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Mail Call - April 26

April 26, 2012

“People, please, these trash cans that are blue that the City of Hagerstown just put out, they are not for garbage, they’re not for trash, they’re not for TVs. They are for recycling. Don’t screw this up before it even gets started, people.”

— Hagerstown



“This is directed to the individual who is a Korean War veteran, in 1950. Wow. My question to you, sir, is what are the president or the taxpayers supposed to do for poor people? I’m a Korean War veteran. I’m 84 years old. I stand on my own two feet. Nobody gives me anything. I don’t want anything. Regardless of age, I can hold a job. But why should the young taxpayers or the old taxpayers give you something? Go out and get it yourself.”

— Hagerstown



“I just wanted to respond about the people calling in with the negative responses about the Hagerstown Suns. We really need to think outside of the box and look at the huge scope. Yes, it would be a new stadium, which we desperately need, we need to keep the Suns in Hagerstown, but it is going to create business development. People are going to want to go out after the game and have a good time. There’ll be opportunities for other businesses in that area to grow. A sports bar ... and it’s just going to be a huge loss if we do, in fact, don’t get something done and lose the Hagerstown Suns.”

— Hagerstown



“About building a stadium at the Paul Smith Boulevard, I keep reading in the paper about how they want to put a stadium downtown, to benefit businesses. What businesses will it affect? And think about it. If you build a stadium right off the highway, they will come. It’s a cornfield there. So Mayor Bruchey’s not really thinking. They will not benefit downtown. With all the ex-convicts, ex-inmates ... around this area, you have to clean up downtown first before you put a stadium out there. But Paul Smith Boulevard is still the ideal area.”

— Funkstown



“Why in the world would you put a young lady, laying out enjoying the sun, on the front page? It was just degrading. I just don’t understand it.”

— Hagerstown



“County commissioners vow to examine fire and rescue finances, increase accountability. They say we want full transparency. On April 6, the paper reads — read what Joe Lane wrote, of how the commissioners are spending taxpayers’ money. The taxpayers need full transparency from the commissioners.”

— Clear Spring



“I grew up in Hagerstown. In the last couple of years, I just moved over here because of the taxes. But the thing of it is, I think that this business of putting the baseball stadium in downtown Hagerstown is as big of a debacle as what they did when they put the senior citizens out at Robinwood. There’s so much other stuff that can be done downtown. You don’t have to tear up downtown Hagerstown. Just come up with some good and reasonable ideas to get it started again, and one of them is, don’t (build) any more malls.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“I’m going through this overgrowth now. It’s destroying my property, my life, with the help of the commissioners. We need four new ones. Good job, Terry. You have my vote.”

— Williamsport



“When the Ripken Group studied a downtown stadium, did they factor in the investment-killing effect of the Hagerstown code compliance office? It is a major factor in downtown flight and lack of investment. How many years will it take before the city listens to the real estate community?”

— Hagerstown



“We need government like we need food, but too much of either can be destructive. We are seeing the results of too much now.”

— Hagerstown



“Will the school bus cameras also catch the school bus drivers who do not follow the law? On Route 66 at the Boonsboro High School entrance, every morning bus drivers break the law, as they stop on Route 66 instead of making their lawful right turn into the school drive, and wave oncoming traffic from the school drive or from oncoming traffic to enter or exit. It causes confusion, disregard for the road rules totally, and is such a ‘great’ teaching tool for our teen drivers. Heck, they even have teen and parent drivers doing it now, too.”

— Boonsboro



“It says, ‘Does anyone remember the year of the Palm Sunday Hagerstown blizzard?’ It was 1942, and I was right there with it.”

— Leitersburg



“I just want people to think, seriously, if you need to walk bowlegged to keep your pants up on your backside, then obviously you need to pull them up and belt them up a little higher up. ... I’m sick and tired of seeing this, and it just keeps going on and on.”

— Hagerstown



“This is for Thursday, April 19. The photographs by Joe Crocetta on the firefighters are absolutely the most wonderful things, especially the one on A2, with the Hagerstown firefighter shooting the water down from the tall ladder. Those photographs are just amazing. We have so much to be proud of, not only the firemen, but the police as well. I just felt so proud of our fire department.”

— Hagerstown



“Me, I just have something I’d like to say about the baseball stadium. Me personally, I love baseball. I think it’s the best pastime of all time, but putting it right down in Hagerstown where they have this proposal going on, I just don’t understand where it’s going to bring in businesses. I mean, where it is now I think it’s an awesome place. You have more opportunities there than building it right down in Hagerstown. I’m just thinking, are they watching the movie, ‘Field of Dreams’; ‘Build it and they will come,’ and thinking from that movie they’re going to have this huge turnout?”

— Hagerstown



“I see in the newspaper on Thursday morning about Gov. O’Malley’s budget for this year. He’s saying about if we don’t get a budget passed, it’s going to be hard making cuts and everything. Well, there’s people in here complaining about if the government makes cuts and all how bad — the state, city and counties, they got too many workers anyhow, they need to lay off. For one thing is they got too many people sitting on their butt doing paperwork and not enough workers, but they still need to lay off. That’s the same with the state, city and county.”

— Hagerstown



“A sincere thank you to Tim Rowland for his commentary of April 19, titled ‘Do-nothing lawmakers duck forum.’ Tim’s commentary is extraordinarily relevant, and precisely on target.”

— Washington County



“One way to save the county some money, we could let the five county commissioners go. It seems as though the administrator makes all the decisions for the commissioners.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d just like to know why they haven’t built an urgent care over in the South End. Any time we need any type of assistance, we have to go over to the Dual Highway, even the hospital’s over that way, and it really would be nice to have one over in the South End. The North End has theirs, so I think the city fathers should consider doing something like that.”

— Hagerstown



“Responding to an earlier Mall Call’s request on information for the Palm Sunday snowstorm: Occurred March 29 and 30, 1942. Storm was said to be the state’s heaviest March snow on record in Maryland. Thirty-one inches were reported at Clear Spring. The largest amount in Washington County, 36 inches at Edgemont.”

— Boonsboro



“At least bicycles are very much pollution-free. They don’t leave off a lot of toxic gas and so on. But I realize that they do have motors out there for bicycles nowadays. And also, bicycles don’t tear up the roads like automobiles do. Reason why Washington County leaders are having more bike lanes in Hagerstown is due to the fact that they want to get more people off the couch, off the recliner, and get some exercise.”

— Greencastle, Pa.

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