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Mail Call - Dec. 20

December 19, 2012

“Potomac Edison: I just want to warn Hagerstown. They charged me a late fee. I have my bill taken out of my checking account automatically every month. I’m going to call them this morning and find out why they’re charging me a late fee when they take my money out of my checking account every month, and it can’t be late because they give you the day that it’s going to be taken out. Please be careful. It’s the first time I’ve seen a late fee on my bill, and there’s no way it can be late.”
— Halfway

“We frequently go to Hagerstown, and I think Hagerstown was a pretty decent-looking town, but lately, it looks like the blue trash can capital of the world, with blue trash cans sitting everywhere.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I saw the devastation and outrage of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. One man said he hopes the Obamas enjoy their annual trip to Hawaii while he and others were promised by President Obama he would cut through the red tape and help these who are still homeless and cold. O got his photo op before the election, and everyone praised Obama, who knew FEMA was broke before he made the empty promise. Aloha.”
— Hagerstown

“I just spoke with the SPCA, and I’d like to remind my neighbors it’s illegal to let your dog do his business in our yards and not clean it up. They will make a case on these dogs if we call and report it. They live close, so we know who they are, and will do this if necessary.”
— Maugansville

“I’d like to thank the angel(s) who found and turned in my one angel earring at ... North Pointe. That was such a wonderful and unusual thing to do in this day and age. Thank you for preserving my pair of earrings.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m sure that with a fairly large staff, it is impossible to make sure everything printed in the paper is policed, as it were, but I found it amusing that there was an article on page A6 of Thursday’s paper announcing Dave Brubeck’s death at age 91, and a notation of his 92nd birthday on page B14, under ‘Today in History.’”
— Smithsburg

“To the person who thinks everyone should ‘love’ John McCain because he spent eight years as a POW: During my four years of military service, I saw few examples of exceptional intelligence, compassion, or common sense. Therefore, I see no reason to believe that being a veteran or even a war hero would better qualify one to represent the people or our government. I do appreciate all who have served honorably in our armed forces, but a veteran who chooses a political career should receive no more slack than any other politician.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to express a sincere thank you to local law enforcement on a job well done. With the recent increase of armed robberies of local banks, and even a local sub shop, these thieves even stole brass cemetery vases from the graves at Rest Haven Cemetery, along Pennsylvania Avenue in North Hagerstown, these crimes were solved within a few days, and even a few hours.”
— Fountain Head

“I’d like to thank whoever’s responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Martin L.  “Marty” Snook Memorial Park, better known as Halfway Park. They do a great job, and I’d just like to publicly say thank you.”
— Williamsport

“I agree that Washington County taxpayers need to wake up, on this salary hike for the county, salary hike, 16.7 percent, 21.2 percent. That’s absurd. Who’s getting those kind of increases? Nobody is. Maybe the sheriff deserves it, maybe. Gee whiz, let’s get it right. Let’s be fair. Let’s be fair here. Everybody’s got to pay their fair share.”
— Sharpsburg

“I would like to know where Mr. Aleshire, city councilman, gets the idea that the Washington County BOE should move to downtown Hagerstown. This is a county function, not a city function. I was just curious as to why they should move to downtown Hagerstown.”
— Funkstown

“Everyone should read Tim Rowland’s commentary on Sunday. It hits the nail right on the head, about the lost opportunities this community has had, to move itself forward and have a productive tax base. Tim Rowland, you got it right.”
— Hagerstown

“Can someone tell me what goes on with the mail? My neighbor  ... got one of her Christmas cards through the mail. The envelope was all tore up, taped back together, and her Christmas card was tore in half and then put back in the envelope. Can someone please tell me what’s going on with the mail?”
— Williamsport

“From reading the paper, it appears that the police did overreact, in the Sharpsburg resident who happened to have guns.”
— Boonsboro

“Martinsburg caller, concerning Clinton not getting Osama bin Laden, I originally called in because your first call was saying that he created 9/11, by not taking bin Laden out. Bin Laden, even if you would have taken him out, don’t you think al-Qaida has second and third and fourth in command? They still would have carried out 9/11, just like they carry out attacks today, way after he’s dead. So don’t assume I’m uneducated, just because I didn’t mention Clinton had terror attacks on his watch. My whole point was, doesn’t mean he’s responsible for 9/11.”
— Hagerstown

“Any time you let one person be the deciding factor when contracts are awarded, then you leave yourself wide open for fraud. And if you don’t believe me, check it out.”
— Hancock

“Why don’t they build a new stadium at the old site of the Washington County Hospital?”
— Hagerstown

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