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Mail Call - July 25

July 25, 2011

“I was just calling to say that we had reported a brush problem on Kemps Mill Road in Williamsport; it was sticking out in the road and obstructing your view. We called the County Roads several times. No action was taken. We called Jeff Cline, county commissioner, and within a week’s time the problem was taken care of, and we want to say thanks to Jeff Cline for a job well done. So thank you, and have a good day.”

— Williamsport



“The person who made a comment about being a Christian and having a problem with gay marriages, yes, if you’re a born-again Christian — and I didn’t say ‘just a Christian,’ because that’s the easiest way for people to say things — if you’re a born-again Christian and you know your Bible is true, and if you want to know if it’s acceptable to God or not, read Genesis and you’ll know your answer.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to say I’m tired of hearing people complain about the teachers getting the money they get. These teachers have to put up a lot with a lot of these kids today. They have no respect for their own parents, so how can they respect the teachers?”

— Hagerstown



“I’m a mom calling about the response from the BOE teacher, about us following up on our students’ homework. It’s sad when my child comes home and states that her teacher is not teaching anything. I hear this day after day, that all they get to do is read in a book and their teacher is not teaching them anything, that they learn more by themselves, and yes, we follow up on their homework and everything else, but what are we supposed to do when the teacher is not teaching?”

— Hagerstown



“I just wanted to say that I am eternally grateful that Leonard Pitts is on vacation because I finally got to read a commentary in the newspaper opinion page that I read from beginning to end, and it actually interested me.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“I watched the city council meeting this week, on the annexation of 95 properties. This is the reason more people don’t complain and don’t attend hearings, because they feel it does no good. This proves their point. I hope the homeowners, if they are annexed in, remember, they will become voters at the city election.”

— Hagerstown



“To the caller about the hummingbirds: I have had hummingbirds all summer long, and I make my own nectar: One cup of sugar, three cups of water, bring to a boil for about five minutes. Add a little drop of red food coloring, and they love it.”

— Halfway



“This is to the caller from Sharpsburg who called in complaining about the schoolteachers, and wanted to give that money to the prison employees, their salaries. I’m an educated schoolteacher in Washington County. Obviously the person who wrote this is not educated whatsoever, or they would know that I put money in and time in to get the education I have. And obviously, the teacher who taught this person obviously didn’t do that, or they would know better. ... Being a teacher, I can have a secure position for the rest of my life.”

— Hagerstown



“Mr. Bartlett, if you would like to be elected to your 11th term next year, you really have to start thinking about your constituents in this district, instead of worrying about what your party says. You really gotta buck up. ... I mean, remember, some of these senior citizens that you were thinking about cutting Medicare and Social Security, are Republicans. I know you don’t want to give yourself — aka, millionaire and billionaires, because we know you’re a millionaire, but you know, you have to do this for revenue. Use your head this time, or you won’t make your 11th term. Sorry, sir.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling to respond to the person asking about if anyone’s seen hummingbirds this season, and I have a bunch of hummingbirds at my feeders here in Keedysville. So they are definitely around. In fact, I watched a young one learn how to use the feeder just yesterday. But yes, we’ve got plenty here in south Washington County.”

— Keedysville



“I’m calling regarding the parking meter increases. Hagerstown, the writing was on the wall when they tore down the hospital and moved the hospital to out on Robinwood. Look at all the revenue that was lost from those parking meters. So the city has to recoup it somewhere, and they’re putting it on the backs of us. They should have looked at this issue beforehand and come up with a plan, and been honest with us when they were proposing to move the hospital.”

— Hagerstown



“This call is in response to the Sharpsburg caller who keeps saying that teachers should give their raise to the prison guards. ... The only people that I know that keep taking prison guard jobs are not college graduates, and they get a good wage for what they do. We don’t need to pay more tax into the prison systems.”

— Hagerstown



“I saw today on CNN where President Obama’s spreading that scare tactics stuff again; if we don’t raise the debt limit up, people on Social Security, people that’s retired military, people that’s in the military, they’re not gonna get their checks. Well, that’s all you-know-what, right? But even if that would happen, what about people on welfare, would they still get their food stamps and Section 8 and their checks? If they would get that, something’s really wrong with this country.”

— Williamsport



“It seems to me that a lot of callers who have done little with their life are jealous of successful people, like teachers, executives and business owners.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to see one detailed article about one successful project that former community organizer/senator, now president, accomplished. He ‘demands,’ personally denigrates, bullies his opponents, and acts like the taxpaying, patriotic Americans are dupes and uneducated on political matters. His definition of compromise is ‘Do it my way.’ Since he has already collected almost $100 million to his re-election campaign fund, maybe he’s right about the ‘dupes’ thing. Please wake up, Americans.”

— Williamsport



“Maryland and Hagerstown need to have a sign on the end of their streets: ‘Welcome to Hagerstown, Md. Don’t worry you don’t mow your grass, because we don’t. It looks terrible along our interstates, and it’s OK. And go ahead and make your property look as bad as you want, if you own it, because the city only comes around and checks out the rental properties, and complains because there’s two little places of peeling paint.’ It just makes absolutely no sense. I think the city could better ... on things other than inspecting rental properties and complaining about peeling paint.”

