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Mail Call - May 13

May 12, 2013

“How does one go about arranging a green burial in this county? My husband and I would like that option when we die. Cremation is against our religion, and we are opposed to embalming, metal caskets and concrete vaults for environmental reasons. All we want when we die is a simple wood coffin and burial in the earth, so our bodies can return to Mother Nature properly — none of this eternal preservation business. ... Anyone have any information on the subject?”
— Boonsboro

“I am an independent, but was Democrat for many years. Then I realized it was not the Democrat Party of the ’50s. I do believe the Democrat Party is the party for the poor. The problem I find now is that the party has to keep people poor to keep their power. So sad, but this is destroying our country. People should really read what their party stands for.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a response to Mr. Callaham’s piece in Sunday’s paper. Mr. Art Callaham, I disagree with you on one thing. Your speed cameras shouldn’t be on after school hours, and they shouldn’t be on Saturday and Sunday. We might be speeding, but then again, they’re set up for school and construction. If you’re not in school, then the cameras shouldn’t ... anybody caught after hours, on Saturday, on Sunday, where there’s no school in service, then we shouldn’t have to pay a fine. So I disagree with you 100 percent. They shouldn’t be fined.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to send a big thank you to all the teachers and education support personnel who work so hard every day to serve our community and teach our kids. These important pillars of our community often go unrecognized and unappreciated. Teachers and ESPs provide a public service and a public good. I only wish more could be done in the future to ensure they are given the resources and tools they need to support our community’s No. 1 resource, our children. Teachers and education professionals, you are appreciated. Thank you for all you do.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to Councilman Aleshire’s comment about more residents being past due on their utility bills. I am one of those residents who happens to be past due on their water/sewer bill. I work a full-time job that is in retail. ... I get paid every other week, and in those two weeks, I have to budget for my meds and my food and utilities. Sometimes I have to decide do I eat or buy meds? I am not on any type of public assistance. ... So you see, not everyone is a deadbeat. We just have trouble catching up when the economy in this town is not doing well.”
— Hagerstown

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