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Mail Call - Aug. 23

August 23, 2012

“To the Hagerstown caller noticing the empty bike lanes in town: Don’t worry, once they build that stadium, those bike lanes will probably be full.”

— Washington County



“I’m calling to thank the people who organized and put on the cruise-in at Valley Mall on Saturday night. I attended, and it was a great show, and they had a band there named Chubby that was outstanding. It was a great turnout, over 300 cars registered, I’m told, and thank goodness for the good weather. I just wanted to thank the organizers for a great public event that a lot of people missed, but a lot of people did enjoy.”

— Washington County



“The Herald-Mail should be ashamed of itself, putting that cartoon in there about Chick-fil-A. There is no indication of any prejudice whatsoever at their stores, and they have, the owner has the right to his own religious beliefs. Shame on you. You’re turning out to be a real prejudiced rag yourself.”

— Hagerstown



"The no tax, back-to-school no tax thing this week, back-to-school supplies, but it doesn’t count bookbags, papers, notebooks, all the actual supplies that you need, it’s just clothing or shoes, is that true? Because that doesn’t make any sense. We had to buy a lot of supplies, you know. Someone let me know.”

— Hagerstown



“I was in Hagerstown on Tuesday, the 14th. I was coming on 70 east, I was going to come off onto U.S. 40. The people coming out of the off-ramp to go onto 70 east do not stop. Be careful. I almost got run over by a tractor-trailer carrying a large load of wood. He did not stop coming off that exit, or I should say entrance ramp. Like I said, just be careful coming off of 70 east to go onto 40 because you could get hit very easy.”

— Hancock



“I was reading the paper, the 14th, and I see where they were going to put a park out on Eastern Boulevard, and a park — out Locust Street and there was a little space there and they’re having a park there. I have a suggestion for the mayor and council, they should put a park downtown.”

— Hagerstown



“Change we can believe in. This was what President Obama was telling us four years ago. He sold us, the American people, on change. Unemployment, over 8 percent over the last 40 months, 45 percent increase in food stamps, $5 trillion debt increase over his period of being president.”

— Hagerstown



“Put welfare people back to work. Make them work for their money. Cheating on welfare, there’s so much cheating going on, and too many unwed mothers having children that the welfare takes care of. Cut taxes for the middle-income people. Take care of the elderly. Raise their Social Security.”

— Boonsboro



“Has a Democrat ever told a Republican, or vice versa, that they had a good idea, and let’s work on this together? I doubt it because then the idea would benefit the American people, and it won’t happen because they are more worried about which party would get credit for it. I’m a Democrat, but I listen to both sides before I vote. I’m retired and on Medicare and Medicaid, but I believe this Paul fellow, Republican vice president candidate, has some pretty good ideas on them. Folks, we need to start somewhere.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, I guess the rich people are jumping up and down at Mitt Romney’s choice of Ryan for a VP. His plan, his big plan is to give the rich people another tax break. They’ll pay about 1 percent in taxes, so I guess they’re all happy. And give the people who are (on) Medicare a voucher to buy their health care. I’ve heard him say that myself. And of course, those vouchers are not going to keep up with the private sector’s raise in health costs every year. So good luck with that.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in response to the Boonsboro caller about the elderly or handicapped gentleman who wishes to smoke a cigar on the City Park mansion. Well, he probably helped pay for some of that mansion, through his hard work, paying taxes, and he’s probably a veteran. So let the old gentleman smoke a cigar.”

— Dargan



“I saw in the paper last week where the Hagerstown hotel/motel on Dual Highway, the old Sheraton, is getting ready to close up. Looks like a perfect place to put the new stadium, instead of downtown. Right off the interstate, plenty of stuff around, hotels, fast-food restaurants. Makes sense to me.”

— Hagerstown



“Building a stadium or a multiuse center in downtown Hagerstown is a terrible idea. It would be an ugly blemish, right in the heart of Hagerstown. This is one project that should be placed on a high shelf, and then never brought down to be dusted off.”

— Hagerstown



“If the Obama administration really wants to promote tax relief for the American citizens, why does it continue the current situation regarding Social Security? Some of us pays taxes on our Social Security, when we’re retired. You pay three times. You pay it when you’re working ... and then you pay it when you’re retired. The Obama administration, if they want to do anything, would push Congress to repeal the taxing of Social Security on retirees.”

— Hagerstown



“It occurred to me that if the city of Hagerstown would take that $3 million they borrowed to build a stadium and use it to buy The Herald-Mail parking lot, and set up some places for people to park their hogs — you know, some nice sheds so the rain doesn’t rain on them — we could have a bike night in Hagerstown every night of the year. I mean, that parking lot’s right close to the arts and entertainment district, and I’m sure it would bring a lot of biker money into town, and we could do it year-round. Why support a baseball team that’s hardly ever here?”

— Washington County



“I am not a Paul Ryan fan, but his selection has already started a debate on what we should be focused on. Note: The nice beginning article on Social Security on the front page of The Herald-Mail on Aug. 14 (keep them coming). Now, let’s focus on Social Security, debt, immigration, Medicare and tax reform. Let’s end personal attacks, throwing accusations and dirty tricks. Let’s debate the major issues and see where both sides stand, and their ideas for the future. I don’t care about Mitt Romney’s taxes or President Obama’s birth certificate, I need to know who has good ideas about fixing our problems. Let’s all have an open mind the next two months.”

— Warfordsburg, Pa.



“Here we go again. It’s summertime and people are complaining about how other people are dressed in church. They would keep Jesus himself out, since he wore robes and sandals.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“The Aug. 14 cartoon on the editorial page about Chick-fil-A was inappropriate and in bad taste. Apparently, only liberals are entitled to their opinions and free speech.”

— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.



“I see once again that the city council and city hall is persisting about having the Suns team down on Baltimore Street. I personally, myself, I spoke to Mr. Metzner and talked to him about bringing back the fairs, having craft shows, everything at the Hagerstown fairgrounds, and the excuse was the traffic flow would be too much. If the traffic flow at the fairgrounds would be too much, how in the world are they going to handle it in the heart of the town, on Baltimore Street? This is totally outrageous. And we need to start having events without alcohol.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m 84 years old. I heard Social Security’s going to go broke, this blah, blah, blah, blah, but I’ve heard that for 40 years, and all you have to do is stop using it for a slush fund, and pay back the IOUs.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know, could anybody tell me where all the revenue goes from the lottery money that’s collected week after week after week? It seems like we ought to be able to fix the roads, give to the schools, etc.”

— Hancock




















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