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Mail Call - April 2

April 01, 2012

“In reference to the recycling proposal in Washington County, it is ludicrous. To begin with, the provider of the recycling bins profits, from both the county and the materials they sell. B: There will be a lot of noncompliance.”
— Hagerstown

“Why does the county pay a refuse company a huge amount of money to collect recyclables, and then allows that company to sell those recyclables, obviously at a profit? Then why wouldn’t the county do that themselves? Is this just too simple? I guess it is, for the ... government.”
— Smithsburg

“This is in response to the car smoker. ... Smoking is a health problem. Most people are educated or have the common sense to know this. The fact that you are willing to do it with your children in the car shows that you care more about your own foolish pleasure than about your kids’ health. And seat belts do save lives also. The kids don’t have a say about riding with you or not when you’re smoking. Show them the love and respect they deserve. ... You are abusing your parental authority. Smarten up.”
— Hagerstown

“... Commissioner Barr’s statement concerning Allegiant Air’s return to Washington County, in which he said, ‘We’re spending 10 cents to get 90 cents.’ He is referring to the Essential Air Service program, a program which guarantees small, rural airports air service that would not be profitable. The service is paid for by your tax dollars. So in essence, he is willing to waste 90 percent of $850,000 in federal aviation dollars just so Washington County can have two flights a week to one destination. And he has no problem with this?”
— Hagerstown

“I am very happy that Mr. Wilcox is looking to save money. If the county really wants to save some money, they should look into the amount of untouched food thrown into the trash can in school cafeterias across the county. Someone needs to seriously evaluate the daily waste. I’m sure a few new teachers could be hired and raises given across the board with the savings. In case you haven’t visited a school at lunchtime, you will see whole untouched lunches (apples, entrees, salads, etc.), all put in the trash — and most of these lunches are subsidized by the taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding Allegiant Air’s return to Washington County, Commissioner Barr said, ‘When Allegiant was here the first time, I felt like we went to the prom with my high school sweetheart, and today I feel like we’re marrying that high school sweetheart.’ My prediction: The honeymoon will be short, and the marriage will end in a nasty divorce within 18 months. Doesn’t he know that second marriages to the same spouse never work?”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding fees for recycling, I want to know why the landfill has to be ‘pay as you go,’ with fees always going up. Just read that the county is supporting Allegiant Air, at about $80,000 per year. What percent uses the landfill, versus flying to Florida? I think we have our priorities wrong.”
— Cearfoss
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“My heart was sad when I read in Thursday’s Mail Call what that mother said about her smoking in her car with her kids. If she doesn’t care about her own health, she should at least care about her kids’. I lost my only child to lung cancer at age 37, so I try to encourage everyone I possibly can to not smoke, or quit smoking. What a horrible example she is setting for her poor kids. Secondhand smoke is just as harmful as if those poor kids were inhaling. Hopefully, she doesn’t want her kids to follow in her footsteps. She mentioned seat belts; that law is to protect her and her kids in case they’re in an accident. There’s nothing wrong with that law, or the one about not smoking in your car.”
— Colonial Park

“Calling in reference to the stadium issue. The more I think about it, the stadium at the old hospital site would be really great, a multiuse stadium. Not only could you use it for baseball, you could put the Blues Fest in there in June, and schedule the Suns away ... every year for the time for the Blues Fest. You’d have parking, you wouldn’t have to close downtown. You could bring in ... other recording artists that are on their way up, to play outdoor concerts there. Plus you’d have the Hagerstown Suns, a baseball team, and not every city can say that, that they have a minor league baseball team.”
— Hagerstown

“Keep the Suns in Hagerstown. Where else will I go on Thursdays for Thirsty Thursday?”
— Hagerstown

“I read in The Herald-Mail where Judge Kenneth Long Jr. really threw the book at Mr. Randy McPeak for the fatal shooting. ... By the way, he’ll be eligible for parole in 15 years. Way to go, Judge Long. You really sent a message to the bad guys.”
— Fairplay

“I live within the city limits, pay city taxes, also county. Who should I contact? Maybe somebody can tell me. I’ve talked to the mayor’s office, the city council and also the city police. There’s a traffic problem near Salem Avenue school, vehicles actually pulling in front of school buses, almost on a daily basis. This is a routine thing. I can’t seem to get anybody to act on this. Fortunately, the school bus driver ... but the vehicles drive up the wrong side of the street, park on the wrong side of the road, block the school buses and sometimes the school buses actually have to drive around them to get down the street. Unsafe.”
— Hagerstown

“Let’s see, the city council hired a consulting firm, run by two guys who did nothing their adult lives but play baseball, to tell them if a new stadium is feasible. Gee, I wonder what the results will be. Maybe they should have just saved their money and asked the people of Sarasota, Fla., how paying for that new stadium is working out.”
— Hagerstown

“Now that — surprise, surprise — the Winchester stadium deal’s fallen through, remember what we told you about sports teams playing cities against each other with pie-in-the-sky stadium deals. But it sure looks like the mayor and the usual suspects took the bait, hook, line and sinker. It’s impractical, expensive, unpopular with everyone but a small cabal of supporters. Supposedly multiuse downtown stadium in a terrible location. Boy, does that sound familiar. Already has ‘boondoggle’ written all over it. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Well, you’ve been warned.”
— Frederick, Md.

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