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Mail Call - Feb. 20

February 19, 2013

“I just wanted to warn people that one of the major ... stores ... has items that are electrical and they’re not UL-approved. There are lighting fixtures and other things that are not UL-approved, and I’m afraid someone will purchase one of these things and could have a fire. Any store, any electrical item you buy, please make sure the package says ‘UL,’ that’s approved, Underwriters Laboratory approves electrical, anything electrical, so it’s safe.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m writing, $368.09. Ridiculous. I have a small house in the city, 15 feet wide. I wear a sweater, and sometimes a coat to keep warm. I have a couple of space heaters for heat, and yes, I know I’m defenseless against the big electric companies, but what am I to do? Can’t wait to see.”
— Hagerstown

“It was wonderful to read the thank-you note on the Opinion page today. I have never read in the paper anything about the Native-American month in November. The Native-American month should be honored the same as February.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a message for all of you people who take little kids out to a buffet-type dinner. ... You send them up there, they’re like 4, 5, 6 years old, there’s stuff slopped everywhere, there’s stuff all over the floor. Don’t you have any respect for the other people in the restaurant, that you would just want to get rid of your kids and turn them loose?”
— Sharpsburg

“I don’t know if anyone else has ever noticed this, but I find it kind of humorous that the local government agendas are always on the page across from the obituaries, or sometimes on the same page.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in reference to the intersection of Poffenberger Road, the new intersection they just finished. I’ve been out that road several times. It is quite an improvement on what they’ve just done. I feel like some of the statements that have been about that intersection, maybe some of these people are too old to be driving on that road or maybe they should take another direction.”
— Boonsboro

“Trash, trash, trash. Have you seen the trash along the fence at Garland Groh Boulevard, with all the plastic bags? Who is going to clean this up? Perhaps the Scouts could do a good deed and do something like that, or some type of an organization. But it is unsightly. Come on, Hagerstown, we can do better than this.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t understand why there’s not more outrage over the price of fuel oil. I know senior citizens who are losing their homes because they can’t afford fuel oil. Everybody’s upset about gasoline, goes up 10, 20 cents, but you never hear a thing about the fuel oil, and I just think it’s too bad, I mean, without heat.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller from Hancock, about Ralph Salvagno and Homer Schetrompf being elected to the town council: I agree, but there is only one main problem, and that being when there is a tie vote on anything, the mayor is allowed to break the tie. So nothing has changed.”
— Hancock

“If there’s a speed camera in a school zone and the speed limit is 30 mph, and the camera doesn’t get you until you’re running at least 40 mph, what would be the problem with some of you people, about these speed cameras? Well, I can tell you exactly what your problem is. You’re habitual speeders who want to break the law, you’re against everything the law stands for, and it’s just tough that you don’t like it, because they’re there and they’re going to stay.”
— Sharpsburg

“Wake up, people. Think about it. If our forefathers had caved in to the anti-gun lobby and banned modern firearms in their day, we law-abiding gun owners would be protecting our children, ourselves and our property with black powder and flintlocks today, while the criminals would still be using illegal modern weapons against us. Don’t let them handicap our future generations like this.”
— Hagerstown

“Thanks for nothing, Del. Neil Parrott. Trying to raise the speed limit to 70 is just asking for more wrecks and deaths on the highway. If you don’t know, let me be the one to inform you that everyone exceeds the speed limit now by at least 15 or more miles an hour. So put the brakes on trying to raise the speed limit.”
— Hagerstown

“Could someone please tell me why there is no gas station out in the Walmart area?”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Now we can add Benghazi to Whitewater, Hillary Clinton’s try for the president. She really showed her real character and contempt for Congress, about Benghazi. Does it make any difference how or why four Americans were murdered on her watch? ... President Obama and Hillary Clinton should be subpoenaed, put under oath, and asked the still unanswered questions. But don’t hold your breath waiting.”
— Washington County

“I’m calling to express my support and appreciation for everything that the division of emergency services, especially Kevin Lewis and Charlie Summers, are doing for our community. It continues to support our community, and I appreciate their help very much. They are doing a great job, and they’re looking out for the best interests of our citizens. Thank you, Mr. Lewis, and thank you, Mr. Summers.”
— Fairplay

“I see the picture of the little (raccoon) climbing up the spouting at the courthouse. That is the most pleasant thing that I’ve looked at for months on the front page. All you hear is bad news; wrecks, people getting killed, fires, and about the president, and you know, this was very pleasant.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to know if anybody knows where the Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War veterans association, where they meet, what day, what time, where they meet, and if there’s a contact number for any of them. Could you please respond to Mail Call with a number, or where they meet, and the time? I’m not eligible to join, but I would like to speak with them.”
— Hagerstown

“So we have this new council and mayor. Yes, we know that Munson was a former senator. He tells us that at each council meeting. This new council, with some regurgitated faces, is so proud of themselves because they stopped the one thing that could bring life to our city — our sleeping city, that is — a new downtown stadium. And it must be sleeping, because pajamas are the accepted attire for most folks, considering that’s the attire worn to take and pick up children from school. Pajamas are even acceptable attire to go to the post office, or city hall, to pay utility bills. I have one question for this council: What’s your plan for us?”
— Hagerstown

“One topic I’ve never seen addressed in Mail Call is that you may turn right on red, unless it’s posted, but 90 percent of the people in Hagerstown are not aware that you may turn left on red at intersecting one-way streets after stopping, unless posted ‘No turn on red.’”
— Hagerstown

“I read frequently Tim Rowland’s columns, and mostly enjoy them, but today’s column on cats sounds as if they originated on the planet Mars. How he could question the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service is just incomprehensible to me. I’ve had cats, and they have never been allowed out of my house. So my cats have never killed wildlife. I don’t think Tim Rowland can say that.”
— Sabillasville, Md.

“This year’s top priority for our Washington County delegation is to convince the Democrat-controlled state legislature to reinstate the disparity grant ($6.5 million in state funding) to our county. For that to happen, we need friends in Annapolis. In a recent TV interview, Sen. Chris Shank was given an opportunity to state his opinion on the governor’s proposed gun-regulation bill. Rather than stating what’s wrong with the bill, Shank makes a personal attack on the governor and his alleged hidden agenda. How smart was that?”
— Hagerstown

“Unemployment insurance is paid by employers, up to 26 weeks of state unemployment. When the unemployed go past 26 weeks and get extended unemployment benefits, that is paid by federal tax dollars approved by Congress. This is paid by all taxpayers. The federal government also funded many states’ unemployment funds, due to some states running out of funds to pay state unemployment benefits.”
— Hagerstown

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