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Mail Call - July 9

July 08, 2013

“I do not support the building of a new stadium in Hagerstown. But if by some miracle it gets approved, can you please have it built by the same people building the library downtown? That way it will never be finished in my lifetime.”
— Hagerstown

“Have you noticed how our country is sinking to a new low every week? Very few countries in this world like us or trust us, even though we save them, most of them, from a little bit of everything. They have no respect for us, they know that we won’t hold true to what we say. But it’s just getting terrible. I hope when the next election comes that you people take time to vote on a person because of his qualifications, and not his personality, or how well he can speak.”
— Sharpsburg

“When are the American people going to stand up and fight back? This marriage between two women or two men is wrong. And having abortions when a baby is five months in the womb. What is going on in this world, everybody’s gone crazy? Good God, stand up and fight for your rights.”
— Hancock

“I think the caller missed the point of my letter regarding The Maryland Theatre, which was there are a lot of theaters across this country with less capacity than The Maryland Theatre attracting big-name acts at reasonable prices. They don’t need fancy electronics because these entertainers rely on their talent and skill to entertain an audience, not a light show.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the person who called in about their neighbor needing something for their electric bill, and they didn’t think that they should ask the churches. Well, why didn’t you talk about your other neighbor, who is a freeloader that attends all of the steak feeds, goes to bingo and wouldn’t give anything to the fire hall or anything else? This neighbor is just as bad as the other neighbor.”
— Dargan

“I’m reading the Monday, July 1, Herald-Mail talking about the Fourth of July fireworks scrapped at many of the U.S. bases. They’re going to save a few hundred thousand dollars by not having fireworks on the Fourth of July — and yet our President Barack Obama is flying around over in Africa, spending millions of dollars, with all of his security details and the fuel for the airplane and everything else. That’s pitiful. That just shows what’s happening to this country. The people aren’t getting anything, and the president’s spending all the money.”
— Williamsport

“A lot of these small towns would do the property tax owners a favor by becoming unincorporated. In Funkstown, I pay a high tax rate for three people to have jobs.”
— Funkstown

“I’m calling about the person from Pondsville who served three years in the U.S. Army and is able to use all type of weapons, but are unable to own one, because I’m assuming they live in Maryland. I first of all would like to say thank you for serving our country and for protecting me and my rights, and my family’s rights.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to know if anyone could tell me how I can get rid of old newspapers, somewhere where it doesn’t cost you money to get rid of them?”
— Clear Spring

“All this talk about the Patriot Act, I don’t care who started it. I do care that President Obama is continuing it; in fact, adding to it, but that’s out of the regular taxpayers’ hands. There’s nothing you can do about it. My solution is this. We wouldn’t need the Patriot Act if we’d tighten up our borders a little bit.”
— Hagerstown

“Republicans are always screaming they don’t want government telling them what to do. Yet in Ohio just Friday, the governor signed into law all these new abortion laws. ... I’m sorry, but isn’t that government telling them what to do? Oh, that’s right, he’s a Republican. Republicans tell you what to do; you just don’t want Democrats to tell you what to do.”
— Hagerstown

“This Snowden guy, he’s not a whistle-blower. There’s protocol to follow when you’re a whistle-blower. He ... did not follow his company’s procedures on nondisclosure, or the procedures to follow when you handle classified material. He’s not a whistle-blower, he’s not a Superman, he’s a traitor, and he deserves to be locked up forever, or in exile forever. All he’s wanting now is not to be prosecuted. ... No one individual has the right to release classified information, because they do not know what the ramifications of this is.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the person at Huyetts Crossroads complaining about the bike lanes. It’s amazing how a person can sit at an intersection for 24 years and count bicycles. I am a cyclist, and I use the bike lanes at that intersection, for which I am thankful. I am sure, as you say, all that money that was spent to paint a few lines, to guarantee me some safety and confidence ... Remember, according to the Maryland laws, bicycles are vehicles and should be given the same rights as cars.”
— Hagerstown East

“I live in Washington County, I live out here in Halfway, and the rent goes up every year, and there’s people complaining. Why can’t the rent stop going up?”
— Washington County
 
“This is for the park service wall level. The park service got paid man hours and money to put the rock wall up on Harpers Ferry level. Now they can’t even have somebody to get the weeds and trees growing through the wall, but they have a ranger on Saturday and Sunday count the number of tubers going across the canal to get to the Potomac River, that they are in the park, for more money ... (while) the canal is in Washington County.”
— Washington County

