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Mail Call - July 6

July 06, 2012

“It is interesting to see the property rights folks and the tea party are all in a dither about the bike hike trail, particularly since they’ve been almost silent on the stadium. But what’s really interesting is that by advocating taking essentially public land that is front of their houses, and demanding to use it for their own personal use, it amounts to a private taking of property that the rest of us have paid for. I think that’s pushing the property rights thing a little bit far. Maybe I could stake a claim on Main Street, since it runs in front of my house.”

— Keedysville



“I think taxes in our small rural community are really getting too high. We are paying $65 more than last year, and I think that is a lot of money, when gas and food and everything else is high. Everything is really getting out of control.”

— Funkstown



“The Hagerstown caller who claims that Fast and Furious was started by President Bush could not be more wrong. President Bush implemented Project Gunrunner, which was done in partnership with the Mexican government ... guns involved, all with tracking chips. This enabled the capture of hundreds of terrorists. When the terrorists started removing the chips, the program was discontinued. ‘Fast and Furious’ was implemented by the Obama administration. Four thousand guns ‘walked’ into Mexico, with no way to trace them.”

— Clear Spring



“Well, the Supreme Court has spoken on Obamacare. I don’t agree with it, but it’s the law of the land. But to you President Obama lovers who have fallen for this snake oil salesman stuff, pitch on health care, here in a couple years when you start paying big fines and taxes, you’re going to realize that the president sold you a bill of goods, and you fell for it.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, at first, they say ‘Save the Bay’ and all this — why not save the Washington County taxpayers? Here the city is raising the water rates again, and the county, some of the county residents have to be hooked to that, and then the city turns around and wants to borrow the county reserve, for a ball stadium which will benefit the downtown area, won’t benefit us at all, and they want to build it in a place they shouldn’t build it. They have property where it could be built and not disturb people’s homes or businesses.”

— Washington County



“Tim Rowland’s column titled ‘Today a minority, tomorrow an American,’ was an unfair and despicable character assassination of Del. Neil Parrott. Nowhere in the article is the term ‘illegal’ used before the words ‘immigration’ or ‘immigrant.’ He painted Del. Parrott as a racist against minorities, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Del. Parrott is concerned only with the illegal immigrants and the expense to taxpayers. Immigration is a good thing when entering the country legally. Tim Rowland owes Del. Parrott a public apology.”

— Hagerstown



“Tim Rowland is so far out in left field that he does not even know the game’s score. ... He’s claiming illegals are only here to pick strawberries and work on roof jobs no one else wants. It’s a plus, he says, because they contribute to our baby boomers’ Social Security (children of World War II veterans, that is.) He has completely lost the fact that all American citizens want is for all immigrants, from wherever, to have papers on their side of the border before they cross to our side of the border. Legal immigrants are welcome, Tim, no matter their color or the slant of their eyes.”

— South Hagerstown



“July 1 Callaham article, ‘Let’s talk stadium,’ sees downtown Hagerstown’s economy ready to explode with the addition of a stadium. Facts: The rest of the season sees the Suns in town for 31 home games, with 27 starting around 7:05 p.m. Average minor league game lasts 2 1/2 to three hours. That gets the spectator out of the stadium at 9:35 or 10:05. Observation: The only things downtown Hagerstown is good for at that time of night is to get mugged or get out of.”

— Keedysville



“Where do all these people come from who want to have taxes raised more on everything? We have gotten our water, health care, gas, sales, taxes all raised and, maybe in future bank transactions will be taxed as well. If Bush taxes go, our income tax will go up, and those who tax and spend keep getting re-elected. We have learned nothing from Europe. Guess I’ll have to learn to speak Greek.”

— Hagerstown

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