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Mail Call - June 15

June 15, 2012

“I’m a 66-year-old senior, and I’d really like to see the senior center be built in downtown Hagerstown, but it really doesn’t matter a whole lot, because I’m going to be in the ground before they ever get it built.”

— Hagerstown



“Last year, in 2011, Don Munson was not at Cedar Lawn, but I was very happy to see him there this year. He is a good man, and he is 100-percent for our veterans. He is a great American. I was so happy he was at Cedar Lawn this year, at the memorial service.”

— Mount Lena



“Just wanted to — the layoff notices that have been sent to the school nursing employees, what a wonderful political ploy to waste time and money. I believe that the health officer that ordered this ought to have his pay docked, for all the efforts and time that’s going to be wasted by not communicating, and then putting this through.”

— Hagerstown



“People in Mail Call are complaining about a handful of city politicians deciding what a whole town wants. It’s called a democratic republic. That means you don’t make the decisions, but you elect someone else to make them for you. The trouble with that is, they can put you in the poorhouse before you can get rid of them.”

— South Hagerstown



“The Washington County Board of Commissioners should be ashamed of themselves. Reducing the budget which will eliminate nursing to public schools is a tragedy. We no longer have a public school system to be proud of. I hope this makes national news, and they apologize and find another way. I would gladly have my property taxes increase for the sake of the children and their worried parents.”

— Hagerstown



“I was just reading about the officers running with the Special Olympics. Just a week or so ago, the HPD played ball with a local elementary school. Thank you for letting our children see your people that care. And about the person complaining about the big blue bins on the streets, I’d rather see those big blue bins on the street any time, than open cans of trash, and bags of trash that sit on the street all week long.”

— Hagerstown



“All Maryland supporters of the Wisconsin voters of Scott Walker, be joyful of his win, in the recall that should have never taken place. I have always been opposed to the unions and thought they were wrong, when my husband got hooked into them and wished he would never have. And may Wisconsin prevail in November.”

— Boonsboro



“I’m sorry The Herald-Mail didn’t cover the CPWC dialogue between mayor-for-life Bruchey and candidate David Gysberts. You missed a good presentation by the two candidates, with a lot of interesting questions and most interesting answers, including the water that’s under your particular building, Herald-Mail. Did you sit it out purposely? Please try to cover more local events, even if you have to send a stringer. It would be appreciated.”

— Hagerstown



“I have to say that after reading some of the things that are coming out in regards to the new stadium for the Suns, to be built along Summit Avenue and Baltimore Street, I’m starting to wonder if it’s such a hot idea myself, because parking is an issue, and it would be expensive. Just want to throw that out there.”

— Hagerstown



“I think that everyone in the town of Funkstown should call Town Hall and protest against the property tax increase. I shouldn’t have to pay for the town employees’ health insurance. I cannot afford to buy my own, so I shouldn’t have to buy theirs. I am not being mean, just practical.”

— Funkstown



“So we can’t afford school nurses, but we can afford a baseball stadium and another trail (23 miles!) for biking fun. Give me a break. Can we recall our county commissioners?”

— Keedysville



“When is somebody going to protect the tenant, when these landlords keep everyone’s security deposit and never give it back, when there’s no damage to the house?”

— Hagerstown



“I think that the county commissioners have done a huge dishonor to the health department, in not funding the school health program. Not only is the dishonor to the health department, but it is to students and parents in Washington County. The health department has trained and supervised staff in the schools for many, many years and has done a wonderful job. That is their profession, to take care of the health needs of the community. I believe the BOE should tend to its main responsibility, which is educating the students.”

— Smithsburg



“To the Sharpsburg resident complaining of the state employee pay raise: You do realize we will pay extra tax as well, right? Why don’t you search a little further and see how much ‘your’ taxes goes to the criminals we watch, so that they can ‘pay their debt to society’? It will make you physically ill. So instead of bashing the working man, tell the caring state of Maryland representatives to stop giving the inmates everything they want for free.”

— Williamsport       



“Mrs. Callaham is a typical politician. They cut out $3 million to pay the school nurses, and then want to blame the layoffs on Mr. Stoner. That would take a detective to understand why they have to lay people off, because of her, the county commissioner, voted not to fund the position.”


— Hagerstown

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