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Mail Call - April 2

April 01, 2013

“To the Sharpsburg caller complaining about HM national sports coverage: For what I see, the HM has plenty of national sports coverage. The HM is the most popular paper in the Tri-State. Go to any store in Waynesboro, Greencastle, or Hagerstown; the HM always sells out first. I myself enjoy HM coverage of the JFK ultramarathon. That event has the best runners from around the world. One of the sports guys, Andy Mason, was in that event and did extremely well. If you want national, get USA Today.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“The sequester is what Congress and the president say they didn’t want to happen, but they let it happen. It tells me it was what they wanted, because it was the only way to cut spending. The press is trying to make us think it is the worst thing that could happen for the country, but I don’t buy it. Government spending is out of control. Now Congress is trying to stop the post office from cutting Saturday delivery. You watch, there will be tax money used to bail them out. Government is the same as individuals. Eventually the credit dries up and spending has to stop.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I’ll probably never be convinced that we absolutely have to have mail delivery on Saturday. I’m sure some people have their reasons. I can’t think of any, but my suggestion is this: Close it down on Monday. Give the postal carriers Sunday and Monday off. They still work five days a week, have a two-day weekend. I think that would work fine, and they’d still save money. I can’t understand why one day or the other would upset anybody. If they need to make changes, make the changes. If it doesn’t work, change back.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a very important message. U.S. needs to treat Japan as its ally. They need to get Japan to arm some divisions of troops. They need to do this, because this is one way they can make North Korea stop. ... Otherwise, U.S. is in for trouble. I’ll volunteer to go, even if I am 80 years old. Thank you, President Obama.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading this morning’s paper, it’s Wednesday, March 20, and I see on the front page where county utility rates are going to rise. I think this is totally ridiculous, with people, so many people out of work in Hagerstown. We need to start to bring revenue into this town, more jobs, and more things to do for people, and they need to think about the elderly who are on a fixed rate. My husband and I both are on a fixed income, and we both have a lot of hospital bills and problems with our health, and I think the city should reconsider this, with the people who are having a hard time.”
— Hagerstown

“I hope they don’t allow pit bulls at the new dog park that they’re going to open, like they do the Halfway park. It’s ridiculous. They should not be allowed.”
— Hagerstown

“I keep reading in the paper and I keep hearing about how the price of everything is going to go up, and what I would like to know is, there are people like me who live on a fixed income and have no money to buy their medicine or their food, how are we supposed to keep paying for all this, things that are going up, when we do not have the money to pay for what we’re getting now? And how are we supposed to deal with the credit people that keep calling you because you can’t afford to pay?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Today the Democrat Senate is trying to push through the Internet mandate tax, which is only going to hurt small businesses and the taxpayers. But they’re taxing a business that doesn’t have any physical presence. So according to the Supreme Court, in Quill v. North Dakota, this is not allowed. But Congress once again ignores the Constitution. So let’s look forward to another big tax, and something to hurt the small businessman.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I’m talking about the tax Gov. O’Malley wants to put on, the gas tax. ... I think that’s overwhelming, right now with all that we have on us now, especially with only income of Social Security. ... Something’s wrong there.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the comment about Christopher Columbus and the Vikings, and who discovered America. It would be difficult to discover places that had 50 to 80 million people living there, who had been living there for thousands of years. Neither one of them discovered America.”
— Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

“This is a person  who lives down on the first block of Antietam Street. ... I thought they had noise ordinances around here. There are drunks and bums and people going around making noise all hours of the night, 1, 2, 3 o’clock in the morning, all the time. There’s a bunch of crime around here, and the police don’t want to seem to do anything about it. They’ll go right by them. I don’t think that’s right for people around here ... The crime around is with these drunken bums and people messing around in the area is getting to be outrageous, and I want somebody to actually do something about it. All they want to do is tell you what you want to hear.”
— Hagerstown

“The former Allegheny Power employee who thinks the Allegheny corporate center is a bad choice for the BOE is wrong. I too am a former Allegheny Power employee, and I know this building and its location, and it is an excellent choice for the new location of the BOE. It will need some renovations, but in the end it will cost the Washington County/Hagerstown taxpayer far less than building in downtown. It is also a safer location for the BOE employees.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“A huge thank you to the person who found my purse at the (grocery store) on Sharpsburg Pike on Saturday. It is so reassuring to know there are honest folks still out there. God bless you.”
— Sharpsburg

“Seniors can contact the Department of Aging (local government, in government agencies part of phone book) to see if they qualify for energy assistance. This agency can also advise you of other benefits you are entitled to if you qualify. Community Action also helps with energy assistance. Good luck and God bless.”
— Hagerstown

“Assault weapons are going to continue to be a way of life, thanks to our gutless Congress, and, yes, the president. Let your congressman know how you feel and vote him or her out in the next election. That’s all we can try to do. I just can’t imagine how after the school massacre, they don’t even vote on banning the assault weapons. Washington is a sad mess.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

 “I would never, ever put any of my family members in a nursing home again. I think it’s terrible. I wish the state would just come in and look at it, when, you know, unexpectedly, when nobody’s ready for them. Then they will see what really looks bad.”
— Hagerstown

“If the reason, as they say it is, speed cameras around the schools are for the safety of the students, I have no problem with it. My problem is that why are they on for so many hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. It seems 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. is sufficient. Also, why are they on when schools are out, for like, snow or Easter vacations, etc.? Especially all summer, when schools are closed entirely. Doesn’t sound good to me.”
— Hagerstown

“If the employees work 35 hours a week, which most of them do, 52 weeks a year, that’s a 55-cent-an-hour raise, this $1,000 a year they’ve been getting. So I don’t want to hear that they’re not getting a raise, because that’s exactly what they’re getting. They’re just calling it something different. Get your calculators out and figure that one out.”
— Hagerstown

“Why are volunteers needed to clean up the Woodmont area? I understand the Izaak Walton League has exclusive rights, hunting rights to that area. So why shouldn’t the Izaak Walton League clean it up?”
— Clear Spring

“I’m reading the March 20 paper today, the last article in Mail Call, Washington County, the employee that used to work for Potomac Edison. He is absolutely right about the building on Downsville Pike, for the BOE. It will take a ton of money to get that building up and running. The heating system and the air conditioning system down there were a total disaster when they built the thing. A lot of people wonder why the lights were on all night. That was the heating ... In the summertime, they never had enough air conditioning to keep the center of the building cool.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, I see that ways and means committee in Annapolis passed a gas tax. I just wonder when the people of this state are going to get their belly full of an incompetent governor who’s got the budget in a total mess, year after year, and a legislative body whose only answer is ‘We need more revenue,’ and you’ll stick it to the people of Maryland. When are you going to get your belly full?”
— Hagerstown

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