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Mail Call - July 1

June 30, 2013

“I see where Councilman Aleshire is upset he wasn’t involved in stadium discussions. Why should he be? He seems to know everything about every subject, and he’s already got his opinion made. As for Councilwoman Nigh, it’s obvious she doesn’t want the Suns here. The only thing she’s ever voted yes to, as a council lady, has been to shove a lot of taxpayer money toward the unions.”
— Hagerstown

“FYI, to my neighbors in Greenberry Hills: Did you know it was illegal to let your cats roam the neighborhood, and you could get a fine? I know where some of these cats live. If you cared about your pet, you would not let them outside, for many reasons. ... At least get them spayed or neutered, so they don’t breed and we have a colony. There has been four litters of kittens in my area. Not fair to the animals ... you can call Promise Animal League and get them spayed and neutered, and shots, inexpensively. Call 301-465-9473.”
— Hagerstown

“President Obama went to Europe for the G8 Summit. That’s OK. Then he went to Germany, and I saw today where he made a speech in front of about 5,000 people, and he messed it up. MSNBC said it was because of the glare of the sun; he couldn’t read his TelePrompTer. That’s OK. Now he’s coming back home, and he’s thinking about going to Africa. And with security and everything, it’s going to cost taxpayers about $80 million. Stop your trips, Mr. President. This country is broke. We cannot afford $80 million for you to go out sightseeing.”
— Williamsport

“Regarding your editorial, June 21, on ‘Technology opens doors to our privacy,’ then let’s go one step further. With the present administration being such friends with Google, and the exchange of data in order to do political snooping and make profiles in order to get voters to be persuaded by commercials, etc., emails, text messages, to vote for their candidate ... in the next election, or will it become something that people have become more aware of? We need you on this, Herald-Mail.”
— Washington County

“I’ve said it, and others, too, many times, how the Federal Reserve is stuffing it to the savers, with 0 percent rates and bankrolling the stock market with assets (lousy securities) purchases, using, huh, semantics to explain the policy. There’s not the slightest hint from them that anybody ever brought up the subject, much less their addressing it. For 6,000 years people got interest for lending money; suddenly no more. Enter the new designed world, ta-da. This is a startling example showing that people really have no meaningful say in their lives today.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about utility bills, or any bills that if you pay them late they slap extra charges on you. I’m 68 years old and I have always paid my bills on time, and right now I’m having trouble finding employment, and have also worked seven days a week, around the clock, if I have employment. And it isn’t right for hardworking people to have late charges and fees thrown on them. There should be a way to check and see if these people have always paid their bills on time, and what they’re going through.”
— Hagerstown

“I served three years in the U.S. Army to protect our freedoms, and I use all types of weapons. Thanks to our so-called governor and his cronies, after October, ... draft dodgers in states that are not fanatics can own guns that I can’t. I am registered independent, but guess how I will be voting.”
— Pondsville

“Councilmen Brubaker and Metzner, hold your ground for the stadium to be built on Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue. That will be the only way we’re going to bring any businesspeople to Hagerstown, the best place. And I heard somebody talked to businesspeople at Fountain Head Country Club. So you two guys hold your ground and get this ballpark and everything built, right over here.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m hearing all these Republican congressmen, senators, and these right-wing talk show hosts ... hollering about this Constitution. Well, the Constitution should have gone out with the horse and buggy, it’s so darned old. And nothing fits today, but they try to make it fit for their own purpose, but ... especially the guns. The guns that they talk about back in those days, they were peashooters. They’re not like the weapons we have today. The Constitution should be changed.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to suggest this to the city council, to adopt for the city of Hagerstown, and also Washington County. We used to have, I know when Lady Bird Johnson, her husband was president, but she took and wanted America the Beautiful, and it was about taking pride in having America beautiful. When we look at Hagerstown and Washington County, we went for a drive, and looking at it as newcomers would, it is absolutely deplorable, the amount of trash, highways and alleys. We’d like to have a Hagerstown and Washington pride day, where everyone cleans up the trash.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. Munson, I see in today’s paper, that a Virginia city is taking another step toward a possible stadium bill. Let me ask you a question, Mr. Munson. If two people offered to build you a house, would you go with the one that drags their feet, or would you wait around for the one that says that they’re going to do it has done it? So you keep dragging your feet, and the Suns will be gone, and every councilman they got down there. The mayor and all the council will be voted out, the next election.”
— Hagerstown

“Fredericksburg, progressive. Hagerstown, regressive.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“Could someone tell me why it costs you 50 bucks just to walk through a veterinarian’s door? They say the cost is an exam fee. I have an idea. How about giving my pet a real exam, instead of just listening to the heart, looking in their mouths and ears, which takes less than a minute. I feel my pet should get more for my buck. After the so-called exam, they then examine your pet for the real reason they are there.”
— Clear Spring

“I went to The Maryland Theatre to support someone in the Miss Maryland Pageant. As I approached the light to turn, I was embarrassed to call Hagerstown and Washington County the place I live. Hagerstown looked old, rundown. ... The leaders of this county really need to get with the times and move this county forward in a positive direction, which would make businesses want to come here, and to fix downtown Hagerstown, a place to go and enjoy, not to look over your shoulder constantly in fear.”
— Washington County

“Just a warning to all Microsoft users: Just received a call from a scam artist with a private phone number. The caller said I had issues with Microsoft, and needed to upgrade Microsoft Windows now, because I was at risk for a crash of my system. Do not talk to these callers, just hang up. Always beware, keep your information private, never allow anyone to remotely connect to your computer.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
 
“After watching the NSA leak scandal unfold, it appears to this reader that President Obama owes George Bush a big apology. Further, he owes candidate Obama a big explanation.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“Well, just got the mail, and I received a termination notice for my water service from the city, ’cause I am past due. I don’t deny I am past due, but I am also not on any public assistance and have let the city know I (will) be paying in payments. Who do I need to call to make sure this is fine? I don’t mind paying a late charge, but don’t disconnect someone’s water for being late if they are trying to make an effort to pay.”
— Hagerstown

“I thought that the legal system in this country said that you were innocent until proven guilty. Now, if this Snowden found the government doing something wrong and he became a whistle-blower, why is it only that he is wrong and should be locked up, and not the government? If the government was doing something wrong to begin with, they should be locked up, too. And I don’t think it’s right that they’re harassing this Snowden like they are. Maybe he has done something wrong, but he should get his fair share of a jury, and not be treated like he is.”
— Falling Water, W.Va.

“The June 21 editorial claimed that ‘The domestic snooping that has evolved out of the Patriot Act deals the government a serious blow.’ What utter phony nonsense. The public has no problem with the Patriot Act. The ‘trust’ has been decimated by the creeps in the IRS in this administration who have falsely targeted the tea party, and this administration’s lying about Benghazi. Wake up.”
— Hagerstown

“Come on, Herald-Mail, step up. Do a story about the hotel/motel tax money to build a new stadium. Where’s that money?”
— Hagerstown

“Please, please, please, what’s ‘Brevity’ mean? I don’t even know what it means. And what’s ‘The Far Side’? Explain yourself in your next letter. We don’t know what you mean out here. I think there’s young people on that staff that really enjoy hearing from the young people, the middle-aged and the older folks. They’re just putting letters in there that makes common sense and they think people want to hear.”
— Hagerstown

“I think ‘Brevity’ is hilarious, and if people don’t like it, then they shouldn’t read it.”
— Hagerstown

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