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Mail Call - March 22

March 21, 2013

“Don’t think you have any choice about the smart meters for your electricity. The power company’s getting permission from the state to put smart meters in your house, and you’re going to pay for them on your light bill. Now, the people in Hagerstown may be exempt from that, because they buy their power from the city. The power company is going to fire all the meter readers. They’re going to make more money, and you’re going to pay for it. Listen up.”
— South County

“Here goes Commissioner Cline again, not doing your research, extending the (excise tax exemption from) 30 units to 40 units. The only one that helps is the track builders that come in from out of town. They don’t hire local subcontractors, everybody they hire are from out of town, and they build the minimum standards of the code, and overcharge all their customers.”
— Williamsport

“Just wanted to warn families out there that those little fruit cups that the children love to take to school for their lunches, like 99 percent of them are from China; you know, the applesauce, the pears, the peaches, that kind of stuff. I thought we had orchards in the U.S., but I guess I was wrong. But anyway, if you like to buy products that’s not from China, check your fruit cups and your cans of vegetables, like your green beans and corn and all, because a lot of those are coming from China, too.”
— Hagerstown

“I am tired of hearing that the BOE would have a safety problem downtown. It is fine for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the university system and The Maryland Theatre. There are no problems that I know of. This is what Hagerstown needs, and as property owners, we pay both city and county taxes, so why not help to renovate our downtown?”
— Hagerstown

“I want to thank George Michael for his column of March 8, 2013, where he points out the truth of the timing and responsibility for the sequester. How can anyone respect a president when he’s ... trying to put the blame on the Republicans, when he knows the truth?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m just wondering if our politicians in Washington, D.C., and locally, and of course, in Annapolis — I don’t want to forget them — I wonder if anybody knows who this quote is from: ‘If you refuse those in need, you refuse me.’ For those of you who don’t know, Jesus said that. I wonder how many of our local politicians, all the way down ... ever read that quote. I kind of doubt it.”
— Hagerstown

“On gun control, why are the law-abiding citizens being held accountable of being ... why is it that the innocent people of our state or our country are being penalized for wanting to own guns legally, but the people using guns in heinous crimes, I see nothing in the paper about ... there’s nothing on the paperwork to have people using guns in heinous crimes are being punished harsher? ... Why is it the innocent are the ones who are having to pay the penalties?”
— Samples Manor

“I have a 7-year-old that’s in first grade, and there are eight to 10 children in her classroom that do not know their home phone number at all, don’t know their number. Mine has known her number ever since she went to pre-K. That’s 5 years old. The parents, the teachers, people have to get together. The children need to know a phone number to be reached in case of emergency. A child doesn’t know their home phone number, they have no right being out of the home, in my opinion.”
— Hagerstown

“Sincerest thanks and congratulations to the staff and performers in the production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at Clear Spring High School. These young people are our future, and hope there are many more like them. Pure enjoyment.”
— Washington County

“Whoever said Maugansville doesn’t need a police officer never lived in Maugansville. Cars and motorcycles flying up Alpine Drive, because there is no stop sign. It’s a straight shot from Greenfield to Sunrise. Also dogs barking all day and night, which is being addressed, so if you have a dog that constantly barks, beware, you may be getting a warning from the SPCA. Everyone needs to respect their neighbors. I don’t want to hear your radio in my living room over my TV. Would you believe on this last snow we even had someone start their snowblower at 3 a.m.? Please send us an officer.”
— Maugansville

“I also think that traffic on Downsville Pike is a nightmare. More people park on the shoulder of the road than in their driveways.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to comment on the proposal to give city workers a $1,000 bonus because their wages have been frozen for the past few years. I am a disabled veteran, and I haven’t gotten a raise in my disability payments for seven years now. Any chance I can be awarded a lump sum payment? I served for our country, not just our city.”
— Hagerstown

“It should be mandatory for anyone who starts a business in Hagerstown or Washington County to sign a contract that says when the business is closed, they should have to pay a fine if they don’t clean the business up. It would help to put some more money in the coffers of Hagerstown and Washington County.”
— Halfway

“As residents of Montgomery Township, we, too, appreciate the jobs and the activities of Whitetail. It is family-friendly, and a premiere place for children to enjoy. But can anyone tell me one way providing alcohol will improve on this family-friendly atmosphere? We have some rather narrow and winding roads in our township, and have had some close calls with speeding drivers. What will it be like if that person is driving impaired?”
— Mercersburg, Pa.

“It was absolutely alternately painful and laughable, to read the seriously hypocritical viewpoint of the opinion writer who had the gall to call the GOP in Virginia ‘shysters’ for ‘gerrymandering,’ given the vile plan of the Democrats, who recently implemented the same technique of gerrymandering in Maryland, to cobble together a new pro-Democrat district ... a shameful rant, indeed.”
— Hagerstown

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