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Mail Call - Oct. 14

October 14, 2011

“I’m calling about the fire departments in Hagerstown. I think there’s — not really sure — about seven companies. They may get one call a month, and they’re talking about it costing over $1 million a year for fires, to fight fire. I know we need firemen, but seven companies? Most of them downtown. I think there’s four. I think it ought to be checked into ... It doesn’t take that long to travel, anywhere they go. So I think it ought to be looked into, and see if they can’t put it together.”

— Hagerstown



“All I heard about was the chickens in Boonsboro. But how about the person like me, who’s going to lose their house, who doesn’t have health insurance, does not have a job, has tried different services all over the city, and has got door after door slammed in their face? After facing a life-threatening illness, it’s meaningless, but we ... and that’s probably newsworthy, too ... Come on, get with it. Let’s get thinking about other people, instead of chickens.”

— Hagerstown



“Boonsboro caller, you claim there was ‘more than a reasonable doubt’ about Davis’ guilt. Says who? Not the original verdict, and not the Supreme Court and all the appeals courts, etc., this case went through, who could have overturned his conviction or stayed the execution but didn’t. But Amy Goodman says so, and we must believe you’re infallible ... nonsense. And Williamsport caller, if you want to see something truly sickening, look at photos of murder victims, especially children, and see how they were raped, tortured and murdered by the criminals you want to spare. And did you get sick at the death of Davis’ victim, or is it only the deaths of convicted murderers that so affect you?”

— Frederick, Md.



“This call is about the fire hall association. They got all that money. Well, don’t ever come knocking on my door again with your hands out. And I won’t be at bingo anymore, either. They’re just a bunch of fat cats.”

— Boonsboro



“Ashton Kutcher will never replace Charlie. This show is doomed. Even the brother’s stupid now. They must have got a new writer.”

— Hancock



“This is in regard to Bill Stryker Jr.’s letter, talking about union. Like I said before, years ago we needed them. Take notice of it, caller, because of sweat shops and all. But times have changed, and laws have changed, and now we don’t need the leeches, which they are.”

— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.



“To the Washington County caller, about Edgewood Drive and the Dual Highway intersection: I too think it’s a stupid thing that they did. It shows that they only have Larry, Harry and Moe doing the planning, and also that the plan to put a roundabout in front of the college, another stupid thing. What do you expect from Washington County?”

— Hagerstown



“Thank you, Ed Forrest and Abdul Latif, for finally stating publicly what educators have not been allowed to say for years. The increased expectation on students and teachers is not all bad; however, the school administration continues to cut staffing, time and resources out of the schools, making the expectations even more challenging, and in some cases impossible. Special education students are not getting the proper support, due to a lack of staff. This is a backward shift, and cannot continue if schools are to meet 100 percent proficiency by 2014.”

— Hagerstown



“My husband surprised me this year with special $25 tickets for the air show in Martinsburg. He also bought three extra tickets for dear friends. We felt so bad about the horrible death of the pilot. We’ve been waiting to hear in the paper about what we are to do to get our refund back. We might have missed this. Can anyone let us know what we are to do to get the money back? I appreciate this, and thank you very much.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“Keep digging, Arnold. It’s not the gambling that’s the problem. It seems that the diversified aspects of remuneration by the powers that advocate that income are the real moral and financial disqualifiers.”

— Hagerstown



“The state boys always do a great job on Raven Rock Road, but this year they went above and beyond, with cleaning and cutting and storm drain maintenance. Now if the folks would just stop throwing their trash out. Please take your trash home, or to the nearest trash can. It’s nasty to see it on the road.”

— Smithsburg



“Another thing that irks me is how these people can drive their vehicles and have their dogs sitting on their lap. Now, I would think that would be just as dangerous as when you talk on your cellphone. I have seen it several times, people driving, their dog sitting on their lap. I think that is a hazard when you’re driving.”

— Hagerstown



“The Republicans told us in 2001 that giving tax breaks to the job creators (top 2 percent), would create jobs. Where are the jobs, Republicans? It’s been 10 years. It’s time to go, Roscoe Bartlett.”

— Hagerstown

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