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Mail Call - June 15

June 14, 2011

“I went to the junior college to see the Navy band, ‘Country Current,’ and they’re also a bluegrass band, and we got there — as did a hundred other people — and it was canceled. I asked the man why it was canceled. He said due to weather. It was bright and sunny. Now, the same exact thing happened last year. It was called for weather, and it was beautiful and sunny up here. So something’s wrong.”
— Hagerstown

“Apparently Nancy Pelosi’s vow to drain the swamp doesn’t extend to her Democratic colleagues, Charlie Rangel, Anthony Weiner and the rest of the pack of weasels.”
— Maugansville

“I would like to know when the city, county and state would start cutting leaves around these intersections. The grass is getting so high that the cars cannot see until they get out almost on the highway. I think that is ridiculous.”
— Mount Lena

“I’m calling about the issue of stink bugs, whether people really know it, that stink bugs are really known as roaches overseas. That is their cockroach.”
— Hagerstown

“Considering the bins, the recycling bins that they removed from in town, I am a Hagerstown resident, I pay city taxes, I live in a gated community, and the city refuses to come in to pick up our recycling. So what do we do? We’re gonna have to take it to someone in the county, and the county don’t want us to go there, so I’m not sure we’re supposed to do. It’s not a option to put it in the landfill because that’s not the appropriate ... so not sure what we should do. Our gates are always open, so it’s not an issue that the trucks can’t come in.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling to ask if anybody in your Mail Call audience would know how long Montgomery Ward has been out of the business. I bought a couch there, and I’d like to know how much it was, but they were going out of business — I  mean, how long I’ve had it, and — but they were going out of business. It was a floor model. I’d like to know how long Wards have been out of business.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to know what is the expense account for the senators and the congressmen, and how can Roscoe Bartlett deny certain things? I think we need new people in office. It’s time Sarah Palin got in. And about the trash bins: If they hadn’t abused them at the ... market by putting trash outside, they’d still be there.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller who lives in Funkstown who doesn’t want other county citizens to use their recycling bin: I have friends who live in Maugansville, and I am not aware of them paying a private Maugansville tax for their recycling bin. I think we should all work together and try to help the environment. And the county should make it more convenient for us to recycle.”
— Hagerstown

“Thank you to Ira Lourie for his letter to the editor in Sunday, June 5, issue, regarding the equal college tuition benefits to children of all taxpaying families, including illegal immigrants. He is reasonable and nonbiased, and our county and the people of our county and the people who patronize Parrott.”
— Smithsburg

“I’ve been very busy recycling at South End, and now the bins are gone. What do you expect us to do, send it all out to the dump so you can build a bigger dump? Is there a recycling area anywhere close to South End? I know trash goes in there — I’m not that stupid — but which do you prefer, trash, or more trash building up at city dump? What is wrong?”
— Hagerstown

“This call is in response to the June 7 Mail Call. Boonsboro caller, the Ryan plan is a joke. Anybody over 40 should not vote for it. Nobody is going to insure you with a voucher when you’re 67, have diabetes or high blood pressure. Get over it. That plan should die. Secondly, the Funkstown caller: If we can’t use the recycle bin even though it’s a county bin, you shouldn’t be able to use the roads in Hagerstown, so stay off of them. Thirdly, the callers always complaining about the president and the price of gas: They can drill all day, all night. The oil companies have no incentive to drive their oil prices down.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where Mr. Cardin’s back. He borrowed money to give to different organizations in the state of Maryland and Washington County. Only time he shows up. And one thing people don’t probably know is that he’s anti-gun. He voted ‘yes’ to ban all guns in government-owned woods and parks. So let’s get rid of him. He’ll take away your guns and your rights next.”
— Hagerstown

“Please, please tell me it’s not true that the town council voted to buy the clock tower building to put a Little League museum in the building, on the first floor. The top priority, as soon as they purchase it, it’s gonna be the Williamsport museum for the Little League ball league.”
— Williamsport

“I was calling concerning the purchase of the 36-40 N. Potomac St. by the City of Hagerstown. I noticed that Kate Alexander, in her brilliant reporting, did not fail to mention that the property was only worth $180,000, but the city was going to pay $230,000. I wonder why she didn’t mention who owned the building. She mentioned Cafe Napoli was in the building, but who owns the building? Who is the city giving $50,000 more to, the appraised value?”
— Hagerstown

“Where are the papers to get the new dump permits? Also, are people aware that when the new dump permits come out, we cannot dump yard waste, under those permits, anymore. I think it’s really being kept hush-hush. There’s nothing in the paper or on TV, and I think it’s being done very underhandedly.”
— Hagerstown

“This question is for the HR director for the City of Hagerstown, and the city administrator. This year, lots of city employees lost their jobs due to budget restraints. Some of those employees had been there 10-plus years, some even 20 years. My question is, why did Public Works hire seasonals to do jobs of other city employees ... given the chance to come back and work seasonal? One employee in particular is the department manager’s son. I think this question needs answered, for all taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in regards to the recent calls about scooters. My issue with it is not so much if it’s a 25-mph zone and they’re going 25 — that’s fine. It’s the weaving in and out of traffic. It’s — they don’t follow all the traffic laws. I don’t believe you have to have a license to drive one. I don’t believe you have to be insured to have one on the road. If you’re gonna be driving with traffic, I believe you should have to have a license and have to be insured. What if the scooter causes an accident? There’s no insurance there to cover it. So I believe that only insured, licensed people should be able to drive on the road. Other than that, get a bike, a regular man-powered bike.”
— Washington County

“It would be appreciated by your neighbor if you were to cut and trim the branches of your flowers, plants, trees and bushes that hang over into your neighbor’s property. Otherwise, your neighbor, being the owner of their property, has the right to cut anything that’s on their property. Remember, it’s yours, and you should maintain it.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who responded to my call about the recycling bins in Funkstown: If nobody but Funkstown residents are supposed to use them, why did the sign at the bins in the South End parking lot say that we should use them? Somebody’s story is not straight.”
— Halfway

“If people want to save their Medicare and Social Security, all I gotta say, they better vote for President Obama, because all the Republicans want to do is abolish it or take away from it.”
— Hagerstown

“I just called the Funkstown town hall, and they said the recycling bins located in Funkstown are run by the county, so everybody can use them, not just Funkstown residents. However, I think another problem is there’s too much being recycled there. So the county should put the bins that they closed down in the South End and Dual Highway, and take those extra bins to Funkstown and maybe to Maugansville, give them extra bins. And the county should be responsible for making sure those bins are emptied on a timely fashion, maybe twice or three times a week if necessary, if they’re being used that much. Or else we’re gonna end up losing the ones at Funkstown and Maugansville also.”
— Washington County

“I have a wonderful idea for the newspaper. If you can write the teachers’ incomes and you can write the people’s names that owe back taxes, why don’t you start including driver’s license pictures for every absent parent that owes back child support in excess of $10,000? My thinking is that you would end up with five sections of your newspaper, just for Washington County, since they never truly enforce how much these absent parents owe.”
— Washington County

“I was reading on the opinion page that, on June 8, that people are learning to fiddle with gnomes, and I was wondering if those fiddle players would be coming here soon, because I kinda likes me some gnomes and I likes me that fiddle music, and that sounds like a good band. And I wonder if you had anymore information on that.”
— Hagerstown

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