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Mail Call - May 25

May 25, 2012

“I’m a student at Smithsburg High School, and I just want to let you know, Smithsburg does not have a four 90-minute period block. It actually has a schedule where there are two 45-minute periods, then two 90-minute periods, and then two 45-minute periods. And under that current schedule, sports don’t make academics suffer as much, because when there’s a game, kids can get out quicker.”

— Hagerstown



“The new six-period classes for high school will destroy the amount of AP and IB classes available, and, therefore, hurt student efforts to excel and qualify for admissions and college scholarships. We had an excellent school system. Why are we going backward?”

— Hagerstown



“Tim hits at the proverbial nail on the head. When do we make pet owners pay for their pet’s irresponsible manners? I have neighbors who have always allowed their dogs to do as they please; bark incessantly, chase vehicles, nip and bite at man and animal. None of their last 10 dogs have been pit bulls or pit bull mixes. These dogs lack any routine, consistent discipline. They are left alone a lot. Like raising a child, animals need time, love, discipline, and learning what is right and wrong behavior. Too bad we can’t restrict inherently bad people from having children or owning pets.”

— Keedysville



“I just had to call and say read the article in today’s paper, May 16, about funding for the stadium, written by Bill Wivell. He is very intelligent. I’ve always thought he was very good with taxpayers. I think it’s worth everybody reading it. I think the mayor and the county commissioners should pay attention.”

— Williamsport



“I’m reading the paper this morning, and I still don’t see anybody trying to save money and cut taxes back, excepting Aleshire and Penny Nigh. They’re the only two I’ve ever seen who try to cut taxes and save the people’s money. So I hope that they impeach this governor. All he did was he never told anybody the state was broke until after the election. I think he’s got to go. The senator we got now, he should be coming up here to check things out. And like they always do, they show up at election time.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to comment about the senior citizens building they’re going to put up at the HCC. I think it’s a sham, because a lot of senior citizens are against going out there, all the way out to HCC, just to go to a seniors building. So when nobody shows up ... they give it to HCC. So that is how Hagerstown Community College will get another building.”

— Washington County



“Well, here we are again, no say in our community. Now we have assigned recycle bins being dropped off here off of Virginia Avenue for the county. The blue bins have been dropped off, and I told you once before when I called in that they had to opt out, not just throw the cards in the mail. I also, I called to let you know that they needed to opt out. And they’ve been leaving the bins, and they said it was a mistake at my place, even after I opted out. What’s next? And oh, I know what’s next, a bill will be in the mail in a couple days. Just wondering who’s getting paid off for this one.”

— Hagerstown



“Wednesday, May 16th’s paper, in letters to the editor, a gentleman, Bill Wivell, he really hit the nail on the head, with this ‘Public funding for stadium will have a negative impact.’ Everybody needs to read the article. It’s very well-written, and it’s a very good article, and I wish the mayor and Washington County council would read it.”

— Hagerstown



“Could somebody please tell me why our local school would have a prom in another state? I just don’t understand why we have to go across the state to find a place to have prom.”

— Williamsport



“The pension costs now, it’s going to cost in the four years, $4.8 million. We also want to put up a stadium which is going to cost $32 million, and a parking deck, and I just want to say that I don’t think the county can afford this, Washington County. There’s no way we’re going to be able to pay our bills, and everybody will be crying in four years that we don’t have the money. So let’s don’t spend the money we don’t have.”

— Halfway



“Hey, Leonard Pitts, pull your head out of the Miami Beach sand. Both political parties are to blame for our politics being in a mess, not just one.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“Nice article in The Herald-Mail on the 17th, about Maryland lawmakers OK income taxes. Thank you, Gov. O’Malley, and the delegates and senators from the state of Maryland. You did it to us again. No wonder people leave Maryland and move to West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania. In Maryland, if you’re making over $100,000, you’re going to pay $17,000 a year in taxes. If you’re in Virginia, you’d only pay $11,000.”

— Leitersburg



“OK, in the pilot program for the recycling bins: Didn’t get a card, called and opted out anyway, so no bin. But is it legal for me to not be able to use the county’s $3-a-month program, at a couple of sites, and force me to have my recycling picked up, at $5 a month? ... something’s pretty bad here, and it smells.”

— Hagerstown



“There was an article in the May 15 edition of The Herald-Mail concerning the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The state and city of Minnesota paid $498 million, or 51 percent of the cost, and the team and private sources $477 million, or 49 percent of the total cost. Why can’t the Suns make a larger financial commitment? Seems like they are getting a sweetheart deal.”

— Hagerstown



“The way that the problem of gasoline prices can be solved is to sell gasoline, advertise it as well, for an even number of cents, and eliminate the 9/10ths of a cent. The only time gasoline is sold for the advertised price is when you buy 10 ... if you make the 9/10ths of a cent illegal to advertise, it’ll all go away.”

— Washigton County



“I’m calling in regards to the gentleman I cook for. He was really upset about the senior citizen who wrote in saying they did not want a senior citizens center, and that they do nothing but play cards, and that there are lots of other activities. He has taken two weightlifting classes; two balancing classes, nine weeks each; two tai chi classes, 24 weeks; and he’s taking a painting class.”

— Hagerstown



“We would like to really thank the Washington County Roads Department that works out of Greensburg office, for the wonderful job of cleaning up after the October snowstorm damage to trees along Crystal Falls Drive. Keep up the good work.”

— Hagerstown



“A tie vote by the Greencastle school board should not have decided an important budget issue as it did Thursday night. The Herald-Mail article only mentioned those who favor a tax increase. We all want a quality school, but let’s not forget about the folks affected by the current recession.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“To our elected officials: If you continue to ignore the voices of your taxpayers, by continuing to build unwanted and unnecessary stadiums and other buildings, and you continue to raise taxes, you will end up with a ghost town, ghost county, and ghost state. Because all working taxpaying residents will certainly move to greener, more resident-friendly states. But for a change, why not try eliminating some of the giveaways and freeloading?”

— Hagerstown

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