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Mail Call - Sept. 13

September 12, 2012

“I would like to say to the person, the anonymous person who is donating $15 million to have this baseball stadium built, why don’t you at least donate $1 million to Holly Place, which they need it very, very bad.”
— Clear Spring

“I’m not sure all the people in favor of Obamacare understand that putting that tax on small businesses will probably close a lot of them, which will mean putting more people out of work.”
— Williamsport

“A vote for Mitt Romney just makes sense. President Obama had his opportunity to improve the economy, and he just couldn’t do it. So a vote for Mitt Romney just makes sense.”
— Funkstown

“Don’t the drivers out there know that when it’s raining, headlights are supposed to be on, when the windshield wipers are running? Isn’t that a law? At least I understand it was. That includes the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, out of state, whatever, wherever you’re from. Find out what the rules are.”
— Hancock

“I’ve been paying into Medicare for over 48 years, and now, when I turned 65, I finally went on Medicare, and they still take $100 out a month, out of my Social Security, to help pay for my Medicare. So why should the federal government take a big chunk out of Medicare to help support Obamacare? I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think it’s right at all for us older people.”
— Williamsport

“Years ago I remember an article in a national magazine about the great stadium rip-off, taxpayers building a stadium for millionaires.”
— Hagerstown

“I noticed on TV that there are a lot of celebrities on both sides that are coming forward for their presidential candidate. I’m smarter than that. I’ll make up my own mind who to vote for. I would never listen to a celebrity. Look at how they’ve got their lives messed up, almost all of them. Why would I want to take advice from them, when they can’t run their own business? So I am smart enough to vote for who I think should be president.”
— Sharpsburg

“Talking about Boonesborough Days, I was down there on Saturday, and I had the best time. I had my puppets down there, and I was entertaining about 50 or 60 kids during that festival there in the park.”
— Smithsburg

“In reference to the $15 million donation, anonymously, regarding the stadium, given the fact that someone is able to give away $15 million, this has to be a corporate gang-up. In other words, it’s a partnership, an LLC, a professional association, etc. In addition, whoever these individuals are, they have much to get back by having a stadium built. Would you give away $15 million?”
— Hagerstown

“To the Hagerstown caller who on Wednesday, Sept. 5, said that there would be no cuts for seniors under President Obama’s changes to the Medicare plan: You’re mistaken. ... Cutting in fraud is actually cutting payments to physicians. If you reduce what physicians receive, fewer physicians will see Medicare patients. So  access to care for seniors will decrease. You need to think about that when you’re choosing.”
— Smithsburg

“You people make me sick, talking about President Obama saving Medicare. Well, my premium is now $200 a month. Within the next two years, it goes up over $400 a month, all from my Social Security check. Great job, Obama.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.

“Has anyone taken a survey, or a reporter, have they gone to Potomac Towers to see how those people feel about a stadium right next to them, or the residents in that area? I would just like to know that. I haven’t seen anything published in the paper.”
— Hagerstown

“A few days ago, I was going through Baltimore City, and I saw a number of Dan Bongino signs, running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, against Ben Cardin. Sen. Cardin, you have voted for President Obama’s failed policies time and time again. And Clint Eastwood was right. Time for Marylanders to speak their piece and tell them, ‘You’re fired.’”
— Hagerstown

“For as long as I can remember, and I’m 69 years old, this town has always been run by three or four behind-the-scenes people, using their money and influence. The names and faces change, but nothing else. Sure, their contributions to the community are needed, appreciated, and valuable, but their return from their investments is much more than they put up.”
— Hagerstown

“This is Doug Wright, president of Holly Place. I want to thank your caller whose call appeared in Tuesday’s paper. Their interest and concern is greatly appreciated. Holly Place is at 268 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Our phone number is 301-733-3008. Thank you again for your call and support.”
— Hagerstown

“I am absolutely fed up with our city and county governments ... $15 million pledged for a stadium that we don’t need, an offer to pay for it by a man who would have the right to name it ... but yet $17.2 million for a new Bester school, which is needed for our children’s education and safety, was shot down ... So to our mayor and council and the school board president and superintendent: You’re fired.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the anonymous donor donating $15 million for the new stadium. I’m sure Holly Place could use that money, or many other food banks, charities or whatever. It’s just absurd, using all that money for something when there’s so many other programs thatcould use it.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m responding to the letters to the editor, from Penny Nigh. Great for her, for saying this. She’s one of the best ones we’ve ever had in Hagerstown. Too bad that she wasn’t re-elected. Go, Penny.”
— East End

“Just reading the paper about this new company that moved in downtown. Now that’s two of them in just recent times, and I think that the mayor and the county commissioners and everybody would be a lot better off if they would go after businesses like that to move in downtown, instead of worrying about destroying the downtown with a stadium ... They should be focusing on bringing more people in with businesses than worrying about that ballpark.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“What a great idea the correspondent from Rohrersville had, about executing all prisoners who have more than 100 years to serve. Would it not be more simple just to execute prisoners until the budget is balanced? We could save money, and perhaps we’d not lead the world in the most incarcerated prisoners. I think we also could come up with some other new ideas.”
— Halfway

“A verbal agreement? Come on. And if it were true, the state could say they don’t need our 10 mill. We don’t have it anyway. And would you have to pay to park in the new parking deck, thus lowering attendance, already very low? Mr. Quinn, signing a lease with attendance in mind would be risky, let alone being aware we don’t want a stadium downtown. We need a new mayor and council.”
— Hagerstown

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