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Mail Call - Aug. 10

August 10, 2012

“This is in regards to a letter on Thursday, Aug. 2, about teachers getting more money for the job they’re supposed to be doing. First of all, this money is being paid to these teachers and administrators for participating in a specific program to make them better qualified at what they do. Second of all, the county has no control over this money. This money comes from a grant, not taxpayers’ general fund. So they need to have a better understanding.”
— Hagerstown


“The tax assessment for July 1, 2012, devalued my market value by $32,000, yet the county raised my value by $41,000. The state decreased my value from the last assessment by $5,000, yet they said I lost my Homestead tax relief for 2012 because my home market value dropped, so they felt they needed to increase my tax base by $41,000. Has anybody noticed this on your assessment bills or your tax? I am paying more taxes this year than I was last year. I’m on a fixed income, and they seem to think they can interpret it to do away with the Homestead.”
— Keedysville area


“Calling in a bomb hoax, hoax threat, hoax, should get five years or more, no parole, any age.”
— Hagerstown


“Typical Washington County: I see that they have had the Pen Mar property since 1998, and nothing has happened with it yet. Did anyone ever take in consideration maybe they have the wrong people running this project? Another opportunity gone down the drain because Washington County can’t make wise decisions.”
— Williamsport


“I just can’t believe it. I walk through the park over at Marty Snook, every day. I also have had picnics at Marty Snook over there. Beautiful park and all, but when I saw what I saw this time, dogs in the park, walking, people going by getting sniffed at. Their leftover ... on the ground and all, for these here guys to even have to clean that mess up, even though there’s ... I can’t believe that when I go past these here pavilions I see booze cans setting all over the tables and stuff. The rule says none of that in the park because we know from having picnics in that there park.”
— Washington County


“To the Hagerstown caller who made the rhetorical query: Do you know the definition of the word? Rhetoric is posing a question for effect, and expecting no answer. Yet you answered, and thus ruined the effect.”
— Williamsport


“Just one thing concerning the Fairplay fire department. Maybe they need to get rid of the president and the fire chief, and start all over, and maybe they can reorganize that way. I think that would be much better for everyone in the community, and would take the heat off of the other fire companies.”
— Williamsport


“I have a 21-year-old sports car that just got repainted. I live a block from the police station, and I go out this morning and somebody had keyed it and wrote the word ‘Hag.’ They have been terrorizing my car for the 15 years that I have lived here. Like I said, one block from the police station, and nobody watches nothing.”
— Hagerstown


“When all of those cycles were in town, they should have done an air quality check. I bet it would have blew it off the charts. They are way worse than cars; nothing to filter it, just raw. But down at the emission place, they said they get good gas mileage.”
— Clear Spring


“What’s this nation built on? ‘One nation under God, indivisible, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.’ Justice for all. It doesn’t say justice for everybody except for gays, lesbians, blacks, Hispanic. Justice for all. So the owner of Chick-fil-A can believe what he wants. Here’s the biggest question I want to ask you all. What does a couple in California getting married have to do with you here? You still get up in the mornings, you go to work, you come home, you pay your bills, your life goes on. How is a couple in California getting married hurting you? You’re just being totally silly. You ever hear of civil rights?”
— Hagerstown


“I’m not a politician, so I can make a statement without any worries about any retaliation from anyone. Marriage should between a man and a woman, period.”
— Sharpsburg


“To the Hagerstown caller that says why are we paying the teachers more money to do the job that they’re supposed to be doing? It’s just like the teachers make a lot of money don’t though. Maybe you need to go into the classroom and teach a class for a week, and then you’ll find out what the teachers are getting paid for, and how low. I don’t hear you complaining in the paper about a football player getting $15 million to play a couple games. But a teacher gets a $50 or $100 a month or a year raise or a couple thousand dollars a year raise, and everybody ... complains.”
— Smithsburg


“This is about the PONY League parents wanting money to help support them to go with their boys and play ball. Well, our boys went in 1995 to Richmond, and then to the World Series, and I didn’t see nobody helping us back then, as parents, so why should it be any different today? If you can’t afford to go, you shouldn’t go.”
— Keedysville


“I’d like to thank the C & O Canal, National Park Service, for the wonderful presentations they gave at Ferry Hill. The young lady who portrays Mary Bender as a canawler has done an exceptional job, and the volunteer staff also has been informative and very privileged. It’s great to tour Ferry Hill, so I would suggest that other people get out there and see.”
— Hagerstown


“Leonard Pitts’ column, ‘One man’s crusade,’ has it wrong. The problem with political debates is that the moderators don’t ask the right questions. Change the format to reduce the role of the moderator, and there’s a remote possibility there may be some meaningful dialogue.”
— Hagerstown


“I would like to see The Herald-Mail or Tim Rowland put in the paper what training a volunteer has to go through before he or she can run on calls. That is the reason most volunteers are career firefighters. They have been trained.”
— Fairplay


“The caller from Frederick, Md., states very often that their opinions are all calm and reasonable. If this is so, why the insistence on any opinion that differs from theirs is called leftist rhetoric?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“I’d like to know, in Living History, what is a ‘canawler’? I saw in the paper where it says there’s a character of Mary Bender at the Ferry Hill house near Sharpsburg, portraying life as a canawler. I know what a canaler is, but what on earth is a canawler? Can The Herald-Mail not spell? And where are the proofreaders? Have they died?”
— Hagerstown


“I’m calling about the person who wrote in talking about the Big Pool caller, and she had different opinions about things in her column. Also, she was complaining about people wanting to have an ID for voters. She said it discriminates people that are poor and can’t get a driver’s license, and then she said and you have to pay for them. She said so people just don’t understand. I imagine she’s one of these that gets everything else free and she’s complaining.”
— Hagerstown


“What does it take to get an interview for a job around here? I’ve been unemployed three years, have put in over 300 applications, some places more than once for the same job, and nothing, and now I have to compete with the 400 people that got laid off from Good Humor. My unemployment stopped last month and now I have no income, so would love to know what I need to do to get a job.”
— Hagerstown


“Well, I came home today, and at the end of my driveway was this ugly-looking yellow recycling bin, trash can, that was just terrible. I’m not gonna recycle. This is to the town of Hancock. You can’t make me recycle. I might have to pay for it, but you won’t make me recycle. You can come back and get your can. It’ll be waiting for you.”
— Hancock

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