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Mail Call - March 6

March 05, 2012

“We should be praising Shippensburg University and the person who suggested they install the morning-after pill in easy-to-use dispensers. ... Young people are going to have sex. The problem is having children. It is a fact that if a young woman has a baby while in college, it is better for society if she gets her degree than to have two people on welfare.”
— Halfway

“Let me tell you something. The mail sure moves in mysterious ways. Today I received a letter from the Outer Banks area of North Carolina, postmarked Feb. 13. Today is Feb. 21, and it just got to me at my Clear Spring address. Wonder why.”
— Clear Spring

“Here we go again, another white elephant, in the stadium for Hagerstown and Washington County. I would say, all told now, we have a full herd of white elephants in the city, and also in the county.”
— Hagerstown

“In answer to the person from Hagerstown about David Limbaugh, he has the right of free speech from the First Amendment. Secondly, if you’re such a hard-rock Democrat, here’s an answer from a hard-rock Republican: Don’t read the paper. Throw it away.”
— Williamsport

“When the mayor and the council advertises on Channel 6 the meeting is going to start at 4:00, that means it starts at 4:00. They should be sitting down, quiet, listening for the clock to go off so they can start having their meeting. They never meet on time. So why should any of us as taxpayers or anything else in Hagerstown expect them to get a stadium on time?”
— Hagerstown

“The Chinese and Russia are increasing spending on the military and increasing their military might, while the U.S., what do we do? We cut ours, thanks to Mr. Obama. So I hope most Americans start taking foreign language lessons.”
— Hagerstown

“I can’t understand why people don’t understand the word ‘freedom.’ Freedom of religion means I can choose ‘none of the above.’ ... I’m agnostic.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t care if the stadium stays. I’d rather it go because of those fireworks that just keep people awake at night. However, one question I have is, supposedly, when you buy lottery tickets, you (are) benefiting the Maryland Stadium Authority. So why aren’t there any funds from that? I certainly don’t want my taxpayer money to be used for something that is a recreational activity.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to Wednesday’s article in the Opinion section by Rodney Pearson, ‘Fire, rescue companies should be funded with tax dollars,’ that is the most common-sense article I’ve read in a long time, in a long, long, long time, and I agree 100 percent with everything he said, and I’m sure there’s a few other people with common sense that will also agree with that.”
— Williamsport

“This is in response to the reader who’s glad they didn’t vote for John McCain because he might get us into too many wars. Well, count on your fingers and see how many we’re already in. And another question for everybody, why did our current U.S. government leadership, secretary of state, president, send Sen. McCain off to Egypt to try to make peace with their ruling government, that occurred after the wonderful Arab Spring?”
— Hagerstown

“Nice report by Dave McMillion on the school board salary increase of $4.2 million, approved by the elected BOE, on A1 and A2, and I love the comment that the school board said, ‘We’re OK,’ referring to the school system’s finances. They hadn’t even — I hope they considered about a cutback from the state and federal level to there, because don’t cry that you need more money in July, to the county commissioners.”
— Leitersburg

“Can someone please tell me, who do I call in West Virginia about all the trash on Nestle Quarry Road in Falling Waters, W.Va.? It’s ridiculous, the amount of trash that’s up and down the road.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Wake up, taxpayers. The rich and the elite are getting more and more. This $80,000 grant to establish an art gallery and a loft, that is tax money. Also, school board. ... These people have approved pay hikes. ... I think that money could be better spent toward feeding the children, the 40 percent of children who are on the school lunch programs. We have a lot of poverty in this area.”
— Hagerstown

“I was recently in a grocery store parking lot in Frederick, Md., when I saw a police officer ticketing all the cars that were parked along the curb of the store. I told the officer we need him in Hagerstown because the Hagerstown Police department doesn’t do anything. Each car received a $75 ticket.”
— Hagerstown

“Here’s another railroad job by the mayor and city council, using a baseball-associated Ripken group for a $20,000 survey. Sounds like a predisposed survey against the taxpayer to me. We have a good ... of council candidates this election. If we don’t change the mayor and two mentioned male candidates in the stadium study article, shame on us. In approximately five years, they will threaten to leave again. ... the Suns will do that.”
— Hagerstown

“Why do parents bring small kids to adults events? I was at an event Saturday afternoon, and the mother was always after the child to sit still or be quiet. No way the mother enjoyed the event, nor did anyone sitting around her. Get a baby sitter or ask a grandmother to watch them.”
— Boonsboro

“I am a gay Marylander. My partner of 15 years and I are constituents of Del. Serafini. ... I’d like to ask Mr. Serafini how voting against the same-sex marriage bill was a warning to people that ‘the bridge is out.’ How is it that two people marrying is a threat to anyone else? The threat to marriage is divorce, not other marriages.”
— Hagerstown

“When you pay an organization owned by a former major league baseball player to evaluate the financial rewards of a new stadium, I think everyone knows what the results will be. ... I’m sure that is what is wanted by council so they can use it to build. We will see, won’t we?”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“To the Hagerstown caller who said they would call in every time they see a column from David Limbaugh because they do not agree with him: ... I do not care for columns by Leonard Pitts or Allan Powell, so I just do not read them. I would not try to deprive anyone of the right to read whatever they want to read. I enjoy reading David Limbaugh and agree with most of what he writes. I certainly hope The Herald-Mail continues to print Limbaugh’s column, as everyone has a right to their opinion. Also, so glad to see The Herald-Mail brought back ‘Rex Morgan.’ Many readers will appreciate that. Thanks.”
— Hagerstown

“About the so-called cartoon on the Opinion page, Feb. 22, degrading the Catholic faith was downright ignorant and filled with mockery. No one’s faith should be ridiculed and mocked. If you have the urge to mock someone, try looking in the mirror.”
— Hancock

“I’m answering the caller in Mail Call about how could you get Social Security and unemployment. Well, I know, because I got them both. For one thing, you don’t get rich on Social Security. I only got $540 a month, and that’s only enough to pay the rent. So you still have to work. And if you have to work and you lose your job, or they lay you off, then you automatically can get unemployment. You must think you get a whole lot of money when you get Social Security or something, but you don’t.”
— Hagerstown

“You can see the Frederick Keys stadium, the Calverton stadium and the one located in Salisbury, from major highways. This broadens the attendance. Don’t put a stadium in the middle of the city, with no parking, where no one can see where it is located. Put it near a major road.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve got a great idea. Why don’t they put the new stadium downtown, right next to the entertainment district? They could buy all those old buildings ... let them go down. They could use that then, and put the stadium there. That way they’d bail themselves out.”
— Hagerstown

“I agree a hundred percent. You wonderful fire departments should have paid personnel. They risk their lives, and are essential, just like our wonderful police department.”
— Washington County

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