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Mail Call - Feb. 11

February 10, 2013

“As a city of Hagerstown property owner and resident, I find it absolutely absurd that they now want to raise city taxes. What a way to even make a blighted downtown more blighted, to encourage less investment, by raising taxes at a time when we need to be cutting taxes and eliminating 50 percent of the ... by eliminating the dead weight at city hall and all of these different agencies they have created.”
— Hagerstown

“Seems that The Herald-Mail has no trouble in Mail Call giving liberal points of view, but when it comes to conservatives given equal press time, there is no such thing. Let’s be a little more fair and balanced — unless you feel you have more liberals supporting your agenda than conservatives. And by the way, I’m not the only one noticing this.”
— Downsville

“Walking through the BOE’s central office complex is like riding on the ... feature at Ocean City. My advice is vacate, don’t renovate. The old Potomac Edison property was the perfect choice. Of course, now the price has doubled.”
— Clear Spring area

“After reading about the shutdown of the Fairplay Fire Co., I want to ask a question. Is there any type of ongoing, proactive investigative program in the county fire and rescue system, to identify and confront serious problems in a fire company before they reach a crisis stage? Let’s hear an answer from someone on this.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m commenting about the lady who went to eat lunch with her son at the elementary school in Maugansville. All lunchtime is like that. They have lunch aides in there that are not supposed to correct the kids. A lot of times principals are in there where my kids go to school and they just let them do whatever they want because it’s their lunchtime, and I feel it’s wrong, too, that they should sit down and eat, and not be so loud and obnoxious.”
— West End, Hagerstown

“I can’t believe I voted for a few of these commissioners who voted to keep Fairplay volunteer fire department shut down. They must have blinders on, as well as earplugs. From the beginning of this fiasco, I could see where this was just a personal vendetta against Heller and Pennington. The task force was of no use. What did they do? I read where Fairplay was ... I remember when there was another fire department with the same problems. They got help, not shut down.”
— Halfway

“Commissioners, now for what reasons do you have for keeping Fairplay fire department shut down? They fixed problems but haven’t been able to prove this. Is this because they would not change leadership? This is sad for our freedom.”
— Funkstown

“I was just calling to say that if we had four more county commissioners like Terry Baker, we’d have a Class A county.”
— Washington County

“This is in reference to the school board. It would be wonderful if they could use the land that the former hospital is on, and buy that. That comes along with a parking deck across the street. It would solve the parking issues and also be a good amount of land to build that building on for all the school board.”
— Hagerstown

“If the community wants to revitalize downtown Hagerstown, then the Washington County Public Schools central office complex needs to move downtown Hagerstown. It’s a no-brainer.”
— Smithsburg

“We have our kids that went down to Annapolis yesterday, Wednesday the 30th, for three or four hours, and were talking to the leaders. You know, they did their job, they went down there. I understand there were some things involved that, you know, were not correct for teenagers to be looking up to these people. But The Herald-Mail didn’t ... to not even recognize Tech High School has even been there. So to The Herald-Mail: Boo.”
— Clear Spring

“I would like to comment on the government trying to pass the speed limit back up to 70, and the people on the news, the government said that they lowered the speed because of the safety of the vehicles. That wasn’t the cause back in the ’70s. They lowered the speed limit because of the gas rationing, and they were trying to save gas. That’s why they lowered the speed limit. It wasn’t because of safety. So I just want to prove that they’re wrong again about saying they’re trying to pass a law, and that wasn’t the law to lower the speed limits in the beginning.”
— Cearfoss

“I see where Neil Parrott is trying to get back in the limelight again ... He’s trying to raise the speed limit to 70 mph. I’ll tell you one thing, tell me anybody who goes out on that interstate or the highways who is going 65 mph. They’re all going 80 and 90 mph. They’re all passing me. So they don’t need to mess with the speed limit.”
— Hagerstown

“Just a suggestion to Neil Parrott: Why not increase the speed limit to 90 or 100 mph? You don’t think that we have enough accidents or endanger other drivers’ lives now? Why would you do this, to harm more people or to give current speeders now more adrenaline on the road? This idea is ridiculous, but I guess the faster, the better.”
— Hagerstown

“Allan Powell is worried about gerrymandering in Virginia by the Republicans. Why doesn’t he talk about the gerrymandering by Democrats in Maryland, that deprived our representative Roscoe Bartlett of his seat in Congress?”
— Brightwood Acres East

“I just want to congratulate the state for putting that roundabout on Garis Shop Road. I’ve traveled that road for 80 years, and it’s one of the best things that ever happened.”
— Garis Shop Road

“I’m calling about the Poffenberger Road changes on Alt. 40. I, too, agree that this road is made more dangerous with the changes. I could not believe they didn’t cut down the hill. When you come out of that road, it’s very likely that a car will pop over the hill and hit you. It just seems ridiculous the way they changed that. What were they thinking?”
— Boonsboro

“This is in reference to Del. Parrott’s drive to raise the speed limit to 70 mph ... Aren’t enough people dying on the highway now because they can’t keep their vehicles on the highway, and not off in the median or somewhere? Or maybe, I forgot, maybe they’re texting and talking on the phone, and that’s why they can’t keep it on the road. But the speed is up too high now. Even at 65, they’re going 80, 90. You put it at 70, it’s going to be worse.”
— Hancock

“On the subject of speed cameras, I think they should be put everywhere. There is no defense for not having them; the reason being, people that don’t want them simply want to speed and break the law. Well, let’s put speed cameras everywhere. Amen.”
— Washington County

“Congratulations to Homer Schetrompf and Ralph Salvagno for being elected to the town council in Hancock. Finally things are headed in the right direction in Hancock.”
— Hancock

“In the Jan. 31 edition of the paper, there is a quote in Mail Call attributing to Thomas Jefferson the idea that when government fears the people, it is liberty. Thomas Jefferson never said that. The first time it appears in print is 1914, and the first time it was attributed to Thomas Jefferson is 1994. Do your homework, people, before you attribute quotes to somebody who never said it.”
— Keedysville

“I’d like to give a hearty thank you to everyone who contributed soda can tabs, fruit can tabs, cat food and dog food tabs, that I got to give to Shriners. I got to give Shriners 12, 32-ounce containers full of these tabs, and they were very grateful.”
— Hagerstown

“It would be great if the Hagerstown postal service would paint the blue collection boxes sitting around on the corners in various areas of the city. It sure would beautify the city.”
— Maugansville

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