top-notch Republican, because everything is slanted toward criticism to the Democrats. And if that keeps up, I’ll be buying a USA paper.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m calling in reference to the state employees having to pay for their own prescriptions, and a comment made by Brightwood Acres East, that he is subsidizing or she is subsidizing what they’re paying for. Well, I am a teacher and I am also subsidizing my own self with my own taxes, so I just want everybody to realize that the state and public employees also pay.”
— Boonsboro


“Congratulations to the Washington County Special Olympics unified basketball team for going undefeated. They are an excellent team of athletes and partners, and are coached by a genius coach. The coach is excellent, the players are excellent. Go, Washington County.”
— Hagerstown


“I understand that they are tearing down the old hospital. Has it been considered what to do with the old granite or marble wall that had names of people that donated to the hospital years ago? It was in the lobby, and at last, it was part of the pharmacy. It’s a shame to just throw that away, with all the names of our forefathers on it. It needs to be thought about. Please respond to this. I know other people have seen this also.”
— Hagerstown


“The letter that appeared in the Saturday, March 12, edition was justified in its criticism of the news media. I am still waiting for an Associated Press article on the 2009 Basel II treaty.”
— Hagerstown


“Does the WCPS have a breakdown of the impact redistricting played in the decrease or increase of suspensions and expulsions?”
— Maugansville


“I’m calling in response to the person who called in from Hagerstown on Monday, March 14, about the old power plant down by Antietam Creek. I totally agree with them. ... We live close to the power plant and we still have to go by that old building, which is a total wreck. I agree, if it was in the North End, it’d been taken down years ago, but since it’s not and it’s in the South End, it can remain there until — because if you don’t live in the North End, you don’t get nothing done.”
— Washington County

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