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Mail Call - March 20

March 20, 2013

“I’d like to respond to the piece in the paper I see on Monday, March 11 paper, ‘City mulls $1,000 payments in response to salary freezes.’ The city’s going to give $1,000 pay to all the full-time workers in June. Well, they did that last year, and you’re going to give them another $1,000 this year. What about the people out here who had their taxes raised or something, assessments on the houses going down, can’t find a job?”
— Hagerstown

“Anybody who works for the city and makes over $75,000 a year should not even be considered for the one-time $1,000 payment.”
— Hagerstown

“I just read the article and the headlines in today’s paper, Monday, and I think it’s absolutely ridiculous for the Hagerstown council to consider a $1,000 bonus for their employees because they haven’t had a raise in a couple of years. There are a lot of people in Hagerstown on fixed incomes who haven’t had a pay raise in a lot of years, more than two, and most of the city employees are right now the highest paid in the area.”
— Hagerstown

“To all the people complaining about coupons in the restaurant: I have used coupons to get the same meal that I’ve gotten without coupons, and the servings are always the same. These people that say this are just paranoid. ... To the cab driver who says he picks up other people: I’ve ridden in many cabs in many cities, and none of them do this. They have ‘In use’ on their cab. You can’t even hail a cab when they got somebody in it. So I don’t know where you come from.”
— Hagerstown

“All the stuff that’s going on at Halfway Fire Co. where is Kevin Lewis and the county commissioners now?”
— Fairplay

“If the city gave their employees a one-time payment last fiscal year, and they’re giving them a one-time payment this fiscal year, doesn’t that make it an annual payment?”
— Hagerstown

“Here’s to all you abortion advocates. How many of you have adopted an unwanted child? Just what we need, another teen girl having a baby, getting welfare, food stamps, and she can’t afford a baby-sitter because it’s more than she’ll make at McDonald’s. No father, parents can’t afford her either, or wait, she’ll get food stamps, free health care, rent under $100. Who’s going to pay for that? Guess. They should take all of the ... charge them a price every month for care of one or two children. Let us off the hook. What do you think, Hagerstown?”
— Hagerstown

“To the BOE: Stick to your guns and go down where the old PE office used to be. It’s a good-looking building, it’s well landscaped, there’s plenty of room, and if you need to do any expansion, you don’t have to be running around hunting another place to build again. And plus the fact, in Hagerstown, all you’ll get into is traffic jams and people bumming and begging and so on and so forth.”
— Hagerstown

“Reading The Herald-Mail today about the $1,000 work reward or incentive that’s going to be given to city employees, how about making that $1,000 applicable to only those employees of the city government who live in the city, that that is their permanent address? Some cities do that most effectively, especially for their policemen and their firemen. Instead of seeing them drive by through the city and go off to their homes in the suburbs.”
— Hagerstown

“Last summer in Boonsboro, curbside pickup of recyclables began. This has been such a help, replacing loading the car with papers, cardboard, bottles and cans, to take up to the green bins that were then on the Park and Ride lot.”
— Boonsboro

“I think everyone by now realizes Hagerstown is in dire need of some help, whether it be new businesses, BOE, whatever it needs to revitalize it. Of course, trying to save money is the hardest part. My comment is this. With all these firms that are coming in here, telling our local leaders what to do and what not to do, it’s costing us a lot of money. These several lawyers that have brought these firms to tell us what we need to do and what not to do, well, they’re making a ton of money, and we’re not making any headway.”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding the article in Time magazine, why medical bills are killing us, I wholeheartedly agree with the caller from Boonsboro. Every one of us should read it. It’s in the March 4 issue of Time magazine. If it’s no longer in stores, you can find it at any of our local libraries. The article is titled, ‘The Bitter Pill.’ It’s a rather long article, but well worth the time to read it. We all, at one time or another, have to deal with medical bills. This is an eye opener to an outrageous practice by our medical facilities all across the country. Please read it. Surely there is something we can do to put a stop to this abuse. We should not have to go bankrupt to pay for hospital or medical bills.”
— Clear Spring

“There have been so many stabbings in Hagerstown in the last month, and now even a robbery with a knife, maybe we should ban knives.”
— Clear Spring

“March 10 is much too early to start daylight shifting time. Schoolchildren and people who work need the morning light, to get to their destinations. I wonder how many accidents there have to be before they change back to more sensible standard time.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. Waters, I absolutely love your column. Every Sunday morning, it’s one of the very first things I read, and it just brings it back to my early childhood and growing up, and it’s just so much, it’s just absolutely wonderful. And everyone should read your column, Sunday, March 10, and they would understand things a lot better.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to A3, about developer wants downtown ... here you go, you’re going to get locked into something. The Allegheny building south of Hagerstown, Downsville Pike, with 44 acres, and existing building, is something that’ll take care of this county for years. That’s a no-brainer, county commissioners, and that’s why it should be pushed. Save us some money and buy that.”
— Hagerstown

“Here’s a thought. Movie stars, sports players, TV personalities, music stars, Washington, D.C., officials in government, etc., this is where all our money is going. No one on this green earth is worth $1 million to act on TV in one episode for one night or day. No one is worth this kind of money ... To explain this comment, common sense. Is there any common sense left in this world today?”
— Hagerstown

“As a taxpayer and a former Allegheny Power employee, the former Allegheny Power corporate center building on Downsville Pike is a bad choice for the BOE. ... The BOE needs to stop and walk away from that building, and just look downtown, or to build a new building.”
— Washington County

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