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Mail Call - Sept. 14

September 13, 2012

“I read that a benefactor will donate $15 million for a new stadium and event center. Wouldn’t it be a greater honor to donate that money, or at least part of it, for one of our new schools that are needed? I hope our leaders find a better site than where they are now considering.”
— Hagerstown

“I was so glad to see Williamsport hold their C&O Canal Days on the streets. We handicapped people with walkers cannot join in and have any enjoyment in the park. The walkers just don’t work there.”
— Williamsport


“Why can’t we citizens of Washington County be heard, on this proposal to the ballpark and the senior citizens center out at the college? Why can’t we have a vote in some of this? And let us, as senior citizens, especially, be heard on these two things. I think it’s very important. It just seems like they don’t want to listen to anything that anybody else says.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d just like to make a comment about the movie that is playing at the Valley Mall. It’s called ‘Obama: 2016.’ We went to see it the other night, and it’s really an eye-opener, and I just hope that anybody, before they head to the polls to vote this year, would take a few minutes, it’s only about an hour and a half long, and go and see the movie. It’s really eye-opening. And I really enjoy Mail Call. Keep the calls coming in.”
— Clear Spring

“About this anonymous donor ... why can’t he put his name down, and provide paperwork that guarantees he’s gonna pay $15 million — which is a drop in the bucket against the $50 million that this boondoggle is going to cost, when all is said and done, and none of that alters the fact the city has to come up with $800,000 to a million a year to pay off their part of the municipal bond debt.”
— Hagerstown

“Can anybody tell me where I can pick up the next president of the U.S. stickers? I know Romney, I need to find some Romney stickers for my car, and a lot of my friends have been asking for it, too, you know, so I can get some of them. I don’t know if there’s any place that has them around.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“This is concerning the Fairplay Fire Co. meeting. I have attended the last three meetings. I think we need another meeting, where the people can voice their opinion, because nothing’s been accomplished in the last three meetings. We have no information from the board about the finances, inside issues, and there are other problems also. So far I don’t think we will see any changes. Not one county commissioner has attended any of these meetings.”
— Fairplay

“There was an inquiry to Mail Call for how to obtain a letter of concern or petition to stop the MUSEC from being built to the Summit and Baltimore location, and/or to also save Municipal Stadium. Below are ways one can sign our letters of concern on this matter. Letters of concern (If you do not have access to the Internet: Contact Hagerstown Voice at (240) 347-1555 and leave a message where a paper petition can be delivered to you directly or mailed to you. ... Internet letters of concern: Go to www.change.org. Go to the Browse Petitions and enter ‘Municipal Stadium.’ This will pull up our Internet petition that you can sign and add comments as to why you think saving Municipal Stadium is the best option for Hagerstown. Direct link to petition:  www.change.org/petitions/mayor-bob-bruchey-stop-negotiations-for-a-new-minor-league-stadium-now.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s well known that the statements and ads for the presidential contenders Romney and Obama are exaggerated and distorted. What kind of message does this send to our your people? The president and presidential hopeful are both liars. What a country we have become, to accept this as just politics.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Well, local residents, here we go again. More behind-the-scenes sneaking around by our local elected officials, only this time it’s about the stadium. I’m totally against the stadium, but I’m even more against the way our local elected representatives are doing things. Anything that has to with tax dollars should be out in the open, and this $15 million, that’s right, that individual that donated the $15 million, he’s looking out for himself. That’s a great big tax write-off. He’s a businessman.”
— Hagerstown

“The secret donor for the downtown stadium should have to be revealed. ... We the people should know who this benefactor is, and his ‘verbal’ agreement is not good enough to convince Hagerstown/Washington County people to go ahead with these plans.”
— Washington County

“I would like to thank the anonymous donor for the $15 million towards the new stadium. That is so exciting. It’s gonna be awesome, and I love you.”
— Boonsboro

“I’m sitting here watching the Democratic National Convention, which leads me to ask the following question: Why isn’t President Obama’s bust on Mount Rushmore?”
— Halfway

“I am a resident of the city of Hagerstown, and I am 100 percent in favor of the new stadium being built in the downtown area. My biggest concern is the secretiveness of the total project. Obviously, the $15 million donation that was recorded in today’s newspaper will go a long way to making sure that this revitalization project comes to fruition.”
— Hagerstown

“Bob Ayrer’s letter on the rehiring the company that trashed your house was well-written and thoughtful. He should write a regular column.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to know what business it is of The Herald-Mail or anybody else, really, as far as who donated the $15 million to the stadium. We ought to be thankful that somebody stepped forward and helped. Otherwise, this city would have done nothing, diddly-squat. It’s just nobody’s business if somebody’s generous enough to lend the money. Just be thankful, and let it go at that. It’s none of your business.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to Penny Nigh’s rhetoric, published in Wednesday’s Herald-Mail. Irregardless of her stand on the stadium issue, we must not forget why she was voted out of office. So people, we do not want her back in.”
— Hagerstown

“My good friend Allan Powell’s article advocates additional bank regulations. What about the Bank for International Settlements, and the Federal Reserve? They are major parts of the problem, and not part of the solution. An AP article said the Federal Reserve recently bought $2 trillion in bonds from the U.S. government, yet the Federal Reserve has never been audited. Situation Republicans are trying to change.”
— Hagerstown

“People, don’t be fooled. This 15 million donation to the stadium is another political trick. If it wasn’t, show me the money. I can promise you anything, but it’s the delivery that counts. I’ll bet you there’s political shenanigans behind this.”
— Hagerstown

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