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Mail Call - May 1

May 01, 2012

“I cannot understand why anyone would want to put the new ball stadium in the middle of town. There is no room. There’s no place to go now. There’s no parking, there is nothing that will attract anyone. Get it out of town, so people can go. I might enjoy a ball game if I could get there and park my car. As it is now, forget it. I don’t want to go downtown to see them play ball, and raise the chance of being murdered. People, think, think, think, before you put that ball stadium downtown. We need it, but not downtown.”

— Hagerstown



“Chewsville caller, we in Frederick County don’t pay a direct recycling fee because it’s all buried in the solid waste budget, which comes from the general fund, so cost per household can’t be determined, but a former commissioner board president said it cost three times as much per ton to recycle trash than to landfill it. So we pay plenty. And those big cans cost taxpayers three times the going retail rate for identical cans, because Big Brother had tracking chips embedded in them — which we only found out about much later, by accident — supposedly, only, they said, to measure neighborhood use, not to eventually track individual households.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I have a problem understanding, when it comes to taxes, the government wants to raise them on small businesses and individuals making over $200,000, because that is a lot of money, but when government wastes a few million or billion, it is not a lot?”

— Hagerstown



“Saturday the 21st, April, congratulations to the St. Maria Goretti school for taking the Prom Promise a step further, but they should have gone another step further and also included text messaging, because I think that is one of the major problems of all these wrecks, and people crossing the center line like they do, and going off the side of the road. It needs to be looked into further than what they’ve done so far.”

— Hancock



“I truly believe people have forgotten how to yield onto the highway, and police really need to start enforcing the traffic laws, because I was on 81 at the Halfway Boulevard exit, two full lanes of traffic, and somebody just wanted to come on out into the highway, and it’s just tragedy waiting to happen. Instead of catching speeders, sit at the exit ramps.”

— Hagerstown



“I grew up in Hagerstown, born and raised here, love coming back after many, many trips over the years. I just wanted to say that it’s very sad that I look forward to the rainy and cold weather, because of the criminals that we have brought into our town or have allowed to come in our town. It’s very unsafe to let our kids out in the street to walk at night. We just had a armed robbery on Northern Avenue — actually, it was Potomac Avenue, close to Northern Avenue and Long Meadow Shopping Center. There was another at the Sheetz on Potomac Avenue, none of which was ever caught. So it’s very nice, and it’s sad, though, that I like the rainy weather and the cold weather because of the criminals in Hagerstown.”

— Hagerstown



“Taxpayers, read the Sunday paper, the 22nd, look on the front page, left, ‘Ready for school.’ Out of 23 counties in Maryland, we’re No. 21. Only Prince George’s County and Baltimore City are worse than us. All the money we spend on kindergarten, free kindergarten, Head Start and all, where’s our money going, and what’s happening? I think we should really dig our feet in.”

— Leitersburg



“This town’s idea of putting a stadium on Summit and Baltimore Street is so poorly thought out that I cannot believe educated people are thinking about it. I moved here some years ago, and thought the stadium where it is now was a nice location; close to Dual Highway and (Interstate) 70, with onstreet parking all around that does not interfere with residential parking (along Eastern, Memorial Boulevard, and overflow onto the old light plant lot). It is a noisy place with bright lights and fireworks during the summer season, but does not interfere directly with many homes. Where the mayor and city are proposing to build, it will interfere with senior housing, three churches, many residents’ residential parking, even with a parking deck, and taking away businesses. Cannot even imagine a concert held there (could only be in summer, so multiuse would be extremely limited). Buy back the light plant and the recycling plant, which are eyesores that devalue the properties around that end of town, and turn them into supportive properties for a renovated stadium right where it is now.”

— Hagerstown



“This new school admininstrator, the superintendent, and these three administrators that got those huge raises, I wonder if they can sleep at night, knowing that there are a lot of children in this county and city who are living below the poverty level. Their families are struggling to get by, and they’re throwing money around at the BOE, like they’re playing Monopoly. It’s all a game, for the rich to get richer. Those three administrators out at the board that got those huge raises, I have no respect for (them). I don’t see how they can sleep at night. And the new superintendent is just going to be another money spender.”

— Hagerstown



“I had a conversation with a guy at work today, and he had a good point there. Concerning the politicians and the election candidates out there, especially the president, I feel they should have to sign a contract. When they say that they’re going to do this or that, they should have to sign a paper stating that if they don’t perform well — I mean, most employers out there, if the employees don’t do their job, they lose their job. I feel the candidates out there should sign a paper, too.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“The start of the ‘War Between the States’ is being recognized for the 150th year. The U.S. government is still up to its old tricks: Creating laws to protect the states, and not providing the funds to enforce that law. A federal law against a criminal activity that only the feds can enforce, no funds attached, but states have to supply the funds to support the criminals of that law. Illegal immigration, no one wants to discuss it in this upcoming election.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m just curious, whatever happened, on April 17 this year, with the Merle Haggard concert at Luhrs theater in Shippensburg? I’ve never seen a word in the paper. I don’t know if the event happened, or was called off, or what. I’d just like to know. I’m curious.”

— Fayetteville, Pa.



“Why do people who wear perfume insist on using so much? For all the world to smell? When you walk into a room and the air is saturated with your choice of fragrance, do you ever think it is too overpowering? We all don’t like the same perfumes. Remember, a little will go a long way. Please consider your fellow man.”

— Greencastle, Pa.

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