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Mail Call - Jan. 17

January 16, 2012

“I was shopping at one of our weekend markets last Thursday and I stopped for a bite to eat, and a young 83-year-old lady started to talk to me. My mother had passed 10 years ago in December, and I was having a really bad day, missing her. I am always amazed how special people come into your life when you need it the most. Thank you, Edie, for sharing your time with me. You made my day.”
— Hagerstown

“On Dec. 21, I was coming off of Salem Avenue onto the (Interstate) 81 north ramp. A car in back of me rear-ended me. He had either a white pickup truck or a white SUV, not sure. The man was courteous enough to get out of the car to see if we were OK. Yes, I had whiplash. My husband asked him to call 911. He got back in his vehicle and took off. I had to pay out of pocket $400. Apparently he was drunk, or had a suspended license. I just can’t understand. I agree with the Hancock caller. People have no respect anymore.”
—Washington County

“Problems with the U.S. Postal Service, the mail not getting there on time, if at all? Call Sen. Cardin’s Baltimore office at 1-410-962-4436. They have a person whose sole job it is to take care of these issues as far as she can. I would recommend calling them. They are very friendly, very helpful.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, I finally have a complaint with the Maryland State Police. I was the victim, several weeks ago, of an aggressive driver. It was clearly this individual’s fault. He was driving recklessly and aggressively, and when the state policeman showed up, he didn’t want to be there, because nobody was injured or dead. Now, both vehicles involved could be driven from the scene. All he gave us was a piece of paper to fill out with insurance information. So much for the state police investigating accidents.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to say that I live in Hancock and our mail has not been late yet. It’s always on time, always with a smile, and I don’t know what about all you other people who say you’re getting your things two weeks late and stuff. Maybe it’s your carrier, because our mail is just fine.”
— Hancock

“I am calling concerning the article in the paper about the homeless at the post office. If everybody would lend a hand and help these people, you wouldn’t have to worry about walking over them in the post office. Lend a hand, instead of judging.”
— Clear Spring

“This is about the mail. I had a bill, a car payment that came on the 31st of December, and so there was two holidays, the 1st and the 2nd, and I couldn’t get it in the mail until the 3rd, and it’s due within a week. And I’m concerned about the mail being slow, because I had to pay extra money to make sure they receive it in time. So I’m concerned about our bills being late getting there, and they charge all those fees. If they would cut down, do away with all that junk mail, we wouldn’t have a problem.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m responding to the comment in the Jan. 3 Mail Call from the waitress who lamented her tips did not reflect the amount of work required for her job. My question to her is, how was your service to the customer? I’ve waited tables before, and realize there is an art to good service. However, all too often I have to look for the server to ask for a drink refill or extra napkins, or I sit with dirty dishes at my place while I finish my drink. Too often the meal isn’t exactly what was ordered, or is missing some part of what was ordered. To the servers out there, if you’re not getting good tips, please review your serving attitude and the serving practices.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d just like to comment that President Obama is sending this country to hell in a handbasket. Now he wants to do away with our military. He wants to set us that we only got one — we can only fight a war on one front. What happens if we get hit on more than one side in this country? And it will happen eventually. So we have our hats off to President Obama. He’s selling this country down the drain.”
— Funkstown

“I’d like to respond to the person from Cearfoss ... saying what good work President Obama is doing, and all the bad stuff that Bush and Cheney did, and takes a Democrat to get this country back out of the hole. I think you made a mistake there, lady or mister from Cearfoss. Look what the Democrats are doing to the state of Maryland. Now ... this Democratic government in Maryland wants to raise the sewage again, water and sewage fee on everybody. So all Donoghue and O’Malley wants to do is just keep spending more money and spending more money and raising more taxes and fees.”
— Hagerstown

“Good article, Herald-Mail, on the 6th, about this fire and rescue. Taxpayers, wake up. Nine people attended a meeting about this. It’s time that the county commissioners and the gaming commission make these fire companies, rescue, to get any money, show their 990s, how much assets they have, what they’re getting from each one, and how much they’re getting from the gaming commission, and then what is their yearly audit, and publish it in the paper.”
— Leitersburg

“I’m interested if anyone out there knows how to enter the senior idol singing contest, and I’m not sure who is in charge of it, and I understand that last year was the second one, and they’re having one this year, I heard, in February, I think Feb. 18, but I’m not sure of all that information. I don’t have any idea who to get in contact with. I would appreciate if someone would reply to this, so I can maybe perhaps enter it and give it to my friends.”
— Clear Spring

“To my neighbors opposed to the new location of CRS in Maugansville: CRS has been in our community for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for years, only minutes — no, even seconds away. Any relocation, by definition, is going to be closer to some and further from others. The more difficult we make it, as a community, for CRS to remain centrally located, the more likely we will have to wait longer for an ambulance. For anyone who has ever waited for an ambulance, seconds is — mean the difference between life and death. How long can we hold our breath, as a community? Support CRS in its efforts to pick the best location for a new location in Maugansville.”
— Maugansville

“I’m glad our Herald-Mail published an article, Jan. 5, that said President Obama’s appointment irks the GOP. It also said Bush made more than 100 such appointments when the Senate was away. This needs to be repeated, because so many seems to miss what President Bush did, and he has done the same things.”
— Hagerstown

“I cannot understand how Washington County property values are going down, and then the county can turn around and lend the city money to renovate parking decks and everything, in interest-free loans. Why don’t they apply that money towards the property tax for Washington County residents who pay into the fund that the city borrows from? It makes no sense why the county residents should have to pay for city services, when they’re overcharged for the city services, and also, therefore, I feel that instead of the city borrowing money from the county, they should borrow from the state, or borrow from banks, like everybody else.”
— Washington County

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