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Mail Call - Jan. 31

January 31, 2012

“My second-grade child is stressed out, not because of bullying or schoolwork, but from lunchtime. She has had headaches three or four times a week, always after lunch. I had lunch with her, and the noise level was ridiculous. The kids can’t even hear the aides dismiss them. The aides told me there’s nothing they can do. They were told this is the kids’ time to socialize. What can I do about this?”

— South End


“I think it’s time that these Republican blowhards spell out explicitly where the tens of thousands of jobs they keep proclaiming will be coming from, for this pipeline they so desperately want. What kind of jobs? How many, exactly? How long-term are they? We don’t need 10,000 two-month-long construction jobs. That’s not going to help anyone.”

— Hagerstown


“Thank you, once again, President Obama, for showing the courage in your leadership in your decision on the Keystone pipeline. Once again, with all the adversity of American people’s jobs and energy, you chose the road to political gain. This must be some of the change we can believe in.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m calling to express my disappointment about my two favorite comics you took out of your paper. I sure would be pleased if you would start putting them in again. They are ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Rex Morgan.’ I looked forward to reading them every day, and really miss them.”

— Hagerstown


“As a taxpayer, I have a suggestion. It might be too simple, but I’m going to suggest it anyway. If the teacher pension shift from city to county is going to cost us $2.5 million, well, the county could help offset those costs by getting rid of this extra staffing. County government, including the BOE, is so overstaffed with support staff; secretaries and assistants for this and assistants for that. Cut into where the government is top-heavy. Get rid of nonessential ... positions, and save the taxpayers some money, because it looks like it’s going to cost us.”

— Hagerstown


“I was calling about the article that was in the paper Monday about the homeless. They need help now. They’re having a homelessness resource day March 3, but the cold weather is starting to be over by that time. They need help now. Please publish this, so maybe they’ll reconcile and have this sooner. A lot of homeless people out there.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m calling about Neil Parrott’s petitions. When you sign a petition, that means you want everybody to see what you signed; your name and everything, out in the open. But just like the Republicans, they like to hide everything. You sign a petition for one thing, and you come to find out, it’s for something different.”

— Cearfoss


“I am over 70, and I am glad you removed ‘Apartment 3-G,’ ‘Mary Worth,’ and ‘Rex Morgan.’ Also, I enjoy the horoscopes immensely. Keep up the good work.”

— Hagerstown


“Mitt Romney said that he paid 15 percent to federal taxes on his income of millions of dollars. I’m a middle-class American making less than $30,000 a year, and I pay 16 percent of my income to the federal taxes. Seems that something’s not right here.”

— Hagerstown


“A comment about the homeless people that are going into the post office: You know, it’s easy to look at some situations and figure out why people are in the situation. ... Some people, we never know what their story is in life. So until we do ... and not be so smug, because after all, there are times I thought I would never do things I did in my life, but sometimes people are only one or two paychecks away from foreclosure or being in the streets.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“I’m calling in regard to the Hagerstown Suns. I’m asking that the county commissioners and the city council please do everything they can to keep our Suns in Hagerstown. I know Terry Baker and ... McKinley were quite athletes. I’m asking them to back this and support our Hagerstown Suns.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“I am a registered Democrat, but I am not a strictly party line voter, which I feel no one should be. I, for the most part, defend President Obama, but most of his most recent decisions — for instance, the one on the Keystone pipeline and weakening our military defense with his cuts — I can no longer do so. I strongly feel he’s very much weakening our country and not looking out for our best interests.”

— Hagerstown


“The 19th of January, new gaming bill and mandate, fire fund review, don’t back down. Anybody that receives any money should show their books, make a budget, gaming commission, also, where the money goes. Teacher pensions, about time you publish the salaries again, and the fringe benefits, the vacations, what they pay toward their health care and their benefits also, and what they pay into the pension plan.”

— Leitersburg


“I notice that you consider ‘Rex Morgan’ to be a comic strip. I and others that I’ve talked to do not consider it to be a comic strip. They deal with very serious subjects, and do it in a very timely period of time, and there are things there that would be helpful to people who might want to read them.”

— Hagerstown


“If the city police department wants to make a presence downtown, why don’t they get out and walk a beat like they used to, instead of sitting in a substation? When Mayor ... of Philadelphia was first elected, he took all the middle management of their police department away from their desk jobs and put them back on the streets, where he said they belonged. Works there, why not here?”