— Hagerstown



“I want to thank the person that hit my Mazda on July 13, denting in the rear, right rear fender, and not leaving a note or a message. I hope the same thing happens to you someday.”

— Fountainhead area



“I don’t know what police officers the newspaper spoke with, but every police officer I’ve spoken with all say that if someone is brazen enough to break into your home while you’re home, then you meet force with greater force. Those people aren’t there for a tea party. Your response should be, A) Safety off, B) Empty firearm into criminals, C) Reload.”

— Halfway



“Once again, the Republican Party is showing their idea of compromise is do exactly what we want. We won’t even discuss anything else. And they’re putting their richest constituents ahead of the good of this country.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“To the Hagerstown, Washington County BOE teacher complaining about their children not doing the work when they send them home to the parents to do, that the parents are supposed to make sure they do it, check it: If that is so, then send half of your $75,000 salary home to the, with the kids to the parents so they can join in on the fun, too, that you’re getting. If it’s gonna be the parents’ responsibility, then we don’t need you then, do we?”

— Hagerstown



“On July 4, I participated in the Mile Long Yard Sale in the North End, on Longmeadow Road. To make a long story short, after the yard sale, I had people come back to my house to take what wasn’t for sale; Boyd’s bear statues, lawn ornaments from my yard that didn’t belong to them. They helped themselves. To make a long story short, I would like to have them back. A neighbor I talked to saw part of it happen, but I would like to give them the chance to bring them back.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, Waynesboro caller, the Republicans didn’t, in fact, try to ‘do away with’ middle-class tax cuts. They just wanted to extend all the Bush tax cuts for everyone, instead of letting them expire. And if they truly wanted to, President Obama and the Democrats could have passed any supposed middle-class tax cuts they pleased, just like they did with Obamacare, back when they controlled Congress and the White House, and the Republicans couldn’t have stopped them. So why didn’t they? Again, obviously, just like you leftist Democrats keep saying about Republicans, it must be because they only care about the rich.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I’m calling in regards to all the comments about the teachers and administrators getting raises at the BOE. I think the bottom line is, people that feel they shouldn’t have gotten a raise, it has nothing to do with them not deserving one, it’s the fact that we’re in a very hard economic time, and there’s many people that’s went to college and earned degrees and have very good jobs that do make a difference in our community, but teachers are no better.”

— Clear Spring



“I think that all our representatives in Washington, D.C., should grow up. They’re acting like 2-year-old kids out there in the middle of the street arguing and fighting. They should be doing their jobs for the country, not for their party. Their parties really don’t matter, if they do what’s right for our country. And for the lady who wanted to know about the hummingbirds ... I have them, and they’re here.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“Good luck to the person that’s looking for a no-kill shelter for animals. I, too, have been trying to beg Hagerstown for years and years to build a no-kill shelter. I have three adult cats that I have to find a home for, or else I will have to take them out to the Humane Society. I’m moving into a facility that does not allow cats, and I’ve had these cats for 11 years. So if anybody does know of a no-kill shelter, I wish they would put it in, because I have called all of them that I know of, and they’re filled to capacity.”

— Boonsboro



“I’m just saying that the senators and representatives we voted for do not know how to get along. They are acting like children fighting in a playground. Rather than blaming one political party or the other, maybe we should vote against everyone in Congress, and vote for someone new. Remember, we have the power to do this. There are less than 1,000 congressmen, while there about 380 million (voters).”

— Clear Spring



“The article in the paper about the senators and congressmen taking trips overseas at taxpayers’ expense is true. In one trip, 10 senators — 10 congressmen and senators took their wives, families and friends overseas, stayed in five-star hotels, ate at the best restaurants, all at the expense of taxpayers. I think the president should put a stop to this.”

— Hagerstown



“I think anyone who makes a million dollars or more a year does not need Social Security or Medicare. Those two programs were designed for the poor and the middle class. I think the whole deficit program would be solved if they took those two programs from the rich. They do not need them.”

— Hagerstown



“Just want to say thank you to all the inconsiderate people that misused the recycle bins. Now all our newspapers and plastics and cans are going into the trash. We are not running all over the place looking for a recycle bin. We had one right near us in Funkstown, and now they are doing away with them.”

— South Pointe



“Maugansville, Carroll County Humane Society tries to find homes for pets. Chambersburg has the Humane Society, and Waynesboro. The SPCA (Gettysburg) tries to find homes. Dogs and cats are often put in foster care until they are adopted. To euthanize is not their priority, unless pets are in such poor health from neglect it would be merciful. Animal shelters are asking for help, as they run on donations, people are turning pets in as they cannot afford them. Go online, put ads on bulletin boards, advertise in the free column in The Herald-Mail. SPCA is great. Good luck on finding your pet a good home.”

— Hagerstown



“Whose bright idea was it to put a traffic light at the end of Route 67 near 340? If this was at the other end of Route 67 I would get it, since the traffic on Alternate 40 is heavy, and people making rights from Boonsboro make it hard to turn, but there? Now it’s not only the bridge coming out of Virginia that is backing up traffic, that stupid useless light is also. I just don’t get it. Another waste of taxpayers’ money.”

— Keedysville

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