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Mail Call - Feb. 20

February 19, 2012

“I think everyone should read Wally McClure’s letter in the Saturday Herald-Mail, concerning his wishes for the Suns to leave Hagerstown ... to whoever wants them, or let them buy the land and build their own stadium. Very well put. It sounds as if the Suns have been playing games all along, planning to leave and be gone.”
— Hagerstown

“One thing we do have on Longmeadow Road is consistency. Whether it’s sunny, raining, ice, snow or sleet, the traffic speed is between 40 and 70 miles per hour, 24/7, in the 25-to-35-mile zone. Maybe the residents should stop paying property tax until enforcement corrects this.”
— Washington County

“Wally McClure for governor.”
— Rohrersville

“I read the article in the paper on results made by a commission on the impact of immigrants in Maryland, and there are 804,000 residents in Maryland. How many of them are being supported by our taxes? If a lot of them, then no wonder our taxes are so high. If here illegally, they should be deported, which should lower our taxes.”
— Hagerstown

“Planned Parenthood receives $500 million annually from taxpayers. There is available birth control over the counter in pharmacies. Health departments give free birth control, or at a low cost, depending on one’s income. Planned Parenthood has been found to give more abortions than advice. They make millions on their own. President Obama ignored the Hyde Amendment, protecting taxpayers from funding abortions, U.S. and abroad. Women do have choices. Think before you act.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who has a problem with how people dress at church: Your comment is the reason why a lot of young people don’t go to church. Who cares what they are wearing? God just is happy they are there and they are there to serve God. Maybe you focus on serving God and the sermon instead of what people are wearing. You should be glad people are even attending, especially if the people who go there hold your same hypocritical views.”
— Hagerstown

“Many thanks to Fanny Crawford for sharing the remarkable story about her ancestors. This story would be quite fascinating if it had just been passed down as oral history, but to have the manuscript of it that was handwritten by her great-grandfather — what a treasure. I was deeply touched by the article.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“When it comes to charity giving, we see a lot of recognition for companies and groups that collect money, but not much about the millions of people who give. Americans are very generous when it comes to contributing; if not, the charities would not obtain what they do. The kettles at Christmas, give a dollar when checking out at stores or sending a check for what they can, we individuals are doing a great service also.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“The City of Hagerstown has had decades to make Municipal Stadium a true tourist attraction. Maybe putting it on the ballot as a referendum would have been wise, to get public consensus. That’s what should have happened with the senior center, which I, as a 70-year resident of Washington County, find a Taj Mahal for a county that has a 50-percent-plus poverty level population. When will the leaders of the city and county realize that their jurisdictions have very little going for them except for tourism? Please, please do not even considering building a stadium downtown.”
— Williamsport

“If the Suns don’t have any more loyalty than this, to a town that’s been supporting them through good times and bad, then I say good riddance to them.”
— Williamsport

“I would hope that the mayor and council of Williamsport, and the citizens, would read Pat Schooley’s article on Feb. 8 in The Herald-Mail. It’ll give them some insight on why they should keep the overall factory as it is.”
— Hagerstown

“Don’t panic, thinking the Suns’ move to Winchester is a done deal, because greedy teams have a long history of playing cities against each other, with threats to move, and proposed deals that may not be, actually be realistically achievable ... to get new, luxurious, expensive, taxpayer-funded stadiums, etc. And politicians usually cave in, taxpayers get shafted. So I’ll bet if you offer them a better deal in Winchester, money talks, nobody walks. Just watch out they don’t come back at you again, claiming they’ve gotten yet another even better offer from Winchester, or even another city.”
— Frederick, Md.

“If our local politicians, city council, county commissioners and mayor, blow it by losing the Hagerstown Suns to Winchester, every one of them should be ousted when they come up for re-election. We blew it when we had an Orioles farm team, so don’t mess it up again, now that we have a Washington franchise, with an up-and-coming major league team so near us. It’s also been proven that franchises that don’t have a large local interest will not be supported.”
— Hagerstown

“I realize what people do in their own life is their business, but when you’re in the public eye, such as if you’re a celebrity, a movie star and so on, that’s the breaks you get. I mean, you’re bound to get a lot of attention and publicity. But concerning the death of another celebrity, a singer, which is Whitney Houston, I feel people should remember the good things by Whitney Houston, and Joe Paterno, the late, great Joe Paterno, but they still shouldn’t forget the past, such as the scandal with Joe Paterno.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

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