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Mail Call - April 10

April 09, 2012

“I’m watching politics this morning on TV, and reading the paper. It started out, the stimulus money was supposed — for housing, was going to fix all the housing problems in this country. Instead, President Obama used the money for everything but that. He give it to the automobile industry, billions, gave it anybody who wanted it.”
— Hagerstown

“In May 2008, this paper, in a front-page article, reported that Mayor Bruchey and Councilman Lewis Metzner promised to ‘take a stand’ on dealing with the old mill plant. This plant is a dilapidated disgrace, to a city that boasts of smart growth. This plant cheats nearby property owners of fair market value on their own well-maintained homes and yards. Bruchey and Metzner ... and reflects a deliberate deception and indifference to this issue, and the other white elephants in our community.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve lived in the West End all my life, and then I moved to the East End, and they don’t put up signs when the street’s going to be cleaned, and I kept getting tickets for being parked there. Well, in the West End, they always put up signs saying it, and I don’t think it’s fair that they just assume I should know that they’re cleaning the street. Like it’s on the parking meters down here, but it’s halfway down the pole. I mean, it’s not a place you would notice right away.”
— Hagerstown

“I find it ridiculous that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Boonsboro police will drive past cars parked at Boonsboro High in a ‘No Parking’ zone during baseball games, when no firetrucks or ambulances can pass by if there’s an emergency situation, and the police do absolutely nothing to stop this.”
— Boonsboro

“It just utterly amazes me that the places that the town, that people in Hagerstown want to put this Suns, new Suns baseball stadium. I played ball for 45 years, I’m a female, and I guarantee you, on a good day, standing at the Washington County Hospital, I could hit the ball over the Sheetz store. Are they going to do away with Sheetz and everything around there? It just is amazing. I know our Suns players have to be better than to not be able to hit the ball very far.”
— Smithsburg

“I decided to respond to one of the comments that’s in Mail Call today. I’m not a smoker, neither do I want to be, but the caller mentioned about people smoking around their children, in their automobile. I would like to say that there’s so much pollution in the world today, you can’t list all of the pollution. For example, even the gas and all that diesel fuel out there that we breathe, every time we open our mouths we’re breathing in pollution, all those germs and all, and all those toxic gases out there.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I live in Boonsboro, and I do not want to recycle. I don’t like the person who called in comparing me to a 5-year-old who could learn how to do that. I do know how to do recycling; however, I don’t think we need to be taxed any more. And as I said before but was not published, if you will give us your address, we’ll be glad to let you come and get our trash, and you can recycle it. I do hope you put this in the newspaper.”
— Boonsboro

“An excellent editorial in the April 3 paper, Tuesday, on recycling. Excellent.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s deja vu all over again, judging by your Sunday story, and other reports. Its advocacy isn’t exactly the same claim, although the ‘needs renovation, save money in the long run, help the downtown,’ our school board did, to justify to spend tens of millions on their luxurious new downtown administrative headquarters, while schools that desperately need renovation never got it. I doubt this is a coincidence — bureaucracy envy — so don’t let them pull the same scam on you. Knowing the county commissioners wouldn’t fund it in a capital budget, they took it from the operating budget, which they can allocate as they like, and which the commissioners can’t reduce.”
— Frederick, Md.

“You aren’t allowed to vote until you reach a certain age. I also feel when you reach a certain age, say, maybe 80, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It has to do with competent, being competent.”
— Hagerstown

“Mitt Romney has five sons — five. Did any of the five ever serve in the military? I heard the answer was ‘no.’”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I’m really disappointed with the reporters of The Herald-Mail. Now here Marylanders are going to be stuck with higher taxes and more fees, one of the things nobody’s asking questions about is the flush tax. The flush tax is going to be doubled, but nobody’s asked the questions as to the prison complex. How much does the prison complex — anywhere here in the state of Maryland, at any prisons — how much do they ... I’m asking this because there are hundreds of cells in each institution, each cell has a toilet, and these convicted felons can run their water 24 hours a day if they want, sinks and toilets.”
— Hagerstown

“I just voted, and I would love to have a petition to sign to tax Gov. O’Malley into poverty, and then tax him some more, into a fine for not paying enough taxes.”
— Hancock

“I was just wondering if any of you out there saw “Primetime,” I think it was two weeks ago, it was pertaining to the group homes, and it was for young adults and older, whereas a young adult was beaten repeatedly. There had been reports of abuse, but the home said that there was nothing going on. The parents were concerned, and then the dentist said he had a broken jaw. So the parents went in, they put hidden cameras in his room. It showed ... one or more subjects that worked there were repeatedly beating this poor kid, probably 18. So make sure you check on anybody you have in a group home. Put hidden cameras in.”
— Hagerstown

