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Mail Call - May 30

May 29, 2012

“Dear Mayor Bruchey: Thank you, first of all, for the letter that you wrote in the May 21 issue of the local paper, answering some of the questions that people have about the stadium, and why some of the other locations are not appropriate. I am not one of those persons who complained about any of those items listed, such as the museum, or the Potterfield pool, and so on. However, I do have many complaints against the stadium, and one suggestion. My complaints have to do with the fact of the ... what about using the site at the Venice? It is adjacent to the parking lots from the old hospital, so there would be plenty of parking. It’s somewhat out of the way, yet it is near downtown.”
— Clear Spring

“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart. God is in each one of us. Be kind. Be kind to one another.”
— Hagerstown

“I just read Mayor Bruchey’s editorial in tonight’s Herald-Mail. He must be under the impression, in order to come up with 600,000 people, that we get a different crowd of people every time there’s a game, that the people who went to the last game don’t go to the next game, but it’s always a different 2,250 people that come, and the trolley system to a new stadium ... the mayor is unfortunately delusional. He needs professional help.”
— Hagerstown

“When I look out my window, all I see is blue containers, sitting in front of three or four houses on my block. Then in the same week, they came along and patched my street with black tar in the cracks, and it looks like snakes scattered on the streets, here and there. It’s a very discouraging sight, but I guess that’s the way it’s going to be, so put up with it, whether we like it or not.”
— Maugansville

More and more, the American and overseas people are becoming addicted to the Internet. A true example is a man and woman overseas left their home one evening — actually, every evening, to go to an Internet cafe to play on the Internet. Finally, one time they came back home, they found their 3-month-old dead, from dehydration and everything. And this is the truth. I heard it on the radio. The Internet is more addictive than caffeine.”
— Hancock

“I have been doing my share of recycling for many years, and have been harassed for my efforts, but I continued to take my cans, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bottles, to the recycle bins faithfully. If I have to pay to do this, I’m not doing it. As of now, my newspapers and cardboard will go to Goodwill, and all others will go in the trash. If the government wants to save the world for future generations, then it should be free for those who want to go through the trouble.”
— Washington County

“The mayor has been extremely ... in pushing for a new stadium in downtown Hagerstown. It must not be forgotten that the building of a new stadium is a major undertaking, and as such, needs the support of the entire community. I strongly suggest that this issue be placed on the ballot this fall, to see if the support of the city property taxpayers is there, before moving forward. Our community does not need the financial obligation.”
— Washington County

“Thank you for the front-page story and supplement supporting local small businesses during this national event. Appreciate what you do to encourage people to shop locally.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“With all this controversy about the stadium, what do our politicians think about the 391 jobs, in excess of $12 million a year lost, plus medical benefits? I haven’t heard a word about that. Let them speak up about that. That’s not going to bring any money into this town.”
— Hagerstown

“If you’re one of the 48 to 49 percent of the American people who don’t pay taxes, no matter if you get benefits from the government, if you get disability from the government, if you get welfare from the government, you should pay taxes, so it’ll ease the burden on us people who work and pay taxes.”
— Williamsport

“Calling about the person that put in the article that said hospice was a volunteer. I’d like to know what hospice volunteers. The hospice that I am currently using, last month’s bill was $7,000 to Medicare, this month’s bill is $8,000 to Medicare. So I’d like to know who is the volunteer hospice, so I can contact ... this is my second time asking this question, so I certainly wish that you would put something in about it, because I’m very interested in knowing about the volunteer hospice, not the ones that’s charging.”
— Hagerstown

“How could anyone make a statement in Mail Call that Mitt Romney is not qualified to be president, when President Obama had no qualifications at all, and probably won on his personality? I’ve said this before: You’ll never hear me accuse lots of people of being real, real intelligent.”
— Sharpsburg

“Who is more greedy, the rich or the poor? Who is more likely to benefit from greed, the rich or the poor? And who has the biggest advocates to become greedy, the rich or the poor?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Do you know where your dimmer switch is? Do you know where your turn signals are, and when and how to use them? Do you know what a stop bar is? If you can’t answer these questions, you need a driver’s refresher. And oh, by the way, the speed limit signs aren’t just a suggestion.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Hagerstown caller, concerning entitlements: My father paid in to Social Security for 47 years, retired when he was 65, and died at 66. How did he collect more than he paid in? Why don’t you fuss about something more intelligent, or more important?”
— Big Pool

“This is to the person from Sharpsburg who called in to Mail Call on the 23rd of May. There is a problem with your thinking. When you read the Bible to use it to gather evidence to do very un-Christ-like things, you are making a mistake. Gay people are God’s people, too.”
— Halfway

“To the writer of the letters to the editor in the newspaper: Just be careful what you wish for. When the government doesn’t get enough money from the top 1 percent of earners, they’ll come after you and me, and I don’t think any of us would like that.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“There was a article in Tuesday’s paper, May 22, about the city council on the stadium, and I agree with the woman who lives up there by Prospect Street. We don’t need a stadium downtown. We need a drugstore, we need a grocery store, and she’s 100 percent right. The senior citizens need — they can’t get to any place. Put a little mini-mall down there. Put a restaurant, put a drugstore.”
— Hagerstown

“Where are all the Yankee fans at, now that they’re near the bottom of the basement? When they were winning, you saw everybody wearing Yankee stuff. Now that Baltimore’s on top, you don’t see any Yankee fans.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t want to vote for President Obama and I don’t want to vote for Mitt Romney. I don’t want to vote Republican and I don’t want to vote Democratic. Isn’t it time for a viable third party, please?”
— Hagerstown

“So Mayor Bruchey thinks it’s too early for a public hearing on the stadium proposal? If we wait much longer, it will be very difficult and costly to pull back. Perhaps Bruchey’s strategy is to get past the point of no return before allowing public comment. Thank you, Councilman Brubaker, for proposing a hearing before the contracts are all signed.”
— Hagerstown

“The President Obama complainers are going to be the downfall of us all. Their endless complaints about Obama overshadow any interest in examining the alternative — Mitt Romney. When gas prices went up, the complainers wrote it was all Obama’s fault because he hates oil companies. When gas prices went down, Obama was pandering to win votes. Yet everyone, with any sense, knows the world market sets oil prices. Romney has told us they plan to tell us nothing about their policies, because if they did, we wouldn’t vote for him. I believe him. Romney tells us he will create 500,000 jobs a month. How is he going to do that? Of course, he doesn’t say.”
— Rohrersville

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