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Mail Call - June 11

June 10, 2012

“When everybody talks about all the jobs going overseas, did anyone ever think about Clinton and the free trade agreement? By the way, the best place for the senior citizens (center) would be where they want to put the stadium.”
— Hagerstown

“Number one, the motor in the city lake: If they can afford a stadium, they can afford a motor. Two, the people on (Leitersburg Pike,) if they leave home in time, they wouldn’t have to worry about the slow people.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.

“This is in reference to a call-in that was in the paper on Monday, June 4. They want more police presence on Leitersburg Pike. I know it’s a 50 mph speed limit there, and the people are allowed to do 50 or 40, if they want. I don’t see why they have to worry about running 85, 90 mph like they do on the interstates. They need more police presence on the interstates, not just Leitersburg Pike. Police need to stop the speeders, not the slow drivers on Leitersburg Pike.”
— Hancock

“This is for the person saying we should thank President Obama for the gas going down. Well, why should we? Whenever it goes up, you say not to blame him, so why should we thank him when it goes down? If he’s not to blame for it going up, then he’s not to be the one to thank for it going down.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the — response to the person who’d like to see more police presence on the Leitersburg Pike. I live on the Leitersburg Pike, and 90 percent of the people who travel that Leitersburg Pike do not do 45 to 50 mph. They do 65 to 70. So watch what you wish for. You may be one of them doing 65 to 70. My advice to you would be, if you want to get where you’re going much quicker, then leave your house a little earlier.”
— Leitersburg

“I remember the Manbeck Bread Co.’s little loaves of bread. Do you?”
— Maugansville

“Regarding the comment about the high grass: You should really check out the jungle of shrubbery, six to eight feet tall, at the absentee landlord’s ... empty house on one of the busy streets in the West End of Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to a ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ in the paper, pertaining to the fountain at City Park. Tell the city council to take some of the money they’re going to use on that new stadium and invest in a pump. I’m sure the people in Hagerstown would rather have the fountain working than have a new stadium in the area they’re going to put it at.”
— Hagerstown

“They talk about the Blues Fest and how popular it is and all, but I have a suggestion. There are a lot of country music fans out there, so why don’t they, why don’t you folks schedule a country music fest sometime during the year, for Hagerstown? That would draw attention, I’m sure, because there are a lot of country music fans out there.”
— Hagerstown

“Just curious: Has anyone seen the dump applications for this year?”
— Clear Spring

“I’d like to respond to the person who put in the newspaper about ‘What am I doing paying $7.50 a month in my water bill?’ Lady, the $7.50 every month is for helping to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, which is never going to happen. It’s a moneymaking racket for the government. You hit it right on the head; $7.50 for something that doesn’t do me any good, and all it is is a moneymaking racket for the government.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a Democrat, and I’m a moderate progressive. Frederick caller, please tell us why, in your own words, leftists are so evil, because all we care about is old people, people in general, women and children, and the Earth, for future generations. And what is so wrong with that? What makes us so evil? While you care about drilling every single part of the Earth, killing every animal in sight — and you call me evil. Sorry, Frederick caller, you have no argument.”
— Hagerstown

“I went to get my emission test. I asked, do motorcycles get emission tested? I was told ‘no,’ they get good gas mileage. I couldn’t hardly hold back from laughing. What does gas mileage got to do with carbon dioxide? Cars, trucks, and yes, motorcycles, will kill you. Motorcycles, no catalytic converters, no exhaust, means more carbon monoxide.”
— Clear Spring

“I would like to respond to the person in today’s paper (6/4 Mail Call) that they should leave the vote to the Washington County residents as far as the stadium. I agree 100 percent, since we will be helping to foot this bill. Our county government shouldn’t have the final say, since it is so expensive. How many others feel this way? Let’s take a poll and let’s start calling our government officials, and demand this. I guess if they don’t want to listen to us, then out the door they go.”
— Washington County

“Hey, I have a new idea. Take the $25 million and bring some new business to downtown Hagerstown. Why not use it to support a new grocery store and a new discount department store, a joint venture between business and government? Beautifying the downtown didn’t work, the ballpark won’t work, so get some worthwhile business and maybe people will want to live and shop in town.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I think we should all put a yellow dye in our septic tanks. If it shows up in the Chesapeake Bay, then and only then will I believe we are polluting the bay from the Hagerstown area.”
— Boonsboro

“If Hagerstown loses the Suns to Winchester, it will be because of the local politicians’ insistence on a downtown site for the new sports stadium. Winchester, on the other hand, when blocked for their first choice in their city, has come up with alternate sites, and among those are two I-81 sites which would be ideal for expansion and traffic management. I don’t think Hagerstown officials really care about keeping minor league baseball in the area if it doesn’t fit their agenda.”
— Hagerstown 