“I have something to say that’s been on my mind for a while. Why can’t we — I’ve been unemployed for almost two years, and I was just wondering why we can’t have a job placement program for the unemployed, because it seems I’ve been trying to get help for interviews and stuff, and I can’t get any help. And they expect you to go out here on your own, and again, why can’t we have job placement programs for the unemployed? Frustrated, very frustrated and down and out.”
— Hagerstown

“Do you all know the new, supposed to save the bay, stormwater regulations just passed by the House that came in under most people’s radar could end up costing us more than all their other tax hikes? Our property taxes could double, and this won’t work, because Maryland is the only one of the six bay area states to pass these Draconian regulations. Obviously, the way to actually clean up the bay is for all the states to agree on and pass reasonable, affordable regulations that address all sources of pollution, not just individual homeowners. Secession is now, more than ever, looking extremely desirable.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I’m from Hagerstown, Md., lived here all my life. I think we need a stadium like we need another hole in our head. I think that money should go to a new senior citizens place, to be built up there where the hospital was taken down. Tear down that old building uptown. Those people have nowhere to sit, nothing to do. Tear that down, clean up the town.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Hagerstown caller praising Obamacare; parents’ comfort in knowing kids can stay on their insurance until 26: I have a news flash for you. At 26, you’re no longer a kid, and should provide for yourself. I had my own health care at age 17, by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Grow up.”
— Hagerstown
“I am so glad this election is over. Now I won’t have any more phone calls telling me who I can vote for. I have a mind of my own. How did they get my phone number anyway?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a Korean veteran from 1950, and you finally put a piece in the paper that I finally give to you. I’ve called in so many times, and you never put anything in the paper. Now I’m saying to you, let’s get rid of these people in Congress and those who are running for the presidency. They promise you everything and they don’t give you anything. U.S., American people are being taxed so heavily that it’s ridiculous. Shouldn’t have to put up with tours of duty, and around them civilians being harassed.”
— Hagerstown

“Is there such a thing as a user-friendly phone directory?”
— Halfway

“For all you liberal-loving Obamacare lovers: A lot of those Democrats who voted for this piece of legislation will probably be out of a job come Nov. 6, because the American people don’t want this, the vast majority of them don’t, and the people of this country, it’s about time they start speaking up.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to publicly thank all the candidates who arranged to call me on my phone and interrupt my private life. It helped me in my selection process. I kept my sample ballot by the phone, and when you called to disturb my life at home, I simply crossed your name off the sample ballot. Yesterday I voted for whoever was left on the sample ballot. Keep up the good work. Feel free to disturb me at home before any election. The irritating calls have made my selection process easier than ever before.”
— Smithsburg

“President Obama claims it will be ‘illegitimate’ if the Supreme Court doesn’t uphold Obamacare. During the 2010 State of the Union Address, the justices in the front row took his criticism for passing  Citizens United finance case, which allowed corporations to give unlimited amounts to election campaigns. It was OK when Obama accepted money from foreign interests, millions from unions, Wall Street, who he later bailed out with our money, environmentalists, Solyndra and other ‘green’ entities. GE gave him millions and now GE’s CEO is Obama’s job czar, who sent hundreds of jobs overseas.”
— Hagerstown

“How can the new health care bill be good for us when the government is broke? What kind of care will we get if there is no money to pay for it? Be careful not to believe everything you read or hear; it may be wrong. Just because you are covered doesn’t mean you’ll get the same quality care you get now.”
— Hagerstown

“Tom Firey’s opinion piece in Wednesday’s paper states that ‘providing subsidies is a duty of government.’ And ‘subsidies should only pay for important goods and services that people are somehow obstructed from buying or selling privately. Policy analysts call these situations market failures.’ I’m not sure whose constitution he is reading, but it sure isn’t in the ones I am familiar with. If that is the case, I need a subsidy for my ‘fill in the blank.’ Maybe that is why policy analysts are paid/subsidized by the government. They are market failures.”
— Hagerstown

“Out in middle of my herb garden today, I was working and I saw my first butterfly — better than a robin — a black one. I don’t know if black ones are swallowtails or not, the large, beautiful black ones. And also, my purple irises are blooming. Have a nice spring.”
— Cearfoss

“I’d like to call about the building the new stadium for the Hagerstown Suns. How many other businessmen can bring their product to Hagerstown and have the city build them a building to put their product and make their product in? I don’t think that’s right. I think if the Suns want to come to Hagerstown, let the Suns build the stadium. Why should the city build a building for the Suns to use their product?”
— Clear Spring

“There is only way to solve the feral cat population. That is to trap, spay and neuter, and release.”
— Clear Spring

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