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Mail Call - April 24

April 24, 2012

“I would like to thank the owner of a Smithsburg pizzeria for allowing the Smithsburg students to meet at his restaurant last night following the death of Mitchell Akers. These students needed to be together and lean on one another, and it was so very kind of him to allow them to do so. I always feel blessed to be a part of the Smithsburg community, which pulls together in good times and bad.”

— Smithsburg



“I would like to congratulate the girls from Ballet and All That Jazz who performed as part of the 650-member All American Tap Dance group that performed in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. You were awesome. Party rock on.”

— Hagerstown

 

“Hey, caller, I understand David Limbaugh perfectly. He explains how President Obama is in over his head, and he won’t accept the blame for anything. Now, Leonard Pitts, that’s a columnist I can’t make any sense of. He seems to hate everyone except a chosen few.”

— Hancock



“Nice article on the stadium on the 14th. Good article, good analysis by Ripken, but problem is, comparing us to Greenville, S.C., which is a heavy industrial base, a major, major university’s there that draws people to attend, and we only get 2,000 people to attend now. Too much money, $30 million in debt, no way.”

— Leitersburg



“If a new stadium is a ‘must do,’ according to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as reported on April 12, let’s put it on the November ballot as a referendum. The taxpayers will be footing the bill, so let the taxpayers decide. Perhaps this approach would have prevented past failures such as First Urban Fiber, the airport runway extension, and the water and sewer debacle.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling regarding the county administrator’s position, as far as being elected, there needs to be consistency with our government and so forth. Well, I don’t know if this was an answer, or just a comment, to the person who called in before, but as far as the commissioners, the only thing that really made sense in this answer was, yeah, the commissioners, there is consistency there, because they always vote ‘yes’ when it comes to spending or wasting taxpayers’ dollars. And as far as the county administrator’s position, I agree, that should be an elected position.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m reading in the Sunday, April 15, paper that the Washington County Commissioners want full transparency from the fire and rescue finances. I say fine, when the commissioners are ready to give the citizens of this county full transparency.”

— Hagerstown



“In reference to April 15, A10, Tim Rowland’s article on the discussion of the stadium, I agree, too, with Metzner, and Tim. He had a good article, but if we’re averaging 2,000 people that comes out here, and we have 5,000 seats, we’re building a 4,000-seat stadium and spending $30 to $40 million with all the infrastructure and all, we can’t afford it. Let that team go somewhere else.”

— Leitersburg



“Franchot’s visit was a hoot. Forget our other problems, a new stadium is a ‘must do,’ and it’ll be a source of civic pride for 100 years — 100 years yet — and the Suns will put in another new stadium long before that, and it’s assured it’ll make money, like Rocky Gap — note, he didn’t say for whom — and he’ll guarantee it’ll spawn jobs and economic development. What if it doesn’t? Will he personally reimburse taxpayers, or maybe install slots? And Bruchey claims that almost 200 events, more than one every other day per year and draw 1 million people downtown. No potential traffic problems there. Laughable claims.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I don’t see why anyone would have any question about our politicians’ ideas about putting the stadium downtown. I mean, look at their ideas in the past: The movie that was supposed to be reimbursed to Hagerstown, and the bike race that was supposed to bring international tourists, the plant across from the Suns, the Barbara Ingram school, and many, many more things.”

— Hagerstown



“Is it safe to assume that if you can do 12 mph over the posted speed limit in school zones where children are present, that all posted speed limits can be exceeded by 12 miles, without getting a ticket?”

— Hagerstown



“I think it’s a disgrace about what these Secret Service people have been charged with, and I think people in public office, they really need to hold  a high morale for others, which they set examples, and they get paid so much money anyway, which that needs to get looked into, but that, this is just disgusting, the way these years have come, and no wonder why people stop voting and stuff. They really need to set an example for people.”

— Hagerstown



“I get these robocalls, too, but with me, if I, when I hear it and it starts to talk about this candidate or that candidate, I just hang up. I don’t want to hear it, I’m not going to listen to it.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“Please, people, stop putting crosses, flowers, etc., on the sites where your loved one was killed. That belongs in the cemetery. But mainly, it is a danger to the drivers who take their eyes off the road to see what’s displayed there. Do you really want to be responsible for another wreck, or even death? I think not. Please remove those items. You may save a life.”

— Hagerstown



“Barack Obama, his government is spending $3 million a minute, for what, the American public doesn’t know what he’s spending it on, but they better find out. But anybody who would know that Barack Obama is, his government is spending $3 million a minute, every minute of every day. Think about it. Pray Barack Obama doesn’t get back into office.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“Why can’t the city officials just try to keep a balanced budget? They’ve already spent millions of dollars over the years for economic development, with very little to show for it. They own a fairgrounds, a golf course, and an ice rink, that they can’t make any money with, and now they want to go in the hole and build a multimillion-dollar stadium, for what?”

— Hagerstown



“Ah, here we go. Republicans are up in arms because of what was said by a Democratic strategist last week, Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. You know what? That’s true. She was born into money, she married into money. It’s a lot easier to raise five boys when your husband’s worth $700 million, than it is raising five boys when you only make $37,000 a year. So yes, she’s never really worked a day in her life. She had money, never had to worry about paying the bills, or doctors.”

— Hagerstown



“Just finished reading today’s Leonard Pitts column, and it is very well written. Though we all might not agree with everything he writes about, one thing we must agree is what a great writer he really is. And I’m glad that he’s still in The Herald-Mail.”

— Hagerstown



“Tuesday’s paper, April 17, the remark that the tractor-trailer photos were spectacular: What is spectacular about somebody being in an accident and being injured?”

— Hancock



“This is April 17, on a Tuesday, and I opened up the paper and I was going to eat my breakfast and read your paper, and there on page B on the front cover is a picture of a lady’s bottom, and another lady reading a book ... extremely vulgar.”

— Hagerstown



“This is about whoever called in and wanted to know why the president and his family weren’t in the paper for going to church, and why Mike Wallace’s death wasn’t in, and a write-up about him. Well, they were both, both of those were in the paper. Unless they think they should have been in before — unless they were looking for the president in there before it even became Easter. Because they were in there. And like I said, so was Mike Wallace. And also, when you call Mail Call, why do they interrupt you and tell you you have 15 seconds left? That’s so rude. It cuts off everything.”

— Hagerstown

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