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Mail Call - June 22

June 22, 2012

“I’m calling in about the senior citizens building being built at HCC. I am really confused over that. I thought that a lot of people didn’t want it out there, but I guess I’m wrong, according to William K. Beard Jr., in today’s paper, property committee chairman, Washington County Commission on Aging. He says that that’s where they want it to be ... I am no one that’s going to drive out to HCC, with the problems I have.”

— Hagerstown



“I don’t think that school nurses are necessary. My generation didn’t have them, and we all survived. I think the health needs of the children should be taken care of by the parents and the family doctor. People today expect too many freebies.”

— Hagerstown



“We just received our landfill permit bill, with a charge for recyclables on it. Forget it. We will take our newspapers, No. 1 and 2 plastics, aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, to ARC, which is located out by Western Heights Middle School. It will help the young people with work. The rest will go in with the garbage.”

— Huyetts



“I lived in Hagerstown most of my life, but I’ll never understand the people that call in to Mail Call here. Most of them vote Republican, they hate government health care, they don’t like President Obama, but the minute the school lays off health workers, they complain. What do they think health workers are? They are government health care. Also, if they touch their Medicare, they complain. That’s also government health care. These people make no sense, and I just don’t understand how they can support Republicans.”

— Hagerstown



“The clock is ticking on minor league baseball in our community, and the mayor and other elected officials are fumbling the ball. Their insistence on a downtown sports venue is shortsighted as well as ill-advised. The Suns owner has made it perfectly clear that he envisions more than just a sports stadium. He wants a sports complex, so where is the room for expansion to that, if the current site under consideration is chosen? Maybe if you tear down the entire downtown there might be room. Not a bad idea, actually.”

— Hagerstown



“I went to the flag ceremony yesterday, and as a veteran, I’d like to say that it was wonderful for Abigail Nigh to sing the national anthem the way it is supposed to be sung. Kudos to her, and may God bless her.”

— Hagerstown



“It’s a scary scenario when officers need to fire 33 rounds into one guy. Can’t they hit their target, or do they just want to prove a point?”

— Smithsburg



“This is in regards to the little small parks they’re putting throughout the city. The idea sounds real nice, and maybe they will be, but my God, you’re building these on the busiest streets in Hagerstown. I certainly hope you’re going to put fences around these parks. If not, it’s just a matter of time, these kids will run out into these busy streets and get run over.”

— Hagerstown



“I always like to hear about England’s royal family. Does anyone know whether Prince William will be king, instead of Prince Charles? If anyone has an answer, please write in.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in regard to the Herald-Mail editorial on Friday, June 15, about preserving the bay. It seems that the U.S.’s EPA says that Washington County needs to invest $1.1 billion in water protection upgrades, to meet upcoming EPA standards. Well, this is another reason for Maryland to secede from the U.S. This country has become just unbelievable. Let’s get back to being sensible. I think ‘Maryland’ would make a name of a nice country.”

— Washington County



“Thanks to the mayor and council, this bike race here, this is a Friday night, June 15, there’s a bike race in Hagerstown, it’s got traffic all (messed) up. I’ve been sitting on Walnut lane for at least 25 minutes. There’s a cop straight ahead of me, he’s doing nothing. He hasn’t done anything to help this traffic. The traffic is a bomb right there at Walnut and West Washington Street, and I’d like to thank the mayor and council, because it’s their bright idea to cause all this problem.”

— Hagerstown



“You know, I’m getting tired of my country being led by elected leaders who listen to a few people, and not the majority of the people. This stuff’s getting old. Our country’s being given away.”

— Sharpsburg



“I am calling about not having school nurses in our schools. I, too, have children who attend a small school close to Mount Lena. I cannot even imagine my children not seeing their nurse every day. She is so kind and so considerate. She always has a smile and a hug for everyone. I do not know what the public can do to try to change these people’s minds. Please remember to bring back our nurses. God bless them all.”

— Washington County

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