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Mail Call - June 27

June 26, 2013

“I would like to thank the Rotary Club very much for making a donation to .... Holly Place ... when they gave their donations out this time. That’s a group of elderly people who can use all the help that they can get, and I thoroughly and very highly appreciate the Rotary Club giving them a donation. Thank you, Rotary Club.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Enough of the non-stadium supporters’ badmouthing the project. Obviously, they never stepped foot in the ‘dilapidated’ stadium. Too bad for them and their family. ... These players come from all over the U.S. These are young kids with a dream, coming right out of high school or college. I am not a regular, but I always enjoy going to a game, and guess what, I can have a beer or glass of wine and good food, plus see fireworks.”
— Hagerstown

“How sad it was when I went to the cemetery for Father’s Day and it was a mess. People ... do go to recognize their fathers who are no longer living. The grass has not been mowed, and what was mowed from weeks ago looked like hay balls. I actually had to take a weed trimmer up just to clean the foot stones. I know that this is an old cemetery, but I feel that they deserve respect. No wonder people have no respect for churches these days. It’s all about money offerings, but when the person dies, they are so often forgotten.”
— Hagerstown

“This is getting a little ridiculous now: $1 million worth of tax dollars added to the Yale Drive project. Now, this would be fine if something was being built there, if there was something written in stone that said, hey, these technological businesses are going to move here by such-and-such a date, but this is all part of a proposed — with the emphasis on ‘proposed’ — Mount Aetna Technology Park ... That is tax dollars that is probably just going to sit out there and sit out there. Wake up, taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to challenge The Herald-Mail ... as to why all these sirens are going through town all the time. I live on West Franklin Street, and there’s constantly police cruisers and everything flying up the road, red lights and sirens, yet they never have any information as to why they are running these types of code calls. ... I think we as citizens have a right to know why they’re running all these code calls. ... If nothing’s printed, and it’s not newsworthy, then I think they should be not be running red lights and sirens the way they do.”
— Hagerstown

“Concerning this NSA scandal, the thing that bothers me the most is the ability of this administration, or any administration or any group of people, that could take this and use it to spy on their political adversaries. Brings back memories of Watergate, and the spying, which cost a president. And also, with the IRS, just seeing what they did, they ought to have punishment equal to the crime.”
— Hedgesville, W.Va.

“Last week, a developer asked our county commissioners to waive the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance and allow him to build hundreds of apartments in a Maugansville housing complex. ... Does anyone remember the recent school redistricting problems caused by Cortland Manor Apartments? Should the commissioners be allowed to create another impossible situation for our school system, and then dump it on the taxpayers?”
— Hagerstown

“A Mail Call item on June 17 stated that since President Obama signed the Patriot Act, it made this a socialist nation. First, Obama didn’t create the act, it was created under the Bush administration, although Obama reauthorized it. Second, socialism is an economic system. I suppose one could argue that wiretapping was heading the country down the road of being a police state, but it has nothing to do with socialism. There are plenty of socialist countries that aren’t police states.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“To the lady who needs support from her boyfriend for their child: You and your boyfriend knew his financial situation before you created another life to be responsible for. This is commonplace now. People don’t think first. They don’t use birth control. When they cannot pay for their irresponsibility, the U.S. taxpayer becomes their support. We spend billions annually paying for programs to care of children born in these circumstances. Let Big Government take care of it. Age of no responsibility.”
— Hagerstown

“What’s that noise I hear from Mail Call? It’s a pin dropping. Nobody’s called in Mail Call for a couple days about the IRS scandal, because Elijah Cummings of Maryland released some transcripts of the investigation that’s been going on for a month, that Darrell Issa said he would release, and hasn’t. That proves that there is no scandal. It was a IRS official said ... and this official is a Republican — a Republican. Whoops. That’s a pin dropping.”
— Hagerstown

“Where my wife works, it’s quite a big place, and all the employees get free health care, health insurance, right? OK, they all just found out yesterday that when Obamacare kicks in, it’s going to cost everyone an average of $600 a year, which isn’t bad, compared to some places, where the employer pays 50 percent and the employee pays 50 percent. So it could end up costing a lot of people $2,000 to $3,000 extra a year. What’s that going to do to the economy?”
— Williamsport

“This is to the Boonsboro caller who was saying that President Obama, when he was a senator, was against wiretapping, and now that he’s president, he’s all for it. I think this just proves that once you’re president, you’re privileged to a lot more information as to what is really going on and how dangerous the world really is, and he sees things maybe in a totally different light; ways that we as the average citizens don’t realize — probably don’t even want to know.”
— Hagerstown

“To all the people who are not concerned about the NSA checking their phones, because they’re not doing anything: Just remember, when they’re telling you where you can go, and where you cannot go, and when you can go, that it was OK, as long as you’re not doing anything wrong, too.”
— Big Pool

“The Miss Maryland candidates made an appearance at the Hagerstown Suns game Sunday afternoon, and that was a very, very nice thing for the Suns to arrange. I felt so bad for the young ladies, though, when I saw them dressed in their finery, go into the dilapidated old bathrooms at the stadium. That’s the reason why a lot of people do not go to those games. It is not a lack of interest, particularly if you have massive crowds there. A new stadium is needed so that people will feel comfortable about going, and they can do much more diversified things.”
— Boonsboro

“I would like to thank the person that paid for our milkshakes when we took our mother-in-law out ... for a milkshake, on Thursday, June 13. He told the cashier to have a blessed day, and that really meant something to us. We really want to thank the man who paid for the milkshakes.”
— Washington County

“I would like to see a list of all the expenses associated with the third trial of Merle Unger, and also who pays for those expenses.”
— Hagerstown

“Nice shot, Herald-Mail: A6, President Obama, our AWOL wannabe rock star president, over in Germany again, by the Brandenburg Gate. Whoever wrote the rest of the story, only about 4,000-plus people showed up. When he was candidate wannabe rock star president Obama, more than 200,000 people showed up. I think you need to tell the rest of the story a little more often, Herald-Mail. You’re pretty slanted in those AP reports.”
— Washington County

“Thanks, Herald-Mail, for reporting the Hagerstown police incidents. I’ve been following that for months. And the latest, on B3 on June 20, I hope the city council and your city administrator looks at about a six- or eight-block radius of the square in Hagerstown. Look at the crime statistics in that area. Then you wonder why no one wants to come downtown, or build a business or try to even open a business down there? You better clean it up first and do something.”
— Hagerstown

“Please, please, Herald-Mail, stop wasting valuable page time on Leonard Pitts. His latest barrage of garbage says the ‘Redskins’ is a curse word. All he’s trying to do is incite the people over nothing. It’s time we get rid of this guy, out of the newspaper. It’s just ridiculous.”
— Washington County

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