“Potomac Edison claims it can’t find meter readers. Sunday’s article neglected to include stats on applications, interviews or job offers. Given the unemployment rate. ... My meter in Hagerstown hasn’t been read since January.”
— Hagerstown

“I know a lot of people give complaints about Potomac Edison. I called Potomac Edison about a problem I had. Within an hour, they were at my door, solving that problem. Potomac Edison deserves a lot of kudos for this.”
— Hagerstown

“With two hangings in two months, I think someone needs to get their act together at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Maybe a staff overhaul is in order.”
— Hancock

“Today, 5 June 2012, the Republicans in Congress voted against a bill that would give women equal pay for equal work. Women in America make 77 cents to every dollar that a man does, for the same work. If you think this is fair, then vote Republican — but then have your head examined.”
— Halfway

“For you people out there that think the Republicans are so wonderful: They just voted down the bill, the fairness to pay bill, which is women having, getting equal pay that men get. So obviously, with all this, and trying to block contraceptives and everything else, obviously women are second-class citizens to Republicans.”
— Washington County

“Instead of using the county’s surplus to lend the city money to build a ball stadium downtown, why don’t they use that money to help the teachers and their pension, and to lower people that live in the county’s water and sewer taxes? It makes no sense to me. I live in the county, but I must be hooked to city water and sewer. My rates go up like crazy. The city doesn’t raise theirs for in-the-city residents, but they raise mine. And then the city wants to turn around and borrow money to build a ball stadium downtown.”
— Washington County

“I’m reading the June 6 paper this morning. Come on, county commissioners, are you kidding me? Cutting the school nurse program while spending millions on roads and projects that may be important, but I hardly think are more important than the health of our children. What about the students that take daily medications, the diabetics, the asthmatics; the students that just need a health advocate on their side? You really are unbelievable. I hope you can sleep at night. Many children will suffer because of you.”
— Hagerstown

“Hard decision to make, in the 6th in the paper, for the county commissioners, about the nurse program, but I wholeheartedly agree. The Health Department and the Washington County government should not have to pay that. That should all be part of the BOE’s budget, point, point. Same way with the deputy sheriffs and police officers assigned there, to school safety officers. That should fall under, solely under, the BOE’s budget, and be budgeted out.”
— Leitersburg

“I’m calling in about, article in The Herald-Mail today on Wednesday, about the pit bull ordinance. Yes, I agree, every dog should be on a leash. That is an ordinance that also protects your dog from anybody else in the area. But ... about putting a muzzle on a dog, especially trying to single out the pit bulls, why don’t the county commissioners put a muzzle on them? Their stuff is way out of control. Why should I give my ... and I rescued one from the humane society, so that’s that.”
— Hagerstown

“This is on the pension fund that the state of Maryland just passed, is going to vote a pension over on the counties. I see the first thing the Washington County Commissioners, some of them want to do, Greg Murray and them, first thing they want to do is talk about raising property taxes. Hey, you school board people, you’re the ones who hired people and gave pay raises out, and the county commissioners keep hiring and keeps spending money. ... So you don’t need to raise property taxes.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to say a word of thanks to our troops, and for everyone to remember our veterans from our past wars and conflicts that we’ve been involved in. Today marks the 68th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, and I just thought I should send that out there. We got al-Qaida’s second-in-command, by the way, and that was a big thing. We got bin Laden, now we got the second-in-command. Thanks to the troops for what they do, and protecting our country and keeping us free, because they deserve it.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about ... in the newspaper, The Herald-Mail, on Wednesday, about ‘County to cut nurses program to pay (teacher) pension costs.’ Why is everybody always cutting things that have to do with health, the children and law enforcement? This is ridiculous. I think the county needs to step back and take a look at what they’re spending for, and run their county budget like a household budget. If you can’t afford, you gotta save up for it. And if they want to cut stuff, why don’t they give up some of their pension?”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to send out a thank you to the Hub Opera Ensemble and Hagerstown Community College for a terrific performance of ‘Carmen.’ Washington County is very lucky to have such talent in our area.”
— Hagerstown

“What’s the difference between Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Martin O’Malley of Maryland? Scott Walker knows how to govern. He knows how to make tough decisions. He doesn’t fall on his sword for special interests. Martin O’Malley does. He governs to those who want to fill his pockets for — and the special interests. So what do you say, Marylanders?”
— Hagerstown

“The county is going to cut the school nurses program to pay for teacher pension costs? Give me a break. Where they should make cuts is the administrative salaries out there at the BOE. Those administrators out there, well, over the years, I’d say probably over the last 15 years, their salaries have increased approximately 20 ... This is just one taxpayer’s opinion. The administrative salaries should have been cut before anything else. We need nurses.”
— Hagerstown

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