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Mail Call - Nov. 16

November 16, 2012

“This is to the lady calling in wondering what to do with her pop tops, for Ronald Mc-Donald House. You can take them to Funkstown American Legion Post 211. We’ve been collecting them there for some time, for the Ronald McDonald House. We have cans sitting all the way around our bar. Just bring them in.”

— Hagerstown


“In order for a DNR officer to make arrests and catch poachers, they’d have to respond to calls. ... I live in an area east of Hagerstown, and we are overrun by poachers, day after day, with no response.”

— Hagerstown


“Many thanks to Pete Waters and Darrell Strite for the wonderful job they did on the Dargan homecoming. We had lots of food and wonderful fellowship with people, some of which we hadn’t seen for years. Good job, Pete and Darrell.”

— Sharpsburg


“Congratulations to the FBI, a big thumbs-up. Trust me on this: Gen. Petraeus, who betrayed his country, is in big trouble, and I think we know, in the chain of command, where the buck stops.”

— Hagerstown


“On the block of Memorial Boulevard along the stone wall where the children from Bester (Elementary) walk, on the outer side of the stone wall, there’s a speeding sign there saying that there are cameras for speeding; however, the speed limit sign is halfway up the block, and that’s a very long block. When you see the sign saying you’re going to be on camera, you can’t tell what the speed limit is until you go halfway down.”

— Hagerstown


“About Penny Nigh: Yes, she’s exactly what she was before. Absolute integrity, absolute devotion to the community. A grandmother who’s just working as hard as she possibly can to make this the best possible place to live, and another stadium sort of project is never going to get past her. We’ll know about it at the very beginning, and exactly what the details are. As to whether we deserve her or not, well, probably not. She’s good, and we aren’t.”

— Hagerstown


“Only in the city of Hagerstown can you walk down one block and see houses decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, all at the same time.”

— Hagerstown


“I am a proponent of the new stadium; however, the one thing that baffles me: All this talk about downtown, yet on the interstate there isn’t one sign leading you to downtown. And then you look at the County Commuter buses, not one sign saying ‘Downtown,’ just something saying ‘Transfer Center.’ If someone doesn’t know exactly where that is, it means nothing. As far as Mrs. Nigh’s idea to renovate the old stadium, she can renovate it all she wants, there won’t be anybody playing there. No professional team will ever play there again.”

— Hagerstown


“Concerning the Mail Caller who thinks that the old Grand Union H.L. Mills grocery store building, which is now a county building, be converted to a grocery store for the downtown area, is a wonderful idea. One, the county will sell it, two, it will be a very convenient place for downtown residents to shop — and it will go back on the tax rolls.”

— Hagerstown


“Great idea, for senior citizens center to be located at the Reserve center. Great idea to renovate old Suns stadium, or build a new one at present location. Is anyone listening to the people’s wishes?”

— Huyetts


“I would like to call in and say thank you to the tree companies that come in and help the fire companies out. I seem to read in the paper where they’re thanking the fire companies all the time. I think they should give appreciation to all the tree companies that came in to help with the storm.”

— Hagerstown


“To all you people who keep complaining about the stadium: Hagerstown will never get revitalized or have anything. This is the second time the stadium’s been up for issue to be rebuilt. Both times, the citizens complain and cry and whine, when all the other cities keep getting their stadiums and their cities get revitalized. And taxpayers get benefit from that. ... If people didn’t want the stadium, why didn’t they vote out Lew Metzner? So the election was not a referendum on the stadium.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m glad to see the city and the county’s finally taking the hint, along with one other person, about three or four years ago that suggested the Reserve center. And it’s a better investment, believe me. ... Better location, more security, and you’ve got a great bargain for a little bit of nothing. ... I agree 100 percent, and move with it fast, please.”

— Leitersburg


“I’m an independent. I have been wondering why they are so high on blaming President Obama for everything. They seem to forget that Obama had a Republican House, and they all said they were going to do everything they could to keep Obama from winning again, and they did, they tried. They voted down everything he wanted to do to get this country back into shape. So how can you blame him for everything that’s happened? The Republicans were to blame.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


“I and many other ones on Potomac Avenue and McKee Avenue would like to congratulate David Gysberts, and hopefully he’ll do a fantastic job working along with the city council, also, Penny Nigh, and make a right decision and put the baseball field for the Suns back where it belongs, and just remodel it. Once again, congratulations, David. We’re really proud of you.”

— Hagerstown


“I was calling to, reference to the caller in Mail Call about the pull tabs that they donate to Ronald McDonald House. Salem Avenue Elementary School has a drive going ... That’d be a good place to start.”

— Clear Spring


“Socialists have tried to change America since the 1850s, and now have succeeded. One may ask how they did it. In about the 1940s, they saw they could not run as socialists, so they went underground and started calling themselves ‘progressives.’ May I suggest the Tea Party do the same, and infiltrate both political parties, colleges, unions and churches as the progressive socialists have done, and take our country back, if it is not too late. God help us.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“In response to a Mail Call question of Nov. 12 about where can one donate pull tabs from cans for Ronald McDonald house: Hagerstown Children’s School (located in St. John’s Lutheran Church) is collecting tabs all year, that will then be donated to our closest Ronald McDonald house located in Baltimore. Can be dropped off at the education building during school hours, at Hagerstown Children’s School, 141 S. Potomac St.”

— Hagerstown


“I place all the blame on the Republican Party. They couldn’t find someone better than Mitt Romney? They need to find someone who can relate to the real world.”

— Funkstown


“Hey, NASCAR fans, looks like Jeff Gordon’s finally starting to realize what I’ve been saying for a year. ... Nothing but a passed-up — a washed-up, past champion.”

— Hagerstown

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