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Mail Call - March 14

March 14, 2013

“If you have a pet and need a place for a dog park, it’s the taxpayers, it’s not just you. So when you have an animal, think about that before you pick a place to live, because it’s up to you to walk it. They have bags for you to bag feces, or you can take your own. It doesn’t need to be a dog park, just to be on the phone to socialize. That’s why you have a pen in place to have your animals to run. You need to make provisions before you find a place to live, for your animals — not the taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown

“This article about dress codes is laughable. They’re not even enforced. They want dresses up to the mid thigh. How about starting to wear them down to the mid thigh? They don’t want yoga pants too tight? Pants are already worn so tight you can tell that they’re wearing undergarments.”
— Hagerstown

“The Herald-Mail made a grave mistake in Friday’s paper, referring to Sen. Ronald Young of Frederick as a Republican. That is a disgrace to the Republican Party, because Young is the most liberal senator around, and he wouldn’t dare to vote against anything our great governor wants.”
— Hagerstown

“Sen. Shank is quoted as saying the gun control will do very little to stop the issue of gun violence in Maryland. Well, Sen. Shank, isn’t ‘very little’ better than nothing? Sen. Shank also said that assault weapons only represent a minuscule amount of crimes committed every year. Is homicide a minuscule crime, Sen. Shank?”
— Halfway

“This is a good heads-up to here in Hagerstown. But finally, they’re finally moving on the U.S. Senate and the House. They’re having a Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, but to amend it, they’re going to make Internet sales on anything taxable. Good, it’s about time eBay and everybody else pays. It’s Senate Bill 336 and House of Representatives 684. So maybe this will help.”
— Hagerstown

“I commend the Washington County Board of Education’s calculated patience in seeking a new location. Here’s a suggestion: Consolidate and reinvest in what you already have. Here’s how. Move the specialized programs from Washington County Technical High School into the other high schools to further enhance those schools’ magnet and academy initiatives, and then, convert the WCTHS building into a new home for the BOE. There is plenty of parking, great access to major highways and businesses, and room for offices, conferences, hosting events, and other BOE business. The money that would have been spent on purchasing a new, used building could be reinvested in the schools.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“It sure looks to me like the 5 percent budget cuts were exactly what both parties and the president wanted all along. Each can blame the other and still cut spending, which has to be done. Remember the taxpayer and our kids are footing the bill for all the deficit spending. I think it is a small win.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“This is in response to the person from Williams-port who felt showing a coupon before being served meant he was going to get an inferior meal. I use coupons all the time. ... We have always had good meals, and they were not less or inferior. I feel the main reason they want the coupon upfront is to avoid doing the check over. If they have the coupon ahead of time, then they can do the check correctly the first time. Don’t forget, when tipping you should tip what the original bill is, before the coupon is taken off. Just be glad you have coupons to save money.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“I would like to introduce all the gun supporters to ‘the rest of the world.’ ‘The rest of a world’ is a place that exists outside of U.S. borders. Many of the countries are considered free, such as Spain, France, Great Britain and Germany, to name a few. There are people who have houses, cars, and many other things, just like we do. They also have violent video games and movies, just like us. What they don’t have is unregistered guns, and ‘take one as you leave’ guns at gun shows. What they also don’t have is anything like the gun-related crime that we experience.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“I want to be critical of the gun control package that Maryland passed just this past week. The whole thing in a nutshell is they want to make $25, which will mount up to billions for this state. All the state is, tax and spend, and charge money for everything they do. I’m glad to read this morning’s paper, where West Virginia is going to pick this gun manufacturing plant over there, and they said they have no controls and won’t support any gun controls. Hurray for West Virginia.”
— Hagerstown

“The Morning Herald has plenty of space to report on the correctional officers that got themselves in trouble over the last few years, but they don’t have any space for the tax dollars that are being spent down at the prison complex south of Hagerstown. There’s all kinds of changes going on — unnecessary changes, if you ask me, and yes, I am a retired correctional officer — all kinds of tax dollars, just being flushed down the toilet, so to speak. Changing of the uniforms, changes on the arm patches on the uniforms, tearing down buildings, putting up new buildings. This is costing the tax dollars of Maryland citizens. Somebody look into this.”
— Hagerstown

“To everyone who thinks the BOE should move to downtown Hagerstown, or the old Sears building, would cost more for the BOE to do so than buying the Potomac Edison building that’s already a beautiful office space. They have all the offices they already need, equipped with carpet, the electrical, the air conditioning, and room for add on. Of all the ground they have, the best place is Potomac Edison ... Don’t be bullied into buying something that is going to cost the board so much more millions of dollars.”
— Williamsport

“Is there a dog park at Halfway park, and if so, what area is there a dog park? I’d like to know.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“There’s a lot of talk out there today about anti-bullying campaigns, etc., etc. Why doesn’t the media look at the White House? And it’s got a problem that’s worse than just having a bully pulpit. It’s got a bully in resident, when he starts name-calling ... calling people dumb, etc., when they don’t agree with him. Why don’t we hear some more about who he really is, media?”
— Washington County

“Jane Fonda was vilified for going to North Korea during that war. Now Rodman goes to North Korea. Is he going to be vilified, too, or is this something woman against man, or man against woman?”
— Washington County

“Herald-Mail, this is for you. You couldn’t find a half a sheet of paper for the comics for the kids, but you could find six sheets of paper today for mortgage foreclosures, and I’m sure that 50 million kids are going to go out today and buy a house. You said ‘no left child behind.’ Well, you left a lot of them behind, so I think you ought to rethink your mind.”
— Maugansville

“To the senior citizen who is hungry and shivering: I feel your pain. The truth is, you no longer matter to this current administration. They have passed out your money for food stamps, welfare, unemployment compensation, free health care, illegal immigrants, and all those families with no father. It’s a total disgrace. You used to be important to this nation. You are no longer.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“I am absolutely outraged that a ‘volunteer fire company’ is paying an employee $87,000, with an open-end credit card for wining and dining. When does this end?”
— Mercersburg, Pa.

“Maybe if the Clintons would have paid more attention to terrorism, like the embassy bombings and the Cole, which we lost two local sailors, we wouldn’t have lost over 3,000 on 9/11. They were too busy covering up and delaying Whitewater, Travelgate and impeachment.”
— Washington County

“I’m trying to find the books and the forms for the state taxes. I’ve been everywhere looking for them. Can anybody tell me where I might be able to find some?”
— Hagerstown

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