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Mail Call - April 27

April 27, 2011

“This is a thank you to Chad Smith, his articles he always writes about keeping fit. Thank you, Chad, for letting our community know what people have to do — especially this last article about parents keeping their kids off the couch, and eating right. But parents themselves need to keep off the couch and eat right. Then we won’t have so many overweight people and so many people who are diabetic here in Hagerstown. I don’t understand why people just can’t take care of themselves, do what’s right.”

— Smithsburg



“What a shame that we even have to have the — maybe have the police to monitor the recycling centers. They cleaned it all up, they have a big sign up there, ‘No garbage.’ I went down to put some cardboard, papers and plastic in to be recycled, and there was that mess all over again. So sad that there has to be some people — few people, probably — that have to mess it up for everybody else.”

— Washington County



“Hagerstown caller, the difference between Bush going into Iraq and President Obama’s no-fly zone is: Bush had congressional approval. The same people telling Hillary, Kerry, Kennedy, etc., told Bush there were WMDs. Obama went against congressional approval on the no-fly/no boots on the ground fiasco. Bullets are going on the ground. CIA told Obama some on the ground were bin Laden’s thugs but some were innocent people. Constitution says president needs congressional approval for this type action.”

— Hagerstown



“I have a novel idea. Instead of the U.S. sending tons of money to foreign countries, tell those countries to borrow from China, like we do. Let them assume their own national debt and interest payments.”

— Williamsport



“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, Medicare seniors, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401(k)s, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“The articles identifying the Washington County teacher and administrator salaries was an interesting one, but it told only half the story. We taxpayers want to know the total compensation our county employees are making, to include all benefits; health insurance, pensions, life insurance, etc. What are those employees contributing to their own retirement and insurance?”

— Hagerstown



“I want to thank The Herald-Mail for publishing the BOE salaries. When public servants are paid more than the median household in the community they serve, the tax base can no longer support them. Washington County has a median household income of around $50,000 per year, which is significantly less than the last person on the first list, at $70,055. At some point drastic changes will be needed to the Board of Education’s unsustainable pay scale, as lower and fixed-income property owners won’t be able to absorb another rate increase.”

— Smithsburg



“That darn Rush Limbaugh. He only raised $3 million for the leukemia society. How can anyone stand that guy? Wonder what the Obamas are raising funds for.”

— Boonsboro



“I don’t know whose bright idea it was to publish all these people’s salaries in the paper. Remember one time when they said we’re to have privacy? There is no privacy in this world, and I don’t give anyone credit to do such a thing. I think it’s outrageous.”

— Boonsboro



“Yes, several air controllers were caught sleeping. They have the lives of many in their hands. We saw Vice President Biden, senators and congressmen sleeping. They have the nation in their hands. Do we fire them?”

— Hagerstown



“I’ve been reading in the paper about the city and the county workers. Why don’t these city and county workers try to live on $1,100 a month, and pay their secondary insurance, prescriptions, house payment, and all utilities, and Social Services gives you $16 a month in food stamps. That’s all I receive, and I’m disabled and everything, and this is all I get, and yet I’m supposed to live on $1,100 a month and these other employees get all that money. Do you think this is right for the senior citizens? Why doesn’t Washington County take care of their seniors first?”

— Halfway



“I think it’s ridiculous that The Herald-Mail would publish salaries of the teachers of Washington County and city employees of Hagerstown. What possible good could come of this? I have two brothers; one employed by the school system, and one employed by the city of Hagerstown, and if I was them I’d cancel my subscription to your paper.”

— Hancock



“I think The Herald-Mail did a good thing by printing the salaries of the highest paid teachers. I know many of the people on that page. The children of Washington County and their parents sure are getting their money’s worth.”

— Halfway



“Thank you ... publishing the people’s salary for the school board, the Washington County and city. Now how about publishing those who actually live in Washington County and work in Washington County? Publish those names in the paper.”

— Hagerstown



“The series in the paper about the salaries is only part of the outrageous pay scale. Could we have the perks? Vacation, holidays, medical leave, paid leave, personal days, holidays, vacations, educational assistance, vehicles, gas for vehicles, mileage reimbursement, retirement plans, 401s, medical insurance, eyeglass insurance, pharmacy insurance, dental insurance, bonuses, overtime, conventions ... the ability to submit their own written timecards so they can claim work hours when they’re out playing golf, and the list goes on. Computer use to play games or surf the Web on the clock. Does anyone check?”

— Hagerstown



“I am sure that there are many of us out there that would like to see a follow-up article on the incomes for the county, the city and the education department and including the benefits, as to how that compares with the local private sector.”

— Hagerstown



“After reading the salaries for teachers, government officials, principals, guidance counselors, janitors, etc., I now know that they all make too much and do not need raises. Give us a break. Most of us work at least 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year or more and don’t make that kind of money and do far more work, and can’t even afford gas anymore to get to work. Give us a break.”

— Washington County

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