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Mail Call - Jan. 20

January 20, 2012

“Just wanted to say that I see a couple of people ... calling about the Hagerstown Suns. I believe that we should do everything to keep the Suns in Hagerstown. As the Washington Nationals continue to grow, we’re one of the few teams that can actually say that we have a minor league baseball team, and we would lose revenue; hotels, restaurants. It does bring people in. I was at a Suns game, and people came from Ohio for a weekend that I was talking to them. So we definitely need to keep the Suns in Hagerstown. We need to do whatever it takes to fix the old Municipal Stadium and make it a gem of a ball park.”

— Hagerstown



“To the person who says President Obama has all the ideas to fix the country, but the Republican Congress is holding him back: Give me a break. Please give me a break. The Democrats held the White House and the majority of Congress two years — two years before the Republican Congress took over. Why is it that we haven’t heard, we never heard about the job bill until three years into his presidency? And only ... I’m not a big fan of George Bush, but I don’t know of anybody who can’t say that this country was in better shape before Obama took over, than what it is now. No one can honestly say that.”

— Smithsburg



“I would like to give the kids on Spade Road who cleaned up down around the bridge all the trash over the weekend, it looks great. You did an awesome job, and thanks for helping Mother Nature and the stream.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in response to the writer calling in about President Obama taking expensive vacations. No one complained when Bush and Reagan were taking expensive family vacations.”

— Hagerstown



“I live in Hagerstown, in the Robinwood area, where we now have a problem, that being we have not seen any birds for more than three weeks. Several of us have feeders that have been regularly used by a variety of species; that is, woodpeckers, finch and red birds, to name a few. We also had juncos, which ... each winter. We have continually checked for chicken hawks, but none seen. I’m hoping someone can provide an answer for the mysterious disappearance of our birds, or perhaps identify an agency that might investigate and resolve.”

— Hagerstown



“Congratulations to tax-and-spend delegate John P. Donoghue, for showing the hardworking men and women of Washington County that he is not willing to fight for them, to keep a 15-cent gas tax from being implemented over the next three years. His rationale, that we need to plan on how to spend the tax hike now, will certainly raise the stock with the local power brokers, who might stand to benefit from the projects proposed. Thanks, John.”

— Boonsboro



“For the 25 years I’ve been in Washington County, I’ve been hearing the threat by the Suns to leave. Please, Hagerstown Suns, leave, leave, leave. The county commissioners need another area for another empty parking lot and building. We need more buildings and empty parking lots and empty buildings. Please get out of town.”

— Hagerstown



“To the person who went to the Polar Bear Plunge and didn’t see any motorcycle rally people get in the water: Motorcycle enthusiast people supported the Polar Bear Plunge, and they won the first annual bragging rights for the biggest group of people jumping in the river that day. Check the newspaper. It was in our Herald-Mail. Don’t complain. Come enjoy.”

— Washington County

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