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Mail Call - Aug. 9

August 09, 2012

“Well, I guess the word is out on the street, that the school board is paying $1.5 million for a property that was recently bought for $500,000. Hmm, local builder, developer, who also sells buildings to the county for triple profits, and a golfing buddy friend of Mayor Bruchey. Something smells. It usually does, and it’s not a skunk.”

— Washington County



“I like the Food section in The Herald-Mail, because I love to try new recipes. There’s only one thing that concerns me, and that is a lot of the recipes themselves are full of cups of sugar, sticks of butter; everything that could eventually hook you up to a cardiac machine. A recipe I read today in the paper called for three cups sugar, two cups of butter. Come on now, let’s encourage healthier eating by putting healthier recipes in the Food section of The Herald-Mail.”

— Clear Spring



“Once again, I see another baseball league is asking for money. Taxpayers’ money should not be used to send players’ parents on a vacation. Why can’t each year all these leagues, Little, PONY, etc., put, say, a thousand dollars into a fund at a bank? Then when a team qualifies for something above a regional tournament, they can draw out of these funds. If no one qualifies to use it, then each year this money would accumulate. Players’ use only, receipt mandatory to receive these funds.”

— Hagerstown



“This is to Roscoe Bartlett and his cronies who called me two times in two days, with the same exact message, about Congress being broken. I want them ... to stop calling. And because of that, I won’t vote for him this year. I am so sick of all these phone calls coming in. Please tell them to stop calling. He will not get my vote this year.”

— Leitersburg



“Read in the paper where the tip-jar money’s less to distribute this year. Well, duh. You people got what you wanted. You’re not allowed to smoke in clubs or bars or anything. Pretty soon you won’t be allowed to smoke in your own house. When people went out to drink, what’d you think they were going to do? People are not going to go out if they can’t smoke. Who wants to stand out in 10-degree weather? Talk about being discriminated against. The crazies always get their way, because they always holler the loudest. Well, less smoke, less money.”

— Hagerstown



“I’ve been saying for years that the police need to sit on the interstates at the exit ramps and ticket those who fail to yield, because a tragedy was going to happen. So, in Wednesday’s paper on Aug. 1, a motor vehicle accident where an 80-some-year-old lady was killed. ... Why can’t they put cameras up and fine each person at least $100? People don’t even know what that sign means anymore. I would sue the Maryland State Police for failing to keep the highways safe.”

— Hagerstown



“I was reading the article about the Fairplay fire company. Well, I think it’s pretty bad when the county commissioners don’t give a fire company the option to stay open, when it’s a volunteer fire company, and do what they did to it. I really think it’s unfair. I hope this is put in, and Fairplay, I wish you all the luck in the world, because you’re a fantastic fire company.”

— Hagerstown



“Sorry to see Brownsville post office close, and nice article in reference to that, but people in America have to wake up. The free ride is over. The post office is losing money, and you can’t keep all these post offices open. People are buying stamps online, everybody’s getting direct deposit on their Social Security checks and government checks. So folks, wake up, the days have ended, and online is killing everybody.”

— Leitersburg



“I’m not concerned about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. I’m more concerned about President Obama covering up Fast and Furious, documents that will prove that his administration is involved in corruption and cover-up. I’m also not concerned about the rich paying taxes. They do pay taxes. The problem is we have 50 percent of this country paying no taxes, and getting all the benefits from the taxpayers who do.”

— Hagerstown



“I see where all sorts of people are now responding to the president’s speech about government helping business, with claims that they built their business with their own two hands, and that they didn’t get any help, and the government has no role. My question is, why then do we see government-funded marketing strategies, why do we see economic development commissions, why are we paying tax incentives and taxpayer subsidies, to all these businesses that got built without any help? Maybe we’ll get that money back when Mitt Romney becomes president.”

— Keedysville



“In answer to the Hagerstown caller’s rhetorical question: Yes, I am better off now than four years ago. During that time, I’ve bought a house, thanks to President Obama’s $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers. I’ve gotten a newer car, and due to an increase in demand in business at work, I’ve gotten a raise, just this year. I understand everyone else is not as fortunate as I; however, I would never presume to answer for everyone else, nor suggest anyone who isn’t like me needs psychiatric attention. However, some people should seek it.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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