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Mail Call - Nov. 7

November 07, 2011

“I would like to know when someone is going to fix the traffic light on Eastern Boulevard turning left onto Jefferson Boulevard. When the green arrow signal comes on, it only allows about two to three cars to go through the light until it turns solid green for the oncoming traffic. I’ve sat through three lights until I could go. Some people go when it is yellow or red. Something needs to be done about this, especially during busy hours of traffic. I use this light about twice a week, heading to HCC. It shouldn’t take 15 minutes to sit through a light.”

— Hagerstown



“Falling Waters, there is no Social Security ‘lockbox’; never has been. Social Security funds that aren’t paid out to retirees are invested daily in interest-paying U.S. government securities. It’s always been done that way. And yes, the government does spend that money, just as it spends all the money it borrows, but the government is obligated to pay back the loan plus interest. So regardless of what tea partiers say, it isn’t in your best interest to allow the U.S. government to default on its debt.”

— Hagerstown

 

“Calling about the refuse, the trash pickup, and they never printed how many jobs are going to be lost. So maybe Herald-Mail needs to check and see how many jobs are lost on this, saving taxpayers’ money and whatnot.”

— Hagerstown



“I just want to thank The Herald-Mail for posting the trick-or-treat schedule in the paper. I live in Halfway, and so we’ll have people bused in from Chambersburg, Hagerstown, Hancock, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Smithsburg and Williamsport. That’s why our light will be off. There’s not many local kids involved anymore.”

— Halfway



“I’m calling about the city’s new trash program. I will bet that the major part of people who recycle in our town are senior citizens. I don’t know how they expect seniors to handle these new bins for recycling.”

— Hagerstown



“Nice article, A3, on the 27th of October, about the Habitat for Humanity wants to build a house, and the local volunteer Washington County fire association, which has been the highlight of your newspaper for two weeks, won’t help contribute to this, even though they built 36 homes in Washington County, in Hagerstown, lived up to the code, and the codes are withholding because of sprinklers.”

— Washington County



“This is to the Clear Spring caller about the Grandparents Day card. He said you’re old — his parents, that you shouldn’t expect anything. He missed the whole point. The point was that I take my — I’m a giving person. I’m always giving; neighbors, relatives, strangers, I’m always giving. But it’s just — and I’m almost 70 years old, and it just hit me, like one day, that I never get anything in return. That’s not — it’s not that you want anything in return, it’s just that I am not a wealthy person, I’m in debt because I love to give, and that’s the whole point, is that I never get anything in return.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling concerning the proposed 15-cent-a-gallon tax increase. I think that is totally ridiculous and out of line. We live just on the other side of the Washington County line, in Frederick County, and we travel to almost Montgomery County line to work. And this is two in the family, in separate vehicles, going in different directions.”

— Smithsburg



“I was just wondering whatever happened with the traffic study that they were going to be doing in the borough of Greencastle, concerning traffic congestion. I feel that they do need to do something about the truck congestion in the borough of Greencastle. I think it’s really ridiculous of all this truck traffic that goes through Greencastle. I mean, they should design and make an alternate road or route for the truck drivers, especially these tractor-trailers.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“Last night Williamsport played Century in the last regular season game of the volleyball season. Both teams were undefeated, and the newspaper or the TV station, neither one even had the common courtesy to show up to print anything about it. I guess if it would be one of the Hagerstown schools or Smithsburg, that would be different.”

— Williamsport



“To all the people who live on Marshall Street in the West End: Please make sure your car doors are locked, even when they’re up in your driveways. I’ve noticed children on the way to school trying to open up the car doors, even running up into the driveways to try to open up car doors.”

— Hagerstown



“I’ve been receiving phone calls every day, sometimes twice in a day, about reduced credit interest, or you need to call about your account. I keep trying to tell them that I’m on a Do Not Call list, and they tell me ‘Thank you, congratulations,’ and hang up. How can this be stopped? It is every day with these phone calls.”

— Williamsport



“As a city and county taxpayer, I find it rather strange and suspicious that if I want to talk to an official or department head, I have to go through what I consider a screening process, with a public relations person. This makes me wonder why, of course, do we have to do this now? I think it’s an unnecessary expense to pay someone to do this. These people should be readily available. If these department heads have a secretary, that’s all they need. The county and city don’t need anybody else, as far as public relations. It just makes me wonder, what are they afraid of when people call asking questions?”

— Hagerstown



“I’m reading in today’s paper, today being Friday, about the person who says people need to get back to starting and growing their gardens and canning their own food. I’ve always wondered, why do they call it canning, when they put it in glass jars? Perhaps they can enlighten me.”

