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Mail Call - Sept. 29

September 29, 2011

“I don’t know why everyone is so negative. I like pie. I like pie a lot.”

— Hagerstown



“My comment is about the people in Mail Call complaining about raising chickens in their backyard. I don’t see what the problem is. Their concern should be how they raise, how people are raising their children these days.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know about what could be done to keep dogs off school property. I’m concerned about a child getting attacked by one of these loose dogs. I also think people should not be allowed to walk their dogs on school property.”

— Hagerstown



“In Sunday’s paper, under ‘National votes,’ I see where our three local Congress representatives, the ones who talk about creating jobs, voted to amend the National Labor Relations Act, to make it easier for companies to move to right-to-work states, or overseas. Who are they creating jobs for? China, India or Mexico? This kind of stupidity will continue as long as two-thirds of Americans are too lazy to vote.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“Washington County officials want to join with other counties to hire a lobbyist to represent the interest of Western Maryland. Is that not the purpose of having elected senators and delegates? If they are not looking out for the interest of the county, it is time to vote them out. Government waste and irresponsible legislators are the reasons why the tea party was instituted.”

— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.



“Here we go again. The dog next door started barking this morning at 6:30. It is Saturday morning, mind you. This is every day. If I go outside, the dog barks. If I open a window, the dog barks. If a bird flies by — you get the idea. No one wants to hear your dog. Trust me.”

— Smithsburg



“How ridiculous is this, that someone can’t have a few chickens in their backyard. Gee, they can have dogs tied up barking, stinking up the yard. They can have cats roaming in everyone else’s yard, destroying their plants and killing native birds at their birdfeeders, but no chickens.  More and more freedoms lost to people who own and pay for their own property. I hope the family in Boonsboro — or anywhere else — will fight this to the end. Stand up for your rights.”

— Hagerstown



“To the Charles Town caller who thought it was terrible that South Hagerstown beat up ‘little’ Berkeley Springs 59-7 in football: ‘Little’ Berkeley Springs actually has about 800 students, and are AA in West Virginia. They should actually be playing bigger schools than they are at this time. Funny, Berkeley Springs used to take a great deal of glee in pounding truly ‘little’ Hancock across the Potomac River, until the Hancock AD stopped scheduling them. Hancock has only about 165 kids in grades 9 to 12. I bet Berkeley Springs wishes they had Hancock now.”

— Hancock



“To the caller from Mount Lena: We have a skunk out here in Boonsboro that ate my parakeet. Come to think of it, it had a white cap on its head, too. Can something be done about this? Please call Mail Call if you know what can be done to protect the parakeets and kitty cats of this county from the skunks.”

— Boonsboro  



“When are they going to start ticketing cars that block traffic, picking up students at (Barbara Ingram) school downtown? Traffic gets backed up on Washington Street because it can’t turn right, and on North Potomac because it can’t get through the square. If delivery trucks are parked in front of businesses, that blocks movement completely. With construction on the library, sometimes there are barriers because of that. I fear that the fire company will not be able to respond to a call because of this selfish nonsense. Students don’t use the crosswalks, and open doors on the traffic side. Please, before someone gets hurt, address this problem.”

— Washington County



“This call is in response to all the callers calling in, still taking up for George Bush. They have to be kidding me. He is the one who had FEMA put under Homeland Security. By doing this, the response to Katrina was very slow, and all disjointed. I mean, he is the reason that the recovery after the storm was really bad. And furthermore, he didn’t sign NAFTA, but most of the jobs went to China under his administration. NAFTA has nothing to do with jobs going to China. NAFTA is for North America trade agreement. The China jobs were under Bush, and that’s where we’re losing all our jobs to.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling because the Washington County Commissioners just gave $5,000 to Conococheague Little League. I think if the ball teams make it that far, they need a ‘Congratulations,’ and they need to earn their own money to pay their way. County commissioners need to realize it’s tough economic times, and we need to tighten our belt. We live paycheck to paycheck. We can’t afford to give them more money. So they need to stop giving.”

— Sharpsburg



“Since veterinarians have the SNAP program going, that there are no homeless animals, why doesn’t someone start a program where there is no homeless people?”

— Hagerstown



“This is Monday, Sept. 19. I’m responding to the Mail Call person who wrote about businesses in Hagerstown not wanting to hire people 40 and above, because of insurance premiums being higher. Well, maybe that’s so, but these people who are 40 and above are better workers. They don’t take cellphones to work and text message or call their friends while they’re working. And another thing is about people who complain about tax retirement and real estate. Well, don’t move to Pennsylvania, because we’re already filled up with people who want to come here and get something free. I worked all my life, from 15 up.”

— Pennsylvania



“I’m calling about reading Mail Call, Monday morning, Sept. 19, about the water company charging $5 to pay through credit card. I think that’s outrageous, too. The city’s doing that for the light bill, too. I think that’s stupid.”

— Washington County



“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the fire company in Clear Spring. We attended both their 75th anniversary event — last weekend they had a fabulous 9/11 ceremony, remembrance ceremony — and this past weekend they had the sirens and lights parade, I believe that’s what they called it, and they had a muster event out on the carnival grounds. Our son is a big firetruck enthusiast, and we took him to both the events and we very, very much enjoyed them, and happy 75th anniversary to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.”

— Hagerstown

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