“I would like to say I think the Stadium Tavern, the ball stadium, needs to stay where it is, because it’s like a historic thing. I can remember when I was a kid, and I’m 79 now, we used to go there, and the ball team was called the Hagerstown Owls. And that stadium needs to stay where it is. Take half the money it’s going to cost to repair it. The people should have a say.”
“I’m calling about the headline in this morning’s paper, ‘Romney visits Franklin County.’ Romney did not visit Franklin County. He visited Green Grove Gardens, and the people who could throw down $50 just to hear a typical politician speak.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“I’d like to know who is running the county government. It looks like Ron Bowers. I thought the citizens voted him out years ago, for the damage and debt he created. Now it appears he has decided to target the EDC, one of the few government agencies that was working. Why fix something that is not broke?”
“To the person who’s so concerned about the money being made off the camera speed trap at Northern Avenue: I think you should be more concerned with all the people that speed down Northern Avenue, especially in a school district. And while I’m on the topic, what about all the people that run red lights, all the people who don’t use their turn signals? Maybe the money from that speed trap will help fund additional police officers to catch the people who are doing all those traffic violations to start with.”
— Clear Spring
“As a Republican, I’m urging my fellow Republicans, this November, do not vote. I don’t agree with President Obama’s policies, and I can’t with a clear conscience vote for this man Romney, because he’s not one of us. He’s a moderate, I want to say, almost Democrat. He just stated his views on the primary. So me personally, I’m just not going to vote. You do what you want, but I can’t be a hypocrite.”
“You can stop all the talk about the stadium, in regards to the Hagerstown Suns. I was watching 'Nats Talk' on Saturday, and Phil Woods said, basically said that the Nationals want the Suns in Winchester, and we will likely wind up with an independent league team here in Hagerstown. So there’s not going to be a new stadium. The Suns are playing in Hagerstown ... to get the best deal available for Winchester. Adios.”
“It’s Tuesday morning, and I’m inquiring about the cat that survived the fire that occurred last Wednesday on Summit Avenue. I made an inquiry to the newspaper but received no help, so I’m asking the readers if they know anyone who may know what happened to the cat. This cat ... chose to save itself by leaping out a third-story window, and I think this cat deserves some recognition.”
“Just by reading Mail Call and Letters to the Editor on April 14 we know where the taxpayers stand on spending millions of dollars on a new stadium. Also, pushing for a senior center at out-of-the-way Robinwood. Put these two issues on the ballot. Give the mayor a long vacation at the same time.”
“I think this is really pathetic. Our elected officials in Washington; namely, Congress, at this time, are more worried about Roger Clemens, a retired professional baseball player, than they are about the real problems that are plaguing America. I don’t know how the other taxpayers feel in this area, but I think it’s a total waste of time, and of course, a total waste of taxpayers’ dollars.”
“Tuesday’s paper, April 24, regarding the Hancock complaint about the tractor-trailer photos by Ric Dugan: I was giving credit to the photographer for a really informative as well as a balanced picture. I like Hancock, too, especially the restaurants and grocery stores that I have visited many times.”
“The caller from Falling Waters is correct in saying that Republicans are desperate to get President Obama out of office. Republicans and some Democrats are concerned about this president’s policies. The president’s lack of leadership, the vast spending resulting in record deficits, and the poor economy are serious concerns for all Americans. The people who are receiving benefits from the social programs should really be concerned, because when the deficit becomes so great, there will be little money to continue these programs.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Leonard Pitts has shown his true colors, in a recent derogation of the sanctity of women marrying men. He says a woman doesn’t have to marry a man to be fulfilled in life. Of course, he has previously promoted the marriage of same-sex partners. How long must we endure his morally deficient views in print, as he contributes to the decay of traditional life standards?”
“To the person who complained in your Mail Call on Wednesday, April 18, that if Jesus came back today as a Democrat, he would be treated badly, just as President Obama is today, question: Why would you assume Jesus would come as a politician, much less as a Democrat? For as long as I can remember, the Democratic Party has attempted to deny, defuse and outright outlaw our religious heritage. President Obama is openly hostile to our founding documents that state that our rights are God-given.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“Taxpayers, read A6 on the 24th of April, ‘Trustees report Social Security faces insolvency in three years or sooner.’ We haven’t — our illustrious president, Republicans, Democrats and independents, voted not to pay the appropriate rate for Social Security. Now we are, 2033, Social Security broke, 2024, Medicare broke. Also, Social Security will be completely broke for the disabled.”
“The stadium issue is very simple. What business would not want the government to subsidize their existence? Without the government, the business model of any sports franchise falls flat on its face — with the exception of very lucrative pro stadiums in very large markets. If this is such a tremendous business model, I say let it stand on. ... It is not lucrative, therefore, they’re looking for a handout. Not the Republican way.”
“Come on, Herald-Mail, publish some negative comments also about some of your favorite writers, such as Allan Powell and Leonard Pitts. I read the comment by the caller praising Leonard Pitts’ column, but not everyone agrees with Herald-Mail publishing his column all the time — myself especially. You people should publish the negative letters and comments concerning your paper also. Take the good with the bad, all right?”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Hagerstown callers, how can a fellow Christian vote for Republicans? Easily, when their conservative values match mine, and I would have and have voted for conservative Democrats, too, and also, because you aren’t telling the truth about what conservatives and Republicans actually advocate. Have you forgotten, the Bible ... practice personal charity and responsibility, i.e., the Good Samaritan, for example? Which I do, and I see nothing there that advocates or imputes any virtue to using the coercive power of government to take money by force.”
— Frederick, Md.
“Apparently, I’m supposed to be more outraged by what Mitt Romney does with his money than by what Barack Obama does with mine.”