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Mail Call - Sept. 7

September 06, 2011

“Wow, what a difference between the way the Obama administration handled Hurricane Irene and how Bush handled Katrina. At least the adults are in charge. The reason the death toll is so low is because of the evacuations, planning, etc. That is exactly what is supposed to happen — plan correctly, act correctly and the death toll is low.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
       
“This is for ... the Maugansville area complaining about the airplanes: If you bought or moved into your home after 1928, you have no one to complain to except yourself. This would compare to the (individual) who moved beside a pig farm and then complained about the smell.”
— Hagerstown

“To the driver of the older truck who shouted ‘Use the ... sidewalk,’ as I was executing a legal left-hand turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue at East Main, around noon on Sunday: 1.) Bicycles cannot use the ... sidewalk. It’s the law. 2.) Cyclists are required by law to ride a minimum of 3 feet out when approaching a line of parked cars. It’s stated in the Maryland driver’s handbook. Read it for yourself.”
— Hancock

“To the caller (8/30) who’s so happy with ‘the Boonsboro Town Council for not instituting curbside recycling’ because it would cost too much: You apparently are unaware of a few pertinent facts. Fact 1: Smithsburg just ‘instituted’ once-a-week curbside recycling and once-a-week trash collection, and now the residents pay less than they were for twice-a-week trash collection. Fact 2: Your twice-a-week trash collection alone in Boonsboro is costing each household $180 a year, not just the $15 per quarter which you see on your utility bill. Fact 3: Each year, Boonsboro residents send 2,400,000 pounds (or 1,200 tons) of trash to the county landfill.”
— Boonsboro

 “I see, looking at the list of donors for the Augustoberfest, that the city of Hagerstown and the city of Hagerstown Community Affairs Office each are listed as ‘Sister City Level’ sponsors. This means that each one of these city government organizations gave a minimum $5,000 donation to the festival. I do have some issue with the city donating this amount of money to this festival, but there isn’t enough space to discuss the pros and cons of the donation in this forum. What there is space to ask is, who benefited from the donation? Taxpayers or city employees?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling to see if there is a bus service from the Smithsburg Pike, Hagerstown area, near Ringgold, that goes to Valley Mall. If somebody would know about it, would you please put it in Mail Call? I am a senior citizen, and I would like to get transportation.”
— Washington County

“I’m glad there’s others who agree with me that the 9/11 motorcycle ride and closing of the roads were inappropriate. The terrorists closed our airports for three days. These people closed our roads for three days. A more appropriate commemoration would have been service to a survivor organization; survivors of cancer, survivors of abuse, or any of many, many organizations that need time and money. Think about that next time.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, the war in Afghanistan just killed 60 Americans. The politicians started that war, why don’t they fight it? They ought to send all the politicians in Washington, D.C., including the president, to Afghanistan and see how they like fighting a war, instead of getting American young men killed.”
— Clear Spring veteran

“I’m calling (about) the response that was in Wednesday, Aug. 31’s Mail Call where the lady called and said that she talked to her mother on the landline phone when the earthquake happened, and she felt that she and her mother were the only two people in town talking at the time. Well, almost everybody, a lot of people have landlines. We have cellphones and landlines, and we use them both. You’re not the only one in town who has landlines.”
— Hagerstown

“What a delight to read about the cooking club at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village. It’s a welcome respite from all the recent troubling events, crimes and politics. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your stories.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“In today’s paper it said Bill Clinton created 23.1 million jobs. That’s because that’s when the computers came in big-time. If those computers would have come in big-time under old man Reagan, he would have created 100 million jobs.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m so glad the kids are back in school. Do you know how nice and quiet it is to sit at ... any restaurant while they’re in school, without screaming kids, and bouncing around from seat to seat and making all kinds of noise? What a relief. It’s so nice and quiet. I’m glad they’re back in school.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I would like to know why this town, Hagerstown, will not hire people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the person who called in about President Obama is entitled to take a vacation. Well, that person missed the whole point. He’s on one big vacation. Since he’s been president, he’s been on one big vacation. I mean, he’s 90 percent leisure time and 10 percent working. That’s the difference.”
— Hagerstown

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