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Mail Call - Feb. 16

February 16, 2012

“On Feb. 10, Herald-Mail pictured 27 local legislators. Only one of these was a lady. It is still a man’s world, isn’t it?”

— Hagerstown



“Thank you for keeping the daily horoscope. Although I don’t believe in it, I love to read it. It gives me the laugh for the day.”

— Clear Spring



“It’s regarding the national news coverage of Shippensburg University’s, public university’s, nice little new slot machines. I wonder how many parents are sitting there, who have stressed family values, as the daughters and sons come home for the weekend saying oh, yeah, mom and dad, we still live your family values. Meantime, they’ve spent $24 on a morning-after pill. They may have controls, but they can always give it to a younger person, an older person. This has gotta go. It’s a public university.”

— Hagerstown



“In wake of the essential air service, talking about out here at the airport and around the country, over the article you had in the past couple weeks, I’ve done the math: 9.7 people apparently fly out of Hagerstown a day. That is 3,540 people a year. So that means they get $1.2 million subsidy, Cape Air, for that. That equates to $338.98 a person.”

— Leitersburg



“I was calling, the other day in the paper, the county put in an article saying that it costs $350,000 a year to operate the recycling bins. I wonder if there’s any way to print or get a detailed breakdown of just how much it really does cost, and also, I’d like to know how much they actually make off the recycling of the cans when they sell them.”

— Hancock



“A big thank you to the young man walking his two dogs on Summit Avenue, who helped me solve a problem with icy sidewalks that I had. It renews my faith. There are still good and considerate people in this world. Sorry, I didn’t get his name.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m a longtime resident of Washington County, and used to recycle all the time. I would drive miles to find a place to put my recyclables. Now I do not; reason being, the zeal that these people who want recycling at any cost and at any inconvenience, is just too much, and they have turned me. So, for instance, you ... who are pushing the agenda, at any cost to the citizens, you’re the ones who are turning off people.”

— Washington County



“All I hear is about ball stadiums, fire companies, more money, more taxes in Washington County. What about the great thing, (Interstates) 70 and 81? How come nobody considers putting the slots for the state of Maryland at 70 and 81, so this county can benefit, for cheaper tax rates and what else?”

— Smithsburg



“It was very impressive that Mr. Wilcox, superintendent, visited our school. We really appreciated it.”

— Clear Spring



“In regards to the intersection of Garis Shop Road and Route 40, if people drove the speed limit, there wouldn’t be any problem. I drive from Middletown to Hagerstown every day, and if you drive the speed limit, if they can’t pass you on the left, they’ll pass you on the right.”

— Middletown, Md.



“I would hope that the mayor and council of Williamsport and all of the citizens would read Pat Schooley’s letter in (The Herald-Mail) on Feb. 8.”

— Washington County



“The FDA has issued a warning concerning chicken jerky treats made in China. Do not feed these treats to your dogs. Many have died or have become very ill from consuming these treats.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling for my family, and a lot of my friends. Anybody who votes for the bill for gays to get married and do away with a 2,000-, 3,000-year thing that’s been going on since I’ve been, anybody can remember, we’re not going to vote for anybody that supports the gay programs or remains involved.”

— Hagerstown



“I just wanted to advise all the people in the area that there’s a lot of phone scams. I had one at 1:03 p.m. yesterday, and the man told me I won $250,000 and a 2012 Mercedes, through the global lottery sweepstakes. He was a foreign man, I couldn’t understand a lot of the things he was telling me to do, but he was telling me to go to Walmart ... but anyways — he didn’t want cash — but anyways, the phone number starts with 876 ... and it’s from Jamaica. I called the number back, a child was answering, and a dog was barking.”

— Hagerstown



“Feb. 10, early morning, another wreck at the Funkstown bridge. Instead of trying to delegate money for our stadium, why don’t we don’t get rid of the historical bridge, and use that money? It’s historical how many wrecks have happened there, and everybody just sits and watches.”

— Funkstown



“Lobbyists and legislators: They want a reception? They’re rich; pay for it yourself, with your money. Thank you, Terry Baker, Jeffrey A. Cline, William B. McKinley, for thinking of the middle class and poor. Terry Baker, you’re right, a lot of us don’t make $15,000. Mitt Romney said, ‘I’m not worried about the poor.’ Sure, $45 million a year? No wonder.”

— Clear Spring



“I just wanted to say what a great job The Herald-Mail does of covering local news and sporting events. I no longer have access to our local TV station, since I have satellite TV, so I depend on the newspaper for my local news, and you provide a great service to me, and I just wanted to say thank you. And to ... Hagerstown, and the Washington County Commissioners ... we need to really work out a plan to keep the Suns in Hagerstown. A new stadium generates new income, and better opportunities for the ball players.”

— Hagerstown

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