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Mail Call - May 8

May 08, 2012

“I’d like to thank the Hagerstown City Police and everybody who works there, including Lt. Kifer, for setting up a speed trailer in my area, West Irvin Avenue. I hope you catch a lot of speeders, because I’m really worried about the elderly and the people who walk their dogs. It’s very dangerous there. But I definitely want to thank you, and I appreciate it. Have a good day.”

— Hagerstown



“In 2004, George Bush had the same problems; more people on unemployment, more people on food stamps, more people on welfare, higher food prices, higher gas prices, and destroyed a surplus left to him by Bill Clinton, and he still got re-elected. You people think that you can dump all these problems on President Obama, when Hoover did the same thing to Roosevelt ... Obama has saved a lot of jobs. He saved most of the car companies, and Ford, because of the supply chain.”

— Hagerstown



“City taxpayers and Washington County taxpayers, please read the Saturday paper, the front page and page A11, about Carol and Company, and about 10 other ones that left downtown, and then we’re promoting the baseball stadium, which is going to be the salvation of downtown, revitalizing the area with all these millions of dollars. Who is going to come down after dark and walk around and go to that ballpark, the way that place looks down there?”

— Leitersburg



“I’m getting sick and tired of local celebrities applauding how great Hagerstown is, and how there’s so much to do. Well, yes, there is a lot to do, but my question’s this. What about all the children who are displaced in foreclosed homes, the ones who are living below the poverty level? Nobody’s doing anything for the kids. Now, the BOE, to hear them talk, everything’s for the children ... but nothing’s ever talked about as far as the kids who are on the lunch programs, and the ones living below the poverty level. Hagerstown better wake up.”

— Hagerstown



“I live and work in Hagerstown, and Friday, I noticed something different. It seemed that drivers were more aggressive, customers in stores were more obnoxious, and people in restaurants were more aggressive. I’d like to hear from people in the service industry; retail, customer service, to see if it’s just Fridays that do this to people, or if it’s just becoming the norm. Just curious.”

— Hagerstown



“My curiosity finally got the best of me, with regard to what all the fuss is about, with this picture in the paper on Tuesday, April 17. So I researched it, got it out and looked at it, and I can only figure we’re getting just a tad prudish about a few things, aren’t we?”

— Hagerstown



“Hooray for Tim Rowland’s article ... in the Sunday paper, April 29. We need more people thinking like Tim Rowland on this issue. Keep the legislators home where they belong, and let the tax go.”

— Hagerstown



“I see where President Obama is going to start using, ‘I got bin Laden, but I saved General Motors.’ Sort of sounds like a song, years back: ‘I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot the deputy.’ Obama, you still have too many unanswered questions, and your work ethics are gone. And stop using our dollar to go around the colleges to try to get the 66 percent of the voters you got from college voters, because the dream is gone. The majority of them are now graduates and live at home.”

— Williamsport



“In reference to Sunday, April 29’s newspaper, about the hunger in Maryland, it’s not only in Maryland. It’s all across the U.S. One of the worst places is the Appalachian mountains. There’s a lot more children there going hungry every night. The churches are trying to help some of them, but not all. I think each and every church should take on a project like this ... not just in Maryland, either.”

— Hancock



“Hagerstown caller, how conceited you are, to claim just because you use the magic word ‘change’ and tell everyone to get with the times — meaning, ‘Agree with me’ — all stadium opponents should change their minds and support it, because ‘change is a good thing.’ Really, always, all change? What nonsense. And the fact that you immediately denigrate your opponents and attempt to dismiss their arguments by claiming they’re all just old fogies who resist all change, shows just how weak your argument really is.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I think it’s terrible that that amount of food is wasted. There’s food laying on the ground in the orchards, got a bruise on it, nobody’ll buy it. There’s bananas got a bruise on it, nobody’ll buy it. They have lettuce and they have cabbage that have dirty leaves on it, they have to make you throw it away. That is part of the waste in this country, and it needs to stop.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“This is to the person who called about the lilacs. I’ve noticed that myself. It seems every couple of years they don’t bloom as much. I think it is to establish root, more roots, and possibly stronger branches. Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s the reason why there’s not as many lilacs in bloom.”

— Smithsburg



“What is Mr. Tissue and the city going to do with the citizens who are already parking in those 1,800 spaces in and around the paper’s parking lot — use eminent domain to demand they give them up? In many cases there is no other parking available overnight that the tenants of the multi-unit buildings can access or afford. For despite the push for off-street parking by the city government, even if there were spaces behind buildings, the condition the alleys are in; potholes, etc., makes them look like the Syrians have been bombing them.”

— Hagerstown



“To whomever stole my lawn ornaments out of my front yard on Maplewood Drive: I would really like to have them back, as they have sentimental values, as they represent each of my children. This took a lot of nerve, for you to steal something so simple. But I guess in this day and age, nothing is surprising anymore. You were very ignorant. I guess I will invest in those outdoor video cameras.”

— Hagerstown



“Congratulations to the Morning Herald. Your edition of the Morning Herald on Monday, April 30, perhaps set the all-time record for advertising in a newspaper. Now the best part is, if you’d just have the same amount of news, you’d have a good newspaper.”

— Hagerstown



“I am sick of hearing about abortion. Let those people carrying signs adopt an unwanted child. When they adopt all the unwanted children in America, then I will agree with making it illegal. And making it illegal does not stop it. They will just go back to dirty back rooms, unsanitary places, and you will just have girls flushing them down the commode and throwing them in garbage. Do you really want to go back to that?”

— Hagerstown



“Hats off to Kelly Renner of Carol and Company, for telling the truth about doing business with Hagerstown. This has been going on for years and years and years, and why the people haven’t spoken up before now, I have no idea. But thank you very much, Kelly, and my hat’s off to you.”

— Hagerstown



“County commissioners, it’s a shameful and deceitful to steal $5 a month from the Washington County taxpayers, concerning the recycle program. You should not have to call in to cancel before you even use it. No soup for you. Hopefully no votes, either.”

— Williamsport



“I happened to be in a thrift store over this past weekend, and what gets me disgusted is when I see people that are in, have guardianship of kids, whether with their kid or grandkids, and they say something about somebody with a disability, and they don’t have the decency or common sense to correct the child. When you’re out in public, I mean, you should show manners in general.”

— Hagerstown



“Frederick County Commissioner President Blaine Young and the rest of  his commissioners are eliminating all taxpayers’ money going to the nonprofits. Hooray for Frederick County Commissioners.”

— Maugansville

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