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Mail Call - Feb. 19

February 19, 2013

“This is about the police department, city police department. I just called, I was on hold for 20-some minutes, trying to get a hold of somebody in the police department, and no one answered the phone. With all the money they’re making off the speed cameras, seems like they would have somebody in the police department 24 hours a day, if somebody needs some help, besides calling 911. They should have dispatchers there at the office at all times.”

— Hagerstown



“New mayor, raise property taxes. Please, Bruchey, come back.”

— Hagerstown



“According to one Mail Caller, ‘liberal’ isn’t a four-letter word. No, it isn’t, but maybe it should be. And while we are looking at the word, maybe we should change the definition to ‘economic disaster.’ Debt ceiling raised, credit downgraded, Obamacare causing mass layoffs, and premiums are rising. Not one piece of good economic news in four years. Liberals built that.”

— Smithsburg



“I’m not a Redskins fan, but you’ve got to be kidding me. Now they’re debating again on whether they should change the name of the Washington Redskins. It’s derogatory to some people. Well, there’s plenty of names and words out there derogatory to people. ... The Washington Redskins always were the Washington Redskins. It’s ridiculous to change it now because of political correctness. Just my opinion.”

— Hagerstown



“Kristin Aleshire made it for (City Council), because he always reviews every situation and looks into the background, and then he does a feasibility study, and he’s the only one that makes sense and knows all the details for everybody and reports them, and they are publicized in the paper, and they are very transparent, and thank you so much, Kris, for being and serving on the board. We really appreciate it.”

— Hagerstown



“To some of the cab drivers out there: If you’re performing a service to some of the people who are taking cabs, can you please not lay on the horn? Give the person time to come out of where they’re coming out of. ... If you have to lightly ... give the person a chance to come out. It’s a two-way relationship, not a one-way.”

— Hagerstown



“About all the mud on Route 57, it’s bad enough there, but it’s strung from one end to the other on Hicksville Road. You’d think the farmer would clean it up, or whoever.”

— Clear Spring



“In the Feb. 6 issue of The Herald-Mail, Falling Waters seemed to take issue with the congressional folks who were asking a few simple questions — puffball questions, actually — of Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton bears a great responsibility for the tragedy in Benghazi. There was no reduction in funds for protecting that consulate, but there was a reduction in Marines and armed ... especially on the date of 9/11.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to thank the person or persons who made the light shine again on the cross on the silo on Sohill Road. It is beautiful, and we do thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. God is in our neighborhood.”

— Clear Spring



“I read in today’s Hagerstown Herald-Mail, under the Boonsboro mayor and council meeting minutes, concerning the Cemetery Lane entrance. A statement was made that there has not been any accidents. All you have to is look at the yellow post at the beginning of the entrance to Cemetery Lane, and look at the multi-colors from different vehicles hitting that post.”

— Washington County



“Low-information President Obama voters continue to believe that the economy has turned around and things are getting better. After four years, we are right where we started, at 7.8 percent unemployment — except now we have more than 47 million on food stamps and 8.8 million on disability. This is simply unsustainable. Oh, and gas prices are still double what they were when Obama took office.”

— Smithsburg



“I was up to the Hearing Care Center at Robinwood Medical Center and I lost my cellphone in the parking lot. A gentleman found it and turned it in. ... I cannot thank him enough for what he did.”

— Middletown, Md.



“I agree with Friday’s caller that this is not the time for the city to raise property taxes. Several years ago a national real estate speaker advised that property values would go down in Hagerstown if the city enacted its code compliance regulations. Guess what? He was right. No wonder the city is the only one purchasing property in Hagerstown. There is no benefit to the private citizen to invest in a home or rental property in the city limits.”

— Hagerstown



“I have an idea. Why don’t they put speed cameras on the interstates? Bet they would wear them out in no time. When I’m going the right speed, cars and trucks buzz by me like I’m sitting there. Use the money collected from these to pay off debts and lower our taxes. Bet they would make millions.”

— Hagerstown



“This is about your opinion on A4 on Monday, Feb. 11. Trying to read between the words and the lines about your big objection to the current stadium location is prone to flooding, I think maybe you should do a little research and come up with a report on the proposed downtown site that supposedly has streams running under it, and that your current building needs to pump water out 24/7. I think you’re beating the drum for a dead ... alternatives for the stadium, rather than trying to make money off your property.”

— Washington County

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