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Mail Call - April 20

April 19, 2012

“Tim Rowland’s column on the 6th Congressional (District) race in Thursday’s paper was hilarious. If it wasn’t so true, it would be even funnier. Great column, as usual, even if I don’t always agree with him. Great writer.”
— Hancock

“I see people are still texting while they’re out driving. Stop the texting while you’re in your car. It’ll kill me, and it’ll kill you.”
— Clear Spring

“This is on the 11th of April. Everyone should read the B2 section, down on the lower right, ‘Washington County-sponsored bills get governor’s signature.’ Whoopee. We had three bills passed by our illustrious leaders that we elect down to Annapolis that got passed. What’s that tell you about Western Maryland and our impact on Annapolis? Wake up, the next election, everybody.”
— Leitersburg

“I have a question to all my fellow Christian Mail Callers. How can a Christian vote Republican? They want to stop anything that will give the poor, the children, the handicapped, the senior citizens, and people who need health care and can’t afford it, so they go without. Is this Christianity?”
— Hagerstown

“I hope you put this in. Who put Social Security from a trust fund to a general fund? President Johnson and the Democratic Congress. Who eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security? The Democratic Party. Who started taxing Social Security? Democrats. Al Gore made the tying vote. Who gave Social Security to the immigrants coming into America? President Carter, and they never put a penny into it. P.S. They say the Republicans are trying to ruin. ...”
— Jefferson County

“You’ve always heard the saying, ‘One bad apple spoils the barrel,’ which is very true, regarding our recycling. I’ve always been able to recycle in the South End, and have done so very faithfully. Now that has been moved, the one at the fire station in Funks-town has been moved, and if you, the county, would like to have the recycling done, please give some direction of where it is possible, without driving all the way to the landfill.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t know what it is they’re working on, on that stretch of Halfway Boulevard between Virginia Avenue and Downsville Pike, but it sure would be nice to see sidewalks.”
— Halfway

“I live at Potomac Towers. Yesterday, I was going to the doctor’s, and I got to the wrong building, and when I got out of the car, I fell, and I couldn’t get up, and everybody was looking at me and passing me, but one gentleman and his wife were real nice. They turned around and came back, and got me to the right building and helped me in. I forgot to get their names so I could send them a thank-you card, so I want them to know how much I appreciated what they did.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the article about the stadium for downtown. Aren’t there enough problems downtown? No parking, a lot of traffic, not to mention wasted tax money. We have homeless people who can use apartment buildings. Set up one of the apartment buildings for people with low income.”
— Hagerstown

“You’re kidding me, right? New stadium in downtown Hagerstown, 200 events a year, one million visitors a year? Sounds a lot like, ‘We’re here from the city, and we’re here to help.’ Don’t fall for it, Hagerstown.”
— Smithsburg

“Please don’t move the ball stadium. It has been where it is now, long as I can remember, and I’m 81 years old. A perfect place where it is, because of the traffic and parking. Just remodel or do over completely. If the Suns don’t like it, let them go to Winchester. Then do the stadium over and get another ball team. I can’t believe the mayor and comptroller, using our tax money to put it someplace else. I pay very, very high taxes. ... It isn’t going to bring people downtown. Clean up the town first.”
— Hagerstown

“Just had an interesting conversation with a Maryland government official, who accused me of having Victorian sensibilities because I cannot see having to go to a bar to have a couple beers before going to a baseball game in order to have a good experience. I am proudly Victorian in my sensibilities, which allow me to have a grand, memorable time without alcohol but with a grandstand hot dog, fries, soda — and then being able to drive home legally and safely.”
— Hagerstown

“On Thursday, April 12, I broke down on Wilson Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. I would like to thank the angels who stopped to help me. My husband is stationed in South Korea at the moment, and I was scared being by myself. I appreciate the help from strangers in my time of need. God bless these good people of Hagerstown.”
— Williamsport

“I have become very disgusted with the elected officials of this city and county. No. 1, putting a senior center where most people do not want one. No. 2, a new ballpark downtown is ridiculous. After November’s election, I hope the mayor and all the others have plenty of time to attend all the ball games.”
— Hagerstown

“As a property owner of Hagerstown, I was calling concerning if the city takes over the properties to build the new ball diamond downtown, and takes those properties off the tax base, how’s the city plan on making up the lost revenue? By raising the property, the other property owners’ taxes?”
— Hagerstown

“Can’t the mayor of the city of Hagerstown get it in his head that 90 percent of taxpayers don’t want a downtown stadium, where he wants to put it? The best way to get rid of the stadium downtown and him is don’t vote for him in the next election. See how he likes them apples.”
— Hagerstown

“I saw in today’s paper where they want to put the stadium between Hood Street and Antietam Street. I think it’s a great idea, and I think everybody that lives in Hagerstown should move to Summit Avenue, because then we’ll be able to watch the ball games free, from our homes; our porches, our bedroom windows or whatever.”
— Maugansville

“If the city and the county and that comptroller would have worried as much about saving the factories as the ballpark, employees would have money to go to a ball game, instead of being out of a job.”
— Mount Lena

“I’m calling about the stadium moving downtown on Baltimore Street, across from two senior citizens apartment complexes, and I hope there won’t be any fireworks, with all that noise. I think this is not a very good idea.”
— Hagerstown

“In response to the caller from Washington County, I am a Christian, and I believe that everybody should have a right if, when it comes to abortion, it’s the Supreme Court ruling, every female should have that opportunity if they decide to or to not, and it should not be up to a party affiliation to respect the Supreme Court’s decision.”
— Hagerstown

“I was wondering why the Redskins are having such a problem re-signing London Fletcher. He led the league in tackles last year, he’s a leader in the locker room and on the field. So it should be, you know, it should be no way he should not be in a lineup. And I’d like to know if anybody else knows what the devil is going on.”
— Londontowne

“To my fellow Christian who wanted to know why a Christian would vote Democrat, when they are the party that stands for abortion rights: My question to you is, how can a poor Christian vote Republican, when they are the party of the rich? And please read Matthew 19:23.”
— Hagerstown

“There’s been much talk about doing away with the federal income tax. How about this. Put your thinking caps on, people, I’m just throwing it out as an idea. Let’s have a consumption tax, but instead of being taxed at the point of sale to the citizen, it’s taxed when it’s manufactured or when it’s put up for sale to the public? That way the manufacturer ... product seller pays the tax ahead of time. This is a consumption tax. The government gets the money before it’s sold to the consumer.”
— Washington County

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