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Mail Call - Feb. 7

February 06, 2012

“It would be a waste of time and taxpayer money to have citizens vote on the issue on nonpartisan elections for the City of Hagerstown, because starting with the 2010 elections, The Herald-Mail started listing party affiliations for the BOE’s candidates. BOE is supposed to be nonpartisan also.”
— Washington County

“What qualified TV anchors to moderate presidential primary debates? All they do is read what someone else wrote for them. Wouldn’t it be better to have experts who know something about the campaign issues, such as political scientists, historians, economists, educators, even former governors and presidents?”
— Fountain Head

“All these people, especially writers, keep bashing President Obama for using some of his and the Democratic ideas, and not the Republicans’. Well, I wonder how many Democratic ideas George Bush used. Therein lies most of our problems. Each party feels like they have all the answers and the solutions.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I just want to tell people, the powers that be, who they are through the past years, even up to now, I want to thank you for building all these beautiful schools for these children, and if it keeps any of them in school, it’s worth it. And they are beautiful, and also the parks and the recreation programs they have for the children. We are blessed in this county. People don’t realize it. I get around a little bit, and we are blessed. And keep it up ... and I want to thank anybody who is involved in it. I mean, our kids are our precious people, so please take care of them.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m sure The Herald-Mail will get complaints about charging to read the newspaper online. It’s sad that people pay good money for porn and other junk on the Internet, but object to paying a small price for keeping abreast of what’s happening in our neighborhoods and world, so they can be informed to survive in the real world.”
— Williamsport

“Hagerstown caller, I have listened to every debate. I haven’t noticed any ‘sadists.’ Anyone can forget what day it is, young or old, and that includes you. There have been some flip-flops, yes. President Obama flip-flopped during his two years of campaigning. Now he has his foot in the door. ... The only promises he kept is energy prices increasing, sharing our ‘wealth’ for us as he saw fit, health care (not all implemented) costing more, slighting our seniors. President gave us $4 trillion new debt. At least the candidates running are for free enterprise, not appeasing our enemies, lowering taxes on mom-and-pop businesses.”
— Hagerstown

“A senior citizen is on Social Security after contributing for a lifetime. They are paid based on the amount they contributed from their salary all their working life. Now they must take a full- or part-time job to survive in this economy. But Social Security is still taken out of their pay, and it does nothing for the amount they are presently drawing. Does this mean they are paying toward all other persons’ Social Security, or is this just a way to penalize them for working while on Social Security?”
— South Hagerstown

“I see here in the morning’s paper where Gov. O’Malley is talking about applying a sales tax to gas. What is he doing? Does he stop and think that he’s taking food off the table for the children and the older people? And also, a lot of older people’s have to buy their food, plus they have to pay somebody to take them to the grocery store, still.”
— Boonsboro

“If the Washington County Commissioners decide to only give recycling to certain target areas, and at the same time eliminate the bins for the rest of us, then I will never, ever recycle again. I have been recycling for years, and if they make it that I can’t recycle, then I’ll never start again. I refuse to play their silly little games. So, just my opinion.”
— Hagerstown

“I am calling about the article in the paper today about them not going to — they want to discontinue recycling bins. ... I think that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, and I think all it’s going to do is cause roadside dumping.”
— Hagerstown

“Hey, I got a good idea. Why don’t they build a new school right there where the old hospital was, once it’s down, and tear down Bester? That school is old, and it is just a cluster mess over here, man. Take that in consideration, please.”
— Hagerstown

“The most powerful weapon we have is our carrier fleet. President Obama wants to do away with seven carriers, while the Chinese are building a carrier fleet. I’m sure the Chinese must have a medal for the man who is actually helping them the most.”
— Hagerstown

“Why don’t the decisionmakers in the landfill department think of the people who are working every day, who are going to have to try to get to the landfill, when they’re closing the thing at 3:30 in the afternoon? Why wouldn’t — if they were going to cut hours, why didn’t they open at 10:00 and leave it open until 5, or something that people can get there?”
— Cascade

“The forward-thinking Washington County Commissioners have done it again. They allow Hagerstown to send its trash out of state, thereby reducing revenue to the landfill. And now they will make the people who recycle pay for it. Who will pay for the next landfill, when the current site fills up prematurely, because people stopped recycling? Maybe we should increase fees on the people who don’t recycle.”
— Rohrersville

“I see in the paper where the county commissioners did not discuss stadium studies in open session. Sounds to me like President Obama must have come through Hagerstown. Nothing’s ever done in open session.”
— Hagerstown

“This message is to the Washington County Commissioners. Since you want to charge us to recycle, and you also charge us a dump sticker, and for yard waste, from now on, you can find my recyclables in with my regular trash.”
— Halfway

“I’m calling about ... minimum wage. Everything else goes up, gas goes up, the taxes go up, they’re wanting tobacco to go up, food’s going up, gasoline’s going up, but they’re not raising minimum wage.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I just think, this morning, reading the Morning Herald, the pages got all the pictures on there of the young schoolchildren classes, winning these little awards for being the best student or whatever. I enjoy them there, that page more than any part of the paper at all. And to see their little smiling faces, they seem to be so proud. So I just love to watch these pictures. I hope The Herald-Mail continues ... putting them in there.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to know what ... made it impossible to turn west onto Howell Road off Edgewood Drive, coming out of Funkstown. That is really, really unbelievable. I can understand not turning west off Howell Road onto Edgewood Drive, but there are a lot of businesses that need to be gotten (to) from Funkstown from Edgewood Drive on Howell Road, and that makes it impossible.”
— Hagerstown

“Our local leaders are going to spend millions on a new senior center. Some of that money should be spent on finding a solution to the problems of the local homeless, who have no place to go during the day. The shelter provides help during the night.”
— North End

“To the person from Washington County talking about seceding to West Virginia: Well, I would like to see Jefferson County secede from West Virginia and go on our own, and keep the $300 million leaving the racetrack for Charleston.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.

“I read this morning in Wednesday’s paper where Katie O’Malley said the reason why the same-sex bill wasn’t passed was because of people being cowards. I don’t think it’s because of people being cowards. Some people have belief and convictions. Maybe she should read her Bible.”
— Hancock

“Nice article on the 1st of February, A7. The local residents of Hagerstown, read that, and especially the delegates and the senators and the county commissioners. We might be losing our essential air service because we’re within 175 miles of major hubs, which are Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington, Dulles. And then also, if we have 10 or less passengers a day. So let it go, and let that big boondoggle go out there. We’re putting a lot of money in it.”
— Leitersburg

“I’d just like to say no, no, no. Terrible idea, county commissioners and Mr. Murray. If you think I will drive my car round trip 22 miles to the 40 (West) landfill and recycle my newspaper, my milk jugs and so forth, and pay you a fee of $35, you must be out of your dollar-sign minds.”
— Halfway

“I hope some of you will read Nancy Boyer’s letter to the editor, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2012. She is one very bright lady, so you can believe what she has to say. Maybe, just maybe, some of you will stop bashing President George Bush, and give him credit for some of the things he accomplished. I am so tired of this administration blaming him for what they have done to our country.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to thank the kind and honest person who returned the $11 in change I forgot to pick up at the you-scan checkout ... Saturday evening. Since my budget is very tight, I really needed it. Thank you so much, and may God richly bless you for your kindness.”
— Hagerstown

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