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Mail Call - Oct. 3

October 02, 2012

“I think The Herald-Mail needs to do a story on why the county hasn’t moved into the former Home Federal building. As I recall, when the county purchased the property, the county officials said the county would start occupying that building within six months. It’s now four years later and it’s still vacant. I definitely think there is an interesting story behind the reason, and the public needs to know why.”
— Washington County

“Kudos to Allen James from the Sharpsburg fire department. Congratulations for him speaking up in the meetings, and I can understand why the Sharpsburg fire company runs like a fine-oiled machine.”
— Boonsboro

“President Obama is not only an expert at playing the blame game and blaming everybody else but himself, he’s also very good at ducking questions and not being able to answer the questions that are being asked. Of course, the mainstream media will always throw softball questions to him, because they’re in his corner. But Americans, wake up to this guy.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like the name of the sculptor who made the bronze statue of Cal Ripken Jr., for the Orioles Hall of Fame. I’d really appreciate it if somebody knew his name and you could put it in Mail Call for me.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“OK, Republicans, when is Mitt Romney going to tell us how he is going to do things? I guess most of the millionaires spent most of their money on his campaign, so they can’t create jobs. But he can tell those Republicans sitting on $2 billion that they can hire, and if he gets rid of Obamacare, if he’s going to, is he going to get rid of Romneycare in his own state? If he starts a war — and he will start a war — is he going to tell us how he’s going to pay for it? And by the way, they haven’t told how they paid for the last two wars.”
— Hagerstown

“I thought it was wonderful to see the Tea Party finally come out with something against our local government. More needs to be done.”
— Hagerstown

“The last time I took my newspapers and other recycles to ARC, I had to unload at their work area. I never saw so many happy people working together. Our elected officials and public employees could learn a lot from this ARC group.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading Tuesday’s Mail Call. The person, gentleman, I guess, stated that Penny Nigh is for the stadium, so he’s going to vote for her. Well, that’s pretty amazing. When did she switch sides? She wasn’t for the stadium earlier.”
— Hagerstown

“This goes out to the young person looking, about their mother on a fixed income, with a natural gas bill. The $10.97 is a maintenance fee on the account, to keep the account open. That’s what it is. I’ve already had this happen to me. I pay it every month, during the summertime.”
— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown’s getting like the White House. There’s no transparency, such as the stadium, and the second one is, such as the land just bought for the new schools. There’s no transparency here, but everybody knows there’s something wrong with that picture.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the city of Hagerstown and the mayor and council. I noticed they’ve said down through the years they want to see the downtown come alive and flourish, and they want to build the stadium and all downtown. My daughter and I were down at the courthouse the other day, and of course, I know there are laws in regards to the meters. She was charged a $10 parking ticket. She was just two minutes overdue. You may say that’s OK, but ... the business downtown, when you’re going to have laws like that regarding the meters. Ten dollars is ridiculous.”
— Hagerstown

“I can’t understand why anyone would vote for Mitt Romney. All he will do is lower taxes for himself and his wealthy friends, and increase it on the middle class, by doing things such as eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. He wants to eliminate the estate tax, which applies only to those with estates over $5 million, and with Romney worth $250 million, that benefits him. They already plan to eliminate Medicare for those under 55, and go to a voucher program. How much is that going to cost you? President Obama prevented ... and he has gotten more al-Qaida terrorists than Bush ever did. Obama has my vote.”
— Hagerstown

“Our whole society’s pretty whacky, but sports fans are completely whacked-out. They complain, and rightfully so, about athletes and sports officials like umpires, referees, etc., making way too much money, because they know in the long run they are going to pay for this. Yet when management and/or leagues stand up and don’t give in to their demands for more money and benefits, and there are some bad calls from the replacements, then they say we need to get back to regular officials, regardless of the cost. Don’t they realize this cost will be passed off to them, as fans?”
— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown is a historical place because of the Civil War. Why don’t they work on that? Why don’t they work on getting things down to, for the historical society to get involved? And I wondered why they didn’t do that, and now since I read about it in the paper, I understand that all the big shots are on the committee of that, so they’re probably pushing the stadium, too. Would somebody please explain to me how the stadium is going to bring business downtown, when there’s nothing down there?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Mitt Romney keeps saying he wants to help the American economy. He can do that by spending his $250 million in this country. Spend it here. Get it out of the Cayman, get it out of Bermuda, get it out of the Swiss account. Bring it back here and spend, spend, spend.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I’m calling in response to the Chambersburg person that said they wish the parents in Franklin County would stop whining about the dress code for their children; had they been doing their job all along, it wouldn’t be necessary for the schools to tell their children how to dress. Well, it’s, with the economy the way it is today, hopefully they’re going to give out vouchers for new wardrobes, because ... my kids wear hoodies and jeans. They don’t have colored hair, and they’re not offensive, but there’s no way I can afford to go out and buy a new wardrobe just for a dress code.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“They say the city golf course does not make money. If a new stadium is going to make so much money, use that land, and save. Three blocks from downtown, and close to interstates.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Hagerstown caller who’s complaining about food stamps doubling under the Obama administration: This is pure talk radio garbage. These people don’t understand, there are troops to come back and no jobs to come to, troops that they put them into wars, and a lot of other people that use food stamps. It’s just a typical Republican theme. Put the country into a depression, and then gripe because the Democrats don’t clean it up soon enough. These people wouldn’t have lasted during the Depression, if they can’t stand three years of hard times. So vote for Mitt Romney, and then when he puts you into a bigger depression and takes 12 or 13 or even more years to dig out of it, good luck.”
— Hagerstown

“The fact is that if we don’t build a new stadium, the Suns will move to another city, and Hagerstown will not be as much fun a place to live anymore.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, looks like Hillary Clinton has pulled a page out of her husband’s playbook, and tried to tell the American people for a week that the ambassador over in Benghazi was killed because of a video, tried to sell us that for a week. Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, it’s a wonder your nose didn’t grow.”
— Hagerstown

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