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Mail Call - Jan. 15

January 15, 2013

“Responding to the callers in Mail Call about not having your meters read by the electric company, the number they gave, I called the number and all you get is a list of all power companies and their number, and you call those numbers and all you get is a wait for a representative to talk to. You don’t get to talk to the PSC, Public Service Commission, which we need to talk to. The reason that the power company has said they don’t read the meters, because they don’t have anyone, they can’t hire anyone to read their meters. Sounds like a oxymoron, with all the unemployment we have nowadays.”
— Hagerstown

“I heard a good idea the other day, and this would apply to both gun owners and gun haters. When these people get arrested, and there’s a gun-related charge involved in the arrest, no matter what the relationship is to the arrest, the judges should not be allowed to let the lawyers work a plea bargain to drop the gun charges, just to get a sentence and get the court case taken care of.”
— Hagerstown

“I read in Tuesday’s Mail Call, a lady who said she was willing for her taxes to go up, for protection at the schools. The money they’re making off of these speeding tickets is ridiculous. State highways, if you’re driving past a school on a state highway, it’s 30 mph. If you’re going in a street in Hagerstown, it’s 25 mph. No wonder people are confused. I think this is nothing but taking money. There are streets in this town that need police protection. They ought to come up Route 40 or Nottingham.”
— Hagerstown

“In regards to the Washington County caller who is afraid all guns will be confiscated, and he will have to kiss President Obama’s hand, here’s the truth. There is a movement to make military assault-style guns and 30-shot clips or more illegal to sell. Nobody wants to take rifles, shotguns, pistols from anybody. Get the story straight.”
— Sharpsburg

“In reading the Jan. 8 newspaper, concerning ‘Local Businesses Support Downtown Stadium Project,’ there was a big list of people who will support. Are these people willing to donate money? If so, I’d like to see them put their money where their mouth is, and come up with a total of pledged amounts to help with this project. This could be nothing binding at this time.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to complain about the speed limit on Burhans Boulevard, between Antietam and Elgin. It’s 25 mph. There’s no way you can go 25 mph on the big, four-lane boulevard, without holding your brakes sometimes. That’s way too low. And then also on South Walnut, thereby, from Antietam to Park Circle, that’s 25 also, and heck, we can go through a school zone on Northern Avenue at 37 mph. So something’s wrong. Those two streets have to be changed, and upped a little bit, at least to 40 mph.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to those people who think putting cops in schools with guns is going to solve the problem. Think about the shoot-out down at the Park ’n’ Ride on Md. 66 last summer, when the two deputies fired almost 40 shots, they only hit the man twice. Where did all the rest of the bullets go?”
— Hagerstown

“One thing you can count on, any time a politician pushes a cause like global warming, there is money to be made in the form of new taxes. The carbon tax will come, and we will all pay.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to all the anti-gun people. Did you all watch the news this morning on ‘Good Morning, America’? A lady had to defend herself and her two children from an intruder who broke into her house, thinking the house was empty. She had a .38 that her husband just taught her to use. He came after her and her children ... she shot him several times in his chest. He is on life support. I have no sympathy for this man. Kudos to that woman, and to her husband, who just taught her how to shoot. Now, comment on that one.”
— Leitersburg

“What stadium? What Hagerstown Suns? Where’s the money? It’s not going to happen. Proponents, get over it.”
— Hagerstown

“What I’m calling about is the governor of Maryland wanting to tax gasoline again, and taking the death penalty away from Maryland. What else can he do? Gas is high enough now, we can’t afford to buy it.”
— Boonsboro

“For the caller who wanted to know what to do with the old Sears building: Wouldn’t it be grand to have 100 slot machines upstairs, and off-track betting downstairs? That would really do Hagerstown some kind of good.”
— Hagerstown

“For all the customers of Potomac Edison: If we’re going to read our own meters, to receive a more accurate account, we should be entitled to a discount.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m retired, in my 60s. I have four boys, grew up in Hagerstown, first chance to get out of here, they all moved away. I tell them what’s going on, they call it a dead-end town, Hagerstown a dead-end town, and they’re right. I’m reading about the new stadium. You guys don’t want the Suns around here. Let them go, all right? Don’t make anybody happy. ... You chase away all the businesses.”
— Hagerstown

“In Allan Powell’s Jan. 4 letter, he makes reference to Mitt Romney not winning states in which he owned homes; Michigan, California, Massachusetts, and Ryan did not win his home state of Wisconsin. This is not unusual. Al Gore did not win his home state of Tennessee, nor Clinton’s home state of Arkansas, nor Missouri, Gephart’s home state, nor Tom Daschle’s South Dakota.”
— Williamsport

“Am I the only person who notices how often Lew Metzner changes his outlook on the stadium? Every time you read something he’s stated lately, it’s, ‘Oh, well, let’s not be too hasty,’ on this and that. He should work at IHOP, the way he flips around.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading Tuesday’s paper, about the business owners in Hagerstown. They’re for the ball stadium. And then today I was reading where they say no way, you know. Well, if the business people want the ball stadium downtown, let them foot the money, not the taxpayers, if it’s going to benefit them. They better start thinking about jobs for the people in this town ... stay here, to get people jobs.”
— Maugansville

“My hat is off to any child who attends our public schools, graduates, and goes on to become a productive citizen. The families who want to build charter schools already have other choices. Either send your kids to private schools, or home-school them. That would fall in line with their real-world issues and needs.”
— Hagerstown

“I think it’s about time to thank all the civil service employees for all the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make, to enable this country to work as well as it does.”
— Sharpsburg

“I have just read Spence Perry’s Jan. 9 column, ‘We must not scare away hope,’ three times, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is he’s trying to say. It’s a lot of ... but nothing really too specific. I wonder why it was even printed.”
— Hagerstown

“Somewhere in the Bible, doesn’t it state that we should not judge other people?”
— Smithsburg

“The Redskins are out of the playoffs. ... Can we stop hearing and reading about RGIII now? Please, enough already. You would think there was never another good rookie quarterback before him. What about Russell Wilson, or Luck, pretty good, huh? I just hope RGIII is not seriously injured and his football career not in jeopardy, but the sports media can really turn you against a player, even though he might be a very good person. Stop it, man.”
— Hagerstown

“I see in The Herald-Mail today, Wednesday, that Gov. O’Malley wants to repeal the death penalty — repeal it. Is he serious? With 20 kids being killed in Connecticut, any time a kid is killed and murdered by somebody, they deserve the death penalty. And he wants to repeal it? Maybe we need to repeal Gov. O’Malley. ... Maryland is just a joke.”
— Hagerstown

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