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Mail Call - May 26

June 26, 2012

“As a young fellow who plays Little League baseball, I was disappointed to learn that my home league softball team won their first game but was forced to go play at the losers’ field. I thought it was supposed to be about us kids.”

— Halfway



“Adults ruin sports for kids all the time. The latest victim is Halfway Little League girls softball.”

— Halfway



“If you are a Washington County citizen who has written negative letters or seen negative letters in Mail Call anytime in the past, I would like to challenge you to come to the Washington County senior center on Washington Street and participate in a town hall-style presentation of our senior center. There will be a PowerPoint presentation of some of the many activities we participate in. The presentation is on Wednesday, June 27, at 10 a.m.; a light lunch will be served at 11 a.m. All seniors are invited to attend. I discovered the center a year ago, and my quality of life has been greatly enhanced because of it.”

— Washington County



“I’m one of the school health nurses in Washington County who has lost my job. I’ve worked for the health department for five years. I am contractual. I have no benefits. I do not get paid when I’m off or when I’m sick. I have worked at the same elementary school for three years. I know my parents, the staff, the principal, the children, and everyone is comfortable with the nurse that is in these schools because we have such rapport with everyone involved.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I thought the responsibility of the public school system was to provide an education. When did it become its obligation to provide medical treatment for chronically ill students, and why should my taxes fund this?”

— Hagerstown



“I am completely opposed to the rail trail in South County. It is a waste of time and money. We have tons of recreational options in this part of the county, and we certainly don’t need another one. The county government should be spending its time and energy on more important matters.”

— Keedysville



“I can remember growing up — and I’ve always lived in Washington County — the butt of most of the jokes were West Virginians, and West Virginia in general. Now if we look around today, West Virginia has most of the high-tech jobs in the area. And also, what is really ironic, last week’s paper talked about our nurses here in Washington County having to be fired — because of greed — and in Sunday’s paper, a Jefferson County nurse gets a nice award. It just strikes me as very sad.”

— Hagerstown



“Call me insensitive or callous for this opinion, but my husband and I worked to put our four kids through college. We didn’t live in the shadows and avoid paying taxes. While living in California, we saw, every day, school buses go to the border and bring Mexican kids to school, where my daughter taught ESL, which is English as a Second Language. What child was ever denied health care? None that we ever heard of. My parents were legal immigrants, traveling to the promised land in steerage, from Europe.”

— Hagerstown



“Since we have so many ... people in the county that leave items visible in their vehicles, or leave their car doors unlocked, I think the police department, after investigating, should charge them a fee for the  hours of time that they took to investigate it and try to find their property. It is so stupid to leave things in your vehicle that’s visible for thieves, and also to leave your vehicle unlocked.”

— Washington County



“I can’t believe there wasn’t anything in the paper about the showman who walked the wire over Niagara Falls on Friday night. Now that is history. I can’t believe, I just can’t believe there was nothing in the newspaper about it. It was on the TV, but there wasn’t nothing in the newspaper about it, and I never miss the newspaper. I’m talking about Hagerstown’s newspaper.”

— Hagerstown



“I see in today’s paper where another shop is leaving the city of Hagerstown, to the outside of town, which is a shame. I wish that they would hurry up and build this stadium so that we can get all this new business downtown.”

— Halfway



“I graduated in 1962. In the three schools I went to, I never remember seeing a nurse. I don’t know what’s the matter with these people nowadays. They’re a bunch of wimps. Suck it up. Get on with life. Your taxes will be less.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to respond to a letter to the editor in Tuesday morning’s paper, ‘Taxes should reflect declining assessments.’ I agree with you 100 percent, Mr. Duffey. People’s lost 40, 50 percent value on their homes. Does that means we lost 50 percent on our life savings and everything? And if your home’s assessed value is dropped, your taxes ... and the city of Hagerstown and the Washington County Commissioners, they all need to straighten up a little bit. And like you said, the assessors will tell you anything. They’ll tell you anything about your house to keep your assessments up.”

— Hagerstown



“This man who killed this little girl, dismembered her body, and they give him life, he’s going to get three meals a day and a place to sleep. You take a life, you should give a life, and he was cruel.”

— Hagerstown



“Hagerstown caller, you claim back in the 1950s, women had no say in their own health care. Well, that’s not what I’ve been told by my mother, grandmother and numerous other women who actually lived in that decade. Calling them all liars, are you? Do you have any idea how laughable your claim is? Oh, wait, I forget, when you leftists talk about ‘women’s health care,’ you’re really referring only to abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control. Yes, that’s the propaganda code phrase you use because you’re afraid of the truth.”

— Frederick, Md.



“Now let me get this straight. Mitt Romney doesn’t like women, he hates illegals, he wants to throw people like me, and older than me, over a cliff. He likes muddy water and dirty air. Well, President Obama, who do you like, other than yourself? Because you definitely haven’t shown me anything in three-and-a-half years.”

— Williamsport



“Congratulations to Christiana Hess of Martinsburg, W.Va. What a beautiful example this young lady has set for all the youth that attend school in Hagerstown, Martinsburg or any of the areas. I am so pleased to see what a wonderful child this is, and I thank you very much, Christiana, for all that you do for others. I hope you have a wonderful life.”

— Hagerstown



“I have never seen such a jealous bunch of begrudging people as 50 percent of the people who use Mail Call are. This person will call in, and he’s jealous of a state worker who makes $35,000 a year, yet the person who’s calling might be making $70,000 a year on his job. Everybody else wants to get ahead, but they don’t want to see anybody else get ahead. I can’t understand it. And on top of that, what business is it of somebody else’s, who’s making the good living?”

— Sharpsburg



“I called in a few weeks — a few times, and asked you to print in the paper about using Central Chemical for the baseball stadium. ... Please print this.”

— Clear Spring



“Mr. Pittman of Hancock, thank you so much for trying to wake up the county commissioners, but I’m afraid they’re just like the rest of the government; it’s a lost cause. But we can change all that, come election day.”

— Hagerstown



“Note to Mayor Bruchey regarding The Herald-Mail article on June 15, regarding the stadium: ‘This project has potential to possibly transform our downtown.’ When spending millions of taxpayers’ money, I don’t want to hear the words ‘potential’ and ‘possibly.’ I want to hear guarantees. Another case of overpromising and underperforming.”

— Hagerstown



“Regarding landlords refusing to return security deposits, contact the Attorney General’s office, 301-791-4780, or www.oag.state.md.us, Publications & forms, Consumer Issues, Landlords and Tenants.”

— Hagerstown

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