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Mail Call - Sept. 7

September 06, 2012

“I’d like to compliment the town of Williamsport on the hanging baskets and huge arrangements of flowers in the large vases on the sidewalk in downtown Williamsport. It adds so much. It’s really a joy to drive down Conococheague Street. I hope they continue this every year.”
— Williamsport

“I watched the Republican governors tell us how great jobs they had done as governors, balancing their state budgets. But by law, those governors must balance their state budget. Gov. Christie of New Jersey said what a great job he had done balancing the budget, but he used the pension funds that he should have put aside for a future pension, to pay off the state’s debt. And New Jersey has the fourth highest unemployment rate. So much for great Republicans doing good jobs.”
— Sharpsburg

“What is going on with our dress code in these schools anymore? I just observed a girl coming home from North High this afternoon. She had a skirt on clear up to Miami. This is terrible. I don’t know what the rules are anymore, but if we have to observe this kind of thing in our young people’s dress and their attitude, where are the parents’ involvement in there, and the schools’? Are they doing their job? This is despicable. Something needs to be done about it.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the South End person complaining about the railroad noise. Who was there first, you or the railroad? I don’t think they’ve built any railroads in Hagerstown lately, so chances are, it was there first. Should have known about the noise when you moved there. Sorry about your luck.”
— Boonsboro

“Four years ago, I would’ve voted for Mitt Romney, over John McCain, over Obama. I cannot do so now. He has flip-flopped more than John Kerry ever did, and I fear he will continue to provide tax breaks to the wealthy, on the backs of the middle class. The wealthy need to pay more.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the letter the lady wrote about the cats fighting because of seeing the cat outside. While I hardly think that is the reason, I do want to comment about roaming cats, hoping that everyone my age, which is in my 60s, will see the day when there’s a no-roaming cat law. Anybody that loves their cat will not let their cat outside. I’m sorry, they kill the wildlife, it’s not just good. You love your animals, keep them inside.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I wish that they had a defensive driving course for some people, and I wish the police would keep a better eye on people and what they’re driving, whether they’re talking or texting on their cellphones, and also eating. I saw yesterday along near the West Washington Street area, a lady eating her ice cream, barely keeping her attention on the road. That’s quite dangerous, and they need to be aware of that, because we’re all on the road together.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to ask why ... grocery stores ... do not have cashiers in the early morning. I’m a senior citizen, and I shop early to avoid the crowds, and every morning when I do, I have to check myself out. If the stores are gonna be open for 24 hours, why don’t they cashier, have some help there? Because we can’t do that checkout ourselves. We need a cashier.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a Republican who will enthusiastically and wholeheartedly support the Romney/Ryan ticket, but if I lived in the city, I surely would support Dave Gysberts. His questions and thoughtfulness remind me of Ryan. And the other choices ... Bruchey and friends through the years that have run Hagerstown, remind me of Obama and Solyndra. Let’s vote the best man, not the party.”
— Washington County

“This is to our county commissioners, our state delegates, elected officials in the city, also The Herald-Mail. Why don’t you publish how much existing debt the school board, the county government and the city government in Hagerstown has outstanding, before we march off into senior citizens housing, more schools, and here we go with a 30- to 40-million-dollar debt for an 80-day football or baseball game. Why don’t you publish the debt?”
— Leitersburg

“In 70 years, I have never watched a party convention, but not being impressed with anyone running this year, I have been watching. I’ve learned that the Romneys have not had a rich, fairy-tale life, as most people think. And when did it start in America that it’s wrong to become prosperous with hard work? Paul Ryan, who I didn’t know at all, really impressed me. He’s young, smart, and loves this country. At least he has ideas to save Medicare. Secretary of State Rice had an excellent speech.”
— Washington County

“I’m reading the paper Aug. 30, about the planning commission and the new stadium site. They said that the present location floods two to three times in a decade. Last Friday when we had all the rain, there was 6 feet of water at Howard Street and Maryland Avenue, and 3 feet of water at Lee Street and Summit Avenue. Now, why would they think that they won’t have the same problem at Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue, with all the underground streams?”
— Hagerstown

“Why do so many of our choices in national political candidates depend on that individual’s personal opinion on birth, death, sickness, religion, or existing or proposed government programs relating to food, retirement, taxes, national defense, education, medical care or a budget? Obviously, few presidents can insure their personal opinions become law, and I cannot recall any vice president’s personal ideas (other than LBJ) ever winding up passed by the House and Senate, and then signed by a president into law. Shouldn’t we assess our potential leaders more as prospective managers of our government, rather than simple originators or endorsers of this or that proposed political scheme?”
— Berkeley County, W.Va.

“I can’t believe the paper and the news media is giving President Obama a pass. There’s an emergency going in this country in Louisiana and Mississippi, and he’s out politicking. He needs to be — if he’s the No. 1 man, he needs to be there at the White House, he needs to be directing things, and here he is just out flitting around having his fancy ... and living in luxury rooms, while these people are some homeless. I think it’s despicable.”
— Williamsport

“In reference to the new stadium, why don’t they just tear down the paper recycling plant? Build the new stadium on that land. There’s plenty of land there. And where the old stadium is, make that the parking lot. I think it’s really stupid to build it in town and have people have to walk three, four, five blocks away and pay at a parking deck, where they have the free parking for the stadium now.”
— Funkstown

“Headline, Aug., 31: Romney makes case: ‘Need jobs, lots of jobs.’ Tell him to bring back the ones he sent overseas.”
— Washington County

“I just read your morning paper, Herald-Mail, and on pages A12 and A13, you got ‘Fact Check 2012.’ I think you better call that political advertising and charge a fee, because that’s what this group is, very much to the left of center. So maybe you’re gonna do some fair and balanced reporting from Fact Check, which would be questionable, since it’s not known as fair and balanced. You newspaper people seem, just don’t seem to get it right. You’re gonna do anything you ... big world government. So I hold you, Herald-Mail, accountable. Let’s have equal reporting and equal truth, and ‘Fact Check’ is not that.”
— Williamsport

“Anybody reading the Friday, Aug. 31, paper needs to read the ‘Fact Check’ on page A12 and A13 in The Herald-Mail. It’s interesting, for both parties.”
— Hancock

“I want to thank The Herald-Mail for the Republican convention comments with their facts checked, in Friday, Aug. 31. I just want to say there’s the truth. You can either believe it or you can love the liars.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve lived in Hagerstown all my life, which is going on 73 years. I have never once heard of a flooding problem at our stadium. Now where did they come with this?”
— Hagerstown

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