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Mail Call - March 15

March 14, 2012

“Regarding the March 7 article concerning the city pushing for a downtown stadium, and the idea that the stadium would host multiple events 240 days per year: Get real. You already have Callas Stadium at North High and School Stadium at South High, which are underutilized.  Taxpayers, remember First Urban Fiber, the airport runway extension, and the water and sewer debacle of 20 years ago, and the numerous other pipe dreams of our local politicians, in which they over-promise and then under-perform.”
— Hagerstown

“I do not live near the current stadium, but over the years I have read many complaints in the newspaper about the noise from the fireworks. Why is the city considering locating a new stadium downtown, next to several senior citizen housing communities?”
— Hagerstown

“I hope Pennsylvania has better luck enforcing their cellphone law, their new cell phone law, because it seems like Maryland, especially Washington County, has trouble enforcing the law. Has anyone ever seen anyone stopped for using a cellphone? Not in Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“The idea to put a new stadium at the corner of Baltimore and Summit is moronic, to say the least. If you look at the successful new stadiums, you’ll find that they are located near interstates, or exceptionally good roads; for instance, the one in Frederick and the one in Salisbury. Putting one downtown, there is no road infrastructure to handle the ... it is a super bad idea, to say it as nice as I can say it, to put a stadium where the mayor is proposing.”
— Hagerstown

“To put a sports stadium down in the front yard of those two residences, the towers of the disabled and the elderly, is beyond mean, cruel and despicable, it’s positively evil. We not only don’t need a stadium, we don’t need it down there, where those people have nowhere to go, no way to go, to get away from the noise, the lights and the fireworks. This ... just can’t happen. It’s just too bad, it’s too positively evil. We don’t do that in Hagerstown. We’re a decent town.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading this morning’s paper, and I agree about Mr. Aleshire running for office. I’d like to see him be mayor. I vote for the best person, not just the party name, and I think he’s a good, decent person. I talked to him several different times, and I’d like to see him get rid of the BOE. That’s like putting the fox in charge of the chicken house. They’re all, I think teachers ... though I don’t know how they got so much power, can spend money and nobody can stop them, three people. That’s ridiculous. So let’s change things around in Washington County and cut things down.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the location where Hagerstown wants to put a new stadium. How do they know that this location would be feasible for the sod, which they’ve had trouble with at the stadium they have now? They don’t know what is under the ground, because across the street, for years you had underground gasoline tanks, so I think the EPA would need to check into this.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for our illustrious BOE, elected officials, and the county commissioners: $8,000 to wash the buses and all? Why don’t we work something out with the court system here locally, for community service hours they must fulfill, or have prisoners from the county sheriff’s department detention center to come out and wash the bus and pay them, and we’ll save a lot of money; $175,000 just to buy it doesn’t cover the whole cost. Use inmates.”
— Leitersburg

“On ... the ball park downtown, I think it’s out of the question. We don’t have the money to purchase all the property, and I see balls flying out every place on the streets inside town, and no fireworks. We own the Hager Park. Tear everything down around the Hager Park, including all the trees, make parking. Once the parking is available, you can continue on with the ball park.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just wondering why it’s necessary for a study for the new baseball stadium they want to put in. Why don’t they just put it to a vote, of all the people in the county? Because we don’t have the money for it. We’re all stretched to our ends here.”
— Sharpsburg

“The new bike lane on Prospect Avenue between Hamilton Boulevard and Potomac Avenue is so big that my car no longer fits inside the driving lane. So my question is this: If I come across a bike and a car in the opposite lane, which one should I run over?”
— Hagerstown

“About the new stadium: It’s a moneymaker, they say. Don’t use taxpayers’ money, use tax-free bonds, federal and state bonds. If it’s a moneymaker, the money people will buy the bonds. We’ll see if it’s a moneymaker or not.”
— Williamsport

“A Florida professor, Robert P. Watson, who teaches American studies and whose specialty is presidential history, began preparing a list of President Obama’s achievements back in November 2009, to counter the lies and misinformation spread by the corporate media and the Republican right. Just a list of a few: He overhauled the food safety system, ended ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discrimination, passed a hate crimes bill in Congress, appointed two progressive women to the U.S. Supreme Court, pushed through the Affordable Health Care Act ...”.
— Hagerstown

“2011, the U.S. produced more gasoline than it used, actually exported gasoline to other countries. I suspect that the rise in gas prices is caused by greedy oil companies and speculators.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to compliment the person from Smithsburg who commented about all that money and unfunded mandates that we’re stuck with here, almost $35 billion, but also, how many people keep supporting, they want to support the stadium, but how many are property tax owners? That’s the ones who will get stuck with the bill, and where are we going to get all that parking for downtown, for this baseball stadium? Better answer that question, as a survey.”
— Leitersburg

“In the Bible — this is pertaining to gay marriage in the Bible — in Genesis 27, God created man in his own image, in image of God, He created them, male, female, female, and in 28, He said be fruitful and increase the number. But it’s not a way a woman and woman can do that, or a man or man can do that. I mean, God’s plan was for man and female, in marriage. I mean, like I said, that’s, that was God’s plan and it should stay that way. I mean, gay marriage is abomination to God. It just is, unless you don’t believe the Bible’s the word of God. You know, a lot of people don’t do that, but I know that God is real.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I wonder if the mayor and council has ever given it any thought to putting their new stadium where the Venice motel is. Good streets, good roads, good access to interstates, not all that crowded like you have down on Antietam Street. I want you to think about it.”
— Hagerstown

“Why can’t our elected officials get it? The new stadium should be in the most visible location, which is right at the intersection of I-81 and I-70. This is a no-brainer.”
— Hagerstown

“In today’s newspaper, March 8, Thursday, March 8, the article on ‘Newspaper legal ads on notice,’ I remember after working for an attorney for 30 years, and now retired, I remember his first words when I went to work: Read the legal ads in the newspaper first. If your name isn’t there, feel free to read the rest of the newspaper.”
— Hagerstown

“I live and work in downtown Hagerstown, and my office is close to where Mayor Bruchey has suggested the new stadium be built. I think that idea is crazy. The traffic on Potomac Street and Baltimore Street and Summit would be an absolute nightmare. It would back up traffic all over town. You couldn’t possibly move the number of people in and out. It would also be extremely loud; hard to conduct business down in that area. It’s a terrible idea, and Mayor Bruchey must simply not get down there very often. It’s a terrible, terrible idea, and we can’t afford it.”
— Hagerstown

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