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Mail Call - June 8

June 07, 2012

“I want to know how everyone else in Smithsburg has to follow the rules, and a councilman on West Water Street does not. A jungle of plants almost completely surround and hide a fire hydrant, and obstruct the sidewalk. Everyone else gets citations for this.”

— Smithsburg


“A city official commented about a shuttle bus to transport all those many people from the hotels to the downtown stadium. Perhaps that is a way to use the old County Commuter buses that have been parked by the Phoenix building library warehouse for several years, where the public does not readily see them. Why were those buses not traded in or sold when the new buses were purchased?”

— Hagerstown


“I do not want to hear about Councilman Brubaker being a saint for asking for a public hearing, which is the right of the people. The answer he got from the mayor was, ‘We’ll hold a public forum, not a hearing, in August,’ which will be after the land has been set up to be purchased by the city. And I don’t know how much that obligates the city to pay. But there ought to be a public hearing now that puts us on the record about how the people of this town feel about a project that could put us into bankruptcy.”
— Hagerstown

“LBJ’S (D) Civil Rights Act was passed by majority of votes from Republicans. Gov. G. Wallace (D) blocked schoolhouse door, forbidding black children to enter. Congressional investigations in 1872 brought out Demos admitted beginning the KKK as an effort to stop the spread of the Republican Party. In defiance of Republicans, the KKK was started in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1865, targeting black Republicans. Gov. Lester Maddox (D) of Georgia was against blacks voting, or any rights. The truth is not in current textbooks, or what the media and Black History Month want us to believe.”

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— Hagerstown


“To the Hagerstown caller who said that they didn’t respect President Obama, and it was a bunch of bull, because they never voted for him, and he didn’t have any experience, so they’re not respecting him, he wasn’t even in the Boy Scouts: If you had a son like President Obama, you would respect him. You’d be proud that he got grades good enough to get scholarships to go to Harvard. I mean, if I had a kid that went to Harvard, I’d be very proud of him and respect him. He would respect you, President Obama would, if he met you. You show everybody respect. President Obama’s a great family man, he loves his wife and his children, and he’s a good citizen, and you people owe him respect. Conservative talk radio has ruined the presidency.”

— Hagerstown


“I was just wondering how they’re doing the pick-up, trash. They’re doing it once a week, and summer’s coming, people have picnics. There’s gonna be maggots in people’s trash. I don’t know how they got the thing of doing once a week, but I think it’s totally wrong.”

— Hagerstown

“Gov. O’Malley calls a special session and has our elected officials raise taxes. Then he turns around and gives the state employees 2 percent raise, effective Jan. 1 of next year. Something’s just not right here. If he had to raise taxes because the state is in such poor financial position, how can he afford to give the state employees raises?”

— Sharpsburg


“Washington County government employees need to start hitting the timeclock. They never spend a full eight hours at work. Another taste of the taxpayers being ripped off.”

— Maugansville


“Mitt Romney is big on saying a businessman should be president. Well, the two examples I can think of, of businessmen who were president, were George W. Bush and Herbert Hoover, and we know how those turned out.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“Did you know P.E. is required by the PSC to read our meters at least every other month, and the cost is included in their approved rate structure? I didn’t. Last year they went five straight months without reading mine, and when I call in customer readings, they adjust the ... on the bill, and I am outraged. On June 20, the PSC is hearing a complaint by the Sugarloaf Conservancy, on behalf of many Frederick, Mount Airy, etc., residents — the practice is obviously widespread — who say their meters are being read on average only four times in 13 months. I urge my fellow P.E. customers who are also being subjected to this outrage to file complaints, too.”

— Frederick, Md.


“Regarding the stadium project, Councilman Metzner should check the historic records of the area. Years ago, at one time, on West Baltimore Street, there was a Jewish cemetery. I think Mr. Metzner is of the Jewish faith. Think about it.”

— Hagerstown


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