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Mail Call - Feb. 22

February 21, 2013

“Today is Feb. 15, and a caller is calling for a major overhaul of the county’s volunteer fire companies. He/she cites as mistakes Fairplay Fire Co. problems, and the fire in downtown Williamsport. As one of the people directly affected by this fire, I am offended by this characterization. Obviously, this person was not on the scene, or they would not have this mistaken idea. All of the firefighters performed brilliantly. Due to their efforts, the majority of Wolfe’s building was saved, and the connected home didn’t even suffer smoke damage. I can vouch for this, for it is my residence. All the county’s volunteer fire companies and those from out of county deserve praise for this successful job.”
— Williamsport

 “I am not opposed to the 70 mph speed limit, although I would think the money that would spent on changing the road signs would be better allocated on repair work for now.”
— Hancock

 “I wonder if most of these people who have collected unemployment for 99 weeks, which is long enough to find a job, have actually even looked for one. It might not be the job you want, but there are jobs out there. Did you take advantage of this time off to improve ... skills, or do you just lay back?”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding the bill proposing to require students to take an online course before they graduate, sounds to me like a return of the days of TV teaching in Washington County, via a metamorphosis of the TV into a computer screen. I’m skeptical.”
— Hagerstown

“Moving that BOE central office would be a total waste of money.”
— Hagerstown

“To newly elected mayor of Hagerstown: How about starting an anti-litter campaign? Get our police officers to start enforcing a littering law, which, after research, I understand it’s $50 per piece of litter. This town looks like a pigpen, with fast-food trash laying all over the streets and curbsides. Think about it.”
— Hagerstown

“OK, it is the Washington County BOE, not downtown Hagerstown BOE. So the BOE currently ... with no cost for land, but to move downtown they need to buy property, tear down what’s on the property, at unknown cost, and then still build, for $15 million. Am I missing something? They should stay where they are, with a new building. Don’t waste county tax dollars just to save the downtown.”
— Smithsburg

“I have been looking to see the children who participated in the geography bee at Smithsburg Elementary School, to have their pictures in the paper. I’m hoping they get theirs in. I see all the other schools have theirs in, and I’d like to see theirs also.”
— Smithsburg

“The local paper’s own editorial has already stated that the P.E. building off of Downsville Pike would have numerous advantages over other possible locations when the BOE moves its central offices. But it would seem, in their opinion, that a middle-of-town location should trump other considerations. Well, in my opinion, if the downtown location is not hands-down the best location, then the board’s offices shouldn’t be relocated there, and the newspaper should not use its voice to emotionally blackmail the board into a decision which could have long-term negative consequences for our children and the board’s staff.”
— Hagerstown

“Are we going to have another four years where Congress does nothing? This blocking of the secretary of defense nomination is ridiculous. This man has actual combat experience. He’s a veteran — more than the past several secretary of defenses can say that they had.”
— Hagerstown

“A three-point plan for the BOE, to save $17 to $18 million dollars. No. 1, cut the fat. Reduce central office personnel. Why do we need 200 employees to run the BOE? We’ll let them explain that. Two, remaining personnel relocated to offices at various schools in the county, so they can actually observe who they are working for. And three, renovate a small part of the BOE central office for the superintendent and staff.”
— Hagerstown

“I can’t understand how the city can continue to operate by subsidizing every business that moves downtown. Besides, the BOE is not a profit-making business, but rather another tax-dependent operation. So aside from a few hot dog shops that might come and go, how is any money to be made? Especially when the city waives any fees, plus lowers utility costs.”
— Hagerstown

“President Obama calls for jobs, without raising the deficit. Didn’t he say that four years ago? Sen. Marco Rubio said he had more deficit in four years than President Bush did in eight years. Are we better off now than we were four years ago?”
— Washington County

“I can understand why the BOE is concerned about parking downtown. Parking has been a problem for years and years. Hopefully, this new set of city council people, at least the new ones, have enough common sense — which I think they do — to figure something out. You pay a whole lot less on a city lot than what you’d pay on a privately owned lot. A privately owned lot charges up to $3 an hour. Imagine that. I think that is one problem that hasn’t been addressed enough by our previous city council.”
— Hagerstown

“Will it never end? Apparently not. I’m referring to Tim Rowland’s column in the Feb. 13 issue of Herald-Mail, in which he mocks and bashes Sarah Palin. Yeah, I know, she put herself out there, so that makes her a target to have her life dissected, character destroyed and be lied about. C’mon, Tim, let’s be fair. How about doing a column on the many blunders made by President Obama (remember the ‘57 state’ comment, or how to pronounce ‘corpsmen’?) And then there’s Vice President Biden. Oh, the fun you could have with him.”
— Hagerstown

“When is something exciting enough going to happen that they change the Funkstown page? Last article was Dec. 15. Let’s see if we can update sometime.”
— Funkstown

“I have a complaint: People that park their cart in the aisles, and then expect people to stand and wait for them, or they get mad if you bump their cart, and yell at you.”
— Keedysville

“The person in Hancock asking about the caps and the flip tops, Roy’s service station in Berkeley Springs, you can take them to them. They give them to the hospital in Morgantown.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“It’s funny, a local politician, county commissioner, and a mayor of a local town recently purchased a property, and now it’s one of the leading candidates for the new BOE. Guess it’s just another coincidence in our local politics.”
— Hagerstown

“It was nice of the comptroller of Maryland to visit Hagerstown and Washington County, to advertise a tax-free appliance weekend, but I have one question. I wonder if he bought anything while he was here, and paid sales tax.”
— Hagerstown

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