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Mail Call - Feb. 6

February 05, 2012

“I feel, as a Washington County resident paying Washington County taxes, that it’s absolutely wrong, if we live in the county and pay, we have to pay extra for our city water and sewer if we’re hooked to it, and then the county loans the city money to build parking decks, and then they turn around and they want to build a new ball stadium within the city limits, and the county’s going to help do that, and Maryland taxes are going up and everything else. I think it’s wrong at this time to build a new ball stadium. It does not bring that much money into the community and costs too much ... they should repair what they have got, and not worry about something new.”
— Washington County


“I agree with the caller reminding people to thank their paper carriers, and also for the carriers to thank their customers. We would like to thank our carrier, Melissa, for her excellent service, and for the thank-you card she sent for our gift.”
— Antietam Drive


“Americans taking pride in their job, no matter big or small. I was at a furniture store the other day picking up some furniture. Man and a woman behind the counter, texting — girl and a boy, and I stood there for about 10 minutes waiting on somebody to wait on me, and they were right in front of me, and I had to say, ‘Is anybody working here?’ Finally somebody jumped up and waited on me, after they got done their texting.”
— Hagerstown


“This is about the Suns. I’m all for the Suns staying here. For the city of Hagerstown: If you snooze, you lose. If you want to do away with something, do away with Wind Down Fridays. To me, closing up a block of traffic is a waste. And the Blues Fest, closing up the whole weekend is even worse. Move it down to the Suns stadium. Use something out of it.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m calling for some information, trying to find out how they got the name ‘Schtrumph’s Cave’ on the cave of that guy that got stuck in Clear Spring. If anybody’s got any information, call, let Mail Call know.”
— Hancock


“To the Hagerstown caller who is an independent: You said that one Republican is sadistic, and one is a flip-flopper, so you are voting for President Obama. Just think, by voting for Obama, you’re killing two birds with one stone. You’re voting for a sadistic flip-flopper.”
— Big Pool


“Regarding the caller calling about the picture of the four Marines, I wondered what he would think if the situation was reversed, and the photo was of Taliban doing that to American soldiers. You have to remember, however we treat them, whether it’s desecrating them after they’re dead, or a prisoner, with waterboarding, can also be done to our soldiers. I know it’s a war, but there are certain limits.”
— Hagerstown


“Concerning the Republican presidential debates, I can tell you exactly what’s going on there. It seems like everybody (is) at each other’s throat. Well, once the press gets done with twisting the stories around and making up all their lies and twisting the truth, making everything half-truths, that’s what the problem is. I think they’re all good Americans that (the people who are running), but the press, they do a number on them. Let’s see if they do the same thing to the Democrats.”
— Sharpsburg


“This is to the female or gentleman from Hagerstown crying about Mitt Romney paying 15 percent, and they only pay 16 percent. That’s because Mitt Romney pays a capital gains tax, and you pay an income tax. Two totally different things. ... It’s a whole different tax game; see, they’re paying capital gains taxes, not income taxes like you and me. What’s not fair is at the end of the month, the government takes 40 percent of my commission check. Get your facts straight.”
— Greencastle, Pa.


“I love the old movies ... and I am not old. I love them because back then, they did not feel the need to take off their clothes or use filthy language to get a good story across. The old movies are full of class, not trash like we’re shown today. Change can be good, but Hollywood seems to embrace the opposite. Old movies have stood the test of time. They don’t call them the classics for nothing.”
— Clear Spring


“Isn’t it amazing how gas can be raised 10 cents in a matter of an eight-hour period?”
— Clear Spring


“I’m calling about the State of Maryland. They turn around, and my property dropped $50,000, roughly. Then they turn around, going to charge you 15 cents more for a gallon of gas. Then they’re going to charge you 70 percent increase in tobacco. Is there anything in this state free that you don’t have to pay extra for? So people better get on the ball in this state. I’ll guarantee you, two years, I’m moving out of this state. Can’t afford it unless you’re a rich person.”
— Hagerstown


“I would love for our mayor and county commissioners to get with Frederick’s mayor and county commissioners and find out what they’re doing. Their business is booming downtown, doesn’t matter what time of the day you go there, seven days a week. They’ve had a beautiful, beautiful ball stadium for years and years, and they don’t complain about putting a couple money, cents into the electricity. So I think our county commissioners and our mayor need to try to work around their plan, to do something for Hagerstown.”
— Smithsburg


“I would like to know, I came from work the other day, and on my caller ID, there was a credit card company called me. So I called the credit card company back, and they say the number is not in service. Now how can they be not in service, when they used that number to call me? Can anybody explain this? Please let me know.”
— Clear Spring


“They need to get rid of this governor they have down here. What they need to do to him is give him the wages that regular working people  have, and travel as far as we’re, regular working people do, and then he won’t be raising taxes on anything. He’d better take a look at the unemployment lines, and the tax, this state’s the worst state for taxes there is. No wonder (there are) so many empty houses and apartment houses, because of the governor and people just like him.”
— Hagerstown


“In my opinion, our current governor, O’Malley, is nothing more than an opportunist. He’s slowly ruining the state of Maryland, and after he is out of office, he’s going to disappear into the metropolitan area and join the D.C. crowd, as I call them. He’s looking for federal employment, in politics. And as far as what he told our new school superintendent, Mr. Wilcox, I think our new school superintendent Mr. Wilcox should just ignore the man and do the job (to) the best of his abilities, and just help the school kids — not the administration, but the kids.”
— Hagerstown


“Somebody called in and was blaming President Obama for military cuts. Well, the military cuts came about because the supercommittee didn’t do their job. Remember, the supercommittee had to come up with a plan to trim trillions of dollars from the budget? They failed. When they failed, that meant that the ax came down, and the ax came down for cuts in military and supplemental entitlement programs.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“Winchester is willing to build a new stadium. To the commissioners and such: ... Keep the Suns here.”
— Hagerstown

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