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Mail Call - Feb. 2

February 01, 2012

“I just wanted to call and say the article by Jeff Semler on the back of the paper was a wonderful article. It was called ‘Farming community has diverse makeup.’ What he says is so true.”
— Wolfsville

“I see where the county commissioners are reluctant to give any motel/hotel tax toward a new stadium. My, how memories are short. Several years ago, an increase in the motel/hotel tax was to be done specifically to set aside money for a new stadium. However, our county leaders decided to spend that on other expenses. Now there’s no money left for a stadium or anything else, as we lose our minor league team, and everybody’s worried about saving downtown.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just wondering if anybody else has received any of the potatoes from the different grocery stores. They’re just terrible this year. Just wondering if anybody else is having problems.”
— Hagerstown

“Does the caller from Hagerstown realize that the government employees, especially the state employees, have had extra days off because they are taking unpaid furlough days? Have you taken a salary cut in the last three years because you were forced to take furlough days with no pay? Please check out the facts of the situation before you call in, wanting to cut half of the people who serve you.”
— Williamsport

“The Hagerstown Suns moving to Winchester would not be a tragedy for the city of Hagerstown. Since the city of Hagerstown and its connection to the Baltimore Orioles stopped years ago, it has cost the taxpayers of the city of Hagerstown money, not brought money into the area.”
— Hagerstown

“With respect to the articles on the Suns’ move to Winchester and the need for Municipal Stadium improvements, I recall the Washington County Commissioners requesting a hotel/motel tax increase in 1999-2000. A portion of the increase, from 3 to 5 percent, was to go for a new stadium for the Suns. Now 12 years later they’re talking about taxpayers’ money. Commissioners, what happened to the money? How about some institutional memory and responsible accountability? Use the money as it was intended. Don’t be like our lawmakers in D.C., who borrow from Social Security to build their pet projects. And if the money isn’t there, go on record and tell us where it went.”
— Williamsport

“Simply by not capitalizing the ‘c’ in city or the ‘p’ in ‘park’ does not hide the fact that the headline was written to make it appear that this shooting incident occurred in the South End of Hagerstown, and not the North End of Hagerstown. The paper has always had a slant towards the North End, and now it shows that there is no depth The Herald-Mail will not stoop, to inaccurately portray the South End of the city. The Herald-Mail owes the residents of the South End of Hagerstown an apology.”
— South End

“Too bad The Herald-Mail chose to follow the other secular newspapers and not report on the March for Life that was this (Jan. 23) in Washington, D.C. Shame on you. There may be pro-abortionists living in this town, but there are also pro-lifers. I just want to get the word out that slaughtering unborn babies is a crime, as well as the crimes against mom. Wake up and report all of the news happening, not just what is politically correct.”
— Hagerstown

“For all those of you who are whining about the illegal grandmother being deported, try the dictionary. Gives you a very detailed definition of what ‘illegal’ is.”
— Hagerstown

“Call the Washington County Commissioners, the county administrator and the county public works director, and demand that they stop all projects, and divert that money to repairing the back roads of Washington County. They are crumbling, and we, the public, are paying, by having our cars jarred apart.”
— Washington County

“I would like to thank author Nora Roberts for her investment in Boonsboro. I view (that) as a very good thing, and I’m sure it’s appreciated by town officials, helping to make the downtown area of Boonsboro nicer, a better place to go, with businesses to go to. Miss Roberts, thank you very much.”
— Washington County

“I can’t believe the city is borrowing money to buy new recycling bins, before they find out if people really want them. We need to vote Penny Nigh and Kristin Aleshire back into office. They were wise with our spending.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just calling to thank the person who made the remarks about the Marines. I think that there’s more (who) probably feel this way, but they won’t speak out. If I knew who this person was, I’d like to shake their hand, because I agree with them 100 percent.”
— Williamsport

“Obama, Obama, Obama, what are you doing? You’re going to reduce our army combat brigades from 45 to 32? Well, I’m a veteran. ... I’d rather have a stronger military and a stable America than a stronger welfare system.”
— Williamsport

“The Sharpsburg caller who believes that it’s OK to urinate on dead bodies of his enemies, he needs to see a doctor, a psychiatrist. ... Something’s really wrong with you.”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding the call in Wednesday, Jan. 25 Mail Call: ... We were told in the ’70s the Alaskan pipeline would break our dependence on foreign oil, and it has not. The solution is not more oil, the solution is renewable energy. Had we started investing in renewable energy sources in the ’70s, we wouldn’t need to worry about decreasing fossil fuel sources.”
— Williamsport

“The left turn/U-turn lane at the signal at the Dual Highway east onto Mount Aetna Road works well. Why not do the same at the Dual Highway/South Edgewood Drive intersection for drivers to make the U-turn to head south again to get onto Howell Road? Of course, drivers would have to obey the traffic lights, i.e., yellow and red tell you to stop.”
— Washington County

“When I got my property tax assessment, my house had depreciated $40,000 in three years. Our governor’s legislative priority is same-sex marriage. Pray that we can unload these beltway legislators soon, so that we can have leaders who have their priorities straight.”
— Williamsport

“Fred Shinbur is a great veteran, and even better man. He has represented the veterans of this state exceptionally, as the 2011 Veteran of the Year. The city of Hagerstown should name a street after him. Thank you for everything you do, Mr. Shinbur.”
— Hagerstown

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