— Hagerstown


“To the Clear Spring caller, concerning the Democratic Congress and the 17 bills sent to the Senate: The caller is using terms he doesn’t understand. He accuses Harry Reid of being a RINO, which stands for Republican In Name Only. Harry Reid is a Democrat, not a Republican, therefore it is a political impossibility for him to be a RINO. Perhaps it is the caller who should stop drinking so much of the right-wing talking points, which clearly, you don’t even understand.”

— Hagerstown


“FYI, my wife and I went on Social Security at age 62 1/2, which was 5 1/2 years ago. We have collected more than twice the amount we paid in, without any worry as to how we would need to invest that money or if it would be there when we wanted it. I’m a believer in Social Security.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“In response to the Robinwood caller, about birds disappearing from feeders: If there is a hawk or cat hanging around, the birds will leave the area for awhile, then they should reappear if danger leaves the area. Also, the mild temperatures dramatically dropped in the last few weeks and some species may have possibly moved farther south for awhile. I have loads of cardinals, black-capped chickadees, Carolina wrens, white-throated sparrows (but not as many as before) and tufted titmice. Thank goodness not many English house sparrows. They kill the bluebirds. Bluebirds will also leave an area in the spring if cats are roaming around. I feed mostly safflower, black oil sunflower, Woodpeckers Wish (nuts) and suet. Good luck, and don’t worry, they shall return.”

— Hagerstown


“I think you should get rid of the card game bridge, the Daily Commuter crossword puzzle, and the horoscopes. That way you’d have room to bring back all the comics.”

— Hagerstown


“If you don’t bring back ‘Pearls Before Swine,’ I am going to send Rat to the Herald-Mail office, and I know you don’t want any parts of that.”

— Washington County


“I’m calling about the comics. I would like to see you put ‘Hagar’ and ‘Luann’ back in there. I don’t know why you took anything out of the comics in the first place. Doesn’t make sense to me.”

— Williamsport


“This business of having Baltimore process our mail is horrible. My mail carrier just now delivered my mail, and it’s 7:30 in the evening. This is not safe for the carriers, and something really should be done about it. Having the mail go to Baltimore for processing is slowing things down too much.”

— Hagerstown


“Not satisfied with raising the gas tax, Gov. O’Malley now wants to raise the sales and flush taxes, and dump teacher pension costs on the county. He must really have it in for us poor, middle class and working folks, because that’s who these taxes hit the hardest. And he says, ‘The legislature certainly feels the pain that people are still feeling.’ Hogwash. With a $1 billion deficit, they didn’t cut and don’t propose cutting their pay and benefits. I’d like to make him and those irresponsible, profligate spending, tax-raising legislators really feel our pain, by cutting their pay by at least a third, and abolishing all of their perks and benefits. That’d give them some of the same pain they’re proposing to inflict on us.”

— Frederick, Md.


“I don’t think Terrell Suggs should have cut down Tim Tebow about God. I think Terrell Suggs could have used God on his sideline on Sunday.”

— Big Pool


“I just wanted to make a comment about the photographers of the Morning Herald, and the, just the overall superiority, I guess, that they have over the photography they take for the newspaper, and I think a lot of people take that for granted, and especially Joe Crocetta’s work here that I’ve seen in the paper recently, Sunday morning. Just, they just seem to be able to tell the story with the picture, without even having to, you know, have words underneath it. But awesome job by all the photographers.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“I’m calling in regard to the comics. I myself, I did vote twice, for ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Rex Morgan’ and ‘Snuffy Smith’ and a few others, but anyway, they were my favorites. I’ve been reading them for many years. I’m a senior citizen. I’m really disappointed that they took them out of the paper. I, too, like some of the others expressed, it’s a disappointment that they affected that page, since they had two pages of comics already. Why didn’t they leave these?”

— Hagerstown


“You know what, some time back when I was a kid, we used to call comics ‘funnies,’ and I’m hearing all this controversy about the comics and taking comics out, but you know, today they’re neither comic nor funny, so maybe we should take them all out.”

— Hagerstown


“I have been a coach in the area for about 15 years, mostly basketball; boys and girls. Wake up, Herald-Mail. You are missing a great story, just across the line. Greencastle-Antrim High School plays basketball like it was meant to be. I only wish I would have headed teams like that. I give credit to the coaches, who have the players eating out of their hands. With quickness, agility and precision, truly one of the best teams ever to play in this area. Good luck, team, as you march to the championship. A big thank you to the coaches. I only wish I had their playbook.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m wondering what The Herald-Mail’s trying to hide, by not publishing anything about the Greyhound terminal moving to the Dual Highway, where they have people standing out in all kinds of weather, with no cover, no bathroom facilities. ... What are you trying to cover? Why are you doing this? It’s such a nuisance out here.”

— Hagerstown

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