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Mail Call - Oct. 2

October 01, 2012

“This is in response to the atheist from Clear Spring, on the 19th of September. Isn’t it funny how atheists spend their lives fighting a God that they don’t believe exists?”
— Hagerstown

“I agree with Allen James, with this Fairplay mess. The president and chief need to be removed from the office. If not, things will not change. That’s too bad for the citizens of that area.”
— Boonsboro

“All summer, I’ve been seeing and hearing about the need for a new stadium in downtown Hagerstown, at a cost of $30 million. The dream was to collect about $5 million each from the city and the county, $10 million from the state, and maybe another $10 million from the Tooth Fairy. Now that the Tooth Fairy has promised $15 million, we are being told that we have a county and city commitment of about $10 million, can expect state funding of $10 million, and the Suns owners promising $6 million. That’s a total of $41 million. But wait. Even though we are now far beyond the original $30 million, we still don’t have enough. We now need $47 million to complete the project. Did I miss something? Had the $47 million cost been revealed at the beginning?”
— Hagerstown

“We were told that MSNBC has already projected President Obama the winner and the dead will not need to vote in this election. Could anyone tell me why all the dead vote Democrat?”
— Hagerstown

“It’s perplexing that there are those who don’t have a clue as to the election process in which they are a potential voter. A recent Williamsport caller to this column wants the county to return to the ward system for election of county commissioners. There has never been a ward system in the county, and hopefully there never will be. The caller is confusing Washington County with the city of Hagerstown, which for many years had a ward system that resulted in city council meetings that were often more of a circus sideshow than a rational administrative body with thoughtful discussion. Let’s not go there again. City voters were fed up with the political slugfests of contention and derision, and some years ago voted to replace ward politics with at-large elections. Elected officials should represent all segments of the jurisdiction they are elected to serve, and therefore should be elected at-large.”
— Hagerstown

“What is the projected cost overrun for the stadium, and who will pay for the upkeep and maintenance? If Bob’s re-elected, watch our taxes go up.”
— Hagerstown

“Calling about the land that was purchased for the new elementary school behind the Walmart. They bought this land, and they didn’t even have anybody do an independent survey and appraisal on this land? Now we’re supposed to have this great transparency in this city. Now first we got the ball park, that’s one bad news ... now we have the land that sold for how much more than what they paid for a year before, and didn’t even get an appraisal for it? And the taxpayers are paying for it. They all need to be out of office.”
— Hagerstown

“This Mail Caller says about being a disgrace, un-American to vote for President Obama. What’s more un-American than voting for a man that you know, you seniors, you know what he’s going to do to Medicare to Social Security, you know it, and yet you’ll vote for this man because he has a ‘R’ beside his name. And what’s more un-American than that? You know he’s going to cut Social Security to the bare bone, and food stamps ... get rid of Social Security. You know that. It’s been said time and time, it’s been proven.”
— Hagerstown

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who went to his death in World War II, in his protest against Hitler’s policies regarding the Jews, says — and this is for all your readers, please— not to vote is to vote. Please ponder that one, and vote, and vote your conscience.”
— Washington County

“I can’t believe what I read in the news today: iPhones and iPads for Apple are made in China, plus parts assembled for Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. They had a brawl in one factory, which employs 79,000 people. Can you imagine what 79,000 jobs would do for the USA? Foxconn is one of China’s biggest employees, with some 1.2 million workers in factories. I hope we’re putting some type of tariff or huge tax ... coming into the USA, and that someone is questioning as to how much profit these companies are making. No wonder no jobs in the USA.”
— Hagerstown

“I am calling in about the person from Falling Waters, W.Va., who said you should make your mind up about who to vote for president by studying, and not seeing a movie. Well, I went to see ‘2016: Obama’s America,’ and it really opened my eyes up. I have been a true Democrat for 36 years, but Nov. 6, I will be going to the polls to cast my vote for Mitt Romney. I advise everyone to see the movie.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I hope our police departments enforce the new moped law that goes into effect the 1st of October, better than they did with the cellphone and texting law.”
— Hagerstown

“The city should put the dog park over by the community garden plots they built a couple of years ago at Hager Park. Nobody uses them either.”
— Hagerstown

“Let me get this straight. The mayor and city council of Hagerstown want to build a new stadium, and the majority of the taxpayers are against it, yet the mayor and city council are pushing ahead with plans to build it anyway. Sounds like a scaled-down version of Obamacare to me.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“A lot of people are talking about the new stadium. Others say we should tear down the old stadium. If we tear down the old stadium, what do you think is going to happen to getting the Suns team to play for us? While we’re tearing it down, where are they supposed to play? Get real, people. We need the old stadium for them to play in, while we’re building the new one. No matter what we do, there’s always going to be people against it. I think it’s good for the city, and good for the people of Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“President Obama might as well forget his strategy of kissing up to the Muslim world. They’ve hated each other as long as anyone can remember, and they’re going to hate us just as much as they hate each other. It’s not going to work. He can kiss up to them all he wants to, but it’s just not going to work. And also, we have to quit giving them all of our money. We don’t have any money for ourselves.”
— Sharpsburg

“Dog walkers in Greenwich Park need to be advised, the grass section between the sidewalk and the street is not community property, but is owned and maintained by the individual homeowner. As a Greenwich Park resident, I am highly aggravated and frustrated by constantly repairing your pet damage to my lawn. Please have more regard for your neighbor’s property.”
— Hagerstown

“Most people won’t remember Everett Dirksen. Everett Dirksen died in 1969. He was a great Republican, but more than that, he was a great American. His political party was important to him, but he was an American first. Why can’t we have more people in Congress like Everett Dirksen?”
— Halfway

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