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Mail Call - July 2

July 01, 2012

“Your articles about the public meeting in Boonsboro are unbelievable, and completely biased toward the proponents. That room was packed full of angry homeowners who were completely opposed to the rail trail. Anyone who went to that meeting knows the truth, no matter how you try to slant it. Your article of June 22 mentioned only one person who was opposed, whereas you included in that article five people who were proponents of the proposal. Where is the truth in your journalism, Herald-Mail?”
— Keedysville


“At the rail trail meeting on Thursday night, three-quarters of those attending raised their hands as being opposed to the trail, but the article ... the next day made no mention of that. In fact, the headline stated ‘Area residents’ opinions fall on both sides of proposed rail trail.’ This is very misleading, as is the article in Saturday’s newspaper titled, ‘Some residents support Civil War Railroad Trail plan,’ and then went on to quote four people in favor of the plan, and only one opposed.”
— Sharpsburg


“Here we go again, The Herald-Mail’s reporting on the rail trail controversy is being spun to mislead the public. At the meeting on Thursday evening in Boonsboro, the opponents far outnumbered those who want a biking trail to advance their hobby. An attendee had asked for a show of hands. You would never know that from The Herald-Mail’s coverage of the meeting.”
— Keedysville


“Regarding the rail trail, I won’t even call it a ‘Civil War’ rail trail, because it has nothing to do with the Civil War. That is a marketing ploy being used to confuse the public, to support a group of self-centered individuals who desire to have yet another bike trail. Really? The county nor the state have enough money to properly pave and maintain our roads and bridges, but you want us to pave you another bike trail option from Hagerstown to Weverton, which will not only come in contact with the prison, but will run adjacent to and through many individuals’ and farmers’ properties. Additionally, at a cost of an estimate of $16 million, I could think of far better things we can spend our money on.”
— Keedysville


“The argument for a rail trail boils down to this: Exercise is good, people don’t exercise enough, and the trail would provide a place to exercise. But it doesn’t address the actual questions, some of which are: What would the trail really cost? (Multiples of the projected $16 million.) Are there better uses for our tax money? (Yes. Anybody can name several. Fix my cracked asphalt road, for one.) Would the trail go through people’s property, violate their privacy and lower their property values? (You bet.) I ask these pro-trail people: Can you show one speck of evidence that having a new trail would cause anyone to begin exercising?”
— Rohrersville


“Before pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers and shepherds were singled out as mean, destructive dogs. All dogs, just like humans, have different personalities, likes and dislikes. Just as it is a parent’s responsibility to watch their children, it is the same for a dog owner. It is against the law to discriminate against those of certain race and disabilities, so why are we doing it to our dogs? To some of you, a dog is just a dog. To others, like myself, they are my family, my child.”
— Clear Spring


“I have a question I hope somebody can help me answer. How much money, for a family of four to be considered middle class? Nobody seems to know. I hope somebody has an answer for me.”
— Hagerstown

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