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Mail Call - Jan. 1

December 31, 2012

“I read that metal detectors may be used in local schools, like they are used down the road, and the schools go on lockdown. I hope they realize that if a student wants to get a weapon into the schools they will pass them through the windows, and address that issue as well. It’s sad we have come to this.”
— Hagerstown

“I believe the only solution for downtown Hagerstown is to level one entire city block, to build a mall on stilts on that block, and have free parking underneath it.”
— Clear Spring

“I’ve never called or voiced my opinion in Mail Call, but this really struck a bad note with me. This is to the Smithsburg caller. When you went to the DMV, what did you expect to see? If you were so offended, you should have turned around and went back home, and returned after we are done celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. You must have been offended everywhere you went this month.”
— Funkstown

“Well, I see the unions are at it again. I was seeing in the news today where they’re going to target Republican governors in these states where they have the right-to-work law. You know something, this is a free country. We should have the right to join the union if we want to, and if we don’t want to, we shouldn’t have to. There’s nothing free about being made to join a union or even pay union dues. The only thing they’re doing is wasting your hard-earned money, your union dues. The amount of campaigning — I tell you this, they won’t succeed. If anything it’ll get worse the next election, because the people are opening their eyes up.”
— Hagerstown

“If the only reason to build a stadium in downtown Hagerstown is to boost the sales of downtown business owners, then please build it in Smithsburg. Our business owners would certainly appreciate the taxpayers funding a project in order to boost their sales.”
— Smithsburg

“I hope they reconsider putting guards at all these schools, a policeman or deputy sheriff or whatever, armed guards. And I’ve got a suggestion. If they have police cars or state police cars they’re not using, park one of them around the school, close to the school door, and that would deter a lot of people from trying to get in, and that’d be a good idea. You could still do that. I know you could, I know you have cars.”
— Hagerstown

“If a new stadium is built near the present site or along one of the interstates, that would be OK for the fans, the team and the owner of the team. Unfortunately, this would do very little for the downtown economy. I live on Summit Avenue, directly across from the proposed site for the new stadium. Only good can come from building a stadium complex downtown. What a novelty. It would bring folks up here from Frederick or Rockville or wherever. Generating revenue as well as watching the Suns play baseball — what a great combo. This is about Hagerstown and the Suns. Downtown needs a draw — something unique to give people a reason to want to be here — to be willing to spend their money here. The Suns need a new stadium. What brings people downtown? (blue trash cans?) Look around — not much. Let’s bring the Suns downtown. It will be good for them, but most of all it would be great for our city.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want to say the lights in Williamsport are absolutely beautiful, down in the park, the barn. It’s worth the trip to Williamsport just to see these lights. Also, there’s a house on Frederick Street, down at the bottom of the hill, that is beautiful.”
— Hagerstown

“Nice article on Dec. 19 in the paper about the stadium and the salaries. I hate to tell the downtown business owners and land owners, you have to put a little money in the game for that stadium, before the taxpayers will support it. And as for the salaries, I agree with Mr. Baker; no one should get it. But why don’t you publish the benefits of the county commissioners and all the county employees get, percentage of their salary?”
— Leitersburg

“While reading today’s paper, Dec. 19, about Motor Vehicles having decorations, I do believe the (DMV) is supported by people of different faiths and different ideas. That means they may want decorations up while they’re working, and pleasing the public.”
— Boonsboro

“This is in response to the ad from Smithsburg, stating about MVA’s holiday decorations. Snowflakes and snowmen are winter decorations, and they are absolutely beautiful.”
— Hagerstown

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