“The hummingbirds have arrived. I saw my first one today at my feeder. It is May 15.”
“I would like to know the difference between a true Christian and a politician, when it comes to gay marriage.”
“I’d like to know, could someone tell me if there is a city ordinance concerning not mowing your grass and trimming around your house? I was on a ride the other day, and there is a house in the West End of town that looks awful. It makes all the houses on the street look bad. Who can I call concerning this problem?”
“When considering building the stadium, the mayor and city council must be watching ‘Field of Dreams’ regularly. Two major differences between the movie and the current proposal for the new stadium are: 1) The farmer in the movie used his own money to build his ball field, instead of taxpayers’ money, and 2) The stadium was built in a cornfield instead of in a residential area. The mayor and city council should realize that, 1) Joe Jackson will not be a major attraction, 2) we are not in a cornfield in Iowa, and 3) the mayor of Hagerstown is not Kevin Costner. The ‘build it and they will come’ is a dream that many of the taxpayers in this city (and county) do not want to finance.”
“I hear the Democrats want to make ‘stand your ground’ laws illegal. Afraid someone might get hurt. How about the victim? He may be maimed or killed.”
“I was watching the city council meeting, May 15, and heard figures on the proposed multipurpose stadium. I heard the figure of $13 million-plus, and then I heard it would only be $2-plus million a year, plus $25 million to buy property to put it on. How much does this come out to per attendee, per game?”
“Like many others, I do not want the new stadium downtown. It should be up for a vote, not done in secret. Has the county ever paid off the sewer debt we owed for years? Do that first. Read the article about NASCAR going downtown, bringing in more fans. I had to laugh when it said the noise would drive out the churches and bring heart attacks to the elderly ... I read that most inner cities will not have shopping anymore. They are successful in having offices and those types of businesses in our downtown areas. Have one nice, reasonably priced grocery store for people living (in town).”
“My comment is to the Hagerstown caller who complains that Mitt Romney isn’t experienced enough. Well, he was a full-term governor in a state. President Obama only had 156 days in the Senate. And as far as military, I’d like them to please call in and tell me what branch of military Obama was in. I don’t think he was in any, do you?”
— Big Pool
“Hagerstown caller, you desperate President Obama supporters really make me laugh, when you insult us conservatives. It proves you’re losing the debate. And then attack Mitt Romney because he didn’t serve in the military, and supposedly has no foreign policy experience. How hilarious. Do you even realize this exactly describes Obama? Oh, so, oh yes, I’m sure you voted for an authentic war hero with extensive foreign policy experience — McCain — over Obama, in 2008 — not. Thanks, caller, for a great demonstration of your hypocritical, left-wing Democrat double standard.”
— Frederick, Md.
“This is on city council discussions. I see where the city council and them Tuesday night had a heated meeting. This is on proposed introduction of tax rate and budget for next year. For you councilmen down there that want to raise taxes and everything else, don’t want to make cuts ... Mr. Easton, I voted for you last time, I will vote for you again. Maybe you should be the mayor or the top city council. You might need to be the city administrator.”
“In response to the two Hagerstown callers in the May 15 issue, first, let me be clear that Mitt Romney was not my first choice for the Republican candidate. Second, I vote independent and will vote for Sen. Manchin and Gov. Tomlin, to name a few Democrats. First caller, complaining about Mr. Romney’s tenure with Bain Capital: You obviously have no business experience whatsoever. Companies are there to produce a product at a profit for the owners/shareholders, and not for the employee’s welfare. Labor costs are the greatest expense, and that is always the first cuts made when expectations are not met to produce a reasonable profit. Next is benefits, and finally, closure. Second caller described Barack Obama to a ‘T’ in 2008, when he accused Mr. Romney of having no this, that, or the other. Excuse me, but he was a governor of a state, and he ran businesses. What experience did Mr. Obama have? Did he or any of his family serve in the military? I think not. He was a senator and was only present in the chamber for a very short period of time. I won’t go on, but think what you are saying.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.