— Hagerstown



“I would just like to thank the city of Funkstown, the fire department and the American Legion for all they do, for that nice little parade that they put on, on Thursday night. I thank the legion for feeding the kids. What a wonderful thing to do, and help kids to have a good time, and I just want to thank everyone. This was the first time that my kids marched in that parade, and I just thought it was wonderful. Thanks for all you do.”

— Hagerstown



“New barrack: Are you kidding me? For $10 million it had better be more than gorgeous. Did anyone else watch them putting the roof on this thing? It has more layers than an onion. I don’t think a falling satellite could penetrate it. What I see when passing it twice daily is the very reason citizens are in an uproar over uncontrolled government spending. Why did it have to be brick, and look like it belongs in Williamsburg, Va.? What’s the purpose of the two faux chimneys? How much extra did they add to the price? I can’t help but believe that the same functionality could have been obtained by building a facility that doesn’t look like it belongs in ‘House and Garden.’”

— Hagerstown



“Seniors, have you read the newspaper lately? We’re going to get a 3-point-something raise on our Social Security, but they’re going to put 5 cents tax on the gas, and they’re going to raise the vehicle registration 50 percent, so where in the world are we getting anything? We’re still in the hole. I think something should be done. And also, the gas in Pennsylvania is only $3.19 a gallon. Why is it $3.45 here?”

Clear Spring



“This is to the people who object to the airplanes in Maugansville. Airplanes have been flying here ever since World War II, when Fairchild manufactured the airplanes for the services. You are apparently younger than that. These airplanes are indicative of the fact that if you hear jets, you will know that there is somebody at Camp David.”

— Maugansville



“Thank you, Leonard Pitts, in his ‘A war we never should have fought in the first place.’ I challenge all of you Mail Callers, readers and those who call in, to dispute what he said about the Iraqi war. Eight years ago, many, many people said ‘Why are we doing this?’ and everyone just bowed down to George Bush and all of his cronies, and everyone said they’re protecting the U.S. No.”

— Smithsburg



“Can someone explain to me why after people pump their own gas,  instead of moving their car around and then going into the store to pay, make a sandwich or just stand there and talk, they just let it sit there? It really aggravates me when I pull behind a car and realize there’s no one there. All the pumps are being used and there’s an empty car taking up space. It’s just totally inconsiderate.”

—Greencastle, Pa.



“Don’t blame the Hagerstown post office or their carriers for your late mail. Frederick mail-processing facility was closed, and now Baltimore is sorting the mail. You were told by the employees this would happen, and not many of you took action to keep the Frederick office open.”

— Fairplay



“Hats off to Herald-Mail’s reporter Arnold Platou for his excellent stories on fire companies’ fundraising activities. He is exposing to the public how difficult it is for volunteer companies to sustain their operations with a lackluster economy. This has been an exposé on just two companies. How many more in the Tri-State area are in the same boat or worse than Halfway and Clear Spring were?”

— Warfordsburg, Pa.



“To the person asking about a fibromyalgia support group: I hear you. When I go to a seminar and more than 100 people are there, it is evident there is a huge need for one. We don’t need preached to by a so-called out-of-town expert, but we need bona fide support, so we can help one another. Fibromyalgia affects everyone differently, but we need to be able to share ideas and help each other on our good and bad days. It can be very debilitating. OK, health care community, it’s time to step up about this.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in regards to the Hancock Mail Call who goes down 70 in the left-hand lane doing 70 mph. My comment is, if you, regardless of what the speed is you’re going, 70, 75, 80, if you are not passing someone, you should not be in that left-hand lane. Therefore, if someone comes up behind you, please move over to the right-hand lane. It’s against the law.”

— Hagerstown



“I just read the article in the Monday morning paper about a possible roundabout at Garis Shop and Poffenberger roads. I have a better idea. Why don’t you take the money they’re wasting on the roundabouts, and put a road in from Eastern Boulevard, connecting to Meritus hospital? I have heard that’s in the works, but they’re bickering over who’s going to pay for the bridge across Antietam Creek. It sure would cut out a lot of traffic going from Eastern down to Dual to get to the hospital.”

— Hagerstown



“It is Monday morning, Oct. 31, and I have just finished reading the letter to the editor from Mr. George Coyle, with reference to the Social Security increase for us seniors. Mr. Coyle, you hit the nail on the head, and your last paragraph will have me laughing the entire day.”

— Hagerstown



“I agree with Louise Horst. It would be nice to have a senior center. I don’t think it should cost between $6 million and $8 million. It could be done for far less. I’m a senior also, and I don’t spend much time with TV. I like some sports; football, tennis matches and ice hockey. I’m 90 years old.”

— Hagerstown



“Monday’s paper, Oct. 31, just wanted to say, thanks, George, I enjoyed your letter. Keep it up. I needed a good laugh, and that’s about what Congress is doing for us; Social Security raise, Medicare takes it away. What’s new?”

— Hancock

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