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Mail Call - July 7

July 06, 2011

“Hmm, with the considerable amount of money that has been pumped into ‘education,’ and the BOE always more being grasping for more, I see where no less than 17 of our county schools have received a ‘failing’ grade for performance. Where is all this money going?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading in the newspaper here, 17 schools fell short in testing, and last week’s newspaper said the county teachers were getting a raise. Don’t seem like that’s — that they deserve a raise.”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding the caller from Hagerstown on June 30, about pensions for the federal — the congressmen, Robert Byrd never collected a pension because he never retired. You have to retire to get a pension. His family may get back what he paid into the retirement fund, but that’s all. They won’t get anything else. Weiner will not get a pension until he reaches at least 55, and then it’ll be a reduced pension, and when he reaches — if he waits until he reaches 62, he’ll get the — Weiner will get the $37,000 a year for the rest of his life. And 62, he may live to be 100, he may live to be 65. Pension stops when he dies.”
— Chewsville

“What’s wrong with TV? One channel says employment is up, another says it’s down. One says Obama is great, the other says he’s no good. Let’s make a change and tell the truth.”
— Hagerstown

“I find it more than just a coincidence that The Herald-Mail waits until after the BOE publicizes what all that money is and where it’s going, to all their teachers and their staffing and all like that, and now all of a sudden they’re gonna print ‘17 county schools fall short in testing’? Well, who’s doing all the work? Evidently nobody’s teaching the kids. And again, it’s just my opinion, but I think this is more than a coincidence, that they don’t print the bad news until after all our taxpayers’ money is spent on school board raises.”
— Hagerstown

“Thanks to all the people that never served our country, that are trying to stop us from what we stand for, God and country. I pledge allegiance, and God bless America.”
— Hagerstown

“In regards of taking away the recycle bins, I can’t believe that a person or persons wouldn’t step up, with a pickup truck with some bins in it, that couldn’t go around and collect recyclables; aluminum cans, steel cans, glass bottles, etc., and take to a recycle plant, and not make a profit. It would be a job for somebody, if they had a pickup truck or a van, to go around, pick up recyclables and recycle it for the cash.”
— Washington County

“Schools that don’t make the grade: 17. World-class school system — saying it over and over doesn’t make it true. Teachers and administrators get raises with renegotiating rights every year for three years. Will they face the music and renegotiate lower wages and benefits to give the money to the failing schools? Parents must share some of the blame — but then they aren’t demanding ‘Cadillac’ wages and benefits. Losers: The students and taxpayers of Washington County.”
— Williamsport

“Herald-Mail recent headlines: Schoolteachers get pay raises; 17 county schools have failing marks. Do I have to say any more?”
— Hagerstown

“Trash haulers in Washington County are required to offer recycling service. I know that some people do not want to give up twice-a-week trash hauling; however, if you start to recycle, you will realize that over half of what you’re now throwing away will be recycled. So contact your trash hauler and take advantage of their services.”
— Washington County

“When one-third of our schools are below the state standard, it is hard to see where we have a world-class educational system. Perhaps we should restructure the central office instead of the schools.”
— Halfway

“To the Hagerstown caller who gave their dog to the people after their house went into foreclosure: When you give something to somebody, it becomes their property. It’s no longer yours.”
— College Road

“Washington County Public School needs video and audio set up in the classroom. Students and parents would then be able to view what goes on at present and at a later date. If no one has anything to hide, it shouldn’t be a problem. Everyone, every day, would be made to put their best foot forward, not just on a day when a class is being monitored. This could be used to defend the good teachers and the good students. The only ones that would ... video accountability is often used in day care.”
— Hagerstown

“Seeing you Democrat callers raging on and on about the evils of the Bush tax cuts and how they alone are responsible for our economic woes — hilarious — and Republicans only care about the rich because they won’t raise taxes, I demand an explanation for something you’ve conveniently forgotten: How your supposedly super-intelligent and super-confident President Obama and the working men’s protector, the Democrat-controlled Congress, voted last year to extend the evil Bush tax cuts. Were they too incompetent to realize what they were doing, or are they, too, also just a bunch of rich men’s flunkies? Which is it?”
— Frederick, Md.

“I am suggesting that every nonprofit or charity check out the IRS web site under Automatic Revocation of Exemptions to see if your organization is listed. I saw dozens from Washington County, including legions, service clubs ... various youth groups, unions and even churches. I don’t understand all of the ramifications of losing exempt status, but I feel sure it is serious.”
— Williamsport

“I, too, question the legality of phone-in votes by Greencastle school board members, to raise taxes. It appears very underhanded and sneaky, and should be investigated.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“In response to the caller from Frederick, about criticizing George Bush for Medicare Part D, the criticism of Part D is Bush did not come up with a funding method to pay for it, and he specifically wrote in the law that they couldn’t negotiate prices. The way he set it up, it was a boon to the pharmaceutical companies.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Happy Fourth of July. Everybody in Washington County received their tax bills today. Isn’t that wonderful?”
— Clear Spring

“Anyone who thinks they own their own home hasn’t paid their property tax lately.”
— Keedysville
       
“So here the BOE gets huge raises; did you look at the papers earlier this week? Seventeen elementary and middle schools did not meet national proficiency standards in Washington County. Can someone tell me what is wrong with this picture?”
— Hagerstown
 
“Obviously, the BOE and their unions are too selfish or naive to connect the dots about how their pay raises have further burdened the county and state taxpayers — and have thrown garbage in the face of state workers. For the past two years, state workers — and retirees — have faced cuts, additional fees and furloughs, because the retirement/pension system is underfunded and the state is broke. Yet the BOE and unions have the nerve to demand more for themselves, which takes more away from other hardworking taxpayers. How do you sleep at night?”
— Williamsport

“This election is important because a country’s survival depends on good leadership. Look at Egypt, Greece, Rome, Spain, France and England. All were powerful at one time, and bad leaders along with high taxes and debt destroyed them.”
— Hagerstown

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