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Mail Call - Aug. 1

July 31, 2012

“I’m a Pennsylvanian who grew up watching Penn State, watched the program rise, become better and better. I watched administration that was reactive and not proactive, and right now I see people being reactive, and removing Joe Pa’s statue under the guise of being proactive. OK, let’s tear down a statue. How does that serve the thousands of students and people who’ve been influenced positively by Penn State University, and Joe Paterno? Now when I look at the empty space where Paterno’s statue was, all I can think of is the Sandusky stain. So what was gained by removing his statue?”
— Hagerstown

“There’s a penalty in football for piling on. The NCAA is guilty of piling on Penn State.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“The penalties assessed against Penn State University are way too lenient. That football program should be shut down, dismantled, for a period of at least five years.”
— Fayetteville, Pa.

“I just want to say that the Ag Expo and Fair at the ag education center is amazing, and I have had such a wonderful time.”
— Hagerstown

“Got our tax bill. We are both in our mid-80s and trying to hold on to our home. The taxes take a whole month and a half of our entire income. Cannot get any relief or help on these taxes. I wish the county would buy my house for the amount they have it assessed at. The recent sales price is much lower than the assessed amount.”
— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown caller, how do you know that Mitt Romney’s paying his fair share of taxes? He’s got tax havens all over the place, and out of this country, you don’t need to pay the taxes on them. That’s why he doesn’t want to show his tax returns. Why do you think Sen. McCain didn’t pick him as a running mate when he saw those tax returns? And it’s a disgrace. Obama is the only one that they’ve clamored after.”
— Hagerstown

“The question is rhetorical. Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Are you getting more interest on your bank deposits, are you making money on your 401(k)s? The answer is no, and anyone that votes for the Obama presidency should seek psychiatric help.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about the PONY team asking for funds from the county to go to California. The funds are being asked for the families to go to California. If the families want to go, they should provide their own transportation, and they should have to pay for their own lodging and meals. County taxpayers should not have to pay for families to go see their kids play ball. ... Have fundraisers; put it on your credit card, pay it off; don’t go. But it’s not fair to expect taxpayers to have to pay for it.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I discuss the upcoming election in November for president with quite a few people, and I’ve heard a lot of comments that people will say; ‘I’m afraid of Romney, I don’t like Obama, but I’m afraid to vote for Romney.’ Why would you be afraid to vote for Romney? Look at what you’ve got now. Four more years of Obama and this country’s gonna be really, really, really, really in terrible shape. So I’m not a bit afraid of Romney, and I don’t care how rich he is or where his money’s at.”
— Sharpsburg

“The commissioners made the right call on the rail trail. It would have been irresponsible to take taxpayer money for a feasibility study when there are preliminary questions that need to be answered (which would not be answered by a feasibility study). As the Washington County Mail Caller from Monday’s paper astutely said, we need to forget about adding to what we have until we can take care of what we have already. And we don’t even have the money to do that.”
— Keedysville

“I strongly suggest that the Washington County Commissioners, and even the City of Hagerstown, consider making a contribution to the Hagerstown PONY League for their travel to California for the PONY League World Series. The precedent was established the past four years that the commissioners, and the city, at different times, have helped other youth athletic organizations, and I personally feel what’s fair for one is fair for the other.”
 — Hagerstown

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