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Mail Call - July 5

July 05, 2012

“Thumbs up toThe Herald-Mailfor warning me that Gov. O’Malley would be in attendance at Antietam’s Salute to Independence on July 7. I would rather take a stick in the eye than listen to him narrate Copland’s orchestral work. Again, thank you for saving my evening.”

— Fairplay


“This is for the caller from Halfway who is a state employee. You are not getting a $750 pay cut. Beginning in July of 2011, you received a $750 bonus, which was spread out over the course of one year, that ends at the end of this June. Beginning in January of 2013, you will receive a pay raise of 2 percent, which we know is much-deserved, and has been approved by our state legislature. Misinformed state employees like you contribute to an already bad working environment. Perhaps you should be better informed before you call the newspaper complaining.”

— Williamsport


“Concerning cleaning up the bay, well, first of all, instead of everybody having to keep paying and paying for flushing their commode, they need to severely fine all the companies you see on the computer that are dumping stuff into the tributaries that contribute to the Chesapeake Bay. You’d be shocked, if you go on the computer and find how many companies are still continuing to dump into the bay. They’re catching them, but the fines are minimal, compared to the money these companies make. Get the companies and fine them.”

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— Hagerstown


“Just wondering why, in the last six months or longer, there have been no advertisements for golden retrievers. Has something happened to the breed, or are they being downplayed? There for a while, every paper you picked up had three or four ads for goldens, and now there are none. I wonder if somebody could tell me why they’ve dropped out of the picture.”

— Clear Spring area


“I’m calling about the recycling bins at Maugansville Ruritan. I was on my way to my son-in-law’s, to keep my two grandchildren, thought I’d take my recycling bags with me and drop them off. According to the sign, it was to be removed June 30. It’s cleaner than a whistle. Guess I brought my five bags home when I brought my grandkids home, and guess where they’re going.”

— Washington County


“June 28, 2012, 10:15 a.m., a great day to be American. The Supreme Court has made it possible that people won’t die because of having pre-existing illness.”

— Clear Spring


“My prediction on the senior center, to be located at HCC, will not be patronized by seniors, and will eventually wind up being a free gift to HCC.”

— Williamsport


“Please tell me why I would want to pay for a permit to recycle. Now all I have to do is not use my water to rinse the cans and bottles, and I will just throw my recycling in my trash and fill up the landfill, along with all my newspapers. I think our county commissioners and county administrator. ... This county is really changing.”

— Williamsport


“The story on the proposed senior center at HCC confirmed most seniors will not travel out there. The commissioners should have used one of the many empty buildings that have ample parking, and not spend millions. I will not vote for anyone who is in favor of HCC site for seniors, or the downtown stadium.”

— Hagerstown


“A Mail Caller wrote, ‘How would you feel if you had a child born with diabetes, asthma, or a heart problem, and needed medication on a daily basis?’ Well, I would take responsibility for my child, make sure that they were receiving the inoculations or medication that they needed, without asking other taxpayers. I would find someone who would go there and give the medicine.”

— Washington County


“What I’m calling in about today is, the health care bill has been passed by the Supreme Court. What I would like to know is, everybody has to buy insurance now. Suppose there is a poor person out there who cannot afford it, and then they get a hefty fine. What good does it do to put people in jail because they can’t buy health insurance?”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


“Well, I just saw where the Supreme Court passed Obamacare, which is fine with me, because I have Medicare, I have my secondary; it’s Tri-Care, because I’m retired military. But it says everyone is going to have to pay. Does that mean the 49 percent of the people who don’t pay any taxes at all, are they’re going to have to start chipping in to help? And the people on welfare, are they going to have to start chipping in to help? If anyone knows the answer, could you please call Mail Call and leave a response.”

— Williamsport


“I’d just like to welcome everyone to the new affordable health care tax act, as now promoted by the Democratic government.”

— Hedgesville, W.Va.


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