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Mail Call - Sept. 11

September 10, 2012

“I’m calling about the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, which I saw the story in The Herald-Mail last week about the limited space for cafeteria. I can just say one thing, that the Washington County BOE did not use any planning for the building. It’s a poor location, poor planning, it’s too small of a space for kids.”
— Hagerstown

“If anyone doubted the stadium was poorly and hastily planned, and has taxpayer finance boondoggle written all over it, the recent public meeting has answered that. An official reprimand for asking too many questions, especially questions stadium supporters can’t answer? All they can do is keep repeating their mantra, ‘It’ll revitalize the downtown, trust us,’ and attack any opposition as negativity, when it can’t stand scrutiny.”
— Frederick, Md.

“This is about the opinion piece in the Sept. 3 Herald-Mail. I’d just like to say that if you believe what you read or hear in the Obama 2016 movie, then I got some beachfront property in Kansas to sell you.”
— Smithsburg

“I’m reading Monday’s paper, and I’m just so sick and tired of people calling in, this was about Oktoberfest, about the alcohol being served. Just because these people are out of touch with reality ... that doesn’t want to drink, doesn’t mean everyone else shouldn’t if they would like to. Oktoberfest, part of the heritage is for drinking.”
— Hagerstown

“Every now and then, I will take a walk to the cemetery after I visit with my past loved ones. I have noticed that some burial markers have small rocks placed on them. I have always wondered what the small rocks on the grave markers mean. Really curious. Could someone out there educate me on the meaning of the placed rocks? Would appreciate it.”
— Clear Spring

“You know, I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old, and in 40 years, I’ve been watching conventions, Republican and Democratic conventions, off and on. I’ve never, ever not seen at least a vice president or a president being invited to the convention. Not one person except for Condoleezza Rice was invited to this Republican convention. I’ve never seen that before. And you know why? Because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to do the same thing Bush did, and they just don’t want anyone to know it. Here we go.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to David S. Gysberts asking questions on the proposed $30 million stadium project, he was told to limit his inquiries. We feel as taxpayers we should have a vote before this project moves ahead one more day. We the people should not have to pay for something we do not want. This is the wrong time to put a $30 million debt on the backs of we the taxpayer. And we sure need a new mayor.”
— Hagerstown

“I do not believe in abortion. I did not get rid of my first child, nor would I do it if I (could) have another one, but the thing of it is, who are these people out here telling you not to have an abortion? Are they going to take your baby and take care of it as it’s growing up, or is there somebody out there in that group who is going to adopt your baby and take care of it? Where do they think that they have the right to tell you what not to do, if there’s nothing they can do to help you? That’s between you and God.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I think it was wrong for the phone companies to do away from pay phones. Like, if you want to call in something illegal, let’s say to a law enforcement agency of one nature or another, and there’s a pay phone not far from where you live, but if you use a house phone or use a cellphone, there is a log of it, and eventually somebody can tap into your home phone or your cellphone log and find out who ... therefore I feel that the phone companies were wrong in taking out pay phones.”
— Hagerstown

“Apparently, the Do Not Call list does not work. But then companies are calling you, and when their number does show up on your caller ID, you call the number back and it says this number is no longer a working number. ... Oh, they can make outgoing calls, but you can’t call them back. Please tell me who to contact to stop this.”
— Hagerstown

“Why is everyone in Hagerstown so opposed to the new stadium? I think it’s a great idea. Everyone is so opposed to any change in this town, which is exactly why downtown Hagerstown is the way it is. Baltimore went through the same thing when they proposed building Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore, and look what that stadium has done for that city. Wake up, Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“I was on my computer the other day and my wife was watching the soap opera, ‘Days of our Lives.’ That night I was channel surfing on the TV and I watched a little bit of the Democratic convention. You know, it was hard to tell the difference between the two. I know one thing, if the current president is re-elected, it won’t be like a soap opera, it will be more like a horror movie.”
— Halfway area

“For the Hagerstown person who is having problems with cats fighting due to outside cats coming around: I, too, have had some serious problems with that this year. What I had to do was separate my two cats for a couple of weeks (kept one in the bedroom, and alternated them) and slowly reintroduced them to each other. I combined this with Feliway plug-in from the pet store and Rescue Remedy drops. In reintroducing, keep just a crack in the door with one on either side, and give them treats.”
— Smithsburg

“Good job, Mayor Bruchey. You were able to keep a big secret. Although some were pointing their fingers at you, you took the high road to help ensure a big donation to the stadium fund. I hope others get on board now, including your November opponents. Let’s do what’s best for Hagerstown and the area.”
— Hagerstown

“Why in this time of debt are we the taxpayers funding political conventions for rich representatives telling us they share our pain and making promises they know they will never keep? It’s one big party for both teams. Nero fiddled as Rome burned, because he had a plan.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, well, well. Just when opposition to a new downtown stadium is becoming better organized and crowing the loudest, a mystery donor — amazing timing don’t you think? — steps forward offering bushels of cash toward the project, but not if it is built along the interstate. I wonder what would happen if a second mystery donor steps forward and offers to fund a good chunk of the project, but only if it is built along the interstate, where it truly belongs, for many reasons. I am betting the Suns owner then would sign the lease in a heartbeat.”
— Hagerstown

“Thank you to Hagerstown Municipal Band for a wonderful summer season of Sunday concerts at the City Park band shell. Your dedication and talent are appreciated.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m just a dumb ol’ boy from Funkstown, but it seems to me that the Republican way doesn’t work because of the Democrats. The Democratic way doesn’t work because of the Republicans. Maybe it’s time for both sides to put their egos aside, sit down, shut up and listen to the other side, meet somewhere in the middle and do what’s right for the American people and not what is right for the Republicans or the Democrats. It’s time to do what’s right for the people of America. I don’t really see where anyone can argue this, but I’m sure they will.”
— Funkstown

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