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Mail Call - Sept. 26

September 26, 2011

“This is for the city council. I go to the municipal golf course to play nine holes of golf, to have fun and exercise. I do not go golfing to drink beer or eat.”

— Hagerstown



“People keep calling in saying about teaching our children right from wrong, courtesy, respect, about bullying and everything. My question is, who’s going to teach the parents first?”

— Hagerstown



“To the Hagerstown caller: I know your pain and frustration. I have been unemployed for 18 months. I have had one interview and received only two letters ( ‘Thanks for applying but we don’t want you’) after applying for over 200 jobs. I see the same jobs over and over again in the paper. I’ve applied for those jobs and received no response. We receive unemployment because we lost our jobs due to no fault of our own. My question is, then why are we not being hired for these jobs? If you haven’t already, I would suggest seeking help from the Western Maryland Consortium, 33 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. They offer many services to the unemployed. Best of luck to you.”

— Knoxville



“I was reading in the Mail Call this morning about double-parking at the school. I would also like to add about double-parking at the stores. I’ve sat while waiting for cabs and watched people park their cars right at the curbside and go shopping inside the stores, particularly on rainy days, leaving their car unattended. Or drop someone off at the store and sit right at the curb while their partner does their shopping — thereby causing people who need to load groceries in their cars to double-park in order to do this. Also, I travel by cab and have had to walk down to other stores to get in the cab. Please, there’s plenty of parking in the lot, you don’t need to park right at the curb of the store.”

— Hagerstown



“Instead of the government removing their cumbersome feet from the necks of business owners and let them thrive, (President) Obama’s answer is to raise taxes and spend more money. Just another liberal failure from a politician who does not care about America.”

— South End



“A big amen to you, Mr. Rosko. That was a great letter to the editor. I totally agree with you. Thank you for speaking out for me as well.”

— Chambersburg, Pa.



“Hagerstown caller, I totally agree with you, in making sure all the doors are locked, and looking outside. Maybe even get an alarm system, if you can afford it. We, too, have a group of individuals that work night shift. They’ve taken meat out of the freezer, potted plants out of pots, hanging plants, flip-flops ... I think they need to find real jobs, get a life and respect others.”

— Mercersburg, Pa.



“Mayor Bruchey, after viewing the unsightly and overgrown weeds and grass on the undeveloped section of Greenwich Park subdivision in the city of Hagerstown, I suggest you drive by Greenwich Park and view the jungle. As a homeowner and taxpayer in Hagerstown city and Washington County, I’m required by law to cut the grass by my property. I hope after viewing the unsightly and overgrown jungle of Greenwich Park, Mayor Bruchey, you will make the developer bring this subdivision in compliance with the law.”

— Hagerstown



“You know, I actually think that Frederick caller actually believes that the earth is still flat. After all, he believes that the Republicans and Republican Party is acting in his best interest.”

— Hagerstown



“This is directed to the city fathers. Changing the name of the municipal golf course did not help it in any way. Beer is not going to increase play, and a remodeled clubhouse isn’t the answer either. The answer for more play and less subsidy is to fix the greens.”

— Hagerstown



“While walking in Pangborn Park on Saturday morning, I saw a couple with two dogs enter the tennis court and unleash the dogs and let them run wild, when the signs clearly state, ‘No dogs in the park.’ Can’t they read?”

— Hagerstown



“To the reader in Cearfoss: The Humane Society should not give its funds to private citizens whose animals need to be fixed or fed. A responsible pet owner should be able to provide those things for their pet out of their own expense. Those funds are meant for the humane society. If you can’t afford your pets, you shouldn’t have them.”

— Warfordsburg, Pa.



“This is on the Herald-Mail publisher. Mr. Andy Bruns is doing a good job. Don’t let the city of Hagerstown scare you, about the Mail Call thing, and putting people’s name and salaries in the newspaper. ... And this to Hagerstown Councilman Martin Brubaker. The people’s names should be put in the newspaper. What are you scared of? Are you and the city council scared that people’s going to do the same thing they did out in California?”

— Hagerstown



“Why should any voter vote for a government employee if they are not willing to give up 10 percent of their salary and do not collect pension until Social Security sets in? I won’t vote for them.”

— Hagerstown



“Here we go again. When President Obama’s administration was asked about Solyndra out in California, the green energy jobs that went bankrupt, that laid off over 1,000 workers, it looks like he’s going to try to blame the Bush administration. Who told him that they needed to investigate it more before they put money into it? But we know what President Obama’s good for, to blame it always on someone else. A leader is one who takes the blame when his administration or someone fails. A follower always blames it on someone else. You decide if President Obama is a leader or a follower.”

— Boonsboro



“To the two fans commenting on the Maryland football uniforms: It sure got everybody talking.”

— Chambersburg, Pa.



“This is a message for Washington County BOE. In Finland, 93 percent of students graduate from academic or vocational high schools. That’s over 17 percent higher than the U.S. — and 66 percent go on to higher education. Now, Finland spends about 30 percent less per student than the U.S. Why don’t you start something here in Washington County to help out the taxpayers and the students at the same time?”

— Hagerstown



“To the Clear Spring caller, about not spending her tax money on government recycling: Are you going to pay a private recycler, or are you going to just throw everything in the trash, like everyone else does, because it’s cheaper? I think not.”

— Hagerstown



“Just finished Herald-Mail editorial on ‘Commissioners’ business plan on right track’. This is in the Sept. 15 paper. They are about 50 years behind, Maryland, Washington County and Hagerstown. Fairchild had to come in to the back door to get here, and they were a big, big boost, and they almost tried to keep Mack Trucks out of here. Oh ... and if you don’t believe, drive over to Pennsylvania, West Virginia and you can see who’s getting all the business.”

— Hagerstown



“Somebody called in there, said The Salvation Army was building a palace up on Franklin Street, and they’re disgusted with them. Well, let me tell you something. Get your facts straight. And they’re building that recreation program building for these kids, keep them off the street, to play games and basketball, run and things, and also for abused mothers and children. So get your facts straight, and if you’re that critical, I don’t believe they need your couple of dollars, so thank you very much, and I’ll make up for it.”

— Hagerstown



“This is for people complaining about President Obama not lowering the gas prices. Did you know that the president actually has no control on what we pay at the pump? Gas prices are completely determined by the market because it is an inelastic product. In fact, as Americans, we have some of the best and lowest gas prices in the world. In Korea, where I am living at the moment, they are paying $1.58 per liter, while the U.S. is currently priced at 77 cents per liter. Help yourselves by investing in cars that get better miles per gallon instead of huge trucks and SUVs, unless you need them for work purposes.”

— Williamsport

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