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Mail Call - Oct. 9

October 08, 2012

“The person from Shepherdstown who said I better get a new doctor, he never heard of anyone giving their picture ID at the doctor’s office, apparently they’re a little behind in West Virginia, because I’ve been having to do that for about two years now, and I have gone to my doctor for 30 years. For those who are so adamant about not showing a picture ID when they vote, it’s because it’s kind of hard to cover up a corpse or a dog on a picture ID.”
— Hagerstown

 “When any government group, agency, committee holds an official public meeting and begins with a prayer, the perception is that government is attempting to establish a religion. If the meeting agenda schedules a time for silent prayer, then people of every religion will have their time to pray silently. Praying aloud during this time only makes you look foolish and fanatical. Arrogant, aggressive ‘Christians’ impress no one. If you want to spread your religion, it would behoove you to appear kind and humble. Religion cannot be force-fed.”
— Hagerstown 

“I’m calling about a dog park in Hagerstown. That actually sounds kind of ridiculous. Why can’t the city of Hagerstown use the money that they were going to use to build a dog park, to maybe, oh, I don’t know, increase the police force or task force, to get rid of the drug dealers and druggies who are in downtown Hagerstown that give it a bad name, or clean up downtown Hagerstown? Get the drunks off the street, get the drug dealers off the streets, and just clean up downtown Hagerstown, and never mind the dog park for now. People can walk their own dogs in their own neighborhoods.”
— Hagerstown

“What can we expect, with our foreign policy disasters? Hillary Clinton has encouraged overthrow of dictators in the Middle East, and given support to the demonstrations. We would not appreciate foreign intervention in our internal government, especially violence. Why has our ambassador been in Benghazi and not in the capital of Tripoli? Benghazi is the stronghold of the revolutionaries.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I don’t understand the uproar over the county’s land purchase. The property purchased was $1 million dollars less than the other options, so what are these folks so angry about, that someone made money on the sale of the property? Do we think the county should have gotten it for nothing? Or maybe it’s just that some of our citizens reacted too quickly, before knowing the facts, and now they’re too embarrassed to admit their argument is much ado about nothing.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to warn everyone not yet infested that the stink bugs are back. They’re gathering in large numbers on and around my screen door and windows, so they’ll probably be everywhere soon. Does anyone know of any advances in the struggle against them? I noticed last year that they seemed to avoid citrus fruit, so I’m going to try a nontoxic orange-based insect repellent I saw in a catalog; haven’t been able to find it locally. I’ll let you all know if it works — and please, let it work.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I have a comment in regards to them wanting to build a new stadium or multiuse sports complex in the downtown area. Why not just build it on the lot where the stadium that we have is standing? It would save a lot of time and would save a lot of headaches, on construction. And it’d be cheaper. That’s what I suggest. Just build it where the stadium is.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve noticed this summer, and now into the fall, something, what I consider rather alarming: Mothers with their babies in strollers, instead of walking on the sidewalk, they walk in the street. And I’ve noticed this is becoming more prevalent. Maybe I’m just acting ridiculous, but I’ve even seen this on Salem Avenue, which is rather a busy road. I don’t know what it is. Most of the sidewalks in my neighborhood are in very good condition, but just thought I’d bring this up.”
— Hagerstown

“I wanted to call in and tell the person who said they didn’t get their tag renewal, I didn’t get mine either, and didn’t realize that it had run out in July. Maybe there’s something going on there.”
— Hagerstown

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Alsatia Club and the city of Hagerstown, for an absolutely wonderful Thunder in the Square on Friday evening. What a great event. Keep up the great work.”
— Hagerstown

“I think it’s ridiculous that my cellphone company charges a lot if you go over your minutes, but most months I don’t use even half, and you lose them. I have to tell people I can’t talk until after 7. I hate that. You never know when an emergency’s going to come up, and you’ve run out of minutes.”
— Hagerstown

“Mail Call is such a waste of good space in The Herald-Mail. Mail Call has so much negativity in the reading of it; lots of arguing, bickering, name calling, and at times just plain mean, especially when ...  politics and religion enter in. Mail Call reminds of those hateful housewives’ show on TV that need to go. No longer reading Mail Call, skipping you. Who needs to wake up to a cloudy day everyday? We get enough bad news every day, just by opening our newspaper. Who needs to go looking for it? Good-bye, Mail Call. Won’t miss you.”
— Clear Spring

“This is for the Hagerstown caller who is voting for Roscoe Bartlett because they don’t know John Delaney. Well, this is what is going on in our elections today. Most of the people voting don’t have a clue who they’re voting for or what they stand for. They see a name they recognize, and they mark it. Or if they don’t recognize any of them, they just mark any name, for county commissioners and city council.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to know when the police are going to start enforcing the cellphone usage while you’re driving. They are, they just, they’re so brave about it, they don’t care. They’re just using it and they don’t even try to hide it. I’ve seen them I don’t know how many times, and you know, I think it’s, if they pass a law, you know, then we should take their license numbers down and report them to the police, and let them get a ticket.”
— Hagerstown

“Had to call in because it was so funny. Monday, Mail Call, 5,000 atheists, hundreds of thousands of Christians in America. What about the (300) million others who she forgot about? We live in America, too. Whatever happened to economics and civics?”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to know when the city of Hagerstown is going to repair its streets. Burhans Boulevard, from Salem Avenue to Antietam Street, is a disgrace. They have money for everything else, like a stadium, but they don’t have money to repair the streets. Come on, Mr. Mayor, get out there and look at the streets, and get them repaired.”
— Williamsport

“I hope the individual who called in about the rental property on Fairview Mountain is satisfied. It’s a shame that they were a coward and not able to tell me face-to-face. If they did not like the tall grass, they should have mowed it, perhaps.”
— Big Pool

“Jeanne Singer and Dr. Mitesh Kothari made a very good proposal, that the county start paying the tuition of Washington County graduates, to Hagerstown Community College. In the future, one will not get a good job without a good education. We are at a critical point in the future of Washington County. We can either forge ahead, or become a backwater community.”
— Halfway

“Thank you for a great event at City Park. The Bark in the Park event was wonderful. Lots of great people, lots of great dogs. I encourage you to do it again and again.”
— Hagerstown

“The name of the sculptor who made the bronze statue of Cal Ripken Jr. for the Orioles Hall of Fame is Toby Mendez.”
— Boonsboro

“There are millions of atheists in the U.S., and to be sure, many millions of Christians. Not giving atheists a voice is called tyranny; tyranny by the majority. That is exactly why we have the Bill of Rights, to protect individual rights, such as the First Amendment, to choose or not choose a religion. Seventy-five percent of the peoples of the world do not celebrate Christmas. It is a Christian holiday.”
— Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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