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Mail Call - March 23

March 23, 2012

“I have noticed that the incumbents running for re-election are targeting downtown’s revitalization and the stadium. Apparently, they didn’t think these things were important while they served their last terms, especially spending the money for the stadium on other things. We need new people in there. They had their chance. We need Kristin Aleshire back.”

— Hagerstown



“Recently, on a warm spring evening, I decided a cone of homemade ice cream was in order, but around the store and the fields, and on the roads for miles around, liquid manure befouled everything. You could not breathe the air, much less enjoy the taste of the ice cream. Then I realized I could try again in a couple of days, when the impending and well-forecast rain would wash the sludge off of my ... into the streams and Chesapeake Bay, and the flush tax on residential septic systems would be used to get that pollution out of the water, and all would be well.”

— Washington County



“Now that Winchester doesn’t want the Suns, the ball is in the Suns’ court now. Let them be satisfied with what we can afford to give them, or leave. The streets are too small in downtown to handle that kind of traffic. Our leaders have got no common sense.”

— North End



“To the caller from Sharpsburg: I just wonder who the Democratic Party has sold their soul to, when they agree with murdering of their unborn, which is abortion, and same-sex marriage.”

— Boonsboro



“I get so tired of hearing all these people, all they complain about in Mail Call is the Democrats don’t know what they’re doing, the Republicans don’t know what they’re doing, the county commissioners, the mayor don’t know what he’s doing. If they can do any better than what everybody else is doing, why don’t they just run for the president or the Congress or senators, or mayor or county commissioners? But I’d like to hear something else besides that.”

— Washington County



“Winchester has decided that the Hagerstown Suns would be too much noise, too much expense, and bad on parking. The city of Hagerstown says, ah, that’s wonderful. Let’s put ’em downtown. No parking, a lot of noise, and a second-rate team.”

— Hagerstown



“For the gentleman who called about the different players who played for the Hagerstown Suns that went to the majors, he wasn’t correct on one. Jim Palmer pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, was a star pitcher, came to Hagerstown on a rehab assignment on a Sunday afternoon, pitched three innings in relief, gave up two opposite field home runs. You need to get your facts straight.”

— Hagerstown



“My call is concerning bullying. We are trying to curb bullying in our schools, and as the political arena is in the upswing, how can we curb bullying in schools when ... the political arena does nothing but bully each other? It saddens me that we continue to allow this to happen.”

— Jefferson, Md.



“I’m really tired of hearing people say that daylight-saving time gives us an extra hour of sunlight each day. No, it does not. All it does is shift an hour of morning light, which we need, to the evening, at a time when we don’t need it. It should be renamed ‘daylight-shifting time.’”

— Hagerstown



“How can I get rid of the annoying phone calls from a diabetes company? They call every day at different hours. It has been going on for a long time. I have tried to tell them not to call. It doesn’t help.”

— Hagerstown



“I can’t believe that the people in this county talk so much about going to church in street clothes and dress shorts, but have not said a word about the poison going into the Conococheague Creek from the old landfill. Don’t you people think about your environment?”

— Williamsport



“These people who are calling into Mail Call and saying they’re never voting Republican again, they’re lying through their teeth. They’re Democrats doing that. I’m not falling for their little stunts.”

— Keedysville



“I’m watching C-SPAN now. The Senate, they’re passing the bill on transportation, and this country, President Obama’s got it $16 trillion in debt, and here they are going to put tax, gas, add that on to pay for the transportation bill. Well, anybody can be a senator. All you do is, problem comes up, you just spend the money and charge... it’s in the worst shape that I’ve ever seen it, and I’ve voted in every election for the last 70 years. And it’s a shame the way these people waste, spend money, steal it and lie. We need a change.”

— Hagerstown



“Hopefully, you’ll print this today. I read this morning’s paper, about the Hagerstown Suns baseball field ‘looks pretty cloudy.’ I think it’d be a fantastic idea to bring an amphitheater, in the drawing they had down on Baltimore Street. It would be small, but there’s plenty of parking area, just like there was over at the fairground and over at the other stadium. Just think of the revenue we could bring into this town. We could have carnivals, we could have all types of concerts. Hopefully, city council will consider this, and Mayor Bruchey, and bring the fair back to Hagerstown.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m 75 years old. If I order a beer or a pack of cigarettes, I have to show my ID. I look my age. So if you want to vote, show your ID. They don’t care what I look like.”

— Hagerstown

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