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Mail Call - June 14

June 14, 2012

“I would like to know how the state of Maryland and the Washington County Commissioners can vote to eliminate all the health care workers in the local school system, but support building a stadium for a baseball team that may or may not be here in two years. It is nice to know that in the minds of our local politicians, our children’s welfare and the dedicated employees who support them are an afterthought.”

— Hagerstown



“In every poll taken on the proposed sites for the senior center and the new stadium, it’s pretty much 80 percent or more against both. Our county commissioners and city council, especially our mayor, don’t seem to hear us, but I assure you all, you will hear us come election day. If I’m wrong about being against both or even one of these places, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. But if our elected officials are wrong, will they admit it? I think not.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like somebody to explain to me, in Mail Call or a letter to the editor, how Republicans get people to vote against their own interests, time after time after time ... I mean, they come flat-out and say they’re going to cut Medicare, they’re going to cut Social Security, they’re going to put you all on a voucher system. They’re eating away women rights, and they flat-out tell you they’re doing it, and yet the women vote them in office. The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Amazing.”

— Hagerstown



“Barack Obama, president of the U.S., had said in his Memorial Day speeches that the government, the U.S. government, was going to make it up to the Vietnam vets in the next 13 years, that they were going to help us and do things for us, and make it right that we weren’t treated right when we come back from Vietnam. When is it going to happen, where’s it going to happen, and what is it going to be? Barack Obama, president, what’s he going to do for the veterans, or is this just another empty promise?”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“My comment is to the person who said, ‘Last week the Suns played Greensboro in Hagerstown, before 622 people. Last night, the Suns played in Greensboro, where the attendance was 2,981. What does that tell you?’ What that tells me is that the Greensboro Grasshoppers built a brand-new stadium in the 2006-2007 season, downtown Greensboro, and created an entertainment district around the ball park. That’s the reason there are only 600 at Hagerstown’s stadium, and nearly 3,000 in Greensboro: A brand-new stadium downtown.”

— Maugansville



“Your editorial cartoon of June 1 has to be one of the most stupid of all. The only answer to Greece or the eurozone economy is austerity. Plain English: You can’t spend your way to prosperity. To imply that watching spending with Romney will put us in hock is stupid.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“President Roosevelt did not mean for government workers to have unions. He wanted unions to help the factory worker that worked 16 hours a day, for very little. Most private industry now does not have unions, but all government workers do have unions. These unions demand more and more money and benefits our states cannot afford.”

— Williamsport



“My wife and I attended the baccalaureate services at North High on Thursday night, and those kids did an excellent job, the graduates. They talked a lot about the Bible and about God, and I’m just so happy that they haven’t been intimidated to forget about God, as a lot of people would want to happen. They had a wonderful service, it was very good, very entertaining, and it was just a pleasure to be there. I’m so proud of those kids. I hope they all do lots of good things with their life.”

— Sharpsburg



“I’d like to reply to the useless loser, who, rather than feeling shame and embarrassment about living off the government and spending their days fishing, chose to boast about it. I’m sure they’ve never left Hagerstown and never will, other than appearances on the Jerry Springer show. I mean, have you ever imagined what the world would be like if everyone were like you, if there were no doctors, soldiers, teachers or farmers? If you like to boast about this so much, why not call back and tell us your name?”

— Hagerstown



“So the Sonic wasn’t supposed to cause any traffic hang-ups, yet there’s cars lined up 10, 12 deep, to make a right turn into the restaurant, some thinking they’re at the right turn at the light, and then pulling right in front of those of us coming down the Dual Highway. An accident is just waiting to happen. I don’t know what our planners get paid, but even $1 a year is way too much.”

— Hagerstown

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