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Mail Call - Dec 13

December 13, 2011

"What's up with some Little Leagues trying to start girls softball? There's already a great girls league in the county, that my granddaughters have played in for years. They also have a beautiful complex to play in. It seems to me that Little League should concentrate on their boys, and leave the girls alone."
— Hagerstown


"To the caller from Hagerstown complaining about Romney: Had MacArthur been allowed to go on into China, and Patton been allowed to go on to Moscow, we wouldn't be in Afghanistan now. And for the caller from Boonsboro who's complaining about the deer pics, hey, I'm kind of sorry I didn't send my picture of my 15-year-old daughter with the 7-point she got on opening day."
— Hagerstown


"We have not had an actual electric bill since June 2011. All others have been estimated. Has anyone else noticed this?"
— Hagerstown


"Hagerstown caller, if you weren't so blindly partisan, you'd have noticed that the '60 Minutes' piece and Peter Schwartz' brilliant new book it's based on, 'Throw Them All Out,' you should read it — equally blames Republicans and Democrats for their unethical practice of becoming wealthy by exempting Congress from insider trading laws. And if your 20 millionaires want to pay more taxes, they can log on the treasury department website and give whatever they think they ought to pay, but they don't. ... And since when do you leftist Democrats base your tax policy on what a few wealthy people want?"
— Frederick, Md.


"I was wondering why the police department doesn't do anything about cars being parked across the street in the opposite direction. In the city, the city police would probably give you a ticket, but the outer part of the city — still in the city — they park on the outer side of the street, parking the wrong way. You never know which way they're coming or going, and I think something should be done about it. They do it constantly, every day."
— Hagerstown


"I'm reading the newspaper from Thursday, Dec. 1, where someone from Keedysville wrote in, 'Fix the U.S. budget. Cut out Saturday mail delivery.' They need to understand that the post office is not owned by the government. We are only governed by the government. It does not use any tax money from any person. We thrive only on what is paid to mail a letter, packages, etc. Please do your research."
— Hagerstown


"Herald-Mail, please do me and a lot of other people a favor. Don't put the pictures of 7-year-old kids with their dead deer in the paper. Last week, it was I think a 9-year-old that killed a little black bear. ... And when you put the pictures of little kids in the paper, it just encourages parents to do the same. It's like, it's just terrible. Please don't do it."
— Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the ad in the Thursday, Dec. 1, paper about the woman being hired to manage the city communication. She was just hired on Nov. 21, and she's also going to get the $1,000 bonus that each city employee would receive, and the bonus was for working, loss of 10 days in the fiscal year before. The woman never worked for the city, so I don't think she should get this bonus."
— Hagerstown


"I was just wondering how long they are going to let the silt fences lay near where they built the new access road to the park. They are starting to deteriorate and are an eyesore. The new grass is in, and their purpose has been served. It's time to take them out."
— Hagerstown


"In the Dec. 2 Mail Call, 'Boonsboro' stated: 'To the Hagerstown caller: Please check your facts so you can talk intelligently about issues. The unemployment rate in January 2008, the month Mr. Obama took office, was 4.9 percent ...' Madam/sir, perhaps you should heed your advice. On Jan. 20, 2009, the day President Obama was sworn into office, the overall nonfarm unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, according to factcheck.org."
— Greencastle, Pa.


"I think most Americans do know what the true meaning of the holiday is, of Christmas. It's just most still chooses to do their own thing, by going all out shopping, like over Black Friday and so on. I like this time of the year, which is Christmas. I like the Christmas decorations and listening to the Christmas carols, songs. It's just I'm not into all that shopping bit that a lot of people are into. That's not me."
— Greencastle, Pa.


"To the person who left the TV and other junk at the recycling bin in Boonsboro, Dec. 1: It is people like you who ruined it for the people of Hagerstown and Funkstown. Now you're working on Boonsboro. Some people are exceptionally lazy and ignorant."
— Boonsboro

"Someone called in Mail Call about the Pangborn property being a great place for the senior citizens center. That is a great idea. Not much traffic out there, and that would be great. Also, the old YMCA downtown, they don't have the park area and stuff, you know, that would be nice for a senior citizens center, but it is centrally located, and you know, fix it up, and there's a lot of things, other things that could be rented in there. Some of the rooms could be rented."
— Hagerstown


"About Roscoe Bartlett, he's like an old groundhog. The only time you see him is when it's time for him to be re-elected, and he comes out of his den to make his political speeches and so on."
— Leitersburg

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"It would be nice to see the listings of the movies for the Valley Mall in the paper again. A lot of times, if you go on the phone, it just goes too fast and it's too confusing. I don't know why it's taken out. If you want people to spend money in Hagerstown, you should put it in."
— Hagerstown


"Lisa Prejean, in her article of Dec. 2, seems to have the perfect family for Thanksgiving dinner, and I assume other holidays are perfect. It's like those family bragging Christmas letters, and I appreciate them, and good for them. But could someone write about unity, hospitality, encouragement and so on and so forth, about a family that doesn't have this ... and unity is much to be desired. It'd make me feel better."
— Hagerstown

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