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Mail Call - Dec. 24

December 23, 2012

“If they’re going to tear down the municipal electric light plant, they need to do away with the dam. The dam is very dangerous. I’m a Hagerstown firefighter.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the article in the paper about this stadium and all, why don’t we let that field of dreams go away, and everybody else, and save our money here locally? Let that ball team go somewhere else. We don’t need it. And also, all this hoopla about the frustration of land limit, you better do what the state is. You think about suing them, they’re going to come back, and we need money. We’ll get our legs cut out from under us.”
— Leitersburg

“I want to thank the people who paid for my sister and my sweet tea on Dec. 12. You put the joy in our hearts about what Christmas is all about.”
— Williamsport

“A great big thank you to the lady ... last week. She saw me walk out and leave my purse in the cart. She turned it in to the courtesy desk and came outside to find me. I got my purse back and everything in it. She waited outside to make sure I got it. What a great lady. God bless you. Happy holidays.”
— Hagerstown

“As a taxpayer, I don’t think we need a central training facility for all our law enforcement and emergency personnel. We already have — and I say ‘we,’ because the taxpayers have already paid for it — we have an excellent training facility at the prison complex south of Hagerstown, including a range that our law enforcement agencies use, along with the correctional officers. There’s classrooms down there, offices. We don’t need more development out there between the hospital and Hagerstown Community College.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to say thank you to all the Groh business employees and business over there and the people that have helped last Friday, to find a little missing 7-year-old girl. She was found unharmed, thank goodness, but I’d just like to say there’s still people out there that do care, and I’m grateful for everybody at the Groh Boulevard merchants for helping, and every citizen that took their time out of their evening to help find the little girl. Thank you to everybody.”
— West Virginia

“This message is for the caller from Hagerstown on Dec. 13, requesting information on how to donate their body to science. They can call the anatomy board in Baltimore, Md., on 410-547-1222 or 800-879-2728.”
— Hagerstown

“Thanks, Herald-Mail, for the recent article on photo radar revenue. Photo radar exists for only one reason: to make money, not safety. All revenue should be given away entirely to local charitable causes and education, which do not include more photo radar or speed traps. Suggest that The Herald-Mail report on a monthly basis what revenue is received at each trap and how the money was spent. Bet the photo radars disappear fast if this happened.”
— Hagerstown

“Re: Hagerstown caller’s statement in Thursday, 12/13, Herald-Mail, the Hagerstown Suns are not blackmailing anyone. The facts are that Municipal Stadium is not up to the standards for professional baseball — even a minor league professional team — and if nothing is done, the Hagerstown Suns will lose their affiliation with the Washington Nationals. ... I understand the current economic situation that will most likely bar a new stadium project from ever being fulfilled, but if you had been reading all of the articles on this issue or attended the open forums, you would know that it was stated several times that taxes would not be raised for anyone. If we lose the Suns, it means no more professional baseball in Hagerstown ever again, period. The stadium will most likely be left to deteriorate, just as all of the other empty buildings and lots are doing.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t know if The Herald-Mail is a conservative or a liberal newspaper. It doesn’t make any difference to me. But I remember about a year ago, that Vice President Biden said the Taliban isn’t our enemy. Well, who is our enemy? We know it’s al-Qaida. Who’s the other people involved in Afghanistan? And I just saw on the news where they killed seven people, wounded 14, with a car bomb, and they took and they said that they did it. Now, if the Taliban isn’t our enemy, who is? Joe Biden, you’re the smartest guy in the world.”
— Williamsport

“Today is Dec. 13. I was at the transfer point for the bus, and laid my keys down on the bench and forgot them. I would like to thank the person who turned them in to the bus driver, because when I realized they were missing, I didn’t know how I was going to get into my house. So thank you so much, and have a great Christmas.”
— Hagerstown

“You know all these right-wingers I see writing articles in Mail Call about President Obama going to Hawaii for his vacation, how terrible it is, blah blah ... somebody ought to tell them that Hawaii is a part of the U.S. It is the U.S., and he’s got the right to visit that state. And I wish they’d stop worrying. Worry about yourself and do what’s right for this country, and help people out, the poor and the needy.”
— Hagerstown

“I hope our state, our county, and all our cities here in Washington County, Md., read the front page of The Herald-Mail today, on Friday the 14th. Downtown stadium, a field of dreams, that’s a fiasco. The financial cliff, and then our Sun Air and this wonderful airport commuter thing that we have out here, that’s another rip-off to the taxpayers. How about the Allegiant airlines that used to be out here? I think that’s the one that may have went under or is in bankruptcy.”
— Leitersburg

“There is a beautiful display of Christmas lights on Dellinger Road in Williamsport. Anyone who enjoys looking at lights should ride down to see them. There’s even a live nativity scene, with sheep and a donkey. It’s so nice that someone does this for everyone in the community to enjoy.”
— Williamsport

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