“Nobody said that they didn’t like ‘Brevity,’ they just said they didn’t understand what she had to say. We like her, but we don’t understand what she meant by ‘Brevity’ and ‘The Far Side’. That’s all. That’s all the letter said in the paper that I was reading. They just didn’t understand her. That’s it.”
— Hagerstown

“Just read the story about the water bill. Maybe it’s time to go back in time. It’s rained enough: Cisterns, or get a large garbage can. It would take care of one thing in the bathroom. Bottled water or boil your water. Just a thought. Your great-grandparents did it.”
— Williamsport

“In today’s paper, Tuesday, the mayor and council are going to allow dogs in their park in Boonsboro. People have already been bringing dogs in through the years in the park, and they go to the bathroom around the playground equipment, and boy, that is nice to walk in. You would be lucky if one person in 20 cleans up after their pet. What about the trees in the park? With the dogs going to the bathroom on them, they won’t live long. And what if a child gets bitten? Years ago on Boonesborough Days, a child was bitten in the face by a great big dog.”
— Boonsboro

“Concerning this Yale Drive project — I’ll just call it a project; in people’s minds it’s a project — I’ve contacted some people who are involved with that, especially through CHIEF. Nobody can give me yes or no answers, or else they’ll say, ‘Well, you ask some pretty tough questions.’ Well, yes, I ask pretty tough questions because I know the taxpayers are going to subsidize ... and actually, I don’t think much is going to happen out there off of Yale Drive. All it is is more empty promises, speculation, and ‘build it and they will come.’ Good luck with that.”
— Hagerstown

“To the mayor and city council: Maybe you get the police to start enforcing the litter law, which I recall is $50 for a piece of litter. Coming in west from the city on Salem Avenue, it’s a pig sty, trash everywhere. People entering our city from the west, I think they would want to turn around, leave skid marks. People, take your time and clean up. If everybody would clean up in front of their own place, the town would look much better.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, I see our President Obama is winding down his $100 million taxpayer trip to Africa. And while he’s over there, ... he has pledged taxpayer money to preserve elephants and other animal preserves in Africa, all the while GIs who have served our country and have been wounded are waiting a year and a half to two years to get their disabilities.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for Mr. Gysberts. Put the ball stadium at Central Chemical. The ground is already cleared off, there’s plenty of parking, eateries close by, easy access. You won’t have to tear down any houses or any businesses. Senior citizens won’t have to listen to the noise.”
— Clear Spring

“I would like to thank Traci Frederick and her son for submitting the beautiful photograph of the cecropia moth that they found on their screen. What a lovely gift. It was a pleasure to see that in the paper.”
— Williamsport

“Now that we have the dog park open in Hagerstown, when can we expect a cat park to open, and where?”
— Maugansville

“One more last item about the Suns and the new stadium. As always in the past years, the council and the Suns talked about a new stadium in the off-season. Then once the season starts, it usually goes by the wayside until the following year. But this time, it turned around to bite the council in the behind because another city’s vying for them. As usual, our inactive city council is going to lose them, like everything else. Studies after studies after studies proved nothing. ... The most inactive, nondecision-making council I’ve ever seen in my life.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s interesting to read that roads have been approved and mapped out for a phantom technology center, while planning for a stadium dies in limbo.”
— Hagerstown

“Anyone who thinks that their world can’t crumble to nothing, look at Paula Deen. She’s human. I don’t apologize for the ways of the world, or what happened in the past. The government has spent millions of dollars to educate the public on equal rights. I feel it has been a success, as people take what they have learned and use it. Email Paula and tell her we care.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“This is for the caller who wanted to know the difference between Daniel Ellsberg, who was called a hero back in the ’70s, and Edward Snowden being called a traitor these days. The difference is that Daniel Ellsberg was undermining a Republican president, which made him a hero. But Edward Snowden is undermining a Democratic president, which makes him a traitor.”
— Williamsport

“What is going on? It seems like I live in West Virginia. The roads of Resh, Spade, Mount Tabor, etc., are all torn and chipped. I pay for my driveway to be paved years ago. This is ridiculous.”
— Cearfoss

“To the caller who said to Mayor Gysberts, Tim Rowland and the city council: What part of ‘We the people don’t want a new stadium,’ did you not get in the last election? Well I’m part of ‘We the people who do want a new stadium’ and we want it downtown on Summit Avenue where it belongs.”
— Hagerstown





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