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Mail Call - Feb. 15

February 14, 2012

“I’m 64 years old, and I thought I’ve seen and read it all, but then in the paper, a story about birth control pills available in vending machines at a Shippensburg college. Unbelievable. Next thing we’ll be reading about is on-campus abortion clinics. Some say we’re living in the end times. I hope so, because we need someone to come and stop all this insanity.”
— Halfway area

“I just read today’s paper, it’s Thursday, and the gentleman from Waynesboro, Bill Stryker, I agree with that man 100 percent. If the American people don’t soon start waking up and figure out how far this country is in debt, we are all going to be back in the ’30s. I was born in 1930, and I know what the ’30s were like, when nobody had a whole lot of money, a lot of people didn’t have any money or food.”
— Hagerstown

“What I’m calling about, I read in the paper (that) the Greyhound bus needs a place to load and unload their passengers, so why not (have) the city and the county commissioners let them use the new pavilion that they just built up there for the commuter bus, and that way they’ll have a place to go in, turn around, and go back out. We subsidize the airport and the flight to Baltimore and Washington, so why not help them out?”
— Hagerstown

“We cannot believe what the city and county government officials have done to their citizens’ recycling efforts. We can only hope that a new election will produce more civic-minded and environmentally-conscious people.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading Wednesday’s Mail Call now, and what’s this? We have people to recycle? I sure don’t want to participate in that. It could be messy. Anyway, I really called to inquire about Walgreen’s. Are they building here or not? Also, I enjoy the little Dash magazine. Thanks. Glad to see there are no recipes for recycled people.”
— Halfway

“I’m calling in reference to the Kearneysville, W.Va., resident who wants to give Allegany and Garrett County to West Virginia, and put Washington County into Virginia. Worry about West Virginia, and leave our state alone. We have no — living in Washington County all my life, and I love Maryland, and I have no inkling of moving or changing my address to Virginia. Or as they say, ‘just sayin’.’”
— Hagerstown

“I think the taxpayers of Washington County and Maryland ought to take a good look at the local and state officials, come election time, and anybody who has voted for the gas tax increase, and particularly, the county commissioners who voted to build the new senior citizens center, ought to be voted out of office.”
— Halfway

“I have lived in Clear Spring for 27 years, so I consider myself a true ‘springer,’ because I love my town. The town is quiet, and the nature all around Clear Spring is awesome. I do believe that because Clear Spring is a small, quiet, unassuming town, drug dealers might feel they will go unnoticed here. Well, think again. If anything, we ‘springers’ will now be even more watchful of what you do in our lovely little town.”
— Clear Spring

“I just wonder how many of your other readers feel like I do. I hate the way that they roll up this newspaper so tightly, and then you try to read it, and all it wants to do is curl back up at you like a snake or something. I wish they would go back to folding them before they stick them in our mailboxes.”
— Hagerstown

“I agree with Tim Rowland about today’s commercials. They make no sense, and are so loud that I mute them. Then they play eight or 10 commercials in a row, so they go so fast you’re not sure what they’re advertising. Also, I would not buy a product that uses men with that scruffy, dirty look.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“The paper needs to do an investigation on where the gas tax is being spent, and the same with the flush tax. I feel that it’s being spent in Annapolis, on lobbyists. Also, no one answered my question, and that is, 150 feet away from my septic is my well — no sewage. Explain that. I was told we don’t answer questions. You have to pay. That’s the law. I say thank you, Republican Ehrlich.”
— Clear Spring

“Once again, Washington County Public Schools is boasting SAT scores higher so far; more expected to take test. When are the people in this county going to realize that you do not need an SAT score to go to Hagerstown Community College? And when are they going to realize that just looking at SAT scores is certainly not the only way to judge our public schools.”
— Smithsburg

“Concerning speed cameras, there’s only one reason that I could think of as to why someone would be opposed to them. The question I have for you who are reading this is, what do you think that reason could be? Personally, I’m getting sick and tired of people passing me, running well over the speed limit, and then I see them pull in to a convenience store.”
— Sharpsburg

“It appears to me that the conservative right is pushing more for joining church and state than the separation of church and state. Which religion will win? Sounds like the Middle East to me.”
— Hagerstown

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