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Mail Call - May 24

May 24, 2011

“I find it interesting that all of a sudden school boards can cut costs instead of raising taxes, like they have done for many years, after telling us how more money is the answer to better education. It hasn’t worked. Now maybe the taxpayer can get some relief. A new approach to schooling is badly needed.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I want to say way to go, Steve Wilson, for writing a letter to the editor about the sidewalks. I feel the same way. When I get mine fixed I think I will put up a fence around it so no one can walk on my sidewalk, being it is my property. That way no one can damage it. How do you think the city would like that?”

— Hancock



“I hope it’s OK for me to say this, but I just wonder how anybody that makes less than $100,000 a year can be a Republican.”

— Hagerstown



“I don’t understand you people who are so narrow-minded, when you think that us who believe that the immigration laws should be enforced are narrow-minded and full of racial hatred, etc. We didn’t make the laws. The lawmakers made them. They’re the ones who said that you shouldn’t be here illegally, and until that’s changed, I’m saying that the illegal immigrants don’t belong here. So what’s your argument on that? Is it OK for me to go out and rob a bank? No, the law says I can’t rob a bank, just the same as the law says illegal immigrants shouldn’t be here.”

— Sharpsburg



“This is in regards to the caller who was saying that educators got their education paid for off the taxpayer’s dime. Yes, I did get mine paid by taxpayers. It was called GI Bill. It was from the government, from serving in the Army. But I made use of my education, so don’t complain about people getting their educations.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m responding to the Washington County resident on Monday,  May 16. You need to re-read what I called in. I never said cops didn’t put their life on the line. What I stated was they overreacted with the SWAT team, and wasted tax money. My father and brother have been in law enforcement for over 20-plus years. I think they even agreed with me on this one. So read what you say and understand what you read before you put in some ... comment.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d just like to comment on the article on Monday’s editorial page. It was very good, about the mo-peds. Something surely has to be done.”

— State Line, Pa.



“I was just reading in the paper today about Mr. Smith, and how he gave a lot of his lottery winnings to buy fire department vehicles and vehicles for the sheriff’s department. It reminds me of an old saying that says good people do good things with money, and bad people do bad things when they get money. It just shows that Mr. Smith is doing a lot of good with his winnings, and God bless him for what he’s doing. May God continue to bless him.”

— Williamsport



“To our Washington County Commissioners, from a retiree: How about a raise, and/or cost of living for the retirees? It’s been three years since any kind of increase on Social Security and our county pension. You don’t have to budget this, as it comes from the pension fund, and I know this is possible. Look at the rise in prices from three years ago. And a question: What percent has the county employees gotten in the last three years? Come on, retirees, get behind us. Get your friends and everyone to vote these people out if we don’t get a raise.”

— Indian Springs



“I would like to thank Tim Rowland for his article on 5/8 and 5/15 ... he was doing a great job, and keep up the good work. I would not say anything bad about our Republican elected officials, county or state. If I do, it will not get in the paper. The county commissioners are wasting our money, and the state delegates and senators do not get us anything for Washington County. Oops, I just did.”

— Washington County



“My congratulations to the 90 people who got their GEDs and external degrees and all on this program. It just goes to show that a lot of determination and spirit can get you somewhere in life. You can’t blame it always on your family or your childhood, or how mom and dad treated you when you were growing up. These people show you that it can be done. Some people need to learn from this.”

— Hancock



“I’m calling about the Eastern Boulevard YMCA conflict. There’s a simple solution: Right turn only. Make a detour around the area until the new intersection is built in 2013. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Safety first. For those people who must go back Eastern Boulevard, first turn right. Go up to Long Meadow Shopping Center and turn around there.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling about Tim Rowland’s column in the Sunday paper, where he’s criticizing the Washington County delegates for not obtaining any tax money for local projects. Well, I’m confused, because I see all this construction on Dual Highway and Mount Aetna, streets and roads, massive school campus on Mount Aetna. Isn’t our tax money paying for this? If not, where’s it coming from?”

— Washington County



“How much longer are these barrels going to be on Edgewood Drive, so that you only have one lane to make a left turn on the Dual Highway? Some evenings we’re backed up clear into Funkstown, because of the number of cars. Let’s get a move on this project. These barrels have been sitting here with no work being done for months.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to say congratulations to Clear Spring High School boys and girls tennis. You did a great job winning the county championship for both boys and girls. Good luck in the regional playoffs. Way to go, Clear Spring.”

— Hagerstown



“There’s been talk around the town there about that there’s been workers working in the old Giant Eagle building along Pennsylvania Avenue. Was wondering if anyone out there knows, are they planning on putting a grocery store there, or a much-needed department store? Because we need a department store, definitely, in the North End, but wondering about that.”

— Hagerstown



“I don’t get around by mo-ped or scooter, but I have to say that I agree with your editorial concerning mo-peds and scooters. I’ve seen these mo-ped drivers and riders staying right on the road. I mean, actually, in a way, they’re obstructing traffic and all. I mean, they should have at least — I was in Hagerstown Saturday evening and I saw these two young guys riding a mo-ped, and they stayed right on the road, and they were slowing the truck down that was behind them.”

— Hagerstown

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