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Mail Call - March 26

March 25, 2013

“Just for the information of your readers, the new pontiff, Francis, took the name after the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to all the conservatives who keep making the argument that more people are killed by knives and clubs than they are guns, and if you want to kill something, you can do it with a knife or a club. Well, if that’s the case, I want all the hunters who go out in the woods, stop taking guns. Why don’t you just carry a knife and a club, and go beat or stab your deer to death next time? It’s so untrue that knives are more dangerous than guns.”
— Hagerstown

“As a resident of Washington County, I’m getting upset by all these people who live outside of the state or the county suggesting how we as taxpayers within the county of Washington spend our money. Keep your own comments to yourself, where you spend your own tax dollars or where you do your property taxes.”
— Maugansville

“I’m calling to find out why there’s been no comment whatsoever made in Mail Call about the closing of the Gibble’s factory. ... I think the new owner should realize that we have been eating Gibble’s for our entire lives, and it’s a shame ... that he let it happen.”
— Boonsboro

“It’s absolutely ridiculous what this city and this state and this county is doing to the business section of people trying to make a living. These little small auto lots and what have you, is just a good example of why nobody wants to come in this state and do anything.”
— Hagerstown

“I just went down to the courthouse, and got an $18 ticket for parking in the parking lot. No wonder no one wants to go downtown and park. At those rates, you’ve got to be crazy to even go down there.”
— Hagerstown

“Several prominent citizens have come out in favor of moving the BOE offices to downtown Hagerstown. Do you realize that most of the people who make this recommendation will benefit monetarily if the board chooses to make such a move? They are just promoting their own financial interests.”
— Halfway

“To the person who had their large gray cat pictured under the Lost and Found in the paper: Thanks for letting us know your cat has been found. I’m glad you got your kitty back.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a lot to say about all the young people in this county who get food stamps, money, help with their electric. I work two jobs. I’m 57 years old. I know a lot of these people. Why do they have to work? They don’t have to. They have baby after baby. They are mostly all capable of working. My friend and her boyfriend who don’t work just got $8,000 back on their taxes. They made $7,000 last year. I pay two child supports, and I can hardly get a hot meal.”
— Washington County

“Headline: ‘GOP wary of Obama charm offensive.’ It is certainly believable that from what we see of GOP leadership, that charm is a word that is not in their dictionary.”
— Boonsboro

“All restaurants don’t take coupons before the beginning of the meal. There’s one restaurant my husband and I go to often, and when I present the coupon right away, they tell me to hold on to it, that they take it at the end of the meal.”
— Hagerstown

“I watched with interest a couple whose son ... was placed in the Maryland prison system. This couple’s son evidently has mental issues, and they’re trying to get to the bottom of whether he’s getting any help or not. As a retired correctional officer, I know what these people are going through. ... And the Maryland prison system is not equipped to take care of these people. ... The judge should designate where these people should go. The prison systems in Maryland are completely overloaded.”
— Hagerstown

“Kudos go out to the person responsible for having the lights on ‘blink’ in the mornings on Massey Boulevard. This is a big help to traffic. Thank you.”
— Hagerstown

“The amount of dog waste that’s on the sidewalks and streets of downtown Hagerstown is disgusting. Dogs, except for service animals, should be prohibited within one block of the square.”
— Washington County

“I live in a public housing unit. It is three rooms, and I am getting outrageous electric bills; $70 and $80 a month. The light company has been here. They stand and look at the meter and say there’s nothing wrong. The other place comes out, they say there’s nothing wrong, and I know definitely there is something wrong. The light company even admits I never had bills like this before, and I’d like to know what I can do about it.”
— Hagerstown

“All this malarkey about the pope, what happened to God? Maybe the atheists have it right.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who called in about is there a dog park for the dogs in Halfway park: Yes, there is, in Marty Snook park. It is right in front of the Little League baseball field, right along the road. You can’t miss it. It’s been there two or three years and all. It’s fenced in real nice for the dogs.”
— Washington County

“I just have a question for the BOE, and especially, Jacqueline Fischer. If crime in downtown is too much for the board members to be able to get to work, why is it OK for children to be going to school down there, especially the Barbara Ingram school? If their safety’s in jeopardy, are the board members putting themselves in front of, their own safety in front of children’s safety? ... Rethink your positions.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to call and say I was at Western Heights Middle School Saturday night for a concert in memory of Mr. Shroeder, and I wanted to tell everybody who put it together, the people who performed, they did a great job. It was marvelous, and I really enjoyed the concert. You guys did a great job. Way to go.”
— West End

“To the new mayor and new city council: I would advise you to go slow, look things over real good, because you can put anything on paper, and whether it’ll work or not is another question. And the taxpayers are tired of carrying your mistakes.”
— Hagerstown

“The congressional budgets office says that this year, the U.S. will take $2.7 trillion in tax revenue, but President Obama says we need more. Typical left-wing radical liberal. He has no clue what he’s doing, he has no interest in fixing the national debt. Between he and Gov. Martin O’Malley, who’s a big-time tax-and-spender, they’re the two most incompetent politicians I’ve ever seen.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to thank our local legislators for not supporting the governor’s gun grab, by not being willing to let them take firearms from law-abiding citizens, based on physical characteristics and not on any solid evidence that they are more deadly or more aggressive, or even used in more shootings than any other type of firearm. To ban a weapon just because of cosmetic features makes no sense.”
— Smithsburg

“Duh. Maybe I’m not too smart. Just got an item in the mail that I could get 10 little trees free, with a contribution of $10. So as I said, I’m not too smart; how would that make them free? Can’t understand all this, but I just wish I’d quit getting all this junk in the mail.”
— Sharpsburg

“It’s a funny thing about this vice president Cheney, ex-vice president Cheney, that documentary about him, and he’s all for this war, he wouldn’t do anything different. It sounds great for a man that had seven deferments. He wouldn’t go himself, but he sent a bunch of, helped to send a bunch of other kids to get killed.”
— Hagerstown

“Where’s the Porta Potty at County Commuter transfer point on Franklin, across from Christ Reformed Church? Sure would be nice. Many are diabetic, and a great need is there.”
— Hagerstown

“Remember, if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Use some common sense, please.”
— Hagerstownn

“Big deal. Italy has the Vatican, but Hagerstown has Pope Avenue.”
— Hagerstown

“A helpful hint: When tearing up bread for, stale bread for the winter birds, put in a food chopper, and it makes really nice crumbs.”
— Hagerstown

“I cannot imagine building anything in the downtown area. I rode through Saturday, and could not believe all the bail bonds on each corner, on Franklin Street, on Antietam Street, the vacant, deteriorating buildings with no one in them. It is just a, a really mess down there, and I was thinking, I would not be safe to walk downtown, for the simple reason that why do we have all these bail bonds on every corner?”
— Hagerstown

“TV is too raunchy. I don’t want my mind polluted. I am 50 and live alone, but I need to use the parental controls; however, all it did was turn off the news.”
— Hagerstown

“I was wondering, I started going to church in 1978, and it was so nice back in those days. People went to the altar and they prayed, and people were concerned about lost souls, and now it’s like a social function. You go into churches and the people are laughing and they’re carrying on, and I just don’t understand what the church world of today, it’s just ... of course, there is no signs, wonders and miracles anymore, because people really don’t go to seek God and seek His face and do His will.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the front page and A2, about this economic development: Keep it under the county. Less politics, and a lot of other special interests won’t be involved in it. Don’t let it leave the county hands, five county commissioners. Stand your ground.”
— Hagerstown

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