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Mail Call - June 21

June 21, 2012

“This is just to congratulate Sam Turnbull. What a great guy, great personality, and a wonderful representative for The Herald-Mail. Good luck, Sam. You deserve all the fun you can gather.”

— Chambersburg, Pa.


“You know, I’ve been hearing this Syria bit over there, and I think it’s a terrible shame that anybody would have the courage to go out and kill children the way they do. But all these right-wing talk show hosts and the Republicans want President Obama to go to war. Haven’t we been in enough stupid wars over the last couple years that we don’t need to go into another country?”

— Hagerstown


“In the recent article in our newspaper on reducing pollution to the bay, our mayor had the audacity to use the word ‘ridiculous.’ This is the same man who insists on building a stadium at the corner of Baltimore and Summit Avenue, against overwhelming objections by citizens to this site. This, Mr. Mayor, is where the word ‘ridiculous’ comes in.”

— Hagerstown


“On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, somebody got published in Mail Call, saying that they were wondering whether or not people would be interested in having peppermint creamer in their coffee, and this person wanted Mail Call readers to respond. I for one would really enjoy some peppermint creamer being put in my coffee.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“Someone called in and said they didn’t want President Obama in the White House, because we don’t want to end up like Greece and France. Well, if it wasn’t for President Obama and his stimulus plan, we’d be like European countries, Greece, Spain and France, couple of years back. He saved us. They got 20 percent unemployment. We only have 10.”

— Hagerstown


“In regards to the comment made about the beautiful trees, I was the one that called about the trees. I’m not suggesting that they have to use mulch, but something needs to be done, because there is paper, there are just weeds grown up beyond the trees, and they could plant something around them, because they are not pretty. I mean, it’s just very ugly to see those on the streets. So if you could do something about it, it would be great.”

— Hagerstown


“When I went to high school, went to school, we did not have nurses. My daughter went to school, she did not have nurses. When we got sick, they would send us home, or call our parents and they’d come after us. Now, it’s not a hospital, it’s a school, to learn. If the children get sick, send them home.”

— Washington County


“Property owners downtown are missing the opportunity to revive the center of town, with bicycle repair shops and bicycle rentals for all the bicycle riders using the lanes in the city, plus the thousands of people from out (of) town can rent them to get to the new stadium in the center of the city.”

— Hagerstown


“I would like to thank the county commissioners for cutting the school nurse program. It should not be the responsibility of the taxpayer to raise the children of others. It seems that in many cases all the parents do is make them, and then the taxpayer does the rest. Whatever happened to parents being responsible? If you can’t afford them, don’t have them. Now do the same to the stadium.”

— Clear Spring


“Our commissioners say we have no money for school nurses nor recycling. Amazing how quickly they found money for a new baseball stadium. Quite ironic.”

— Williamsport


“To the caller regarding Jefferson in Tuesday’s Mail Call: If he would read the book, ‘Jefferson Lies Exposed,’ by David Barton, and get the truth, he would better understand the falsehoods he is repeating about one of our greatest presidents. Please stop commenting out of ignorance. Get your facts straight before you write or call. Talking points are not facts; only the talking points that some people want you to believe. Dig deeper.”

— Hagerstown


“Good grief, I get my thing in the mail to go to the dump and get my sticker, go up there today, and they don’t even have stickers available. Isn’t that wonderful? And everything’s going to run out July 1. Come on, commissioners, get those stickers to the dump.”

— Clear Spring


“So we are going to have to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the Chesapeake Bay clean-up fund, and we have this enormous bill coming due for our wastewater treatment and sanitary. It’s unbelievable that Mr. Bruchey would be laughing at the city council meeting. This should be the last nail in the coffin of a stadium downtown.”

— Hagerstown


“Instead of the county commissioners voting to lend the city money to build a stadium or various things with county money, I believe that it should be on a referendum, to allow county residents to have a say in what’s used with their money, if it’s going to be donated, more or less, to the city. So therefore I feel that the county lending money for the ball stadium downtown ought to be put to the county residents who pay the majority of the taxes. Therefore the county commissioners ought to put it to the voters of Washington County, as to whether or not to lend the city money to buy buildings to build a ballpark downtown.”

— Washington County


“I have been following the school health issue in the newspaper, and happened to be at the county commissioners’ meeting the other evening, on another matter. It seems to me that while the county commissioners, the BOE and health department all blame each other, nothing is being settled, while these caring and wonderful women who provide health services for our children at a very minimal pay are being treated as pawns. If the BOE is going to pick up the bill, it seems to me that these women should be moved over to ... should pay the health department to provide services.”

— Hagerstown


“I can just see the trash cans in the school cafeterias being overflowing with leftovers, like portabello mushroom pizza, and all the vegetarian dishes that these children are supposed to eat. What happened to good old PBJ, and some other staples of life that served us seniors pretty well through the years? Come on, let’s get real.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m just wondering if anybody in Hagerstown or Washington County is ‘for’ anything. They’re always against any progress. They’re against the senior citizens center, they’re against the stadium. They’re against anything new. Some of these people are probably against changing clothes. Wake up, Washington County. You can’t continue to live in the 18th century.”

— Hagerstown


“I agree with whomever wrote in about the Sonic on the Dual Highway, who was the planner. It must have been the same one who planned the McDonald’s down here on the corner of Northern and Oak Hill Avenue. I just had to back up the whole way to Oak Hill Avenue, to let a truck come around that corner. I have gone down there and they have been backed up at the drive-in, clear across the entrance to the Long Meadow Shopping Center.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m wondering why everyone is pointing fingers at the commissioners for trying to balance the budget, when in fact they should be looking at the state of Maryland, who was the culprit in pushing the teachers’ pensions onto the county to begin with. The state should be funding it, and the state is the problem, not the county commissioners.”

— West Hagerstown


“All this hoopla about the nurses, $3.3 million for 76 employees ... for 180 school days. To round that off, if we have 20,000 students in school, let all the parents be assessed $16.50 per student for the nurse, for the year.”

— Leitersburg


“If you are a grandparent, and get a call that a grandchild is in trouble in a foreign country and needs you to send money, it is a scam. It was tried on me, and luckily, I was cautious and checked it out. This is serious.”

— Paramount


“I’d like to say ‘hats off’ to Judge Dwyer for giving a tough sentence to a Williamsport pedophile this week, of 20 years in prison. I applaud the judge’s outstanding courage, that crimes against children will not be tolerated.”

— McConnellsburg, Pa.

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