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Mail Call - March 8

March 08, 2012

“This is in response to the baseball stadium, senior citizens, and anything else that the people don’t want in Hagerstown. You know, we could have had a NASCAR race track in Hagerstown, outside of Hagerstown, but people didn’t want it. It’d only been here one day a year, but it would have brought money into hotels and everything else. Now they don’t want that. I think the people in Hagerstown need to grow up a little bit, and think things out a little bit.”

— Hagerstown



“The new stadium, new baseball stadium in Frederick is very nice. I’ve been there a number of times, and it is a very nice facility, and located in a great place, right along the interstate. You know, that would be nice, something like that would be nice in Washington County. However, I as a taxpayer believe that the taxpayers should not foot the bill. I think it should be up to the baseball team to provide the funds for its own stadium.”

— Washington County



“The Herald-Mail article claiming that ‘prescription’ drug abuse is a ‘big problem’ cannot be verified without a percentage breakdown of drug abuse by type: Of the 306 arrests in 2011, how many were crystal meth, vs. ‘prescription’ drugs? ... Vilifying ‘prescription’ drugs as a growing problem causes knee-jerk reactions to a very appropriate drug for pain, OxyContin or oxycodone. Not everyone gets addicted, and many can go on and off the drug without problems. In Hagerstown, doctors refuse to discuss narcotic drugs because of addiction fears and the reporting requirements.”

— Hagerstown



“The cartoon on yesterday’s Opinion page was quite offensive to Catholics, and our belief in the sacrament of reconciliation, the Commandments, the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and most especially, to our belief that when the bread and wine are consecrated, they become the body and blood of Jesus. What an abomination to suggest that we’d prefer chocolate wafer — flavored wafers, Twitter confessions, 10 suggestions and heavy metal Masses. Shame on The Herald-Mail for publishing such a cartoon.”

— Williamsport



“As the county and country struggle with a harsh economic environment, the BOE decides to hand out raises. The citizens of this county should be outraged. Maryland has $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, and another $16 billion in unfunded liabilities for retiree health care. If those on the board don’t understand the word ‘unfunded,’ maybe it’s time to crack open a book.”

— Smithsburg

“In Mail Call today, a Hagerstown person said they saw where they were considering building the ball stadium in downtown Hagerstown, between Antietam Street, Baltimore Street, Summit Avenue and Potomac Street. Have the people lost their minds completely? Yes, I think they have. But don’t worry, they’re not going to build it there. You know it’ll end up on Robinwood Drive. There’s nothing else on Robinwood. I don’t think they believe — I don’t think they realize that there’s other roads in Washington County.”

— Smithsburg



“I hope the captain in Friday’s paper reminds you that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“Same-sex marriage has nothing to do with civil rights. Anyone who believes that would probably also believe that the moon is made out of green cheese.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in response to all the callers complaining about spending any money for a stadium. People have to realize, to get economic development in this city and county, you need to spend money on quality of life issues such as a stadium, the senior center, downtown revitalization. Every time you spend money, whenever a company comes here, they send their high-paid managers here first. They don’t want to move to a city that doesn’t have anything to do. By doing that, we have an uneven playing field with other cities because we don’t have anything to do in this county or city, other than drive around or go to stores. People need to realize that.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m seeing a lot of people around here like Kristin Aleshire, as I do. The city mayor does not really have that much political power. It’s a figurehead, spokesman, meeting supervisor position. We really need Kristin Aleshire for county commissioner or state representative.”

— Hagerstown



“I was just responding to the ‘Drive Your Tractor to School Day’ in Mercersburg, Pa. I think that it’s a good idea that they don’t drive their tractors to school. It just seems very dangerous, not only for the students driving the tractors, but for the people driving behind them. And if they want to continue, I think it’s a great idea to acknowledge their agricultural background, but I think there’s probably a better way of doing it.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“In the news, this gay marriage law, I don’t have a problem with that. I do, however, have a problem of them repeatedly showing women kissing women and men kissing men, because my children are asking why they are doing that, and it’s very difficult to explain to young children that, and I think the news is showing too much of it, and I just wish ... if I wanted them to see that, I’d let them watch shows that are on after 8:00 at night.”

— Hagerstown



“I can’t think of anyone who has the authority to change the definition of marriage.”

— Hagerstown



“It is Feb. 26, I live near Clear Spring, and I just saw my first robin.”

— Clear Spring



“I’m so glad our town didn’t fall for this mess of a recycling plan the county is talking about. Keedysville took matters into their own hands and provided recycling for its townspeople, so they don’t have to pay extra for this county business. Thank you, Mayor Matt Hull.”

— Keedysville



“I’ve got things all figured out. In about another year, you won’t have to worry about fighting lines in the checkout line at the supermarkets because there won’t be anybody in there. There won’t be anyone who has any money to afford the groceries. Price of groceries keep skyrocketing, and people just can’t afford to buy them anymore. We’re going to all run out of money.”

— Sharpsburg



“As a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, I applaud and thoroughly support Lloyd Waters’ commentary regarding Leonard Pitts. As usual, Leonard’s editorials are the pits. Semper fi, and thank you, Lloyd. And it’s so easy to criticize someone if you’ve never been there, as the Corps knows. So really, I’d like to get Mr. ... so prejudiced and negative in all of his columns. Semper fi, we’re gone.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling to complain about the picture on page A3, ‘Taking a fall.’ Some coach is holding a young woman in a very bad position. She’s got to hold onto his arm to keep from falling down, and he’s trying to steal a kiss, and that’s what they have in this thing. Now what is this to show girls about being a victim, and boys to just be aggressive?”

— Hagerstown

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