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Mail Call - March 31

March 30, 2011

“Typical Maryland: Placing a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling, but drafting a bill that would limit taxpayer money being spent on inmate care, paying for illegals’ tuition cost, renaming Negro and Polish mountains. It’s easy to tell we are run by a bunch of Democrats. I’m not a proud Republican by any means, but I wouldn’t get caught being a Democrat if someone paid me to be.”
— Clear Spring

“This is what I don’t understand. How can teachers in different states get raises, put in for raises for whatever they need them for, and Washington County put in for increases in the water rate and sewer rates, but the retired people who are on Social Security didn’t get a raise? What’s wrong with this picture? Can you see it?”
— Brownsville

“I’m calling in reference to Wednesday, March 23, the headlines with the $7.4 million shortfall, should the county borrow $14 million. I just have to ask — they couldn’t see that coming, when they spent all the money to refurbish the library and the City Park? I’m not sure if that came out of the Washington County fund, but the Washington County library — that is one of the biggest wastes of monies, and I think anything that big should go to a tax referendum in the future.”
— Hagerstown

“The county commissioners need to consider closing the school of the arts, or making it a very private organization where it’s tuition-based. That is the biggest white elephant that the taxpayers of Washington County have, thanks to Elizabeth Morgan.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m not a resident of Hagerstown; however, I saw where there’s possibly 400 people for employees for the city for 30,000, approximately 30,000 people. That’s like one employee for every 75 residents. That’s ridiculous.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“It seems like the far right wants to do nothing but demonize unions and blame American workers for everything that’s wrong with this country, when in reality, if people would look, the strength of the middle class has been tied directly to unions. Think about it, people.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Politicians: The difference between liberals and Republicans, liberals say one thing and do another, to get what they think or want, are told how to vote. Republicans are not told how to vote or think, for the best thing for the country. Harry Reid and Pelosi are liberals, and they tell people how to vote and how to think.”
— Hagerstown

“This county is just unbelievable. Read the headlines; $7.4 million shortfall — well, of course you should not borrow more money. Thanks to Terry Baker for at least trying to lead the county commissioners, because right underneath that article is, the water and sewer rates are rising 45 percent in 10 years. Well, who’s going to help the people pay their utility bills? According to the pie chart, fire and rescue is getting a lot of money — which they should. Health insurance costs ... services, taxes and interests. Education takes the biggest slice of the pie. So what’s that tell you, taxpayers?”
— Hagerstown

“We often see different military generals on TV. I often wonder what happened to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who was in the Gulf War. He was called Stormin’ Norman. Does anyone know?”
— Hagerstown

“I just read in the paper that the Maryland state Senate is debating on letting illegal immigrants pay out-of-state tuition for college. First of all, they are illegal and should not be going to our schools anyway. Next, what about the out-of-state students from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, any other state — isn’t that discriminating? Why should an out-of-state student pay more than an illegal immigrant?”
— Clear Spring

“I think that article about the $50,000 that the MSO needs is very admirable, for the Fourth of July concert. However, I think it would be better utilized to have some really good soloists from the Maryland Symphony to perform, or perhaps, you know, a famous one every now and then, for their classical concerts. Instead of having so many excerpts from programs, they could have complete works and some really good soloists.”
— McConnellsburg, Pa.

“The Herald-Mail has a section in the paper called ‘Letters to the editor.’ Question: Why do the same people’s names keep appearing in that column? It can’t be the only people sending in letters to the editor. Come on now, be fair. Give some new people a voice.”
— Clear Spring

“The county is hollering about the $7.4 million shortfall of money. All they need to do is stop wasting money. I drive by the Keedysville highway department every day, and see that they got a new fuel system in, and a brand-new fence around the facility. Was that really needed or not? What’d that cost the taxpayers? Just look into how they’re wasting the money. Thanks once again, county commissioners.”
— Keedysville

“Washington County caller, don’t be taken in. If you get a letter claiming you’ve won something but have to pay a fee to get it, it is absolutely a scam. Don’t fall for it, and never, ever give them a credit card number or any other personal information — and contact the Better Business Bureau or any consumer protection agency if you don’t believe me.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I was in the army for a long time. As a matter of fact, I’m retired from the army, and I know how NATO is. It’s much larger than it was years ago. But I saw countries draw back on the size of the military and the size of the spending, because they always figured that if there was going to be a major conflict that the majority of it will be fought by the U.S. Now we can’t afford this anymore, so if England and France want to take over the majority of it, why don’t we pull back and let them do it, and let us stop spending our money to be the superheroes?”
— Williamsport

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