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Mail Call - June 17

June 16, 2013

“To all you people out there who complain about getting tickets from speed cameras, which allow you 12 miles an hour over the speed limit before you’re fined: Try to stop complaining, and slow down.”
— Hancock

“I just read in The Herald of June 7, the article by Allan Powell, on Rand Paul. I wasn’t interested in Mr. Paul and his run for presidency until I read that article, and now I’m sure to (support) him.”
— Washington County

“Councilwoman Nigh. ... She has fought every progressive ... fought within the city, and continues to make it go downhill. There will be no progress in the city when residents continue to elect ... Hagerstown has only one way to go with the current leadership, and that is down.”
— Hagerstown

“Wow, look at President  Obama: IRS, knew about Benghazi, picking Susan Rice to take Hillary Clinton’s place. Now doing the phones. Soon he’ll be asking for our birth certificates and probably let more foreigners in. Wow, if I could just be like Obama, but I’m not. I’d get life in prison by doing what he’s doing, all the scandals he knows about. I hope people wake up. Maybe impeach him. And more, he’s doing more and more. Wake up, America, while we still have America.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“I like the article on the grant program, invest in downtown, with a million and a half dollars. We’ve put so much money in downtown Hagerstown over the years, and it’s still bleak. ... Maybe that money — why don’t you buy some of that and condemn some of those properties and bulldoze it down, and maybe somebody will come in and invest, and build some decent buildings downtown, where it can revive the city. Don’t fix the dilapidated buildings. You’re kidding yourself.”
— Hagerstown

“This is the third time I have written Mail Call, pointing out its lack of coverage of an important sporting event that occurred Memorial Day weekend in our city. The World Duckpin Classic was held at Southside Bowl that weekend, and several local bowlers finished in the top 10. Over 150 bowlers from Canada and the U.S. participated. With the popularity of bowling generally in a valley and duckpins in particular facing hard times, it would have been nice to see some write-ups on our local sports pages concerning this event.”
— Hagerstown

“We are supposed to respect the president and all of our government, and likewise teach our kids to do the same. How can we do that when the president and the government has no respect for us?”
— Hagerstown

“About 10 years ago, Congress passed the Patriot Act. Among other things, we were told that the act would permit government use of computer technology to screen email messages, in an effort to root out terrorists. There was an outcry from the left-wingers, much discussion, many accusations, predictions of dire consequences ending with our loss of freedom. In the end, mainstream America accepted the ‘risk’ and moved on. Now we have a great uproar because an unknown government contractor tells us that, heaven forbid, the government is snooping on our email messages and phone calls in an effort to prevent terrorism. Did I miss something? Was the Patriot Act repealed?”
— Hagerstown

“Thank you to the group of people from Elizabethtown East for cleaning up and planting within the tree pits on Baltimore, Antietam and Mulberry streets. It really does look great, and your volunteer work is greatly appreciated.”
— Washington County
 
“Regarding the investigations of Potomac Edison billing and meter- reading practices, we were estimated for nine months in a row during 2011-12. When I called the Maryland Public Utility Commission to complain, I got a prompt directing me to call another number. When I called that number, a prompt told me to call the first number. In frustration, I gave up trying to contact them. ... We finally started to receive actual readings every other month. The estimates are always much higher than the actuals.”
— Hagerstown

“To the critics of Neil Parrott: How much of your taxpayer’s money do you think the Democrats spent to push their agendas through the legislature so that they could ensure that they ruled the state, taking away any chance of the rural areas being able to pass any effective legislation? Are you too ignorant of the Constitution to realize that being able to sign your name to a petition gave you as an individual the power to stand up and vote, and no electoral college was involved in your vote?”
— Williamsport

“I strongly agree that animals should be restrained when riding in a vehicle.”
— Williamsport

“I would like to see all doctors’ offices ... put signs at the entrance to their parking lots/ground that say ‘No smoking beyond this point.’ Then they should remove ashtrays from outside their doors. If they allow their employees to smoke during work hours, they should have a deodorizer for them to use for their hands and clothes before seeing patients. I have become sicker because of the smell of stale smoke on a health care worker.”
— Williamsport

“Saturday’s paper, four high school graduation pictures, and as usual, North High gets a larger picture. That’s always the way it is with BISFA and North High, no matter what event it is.”
— Williamsport

“Looks to me the Federal Reserve asset buying provided the $1 trillion to pay off the so-called losers of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. How nice, and me still getting zero percent interest for my bank investment. It figures though, it’s obviously now our culture to see to it that investment brokers don’t lose for their risks, and the general public doesn’t gain for their conservatism.”
— Hagerstown

“There have been many negative comments about Potomac Edison regarding meter reading of late. This should not be considered when we have an outage and the dedicated linemen in our area go out in the worst weather conditions to restore power to us. On Friday, June 7, a little after 3 a.m., an insulator broke ... resulting short circuit was a spectacular blowing up of a transformer. ... All power was restored in about an hour once all material was in place and it was daylight, to avoid unnecessary hazards to the linemen. Thanks, PE crews, for your efforts and great work.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.
 
