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Mail Call - June 27

June 27, 2012

“Dear Washington County Commissioners: This email is to formally declare my opposition to the proposed biking trail from Hagerstown to Weverton. I am unable to attend the meeting scheduled for June 21 in Boonsboro, Md., where I could declare my opposition in person. I agree with the position of Taxpayers and Homeowners for Common Sense, P.O. Box 2, Keedysville, MD 21756.”

— Hagerstown



“The only thing that keeps me in the state of Maryland is the fact that I can’t sell my home for what it is worth. Gov. O’Malley has totally ruined the state, by making it so anti-business, anti-jobs, etc. But at least we’re getting a clean bay, that really benefits the people of Western Maryland.”

— Boonsboro



“It seems that this upcoming election is about two things: You become a Democrat, and live off of government money, or become a Republican, and live off your own money.”

— State Line, Pa.



“Now, I know none of you is going to believe this ... but we’re drilling more now than we ever have in the history of the U.S. Yes, yes, friends, President Obama has us drilling more oil than we ever have in the history of this country. So your theory of ‘Drill, baby, drill,’ is just stupid.”

— Hagerstown



“I see the county made another brilliant move. Those who want to recycle must pay to do so. Those who want to put recyclables in the landfill can do so at no extra charge. What would you like to bet there’s going to be a big drop in recycling?”

— Hagerstown



“There’s something wrong with this picture. I just saw an ad on TV where it was advertising a vehicle that’s getting 35 miles to a gallon. Big deal. I got a Chevy Geo that’s 20 years old that gets 50 miles to a gallon. So what’s happening here? If we was getting 50 miles to a gallon 20 years ago, we ought to be getting 75 miles to a gallon now.”

— Sharpsburg



“I can’t believe on the front page of your paper today, they are wasting our time and effort to have an article about a same-sex marriage. What kind of news is that? Man, I can’t wait until we overturn this stupid policy this state has come through with these lousy people we have put in office.”

— Hagerstown



“Why is it when President Obama attends a fundraiser, he’s there with contributors, wealthy, wealthy, contributors, wealthy supporters, and when a Republican goes to a fundraiser, they’re always supported by fat cats? I don’t understand the difference there.”

— Hagerstown



“It is my opinion that those in leadership with the city of Hagerstown have a disease called ‘tunnel vision,’ building a stadium at any cost. Why must the stadium be built in the heart of downtown? As it is, nearly every Friday evening, it’s almost impossible to get through the downtown area, because of ... I can only imagine the congestion and frustration for blocks surrounding the new stadium.”

— Hagerstown



“People of Washington County, don’t confuse the county commissioners’ funding decisions to help everyone in Washington County, versus funding decisions that only help a small segment. Students who need maintenance help with their medicines or their other issues, health issues, should pay for those issues. They should not require all of us to help pay for their health.”

— Washington County



“It looks like we’re heading for another Watergate thing, with the president trying to cover up Eric Holder’s involvement in that Fast and Furious thing. I think it’s something where all the information needs to come out, and the president is trying to cover his own butt. I think he has a lot more than he wants anyone to know.”

— Williamsport



“You have to buy a dump sticker for your trash. They want you to recycle, but now it will cost another $36 to do that. What’s next, county?”

— Sharpsburg



“In Sunday’s Herald-Mail, there was a police log. Reading through it, one found out that the majority of police calls were caused by domestic violence. While I am certain that both the male and female were involved in the violence, I think the controlling factor was the male. As a man, you have to be above all that foolishness.”

— Halfway



“Somebody want to tell me what’s wrong with the American, U.S. drivers here, that they can’t stay on their own side of the road? Is it medical reasons? Is it personal business, that they’re looking at something in the vehicle, or is it just text messaging and talking on the phone? This has got to stop, people. You’re killing one another. I don’t want to die. Do you?”

— Hancock



“My comment’s about the stadium downtown. You know, they say follow the money. I think it’s great that they’re going to build a stadium downtown using everybody’s money to help clean up downtown Hagerstown, and maybe we can put another bar or two down there and support them a little bit more, too. Everybody needs help, so let’s just follow the money and see who really benefits, buying new property, and make the landlords richer, and the property owners.”

— Hagerstown



“If you listen to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News network, or any other primary news station, you will find that all the experts in finance, medicine, science, human behavior, stocks, retirement funds, foreign affairs and so forth, are female. We have the wrong people running for president.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“It is time the American people march on Washington, and take those Republicans and the tea ... by the shirt collar and the seat of the pants and pitch them down the Capitol steps. All they do is ruin — all they have done is ruin our country since they have taken office.”

— Berlin, Md.



“How come the man that started this Fast and Furious fiasco, how come he wasn’t in front of the Congress? Oh, that’s right, he was a Republican, and he was a Bushy. That’s right, Republicans do no wrong.”

— Hagerstown



“The fact of this new stadium that Mr. Bruchey is going to build is that they’re going to tear down a brand-new building that we have just bought and then completely redone, so that the county can be in it. Someone’s going to have to buy a new building or build a new building for the county to be in. Is that going to be the taxpayers, Mr. Bruchey?”

— Boonsboro



“This is on the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. I see where the state of Maryland and federal government and are demanding the Chesapeake Bay cleanup be kicked in a little harder, and the mayor of Hagerstown said the cost of it is ridiculous. And this is a response to the person in the paper on Thursday, in Mail Call. I’ll back the mayor 100 percent. It is ridiculous. You aren’t going to clean this Chesapeake Bay up. There’s too many cities and counties and everything going into it. You want to clean the bay up, use the convicts out of the prisons. Let them clean it up.”

— Hagerstown



“I just got the news, we got a $750 pay cut this year. I’m a state employee. Good for the Hagerstown employees that got a $1,000 bonus last year that they got taken away. They got, they still got the bonus back of $1,000, and plus they got a 2-percent pay raise this year. I’m happy for them. I wish I worked for the city instead of the state. Fourth year in a year, $750 pay cut. I need the money, so do the all the other state employees, but I have to put up with it.”

— Halfway



“I’m reading the paper today, and I came across Leonard Pitts’ article regarding, ‘Can’t we all just get along?,’ Rodney King’s story, and I felt it was a compelling story and well-written. I enjoy reading Leonard Pitts’ commentaries. I especially like the comment, ‘Shakespeare put wisdom in the mouths of fools. The fool could get away with saying what others could not.’”

— Smithsburg



“You don’t have to do recycling if you don’t want to. They sent notices out. All you have to do is call Town Hall at 301-432-5141, and option out and tell them your name and address, and you don’t have to do recycling.”

— Boonsboro

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