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Mail Call - May 28

May 27, 2012

“The city of Hagerstown has a double standard. They prohibit trash put at the curb before 4 p.m. on the collection day, and yet allow all those unsightly blue recycling bins to remain unused for weeks, in front of buildings all over town. Please pick up the ones that aren’t being used.”
— Hagerstown

“About the recycling bins: The other day I was behind a trash truck on a one-way downtown street. In watching the process, how long will you think they will last, hitting the rollers on the curbs? Then what? I feel sorry for the workers having to lift those heavy bins. They are heavy even when empty.”
— Hagerstown

“To the students in Mercersburg collecting the egg cartons: Great job. You would think everybody who went to the pantries could bring empty cartons, but I guess that would be too much of a burden on them.”
— Williamsport

“Hancock people, I agree with the person from Smithsburg who in the May 18 paper said about spending $15 million for politics. Well, if people go for that kind of stuff, that’s their problem. The churches and everybody else has to get up and help these people.”
— Hancock

“Instead of spending money for a stadium we don’t need and the majority of the citizens don’t want, they need to spend that money on repairing the streets in the city of Hagerstown. They’re deplorable, and if I was a businessman coming to this town, that would be the first objection I had to relocate my business here.”
— Hagerstown

“This comment is directed at the case of Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman. No. 1, Zimmerman should not have got out of his vehicle to confront the young man, when he was just walking down the street. He was only defending himself when the big man came at him. You could tell by the size how big he is. I don’t care if the boy was on marijuana or not. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. And no, I am not black.”
— Hancock

“I have a son in Afghanistan, so I think I have a right to comment on President Obama. I’ll use the word ‘gutting,’ because that’s the one that Leon Panetta used, who is his secretary of defense. Mr. Panetta said that he’s very concerned, since the president has taken so much money from our military budget, and put toward his green energy projects, which create no jobs ... companies have declared bankruptcy. They were his campaign funders, and we pay the tab.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Readers, look at The Herald-Mail on Saturday, May 19. Look at all the builders, Realtors, contractors, developers and land speculators and renters who don’t pay their taxes. Heads up to the city council and the county commissioners. It’s time to — don’t forgive any of these people, and don’t give anymore bailouts to anybody, please. Disgusted in Washington County.”
— Leitersburg

“Vice President Biden says I’m a dumb middle class. I am in my 70s. My wife and I came from using outhouses, no bath, to what I have today: Three bedrooms, two baths, new house, money in the bank. What’s your background?”
— Hagerstown

“Much appreciation to Hagerstown police department and Washington County sheriff’s department for the way they handled the situation in Cortland Manor Friday. There was no loss of life, no property damage, during a very dangerous and tense encounter. Their training and professionalism was evident.”
— Cortland Manor

“As a city taxpayer, I would like to know, where are our police officers? I drove downtown Hagerstown Saturday afternoon, headed out the Dual Highway, going east, and I counted seven — yes, seven — small import-type vehicles with loud mufflers, racing out the Dual Highway. They were all together. Five of them had Maryland plates, one had a New Jersey plate, another had a Virginia plate. I didn’t see one policeman. These guys were driving like they were nuts, in and out of traffic, high rates of speed, and not one city policeman anywhere in sight.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to let everyone know that the city of Hagerstown is using bogus speed cameras to get taxpayers’ money from them — and also, probably to pay for their stadium. I was going at the speed limit — at the speed limit or a little above it, and I got four tickets, four citations. This is ridiculous, and I just want to let everybody know they better beware of what’s going on and the methods that they’re using to get money from the taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown

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