“In response to the Mail Call person who wondered why it was a walk-off home run: The batter does not hit the home run and leave the field. He still must run the bases. It is called a walk-off because the teams can now walk off the field, because the game is officially over.”
— Hagerstown

“Get ready to hear about the George Zimmerman trial hour after hour. Why does the national news media wear something out? This was last year’s Florida news. Enough already.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Hagerstown caller of 6/5/13, yes, you are correct in saying 9/11 wouldn’t have happened if the government had been paying attention. WTC was bombed in 1993, 1,000 Americans killed, 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, American Embassy, five military men killed, 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa killed 224 American military, injured 5,000. Military asked for more help but denied. October 2000 bombing of USS Cole, killing 17 U.S. sailors. Monica was a hot item then. ... So your poor ole Bill Clinton didn’t have his eyes on the ball.”
— Funkstown

“I’m a Maryland certified teacher with 15 years classroom experience, and I’m currently subbing for the county. I make $100 a day when I sub in a classroom. However, I’m not the first person called, in most instances, when substitutes are needed. Why? Because the county can pay nondegree holding and noncertified substitutes much less, so they seem to be getting the jobs more. I think that’s unfair. As a parent with two students in the county myself, I would rather have certified teacher subs in place first, whenever possible. ... I see Superintendent Wilcox will be making nearly $200,000 this next year.”
— Hagerstown

“You would think, with all the wrecks on the highways, with people driving and talking on the cellphones or texting or whatever they do, that they would realize all these wrecks are, nine times out of 10, coming from the problem of not watching where they’re going, texting, talking on the phone and speeding, which is a good bit of it. In fact, I’d say speeding about 75, 80 percent of it. Why do people have to run 80 and 90? I don’t know. That’s why there’s going to be more people dying on the roads.”
— Hancock

“My comment is this. Actually, it’s a question. Why isn’t anybody else in America getting mad and angry ... at the invasion of the government, on even our telephone calls and Internet communications? Is everybody asleep? Hello, wake up, America.”
— Hagerstown

“I am so tired of hearing you ... whine about the speed cameras at the school zones. Those speed laws were put there to keep you from killing a kid, or something of that nature. So the suggestion I would have for you, instead of crying around about it all the time, is leave to go wherever you’re going five or 10 minutes early. Everybody’s so busy doing nothing that they don’t have any time. So why do you think you should be allowed to break the laws? And that’s all you want to do.”
— Sharpsburg

“I was just calling in about child support. There was in the paper about somebody paying child support to a known drug dealer. My thing is, I live with my fiance, we’ve been together for two years, we have a kid, he pays child support for two other kids, and they take almost half his paycheck every week. How’s he supposed to support his other babies? Like, do I really have to go out and get child support, too, just so I can get a little bit from him?”
— Hagerstown

“In response to the sports fan caller, concerning a walk-off home run, the caller has it wrong, as to who walks off. A walk-off home run, triple, double, etc., describes the pitcher and the losing team walking off, not the batter.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to give three ‘thumbs up’ to three separate writers in Sunday’s Opinion page. The first is a Mr. Hart. I can totally agree with what he said. I am a retired correctional officer. Another one is from a Mr. Howell, in Antrim Township. Excellent article. I encountered the same thing, very similar to what he did. And last but not least, a Mr. Jones. His letter hit the nail right on the head. Excellent thoughts.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the call in the Monday, June 10, paper, from Mount Lena. I wholeheartedly agree, either Mr. or Mrs. There are no visits, no calls. Sometimes one might call once in awhile, and when people want to call you ‘buddy’ or ‘friend,’ they’re the worst ones. They call you that to everybody else, but yet they don’t bother giving you a call.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m from New York State. I want to tell you that Saturday, June 8, my husband and I were down in your wonderful town of Williamsport, to attend an old car function, a rally out at Byron Park, in fact. Not only is the park beautiful, but the people who run it and take care of it are lovely. They helped us in every way that they could. We enjoyed traveling through the countryside. We’d like to thank all the people from Williamsport who were there to support us, if with nothing else but a wave as we drove by ... and we enjoyed the canal route, never seen anything like it. We’ll be back again. Thanks so much.”
— New York State

“I think that all Americans need to thank the whistleblower, Mr. Snowden, for coming forward and letting all Americans know how our government — a very dangerous government, by the way — is nosing in on every aspect of our life. This is not acceptable, and we all should decide on a class-action suit against the government to stop this. It’s our privacy.”
— Hagerstown

“Evidently there’s a lot of people who have not read or know anything about the Patriot Act. This NSA tracking of phone calls, there is no scandal, there is no controversy, because when President Obama signed the Patriot Act, that gave up your intent of privacy when you pick up the phone and call your friends and family and whatnot. The government, through the Patriot Act, can legally track. ... A lot of people don’t realize this, but he signed that Patriot Act two years ago, and that pretty much made this a socialist country.”
— Hagerstown

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