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Mail Call - Feb. 22

February 22, 2012

“What a wonderful article in Sunday’s paper by Lloyd Waters, concerning ‘We remember the outhouse.’ Perhaps if we return to those days, our country would be in better shape. We survived then and could survive now. No flush tax, no gun control and no gasoline tax. When the government needs more money, all they think is taxing us more, and what are they doing with the money?”

— Hagerstown



“Why do we need someone from Michigan to tell us how to park in Hagerstown? What are we paying people in Hagerstown for, to hire someone from out of town to tell them how to do their job?”

— Hagerstown



“I just read Monday, Feb. 13’s letter from Mr. Miller, Boonsboro, about a new stadium. Very good letter. I wanted to remind the county and city about an article I read five years ago, about some big cities that built stadiums to help bring businesses, and they were millions in debt, because not enough, not nearly enough money was made for the cities ... a new stadium back then. Frederick may be doing OK, but not every town does. Thank you, Mr. Miller, for helping our elected representatives to think this expense carefully.”

— Williamsport



“Here’s a news item you may have missed. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control, reported that adult blood levels of trans fats have dropped by 58 percent, since new food labeling went into effect. Many makers of processed foods voluntarily replaced trans fats with less harmful oils. Looks like big government regulations work; that is, if you want a healthier population.”

— Boonsboro



“Again this morning, just a couple of minutes ago, I got a call from this gentleman, giving me this big spiel about my computer was doing something to the government computers and messing them up, and telling me that they had to come get my computer, and I was going to get a fine, and all this whoop-de-do, and I told them, excuse me, sir, I do not own a computer. My computer cannot be doing anything to the government because I don’t ... he went on with this spiel and kept it up and kept it up, and finally I told him, sir, I don’t know who you are or what you’re talking about.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“I have a question for the mayor, the council, or anybody who is interested. I saw ... where they’re considering building the ball stadium in downtown Hagerstown, between ... Antietam Street, Baltimore Street, Summit Avenue and Potomac Street. Have you people lost your minds completely?”

— Hagerstown



“We have many senior living facilities in downtown Hagerstown. Why not build a senior citizens center near one of these facilities? It would be easily accessible to these folks. The residents could use the facility and meet new friends, or seniors from the community and the county. This sounds like a sensible idea to me. These facilities are  on Walnut Street, South Potomac Street, Baltimore Street. There’s Holly Place, and on Washington Street. Seems to me it would make sense to build the facility where there are a majority of senior citizens who could use it easily.”

— Hagerstown



“The columnist, Mr. Callaham, claims that the secret meeting at Fountain Head Country Club was not secret, and he mentioned the people who were there and why they were there, and the others that weren’t there, but the bottom line is, if it’s not a public forum and it was not advertised, and it’s being held by our elected officials, well, then, that’s secret. At least our legislators can stand up and look at each other and say yes, we hold our meetings and they’re public, at South High every year. This Fountain Head Country Club is just a place to hide from the taxpayers.”

— Hagerstown



“Before they decide to waste more money on a ball stadium, would somebody at City Hall sit down and figure out how much money has been spent in the past 40 years in the name of economic development and community affairs, and then tell me what they have to show for it.”

— Hagerstown



“I want to say goodbye to the Hagerstown Suns, and say goodbye to the fireworks.”

— Hagerstown



“I want to thank the couple who paid for my groceries Sunday, Leitersburg Pike. I appreciate it very much. I just want to see if I can get to let them know about it. I appreciate that very much.”

— Maugansville



“I think you’re exactly right, Hagerstown caller, that speed cameras are really revenue raisers disguised as safety measures to protect children, because in Frederick, they use that same justification, and then put some cameras not in front of schools but some distance away, where few if any students ever walk, but in locations where they could catch many more speeders. And if this is such a dangerous problem — and I agree, going 13 mph and more over the speed limit in front of schools would be — then get serious, get tough, impose a hefty fine and license points on such violators, and suspend repeat offenders’ licenses. If that doesn’t stop it, what will?”

— Frederick, Md.



“Is anybody sick and fed up with the high gas prices? I just came from the gas station today on Valentine’s Day: $3.65. Folks, we better get together and start letting our voices be heard, because down in the White House they could care less. If it’s $3.65 now, what do you think it’s going to be by Memorial Day? Well over $4. And the rest of the summer, it could even go up to $5. Let’s let them hear it.”

— Hagerstown



“I would agree with the Leonard Pitts article that indicates the American people should demand corporate cash be banned from politics, if we also ban the ... cash that the unions provide to politics.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“I’m just calling to comment on the fact that I saw where they’re fixing up the clubhouse at the Hagerstown municipal golf course. It’s good intentions, but if they want more revenue, more people to play golf there, then they need to fix the greens. You must have grass growing on the putting greens if you want people to play golf.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know how people on Social Security can also draw unemployment. If anybody knows out there, please put your answer in Mail Call.”

— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.



“You know, we’re glad we didn’t vote for John McCain for president, because we’d be in five wars now. His motto is bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb.”

— Hagerstown

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