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Mail Call - Dec. 26

December 25, 2012

“I see a former city council member thinks that the city mishandled the anonymous donor, whoever that might have been, for the stadium. Well, look at yourselves in the mirror, council people, the past council. And maybe you should ask yourself, why were we being so secretive? Why weren’t we more open with the public? This anonymous donor should have been open with the public, especially when it came to that much money and that much work downtown. And I think our county commissioners should take note also. Stop being so secretive. There should be no secrets. You’re using tax dollars. The taxpayers’ money is in your hands. Be more open with it.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to thank the young woman ... who paid for my groceries on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 1:30 in the afternoon. I had misplaced my billfold. She refused to give me her name and address so that I could return the $39. She only said ‘merry Christmas.’ What a wonderful spirit for the holidays. Thank you, and merry Christmas to you also.”
— Hagerstown

“After hearing about this intruder going into one of the elementary schools and shooting up some people, especially some kids, I hope our county and school system keeps all our doors locked, don’t let anybody in either door, any of the doors, until they verify who they are. Please shut them doors and lock them up.”
— Hagerstown

“An article in the Mail Call this morning from Robinwood area, complaining about the tax cost of the president’s vacations, has that person ever stopped to think how much of that cost he had no control over? He has to have a whole Secret Service details with him, every place he goes. So the president really has no choice but to spend all that money, just to ... vacation. So don’t go blaming him for it, or any president.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to call and say I was at Western Heights Middle School Christmas concert last night, and they did a marvelous job. The dancers at the beginning, they were just wonderful. I just wanted to tell you thanks, that I had a wonderful time, with me and my family coming to watch it.”
— West End, Hagerstown

“Just saw an article in a local paper, it said about this nitrogren management regulations are final. It’s kind of funny, it seems like it’s a double standard. While farmers are being told that they should not ... spread fertilizer in the fall, because of higher likelihood of leaching and runoff, a national lawn seed company and fertilizer company and the University of Maryland agrees that homeowners should fertilize their yards in the fall.”
— Leitersburg

“I’m just now reading in the paper about the ‘Hancock council’s OKs manger scene in park.’ I think the manger scene should be in the park because that’s the reason for Christmas. A Christmas tree isn’t Christmas, it is Christ in the manger is what Christmas is all about. And I don’t even think they should have objected to it being in the park. I think the manger scene should be put there, and anyplace else that anybody would want to display one.”
— Hancock

“I have some questions and comments about the vehicle emissions test — which I’m totally against, I think it’s ridiculous — but anyway, what about these vehicles that continually spew out blue smoke? Now, those vehicles have bad seals and bad rings. There’s no way they can pass the emissions test. The same with these vehicles from out of state. These out-of-state vehicles, the people living here, still driving them after six months to a year, are they exempt? Because they don’t have Maryland tags. There’s a lot that needs to be questioned about these emissions tests.”
— Hagerstown

“Let me tell you about entitlement. I worked for 35 years, served in the military during World War II and Korea. Got into the programs instigated by the government, Medicare and Social Security. Nobody asked my opinion. My employer generated my retirement based on what I would receive from the other two programs of the government. I paid my share in them all. Now I am a lowlife and taker. Always remember, what the government gives or arranges for you, it can also take away. That is an absolute, just like death and taxes.”
— South Hagerstown

“Somehow I can’t grasp what happened in the Connecticut school. Can you picture the terror in that school? Shootings are happening over and over and we keep hearing how sad and sorry we all are, well, I am also, but I am angry. I never hear the politicians, news people and officials use that word, angry. I think it’s time we all get angry and take drastic steps to try and stop the shootings. I have said this before in Mail Call, ‘the danger to us is within this country, not overseas.’”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“This call is to support the teachers of America and Washington County. Another reader wrote that if you volunteer at a school, you can see what happens on a daily basis, and you would appreciate our teachers very, very much.”
— Boonsboro

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