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Mail Call - April 16

April 15, 2013

“Is the City of Hagerstown out of its mind? Are they really paying $320,000 for a rundown building with a collapsed roof and numerous code violations? Why wasn’t the owner forced to comply with the code, rather than rewarded with a nice, fat check?”
— Hagerstown

“Has anyone heard — including the new mayor — has anyone heard anything about the senior center in Hagerstown? I have not seen anything in The Herald-Mail since last December.”
— Hagerstown

“I wish to put a good word in for the MVA. The recent experience was appreciated. The clerks are very responsible, courteous, and extremely nice.”
— Huyetts

“In today’s paper, there is the statement again, ‘Women are just popping baby after baby after baby, to get all that assistance.’ I assume that people who think like that are in favor of making abortion free to poor women, and encouraging poor women to have as many abortions as possible.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I find this very interesting. Everybody I’ve talked to wants the deficit brought under control and wants spending cut, but nobody, and I mean nobody, wants anything cut that pertains to them. So how are we going to get this thing under control? Everybody’s feeling is if it hits somebody else, it’s OK, but don’t hit me with it.”
— Sharpsburg

“I hope all the Democrats that voted for Gov. O’Malley and the rest of the Democrats in Maryland, think about it, their vote, when they stop to fill up their gas tanks. Think about your buddy O’Malley, what he’s done for you lately.”
— Williamsport

“I live at South Pointe, and I use the Funkstown bridge a lot, and they did such a beautiful job on that.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the article on April 9 about the Hagerstown Suns and the municipal light plant and all, why don’t we let that team go to Fredericksburg or somewhere else, and save the taxpayers? You were dead wrong about downtown. Look at all the pollution. And then you’re going to put it out where it was a power plant ... all that coal and diesel fuel and all in the soil out there. Give me a break. That is a poor choice. Save the taxpayers money.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. O’Malley and all the lawmakers in Annapolis, hope you stand along the interstate in Maryland and watch all the truckers and travelers drive right through Maryland. Your greedy gas tax is going to keep people from stopping in Maryland, not just for gas, but how about food, beverage, lodging, etc.? All these are going to see less sales, which in return means less tax, not only gas tax but other tax. Congratulations.”
— Williamsport

“I have to agree with the caller from the April 9 Mail Call, about the Fairplay fire department. The commissioners will never be able to make everyone 100 percent happy, but I can attest that more than a majority of our community are happy that we finally had a strong group of commissioners make the right decision about our safety in Fairplay. It’s been 20 years overdue. Time for Mr. Baker to hop on the train to out-of-office county, and take an extended vacation with Fairplay’s leadership.”
— Washington County

“Rather than bother with local elections and the results we get, why don’t we use an administrator to select the appropriate study group to give us the answer, since this seems to be what happens anyway?”
— Boonsboro

“This is for Gov. O’Malley and also his puppet, Del. Donoghue. I just saw on the news where there were like 14 people, I think it was in Texas, who were stabbed. So does that mean that, oh, my, we have to ban all the knives now? Look out, throw all the knives away. How about it, Mr. Donoghue? I guess you think you’re going to ride his coattails when he tries to run for the White House, which we all hope in Western Maryland, he doesn’t make.”
— Hagerstown

“Responding to the caller from Falling Waters, about the Orioles and Ravens scheduling situation in September: According to Tom Davis with MASN, no team in major league baseball or the National Football League has anything to do with the schedule and how it’s set up. The leagues are the ones who determine what the schedule is. So don’t blame the Orioles for the rescheduling of the Ravens to a road game in September.”
— Smithsburg

“I realize the BOE is doing its best to try and give our children a better education, but I do have a question. When are they going to do something about all the kids who are consistently late; some, two hours, and therefore they miss a lot of learning regularly? Maybe the parents should come in and sit with them, so they are on time.”
— Hagerstown

“What is going on with rental homes? I looked at four rental homes in two weeks, all asking $1,200 a month for rent, and all of them are downright dumps. You would think, after the housing market crash, that the greed would stop, or ... lessen, but no.”
— Clear Spring

“I just read this story here in yesterday’s Herald-Mail about the state strengthening its distracted driving laws for the everyday driver. But it’s all right for the police officers who are there to enforce the law to be driving and talking on their cellphones. That’s not right.”
— Williamsport

“Thank God that they caught the arsonists. Now we can all sleep better at night. And to all law enforcement involved in catching these criminals: Job well done. Thank you, and God bless you.”
— Boonsboro

“The problem with the death penalty is, as the Innocence Project has shown, there’ll be a certain number of innocent people who are convicted. However, if people worry about that, it is true that most of those who are innocent and convicted will be poor, and in many cases, black. Middle class and upper class people with money are much less likely ... For anyone who doubts that wealth can enable a person to avoid being executed, I refer them to the case of Leopold and Lobe. Their parents could hire Clarence Darrow. Clarence Darrow kept them from being executed.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the BOE and the Washington County Commissioners. Something doesn’t add up. Back when I went to school, back in the late ’70s, early ’80s, they couldn’t afford to replace the rusted lockers we had to use. Now we’re building all kinds of schools, now we’re buying the old PE building. What gives? Where’s all the money coming from?”
— Hagerstown

“Young men and boys of Hagerstown, this is Grandma. I’m tired of riding down the street and seeing your underwear hanging out. In my younger days, that would have been indecent exposure. Pull your pants up.”
— Hagerstown

“As a disabled veteran, I wish to thank all of the drivers who wave and honk at me in response to my waves. I travel almost every day ... for my daily outing in my wheelchair as my therapy. In order to do this, I have modified my chair with running lights, headlight, and American flag. There have been a few days, due to my MS flaring up, that I do not travel. With the love of my wife (35 years), love of my God blessing me each and every day, and the honks and waves, I enjoy each and every day. Thank you.”
— Hagerstown

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