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Mail Call - April 12

April 11, 2013

“Hooray to the BOE for moving their offices to the Allegheny Power building. It just makes sense.”
— Fairplay

“I’ve noticed, with taxpayers’ money, of course, these new positions being formed, old positions being refilled, we’re spending who knows how much money trying to help redo downtown. We’re creating new positions in the city and the county government. Now, with all that money that’s being spent, why hasn’t somebody kept track of, say, who let the Hamilton Hotel get that terrible, the electric light plant, and that white elephant across the road from the electric light plant. Spend some money and accomplish something, not just hiring people.”
— Hagerstown

“Concerning people putting blue ribbons up over in Greencastle, concerning child abuse, I would just like to say the only way child abuse is going to stop in this country is whenever the laws become tougher concerning people that abuse their children, and especially whenever they murder their children. But I don’t see that happening any time soon. Yeah, the laws in this country concerning child abuse actually stink. ... They’re not for the victims or the victims’ families at all.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Attention, Hagerstown mayor and city council: Strike one, you let the ball stadium deal die. Strike two, the BOE is not coming downtown. One more strike and you’re out.”
— Smithsburg

“If Hagerstown would have built on Summit Avenue a three- or four-story board of education building with a multiuse facility/stadium like Camden Yards, the renters on Summit Avenue would have no noise or light complaints. Instead we spend $24 million on a library, and no one blinks.”
— Hagerstown

“I have never made a comment here previously, but I’m so inclined to now. Bravo to the BOE, for making a sound fiscal and visionary decision, instead of the city attempting to slap something between dilapidated downtown buildings. The BOE is professional, and the new site looks professional and will accommodate current and future growth. Bravo.”
— Williamsport

“Nice article on A4 of the Opinion, ‘Airport tower isn’t needed.’ They hit it right on the head. That is a field of dreams, almost like the stadium. How can we come up with the tax money to keep that thing operating? Why don’t we co-op, and let Frederick, that has a brand new tower that’s only been used 10 months and cost $5 million, why can’t they help with the air traffic here in Hagerstown? They’re doing a heck of a lot more flights.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to say, why doesn’t the newspaper print every property that the city owns? We don’t know what all the city owns, where our tax money’s going. After all, we’re paying for it. We ought to know what we own. And why don’t they clean up their properties uptown? Make everybody uptown that owns properties clean it up. If it’d be my home, they’d be after me to clean it up.”
— Hagerstown

“I applaud Gov. O’Malley for trying to get the gun bill passed, in reference to the April 4 front page of The Herald-Mail. What is the big deal about having to have your fingerprints taken to own a gun? You have to have your fingerprints taken to work at several jobs, including the school system. He is not taking away the privilege, just making it more safe and sensible.”
— Hagerstown

“Congratulations to the BOE for choosing the Allegheny building for their new location. My husband retired from there, and this building is ideal for their needs. Finally, we do have some intelligent, forward-thinking minds, making decisions based on what is best for our community, rather than selfish decisions to benefit their own agenda. Great news.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where President Obama’s giving 5 percent of his pay back to the government, which amount to, his is about $20,000, and he’s writing the check today to send back to the government. So I’d like to see Boehner and the Congress and the Senate and all them give 5 percent of their pay. But I tell you what, don’t hold your breath.”
— Hagerstown

“I just love Mail Call. It can bring back so many memories, like the Hamilton Hotel in its heyday, a beautiful building, there on the corner of Summit and Washington, with a big glass window — just beautiful. There was also four movie theaters downtown. They all were busy on Friday and Saturday night.”
— Maugansville

“I’m calling to make a comment about one of your Mail Call things today. The first one is about the voting. You should be able to vote in the primary, as well as for county commissioners and the mayor, without having to change your party, if you’re independent. If you’re a registered voter, you need to be able to vote. And No. 2, a mean mother, oh, she makes her kids go to church, because that’s where they learn about God. That’s good, though.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“The 5 percent cut in pay President Obama agrees to give up amounts to $20,000. He has taken four vacations this year. His Hawaiian vacation cost $8 million alone. His trip to Florida, so Tiger Woods could  give him pointers to improve his golf skills, cost $3 million. Costs $180,000 an hour just to run Air Force One. Obama stops tours to the White House, which cost $78,000 a week. This is a right for our children to see history.”
— Funkstown

“In answer to Hagerstown, who questioned why conservatives want women to get sonograms before abortions, and are against abortion, I would offer this. We deem life sacred, especially among our most vulnerable. The baby in a womb is not a mass of tissue, as some would have you believe, but a living human being. Sonograms prove this. The Constitution guarantees us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The guarantee of life should include children who have not yet been born.”
— Smithsburg

“Thursday, April 4, someone called in and said these morbid people drive around with morbid obituaries on their rear car windows. This person is so cruel. Obviously they’ve never lost a loved one. If I want to put a picture of my loved one, and the date they were born and the date they died, and a small saying on my vehicle, that I pay for and pay for tags and taxes and all ... just the same as if I want to paint it purple. This person is a horrible, mean person.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the complainer from Garden Spot in Maugansville. That airport and tower were there long before Garden Spot was even a thought in a developer’s mind. If you don’t like the airplanes flying overhead, the most simplest thing is, move.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a question, if someone could answer it for me. What kind of a person, human being, would damage a grave at a cemetery? What kind of person would do that?”
— Hagerstown

“To the person from Falling Waters who complained about the Orioles not changing their date, so the Ravens could open by theirself: The Orioles were willing. Their opponent was not, which I believe was Cleveland. Do you think they have a reason to not want to cancel?”
— Hagerstown

“I live on the Garis Shop Road, and I was wondering if anybody else around the area, at night, say maybe around 10 or 11:00, hear like a rumbling, like it would be a thunderstorm coming, but you know it’s no thunderstorm. I’m just curious to see what it is, because I’ve been hearing it now for months.”
— Hagerstown

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