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Mail Call - July 17

July 16, 2013

“I’m calling to congratulate the 11-12 Sharpsburg girls softball team for continuing on to the state championship on Wednesday. The girls are doing a wonderful job. Let’s keep going, let’s take that state title and move on to Connecticut. Way to go, Sharpsburg girls 11 and 12 softball team.”
— Boonsboro

“Will you please publish the names of the people who play in Williamsport Community Band? They do such a wonderful job. We always hear the name Susie Kunkle, their leader, but without the members, she would have no band. Please let us know the members’ names, so when we see them, we can say thank you. They do a wonderful job.”
— Williamsport

“An acquaintance of mine claims he cannot work, so he collects disability — yet he just returned from a three-week hunting and fishing trip in Canada. What is wrong with this picture?”
— Smithsburg

“I think the city administration’s got their priorities backwards. Instead of worrying so much about a baseball club, they should be working on getting more jobs here, so that people can get back to work, and get out of the classification of a depressed area.”
— Hagerstown

“Almost daily, we see complaints about excessive government spending and high taxes. Very often we see complaints about the county using tar and chip to repair local roads. I suspect that these complaints are coming from the same people. Folks, tar-and- chip road repair is a lower-cost alternative to the regular hot asphalt road surfacing, which translates into lowering government spending.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person saying big names will play smaller venues: Even Jay Leno, and especially Tony Bennett, have to have state-of-the art electronic setups for their shows, which require a sophisticated electrical grid. Jay Leno tickets at a casino in New Jersey start at $75 and go up into the multiple hundreds of dollars. Tony Bennett, at a partially covered venue, starts in the 70s if you sit on the lawn, and go into the hundreds if you use permanent seating. Very few people can afford this. If you find a performer(s) who will play at The Maryland Theatre for an affordable price and will not demand having all of their expenses taken care of to boot, let the theater board know.”
— Williamsport

“I’m responding to a person in the news, Mail Call, about rent goes up every year. ... Rent goes up every year for the reason is the city and county government, they keep raising stuff. Water and sewer bill keeps going up every year, electric bill keeps going up, taxes go up every year. Fees go up, which is nothing but a tax, they go up every year. That’s the reason why rent keeps going up. Until they stop raising everything else, rent’s going to keep going up. Might be cheaper to buy a house.”
— Hagerstown

“Now that we have a dog park, the veterinarians in the area can anticipate their income to be booming because there are going to be dog fights and medical emergencies. There will be problems stemming from this. Just do a survey and see how many problems dog park causes. It’s sad for the dogs because all dogs are not going to get along in dog parks, and some dogs will suffer.”
— Hagerstown

 “I would like to say that my husband and I both do not like the ‘Brevity’ cartoon. It is very childish, and I would prefer to see something else in the Mail. I know this isn’t a very huge deal. It’s not like the city council or anything, but there’s been several comments in Mail Call about it. That’s all I have to say about that.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I see all these people in Mail Call calling up complaining about taxpayer money used for the president going to Africa. Boy, short-term memory losses. How about when W went to Africa three times? Let me repeat: Three times. And one of the times he went on a safari, too. You paid for that.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in reference to the article about vandals strike at Municipal Stadium and they can’t figure out how to keep them out of there, and video cameras and extra police patrols. I got a solution for you. Turn a couple junkyard dogs loose in that stadium at night. I guarantee that’ll solve the problem in one night.”
— Williamsport

“Just wondering, I see now where we’re talking about the air tower and they want a new one. We built a new fire station, and apparently I think we bought another firetruck not too long ago. We’re awarding another amount of money for a contract for fire service. How many firemen do we have out there, and how much new equipment did all that cost us, that fire station and all their new equipment? And what did we have to eat, as a county taxpayer?”
— Hagerstown

“I lived in Hagerstown all my life, so I would like to ask this person from Hagerstown: What part of ‘We the people don’t want a new stadium’ did you not get, in the last election? Well, what part do they not understand, that the people don’t want it on Summit Avenue and Baltimore Street? They want the stadium, but not in downtown Hagerstown.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“This is on the trouble the taverns are having in Hagerstown. So if the people that own taverns in Hagerstown don’t go with the alcohol beverage association and have a meeting, and they need to do something about this liquor board. ... I think it’s time for the bar association to find out what’s going on. So I think maybe it’d be a good idea for all the tavern owners to get together.”
— Hagerstown

“Hey, now, hey, now, those of you that live in Dargan in those glass houses, that throw stones, we know who you are, so let’s knock it off.”
— Dargan

“I’m calling about I had a hip replacement and I’ve been walking with a cane, and people keep motioning me to cross the street in front of their cars, and I don’t want to do that because I’m slow, and I’m holding up traffic when I do that. I just want to wait until all the traffic’s gone and then cross the street. So thank you, but no thank you.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, I see a local town in the Tri-State area is cracking down on vacant and uninhabitable properties. Now gee whiz, if smaller towns than Hagerstown can have more or less competent government and people running that government, why can’t Hagerstown start doing something like this? It might just improve it. It would improve it more than say, a Yale Drive road to nowhere, and/or a baseball stadium. Hagerstown needs to make room downtown for some smaller businesses and not so many expensive restaurants.”
— Hagerstown

“Why isn’t our local newspaper warning seniors about this scam? The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a scam involving sales of a medical alert device. The phone recording tells the person an alert device has been purchased for them by a friend or family member, but they need bank account or credit card information to verify their identity. The BBB says just yesterday, 30 people reported similar calls. Several reported 25 calls in one day. Also, my brother is a veteran, and we receive calls daily about a VA survey to do over the phone, asking financial questions. Please alert everyone.”
— Hagerstown

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