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Mail Call - Oct. 25

October 25, 2011

“In reference to the fire companies raising most of the money for gaming funds: fire companies keep all their tip-jar money and do not contribute any of the funds to it, as other clubs and other organizations have to do. They have to contribute a percentage to the gaming fund, and from every jar sold, and fire companies do not. So I think you need to think this thing over again.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in reference to Mail Call on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from the person from Hagerstown. This is in reference to the fire and rescue association getting 50 percent of the funds. I really have no disagreement with the fire and rescue getting 50 percent of the funds, but the caller also goes on to say that they raise almost 100 percent of the tip-jar gaming funds. Evidently you’re not a Herald-Mail reader. They published the tip-jar sales once a year in the paper, so evidently you need to read the paper. They’re not even close to 20 percent. The legions, the ... other private clubs in Williamsport produce more, way more money than the fire companies.”
— Hagerstown

“As deserving as Holly Place might be to receive funding, the money that the fire company raises and that is given back to them from the gaming money should be given to the individual fire companies, even if it’s taken from the fire and rescue association. It’s their money. Whatever they decide to take from the association should be split up among the 27 fire companies, not be given to some completely different charity ... fundraising to get money, just like the fire companies fundraise to get that money.”
— Hagerstown

“While most people feel the Washington County firemen and the association are doing a good job in their firefighting for their citizens, this does not exempt them from accountability of monies they receive which include public funds. There is an old saying: ‘You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.’”
— Cascade

“I want to applaud The Herald-Mail for a wonderful job they have done of notifying the public about the money from the fire and rescue association and the gaming commission. I think they need to further their investigation as to the funds of each of the county’s fire companies. Some of the fire companies are in very good shape financially, and probably could go without the gaming commission money for a year, in order for other charities that are struggling to stay alive could have some of that money given to them, so they could breathe.”
— Clear Spring

“In response to the comment regarding our ‘seven’ fire companies too many, please get your facts straight before you claim there is ‘one call a month’ because I’m pretty sure those same volunteer companies respond to the car wrecks and fires that happen to take up the front page of the paper on a daily basis. Yes, there are budget issues, but do not forget that these men and women are volunteers, and many are there to simply help our community; not all are involved in the money. The next time my boyfriend leaves our home, I would hope that he is going to help and risk his life for people who appreciate it.”
— Hagerstown

“What’s up with the overexposure for Republican presidential candidates by the news media? The elections are still over a year away. It’s boring and foolish.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the caller who called in and said about the dog sitting on the driver’s lap: Did they ever think maybe the dog is driving, and they’re just texting or they’re talking on the cell- phone? You know, while they’re texting, well, somebody has to drive that car. So I’m thinking it’s the dog driving a car and they are texting.”
— Hagerstown

“This is just absolutely ridiculous. The county can give $10,000 for the Wings and Wheels Expo at the airport but can’t give any money to Holly Place, to provide a home for 15 low-income senior citizens? Absolutely absurd.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Blue Ridge Summit scoffer at the unions: You may think we don’t need them now, but wait until those employers, when the Republicans have done away with minimum wage, and you’re fighting for a $2 and $3 an hour job. Wait and see what happens then. See whether you want them then or not.”
— Hagerstown

“This is on Maryland taxes on tobacco products. I see where the coalition and this Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens Health, is on it again about raising taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. You know something, this is a free country, man. You guys have hit the smokers. If Maryland doesn’t want people to smoke in the state of Maryland, then they should ban cigarette smoking, tobacco and everything else, in the whole state. All you’re doing is discriminating against people, raising taxes on cigarettes and stuff.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve been worried about the economy, like everybody else, and I came to a conclusion. I think one way that we could help everybody, instead of cutting the money for us senior citizens — I’m 68 myself — you know, the government, everybody that works for the government, including Mr. Obama himself, could reduce their wages by 10 percent, and they make so much money, 10 percent probably would not even be a drop in the bucket. I think we’d be a much better place.”
— Lakeside

“To the anti-roundabout callers: Please realize the number of societies that effectively use these, worldwide, to actually improve traffic flow, and thereby reduce crash rates, vehicle delays and fuel consumption. Open your mind. Just because something is foreign to your experience does not indicate that it will be detrimental to the community.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to say ‘Way to go’ to the coaches and players of the River City Rippers in their tournament. You’re picking up from where you left off last season. Here’s to another year of hard work.”
— Hagerstown

“The caller is right, that ‘N.Y.’ on a baseball cap stands for ‘Next Year,’ because the Yankees will be in the playoffs next year, and many more years to go. However, the ‘O’ on a baseball cap stands for ‘Obvious’. Obviously, the Orioles won’t be in the playoffs in most people’s lifetime.”
— Hagerstown

“Nice article on A6 in Mail Call, about the local money and hoarding the money. Where are the state delegates and the senators, and the bar association and the clubs? Now’s the time to get on them to change the law and be fair the whole way around. The law has been misinterpreted and misused. Sorry about that, fire and rescue, but let the politicians face up to reality.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a resident on Frye Avenue, and the people of the city of Hagerstown need to come and visit our lovely, little one-block-long street, and see the Halloween decoration that one of our residents has put together. It is fabulous.”
— Hagerstown

“Congratulations to the Hagerstown Lioness Club on their bonanza Sunday to raise money for the community. These ladies are very hardworking and very generous.”
— Hagerstown

“I was wondering if anyone that reads Mail Call could answer my question. I’ve had good clothing, new clothing, in storage for a very long time, and I want to donate to an organization that could use it, but I’ve heard that clothes can dry rot if they lay for a long time, and I don’t want to donate something that wouldn’t be any good. So could someone please answer that question for me?”
— Hagerstown

“Driving and texting means car crashes, injuries and sometimes, sadly, death. To the Maryland lawmakers: Make using a cellphone while driving a primary offense, not a secondary offense. This is not rocket science. This is easy. Just change the law for the good of all. Change the cellphone law. Give it some teeth, as you say. When someone breaks the law and they have to open their pocketbooks to pay the fine, that bites.”
— Clear Spring

“I’ll bet all of us struggling property taxpayers hit so hard by the economy and sky-high assessments, still so ridiculously out of line with the actual value of our property, would love to get the same sweet deal from the county that Ron Maxwell is getting for, on his loan. No payments for three years and no legal action, and I’ll talk to them as much as they want. You betcha. Forget it. Such special treatment is reserved exclusively for government special favorites, not you and me, fellow peasants/taxpayers. We need a revolution, all right, but exactly the opposite of the socialist kind the Occupy Wall Street protesters. ... It’s just that the government shouldn’t loan business with our tax dollars, period.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I’m calling with my beef about the drug companies trying to profit from other people’s misery; specifically, children with cancer, and those people with breast cancer, by marking up the price of chemo drugs by as much as 650 percent. They’re money-hungry.”
— Smithsburg

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