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Mail Call - April 6

April 06, 2011

“This is to the person who called about do you have to pay if you won something. The answer to that is no. If you won something, you won something. You do not have to pay a fee for that — besides your taxes, after you get the money. I repeat, after you get the money. I had a call on Thursday telling me I won $285,000, but I had to pay $1,000 to get it. Ha ha ha — not. Needless to say, I did not receive the money. So do not pay anything. If you get a call asking for money if you won something, don’t pay it.”

— Washington County



“I’d like for you to print three words for me, in big, bold letters: Remember Pearl Harbor.”

— Smithsburg



“I would like to know if anybody out there has ever seen a robin with a white head like an eagle. There’s a robin up here on Georgia Avenue a few people have seen, and it has a white head like an eagle, and we were just wondering if that’s unusual or what.”

— Hagerstown



“I have a question regarding the proposed law about videotaping cars passing school buses. Is this referring to legally passing on a two-lane road, with the passing lines on the road marked? Please explain.”

— Halfway



“This comment concerns an article on page B2 of Monday, March 28, Herald-Mail, concerning natural gas drilling in shale in Garrett and Allegany counties, otherwise known as fracking. Why would Donoghue, Beitzel, Myers, Serafini, Parrott and Hough, who know very little of this process, which pollutes wells, streams and lakes, want to impose this on the citizens of these counties? For more information, just ask the residents of Bedford and other counties.”

— Boonsboro



“I’m calling in regards to the caller who left a message about the West End kids being shipped to the East End schools. I totally agree. I think it’s totally ridiculous. Most of these kids were walkers, and now they have to pay bus drivers to ship these kids clear across town, and some of these kids are going to be on the bus for almost an hour a day. It’s totally ridiculous.”

— West End, Hagerstown



“It’s easy for Christians to vote for Newt Gingrich. We just pretend we’re liberal Democrats, and that Newt is really Bill Clinton. He not only commits adultery, but can lie under oath whenever he wants.”

— Hagerstown



“The recent recall of the box fans should be taken seriously. My fan motor caught fire, damaging my home, which took six months to repair.”

— Hagerstown



“I was wondering, because I read in Mail Call about people letting their cats run loose and their dogs run loose and whatnot, what happens, say you have an unresponsible pet owner who lets their cat run loose, and this cat kills birds, like blue jays and cardinals, birds that I’m pretty sure are protected, what happens when they kill these type of animals? ... I don’t agree a whole lot with what PETA does a lot of times, but I like to see them step in and say hey, let’s crack down on these animals that are destroying wildlife. Just a curious question.”

— Hagerstown



“This is for Jay Ambrose’s letter in the opinion section about Elizabeth Taylor. That was a great letter. He really caught Elizabeth Taylor at the best. He described Elizabeth Taylor very well, what kind of woman she was. Like I said, it was a great letter.”

— Hagerstown



“It’s nice to know there are still kind and caring strangers in this topsy-turvy world. My sincere thanks to everyone who came to my aid on Friday, March 25, when I fell in front of (a store). To all the ... employees who brought ice, took me into the store, called the medics, and walked me to the parking lot, and to all the other strangers who stopped to help, many, many thanks.”

— Williamsport



“Thumbs up to Terry Baker. Thumbs down to the rest of the county commissioners, and especially Bill McKinley, who voted to appoint developer Sassan Shaool to the planning commission. You would be a fool not to see the serious conflict of interest this creates. Why you select a person who must recuse himself from projects in which he is involved, when you had 41 other applicants to select from ... Citizens, you need to remember this pro-developer decision the next election. This decision is not in the best interests of our county.”

— Washington County



“I’m from up here in the West End of Hagerstown, and I’m calling in reference to the redistricting of kids from the schools up here in the West End of Hagerstown, and I just want to put my opinion. Why should we pay to have them shipped clear out to Eastern ... when that’s going to cost the taxpayers money, and the board is always saying that they’re on a tight budget? Why would they pay more money to ship these kids 20, 25 minutes across town, when they’re in walking distance, and parents actually take these kids to school?”

— Hagerstown



“Why can’t the city of Hagerstown and the county put some of or most of those street signal lights on blink, say from 12 to 5:30? Which it’s ridiculous to sit at a light in the middle of the night, 2, 2:30 in the morning, and no traffic’s going the other way, and you have to sit there on a red light two or three minutes. I’m sure someone’s smart enough at the signal department to be able to figure that out.”

— Hagerstown



“I just read where the new Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee made the statement that in Washington, the view is that banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks. Now we know where their loyalties lie.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“To the proud 81-year-old Republican who didn’t get Social Security or health care from the Republicans: No, you got it from the Democrats, and you’ve been using it since you were 62 years old, and Medicare since you were 65. So you’d better thank somebody else besides the Republicans, because they’re going to take it from you.”

— Hagerstown



“I wish people out there would have more respect for when they’re out in public and using such strong profanity words. ... If you want to do that amongst yourselves, that’s fine, but when you are out in the general public, people like myself do not want to hear such strong profanity. And if we hear it again, going to tell people you need a bar of soap to wash your mouth. If you don’t have any respect for yourself, think of others around you.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in response to the 81-year-old Republican that was published in the March 28 paper. You are the one that needs to check your facts. The Democrats are not responsible for you not getting a Social Security cost-of-living raise. That is a set formula that was established years ago. What the Democrats are responsible for is the fact that you even have health insurance.”

— Hagerstown

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