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Mail Call - Aug. 1

August 01, 2011

“This is in regards to the caller who referred to correctional officers as prison guards. Most officers have college degrees and do a fine job.”

— Hagerstown



“First, I’d like to say that in my opinion, Leonard Pitts is a joke. ... It’s funny that he’s bashing Fox News for their facts. Wow, I guess he’s never watched CNN or MSNBC, or any of the other ones that are completely liberal. Anyway, I’m not affiliated, but I think it’s funny how both sides play each other, and then people ... I see the new urban growth rezoning changes. To the county commissioners, I say as a taxpayer, please stop building because we cannot afford to pay for the construction people’s taxes anymore.”

— Hagerstown



“One of my favorite things in the newspaper is Leonard Pitts’ wonderful editorials. I enjoy reading them because they’re informative and very accurate. Thank you, Leonard, and keep up the good work.”

— Smithsburg



“Why is Leonard Pitts so afraid of Fox News? It’s not as bad as what he says it is. And unfortunately, he’s like a lot of liberal journalists. They don’t understand what they don’t understand.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“You know, I’m 80-some years old, and I’d like to go back to three teachers at my early childhood that I was a thorn in their side. I’ll bet they thought, boy, he’s going to turn out to be a doozy. And they were wonderful teachers, by the way, and if it wouldn’t have been for them, I wouldn’t be where I’m today. ... But I want to say if it wasn’t for all those teachers, especially those three teachers who put up with me and took patience with me, I wouldn’t be where I’m today, and I have all the admiration for these teachers.”

— Hagerstown



“It’s time for a change. People in Washington have to stop putting the debt on the backs of the middle class and low-class income people, and taking away from our seniors. It’s time to reduce their pay and benefits. Stop sending and spending all of our money and tax money overseas, and reduce spending, or lose their job in the next election.”

— Clear Spring



“Who makes the rules in education, such as No Child Left Behind, school assessment tests and higher targets each year? Are they former teachers or school psychologists? I think not. I have worked with young children half my life. I’ve raised five children. No one knows any better than schoolteachers that some children will always be left behind. God did not make any two babies exactly alike. Allow each child to learn at their own pace, instead of pushing teachers and students. This is making learning very stressful.”

— Hancock



“Thanks to Julie Greene for the terrific article on the improvement for the school instruction program for Washington County. It would be nice if neighboring counties would do the same.”

— Hagerstown



“In answer to the people asking about the hummingbirds: I live in Falling Waters, and I have hummingbirds, and I make my own nectar. I use one cup of sugar and one cup of water, and just bring it to a simmer and let it cool off, and then put it in their feeder, and it seems like they just love that stuff. And I don’t put any food coloring or nothing in mine.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“For all the people who are complaining about the BOE getting raises: I work for the board, and just received my paycheck after our first raise, and actually brought home $15 less than what I usually make every pay period because they raised our retirements. So that’s where all the BOE raises went.”

— Hagerstown



“I just want to let everyone know that with all the articles that they have been putting in the paper about the BOE employees getting big raises, I just did summer employment, and when I got my total raise, I had 29 cents more on my paycheck. So 29 cents is not going to help me out a lot when we had a 10 percent raise in our insurance. Some employees do not get the big bucks.”

— Leitersburg



“The person who has the recipe in the newspaper on July 25, regarding hummingbird nectar, it is entirely incorrect. I have been feeding hummingbirds for years and years and years, and I have quite a few books about hummingbirds. The recipe is one cup of sugar and four cups of water, and you are never, never, never to buy any nectar that has red food coloring.”

— Boonsboro



“I think the Washington County Public Schools’ decision to use taxpayer money to transport students from Bester and Winter Street elementaries to Rockland Woods or Potomac Heights is ridiculous. Bester and Winter Street are Title 1 schools. Students there already receive the maximum education benefits possible. This decision undercuts the teachers at these schools. WCPS assumes that the low test scores will improve at new locations, but in fact, they will not. ... The decision simply uses taxpayer money to cause problems at other schools.”

— Hagerstown



“This is to the caller saying the prison guards get a good rate for what they do. Well, let me inform the people who say that the prison guards also are always the ones that took a 2 percent pay reduction, a 5 percent insurance increase, but loss of 2 percent step in pay, which in turn turns out to be 9 percent in deductions.”

— Washington County



“To the caller on Monday, July 25, about being a schoolteacher and having a position for the rest of my life: Well, needless to say, the correctional officers will have a position for the rest of their life because there are always going to be criminals.”

— Clear Spring



“You know, I don’t believe this. I’m ready to watch ‘Master Chef’ on TV tonight at 9 o’clock and guess who’s on TV again, for the umpteenth time? That’s right, President Obama. In just two and a half years, he’s probably been on TV more times than Bush and Clinton put together. He can’t snowball the American people anymore. Take responsibility and stop blaming everyone else for the mess you got us in.”

— Williamsport



“I would like to say go see your loved ones while they are alive, while they’re healthy and while you’re able to talk to them. In so many cases, people wait until their loved one is on their deathbed to go see them. If you can find time at that time, you’re not too busy. Please take time to go see your loved ones, people you love, tell them you love them every day. I do this.”

— Hagerstown



“This is on gangs in the schools. We do have a problem with gangs in school. All you have to do is look at the way the people dress in schools. ... I’m glad the state is making mandates. That’s the only good mandate they have, mandates on school buses and stuff like that, firetrucks and police cars aren’t a good mandate, but this is a good one. We need to concentrate on gangs in our schools.”

— Hagerstown

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