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Mail Call - March 12

March 11, 2012

“Hey, take your hats off to the drug-enforcement guys. They’re doing a great job. Tell you what, if you live in the West End of Hagerstown, or anywhere close to I-81, if you see something going on, report it to those guys, help them out a little bit. We can stop a lot of this drug trafficking.”
— Hagerstown


“Here’s one for you on age. Recently I was on my phone talking to an insurance company. The woman asked my age, and I replied, ‘I am 64,’ to which she said, ‘My heavens, you don’t sound 64,’ to which I replied back, ‘Well, how in the world is a 64-year-old person supposed to sound?’”
— Clear Spring


“On Feb. 28, a caller from Hagerstown said ‘Republicans ought to be able to run Bozo the Clown and beat this guy; i.e., our president.’ Well, we are going to find out, because all the Republicans’ candidates are certainly a bunch of circus clowns.”
— Williamsport


“Reading about the disturbance at MCI. I was a correctional officer for over 30 years. When we had a disturbance like was described in the paper, we met force with force. We responded the way we were trained to respond. We would put down the disturbance and make sure everyone was treated fairly, especially when it came to medical treatment. And as far as breaking windows, you can’t get a gas canister through a window without breaking it — unless the window is already open, which most likely it was not. Sounds like the guys did a good job and got penalized for it.”
— Hagerstown


“I’d like to say kudos to Sen. Chris Shank for trying to pass a bill to let state agencies buy from local companies for lots less money. Would The Herald-Mail please print the address or the phone number of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, so citizens in the area can make their views known? I really appreciate ... ‘inefficient’ spending practices.”
— Maugansville


“I have heard speeches by those running for the presidency. However, I would like to know if any of the candidates would care to talk about Afghanistan and bringing the servicemen and women home from that area. And we’re all interested in the economy, but we’ve got to consider other things as well. And what are their plans when it comes to Syria and Iran, and other countries as well?”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.


“Yet another traffic accident at Washington and Locust Street, on Feb. 25. That’s the third one this month. What’s it going to take for Hagerstown’s traffic engineers to synchronize this light? This is three in one month now. It’s people trying to beat the light from the square, and it’s not synchronized, and it’s the root of the accidents, of the cause of the accidents. Can you please do something about this, Hagerstown traffic engineers?”
— Hagerstown


“A Hagerstown caller was lamenting statements made by David Limbaugh, claiming that they lack substance. I have yet to find any incorrect statements made by Mr. Limbaugh. As to the caller whining about Mr. Limbaugh referring to President Obama as ‘Obama,’ he needs to think back a little. In the past, presidents were referred to more respectfully; President Carter, President Reagan, President Clinton. But when George W. Bush was elected president, Democrats suffering from Bush derangement ... so the caller is lamenting a situation that he and his Democrat buddies created.”
— Clear Spring


“We’re still on the Hagerstown Suns in Mail Call, so I thought I’d put my two cents worth in. To the individual in Funks-town who thinks they should put it on R. Paul Smith’s drive or avenue or whatever, that’s not in Funkstown, that’s in Hagerstown, there next to Twigg’s bicycle shop or moped shop. And as far as it being at The Herald-Mail parking lot, that’s asinine.”
— Hagerstown


“This call is in reference to the Hagerstown caller who said Republicans ought to be able to run Bozo the Clown and beat President Obama. I got news for you. They already ran that guy, and he won in 2000 and 2004, and we’re still dealing with all the aftermath from that windfall. I tell you, if these guys want to elect Romney or Santorum, you’re going to have another mess in another eight years for some other Democrat to have to clean up. Obama has been handed ... two wars, a big deficit and jobless claims, the housing market collapse, and I don’t know what these people expect.”
— Hagerstown


“We want what Keedysville has: Trash one time a week, recycling one time a week, without paying the town more money. Why won’t you listen to us, Mr. Mayor?”
— Boonsboro


“To the Good Samaritan lady who took me to the gas station when I ran out of gas on I-70, and brought me back to my vehicle to put gas in my truck, thank you.”
— Boonsboro


“It’s really sad, every time I read in the paper about a caregiver stealing money from the elderly. I’d like to know why these families aren’t paying more close attention to their loved ones’ bank accounts. How are these caregivers given so much access? Why do they have bank access to these elderly people? It’s ridiculous that every time you open a paper, another caregiver is stealing.”
— Hagerstown


“When the dollars per gallon gets to $4, it’s time to show President Obama the door.”
— Rohrersville


“I’m sitting here reading the Wednesday, Feb. 29, paper, and I see they have a ‘Wanted’ section. There were two, we’ll call them clowns’ pictures. I think that’s a great idea. I think you guys should do this every week, once a week put at least two people’s pictures in the paper who are wanted. Maybe our community can come together and help find these people and help the police department catch them.”
— Keedysville


“Those people who are complaining about paying more taxes or paying for the stadium, which we could use as a multiuse facility, where were their complaints for the Barbara Ingram school, with $12 millon of taxpayer money, plus $1 million dollars each year operating costs, for 200 people? Where is their outrage at that? You know, get real, Washington County.”
— Washington County


“I don’t know what the president feels personally about burning the Quran, but I do know that he apologized to the Afghanis in order to save American and NATO lives. Two American NATO officers were shot in cold blood in their offices by an enraged Afghan official. If we are to get our people out of Afghanistan, we must have the trust and cooperation of the Afghanis, in order to protect those we leave behind to run the various security operations, which something resembling order in that country demands. Right next door, Pakistan has the bomb and is in league with the Taliban. We must keep Afghanistan stable or the next 9/11 could be nuclear.”
— Hagerstown


“I want to thank Gov. O’Malley and those legislators who voted for marriage equality. Your heart and mind are in the right place. You make me proud to call Maryland home. Shame on those who use religion to deny love and justice. Religion should be life-giving. At the very least, it must do no harm. The oppression, suffering and death caused by anti-gay religious teachings and practices is another stain on the history of civilization. May the healing begin.”
— Knoxville


“Pete Waters’ editorial in the Sunday paper was off base. The Marines were wrong, and Leonard Pitts pointed it out. And while I understand that the stress of combat can make men do some terrible things, you can’t acknowledge the stress of combat makes them pull out a camera, take a picture of it and put it on the Internet. It’s just wrong. When Pete was running the prisons as a warden, if any of his correctional officers had behaved like that, I doubt he would be running around saying ‘you have to understand, it’s stress that makes them do it.’ No, they would have been disciplined, as these Marines should have been disciplined.”
— Keedysville


“We trust that Herald-Mail readers saw the letter from George Anikis in the Feb. 27 edition, re: facts and information about the Suns stadium.  If not, it would be well worth your time to check it out. In light of the facts brought out in the letter, we will be interested in hearing what those who are in favor of building a new stadium have to say.”
— Sharpsburg

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