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Mail Call - April 26

April 25, 2011

“So the average city worker makes the average of $54,222 a year. My spouse and I don’t make that together. What a rip-off. Thanks, Herald-Mail, for keeping us informed.”
— Hagerstown

“Congratulations to George Michael for his op-ed on April 15. It’s a story that needs to be told, and told again and again. I just want to congratulate him.”
— Washington County

“That article by David Hanlin about ‘It’s time to talk trash,’ that’s exactly what that column is about, trash. He wants to penalize most of the people who do it right and haul their own trash there. I guarantee you that it’s going to cost me more than $95 a year, what I pay now, because I’m a senior citizen. It’s time that you start breaking down on the people that’s breaking — not making everybody else pay for it, because I guarantee you it’ll be more spent to do it the way he’s talking about it.”
— Smithsburg

“I’m reading Sunday’s, this morning’s paper, and I think they did a great job. I can’t believe how great — this article in about the schools paid all this money and all these teachers. I sent three kids through college. They should have taken up teaching. It’s unbelievable how much money they make, and they only work (10) months a year. So a great job. I loved today’s paper, and The Herald-Mail’s getting better and better at printing things.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading Sunday’s paper. On the front page it has teachers’ salaries. This is — I think the teachers, I don’t know what they’re crying about, looking at all the salaries they make, I think they’re making enough money. Matter of fact, probably making too much money for what they teach nowadays. If any teachers needs a pay raise, maybe they ought to take it from the superintendents and supervisors they have in there. Maybe they could take some of their pay and give it to these schoolteachers who need more pay. But if you’re making $75,000 a year, you sure as heck don’t need more pay raises.”
— Hagerstown

“You want to know why this county’s in the shape it’s in? Read the Sunday Herald-Mail, page A3. Total up the first 52 salaries of the employees from the Washington County Public Schools system. Add it up, multiply it, that’s one year, that’s 52 employees. County commissioners, people, something has to be done.”
— Williamsport

“After reading Sunday’s paper and seeing how much the teachers, principals and assistants all make, I think this is horrendous that they would be even asking at any time for a raise. As a housekeeper at the hospital, these people in here in this paper, teachers and all, make three, four times more a year than I do, and I do hard work compared to what they do. Yes, they may have that education to be a teacher, but asking for raises, and the money that they make here ... I only wish that I made the money a year that these people make.”
— Hagerstown

“Thanks for the enlightening article on the Washington County teachers’ and administrators’ salaries. Couple of questions, though. If you added in the benefits package, such as the Cadillac health care, the $500 contribution that was just made, contributions to the pension plan, and the fact that the people get between six and 10 weeks a year of ‘vacation,’ how would you factor that in and compare ... do they make anywhere near the level of income that the folks in the school system do?”
— Hagerstown

“I am not a resident of Hagerstown. However, looking at the paper, I can’t believe all the employees and the salaries they make in a city of the size of Hagerstown. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
 — Brightwood Acres East

“I urge everyone, every American, whenever an election comes up, that you please register and vote. It’s important that we get people in there that want to take care of America first and quit giving our country away to everybody. We’ve got to have strong leadership, not the people we’ve got in there now.”
— Sharpsburg

“After reading Sunday and Monday’s paper, I often questioned who in the heck can afford the meat that they sell in the supermarkets today, at five and six and seven and eight and nine dollars a pound. Now I know. It surely wasn’t the citizens around here.”
— Hagerstown

“I was wondering if anybody knows if the county employees are getting raises this year. If anybody knows, can you put it in the paper? We’d appreciate it.”
— Hagerstown

“Maybe The Herald-Mail should start paying a higher salary, either to editors, or proofreaders should be hired. It says right on the front page, a story about City of Hagerstown salaries will be published Tuesday, and instead of publishing county employees’ salaries, you published the city employee salaries. Does nobody go over what they’re putting in the paper? This is the stuff that gets printed in here. It’s never looked at ... and nobody ever seems to care, and then you put a little apology in. This is a great big section in the paper, and you left it there. Unbelievable.”
— Hagerstown

“Just want to say that printing every Washington County board member’s employee’s name and salary may have made the newspaper some money; giving every employee and their family members an excuse to cancel their subscriptions, that’s priceless.”
— Smithsburg

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