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Mail Call - May 4

May 03, 2011

"As a WCPS employee making far less than $75K a year, I think it should've been mentioned that the majority of the names and salaries listed in last week's papers belonged to people who have worked for the county for a number of years and/or have multiple degrees. Each time you earn a degree (bachelor's, master's, doctorate, etc.), and you have paid far more than one year's salary for that education, you get a pay increase. When you think about the cost of a college education (undergrad) in comparison to a graduate education (master's or higher), you're talking about more money than some people pay for their houses."

— Hagerstown



"I live on Colonial Drive. I'd like to agree with the fellow that wrote in about the unnecessary roundabout on Cornell Avenue. If he thinks that was a waste, he should have seen it being built. One time I watched one employee tamping down bricks, and 10 — that's 10 — other employees standing there watching him. Boy, that's where our money goes."

— Hagerstown



"I was just reading the front of The Herald-Mail, the paper, about Greencastle school going to cut some jobs and stuff. I would really like to know why the teachers at Greencastle high school, middle school and elementary, cannot do their own copying, that they have somebody that they pay money to do that. Let's be real. You want more, then do your job. Don't pay somebody to do the copying for you because you're not capable. That's wasteful."

— Greencastle, Pa.



"A lot of states are now making anti-illegal immigration laws stronger. So what do the Maryland lawmakers do this past session? Go the other way. This was even mentioned in the USA Today paper. This is an embarrassment to our state. Please, Del. Parrott, keep on trying to force a referendum on this issue. Let the voters decide, not the ones who are getting kickbacks."

— Hagerstown



"If we're talking about the stink bugs, something that would kill stink bugs, well, back about 30 years ago or so, I do recall, because I had a farm myself, worked on a farm, we had a product called DDT. It was so harmful to everybody, to everything, oh my, that the farmers had to stop using it because the EPA said so, Environmental Protection Agency. Well, guess what? It's been used in South America and other ... they can use it on the crops over there and send them into this country. So we need to get back to basics and do what's right. You want something to kill the stink bugs, use DDT."

— Hagerstown



"I'd like to respond to the person about county worker raises. It said 'county workers are not getting a raise, but it would be nice if they'd get a cost-of-living raise, since prices are going up and gas and food and everything else is.' Why should the county workers get a cost-of-living raise, or anybody else get a cost-of-living raise? The senior citizens don't get a cost-of-living raise ... food and everything else, and they're stuck on a budget. They only got a budget to go by."

— Hagerstown



"This is in regard to the superintendent. I think that you need to let the BOE choose the best person for the job, and unless you're sitting on the advisory board and looking at those resumes, I don't think you have a right to determine whether or not Boyd Michael should be a superintendent."

— Rohrersville



"Your editorial in today's paper, which is Monday, April 25, is misleading. It says immigrant students. It doesn't say illegal immigrant students. I've had many friends who have gone through this becoming a citizen process, and they have spent hours of dedicated time to become a citizen. If they've been here all these — life, i.e., the ones you reference in the article, then why haven't they done that process? Sorry, Herald-Mail, you get an 'F' for that opinion."

— Hagerstown



"I object to the removal of the recycling bins in the South End. If they get rid of any, would they please at least keep the one for newspapers and cardboard?"

— Hagerstown



"About William Donald Schaefer: He meant what he said and did what he said he was going to do. They don't make them like that anymore. Rest in peace, Councilman, Mayor, Governor, Comptroller Schaefer. From a longtime resident of Baltimore, Md."

— Baltimore

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