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Mail Call - July 22

July 21, 2013

“Congratulations to Gov. O’Malley. According to the July 2013 issue of the American Legion magazine, Maryland was named with two of the dumbest taxes: The rain tax and the flush tax. Thank you, Gov. O’Malley, for receiving the tax-free publicity for Maryland.”
— Halfway

“This is for the caller who wants feedback on ‘the only time people or family know you is when they want something.’ How true the statement is. I have experienced the same problem when my parents were living. Family and friends only know you is when they want to borrow something or money. My advice is not to give in. It would be trouble in the long run for you. This is the only time that they know you is when they want — is when they have a problem. Family and friends and politicians are the three groups you can’t trust.”
— Hagerstown

“Concerning the article in the paper today by C.J. Lovelace, concerning panhandlers in the four-state area. ... We have that trouble with those people, kind of people in the Greencastle area. ... Those people are nothing but con artists, out there trying to get easy money, in which they do get a lot of easy money from the motorists.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I’m a subscriber to The Herald-Mail from Chambersburg, Pa. Read with interest your article on panhandlers. Recently here, there was one ... collecting money. A couple hours later I went to the local Giant and saw the same gentleman entering the State store, to spend that money on alcohol, which I think shouldn’t have been.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“I think the sponsors of Paula Deen ought to be boycotted, not Paula Deen.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I heard ... that Fredericksburg, Va., is considering building a stadium for the Hagerstown Suns. The way they’re going to pay for it is proposed an increase of $600 in assessed property value for every $100,000 of assessed property value. Let them do it. My property taxes are high enough here in Hagerstown.”
— North End

“This call is concerning the Hagerstown Suns. The owner of the Suns, Bruce Quinn, purchased the team, knew it was in Hagerstown, gets to use the stadium for $1 a year. If he can’t make money for $1 a year, move on. He’s down in Fredericksburg, unsolicited. ... Please stop running around trying to shop the team. Just bequeath it over to the City of Hagerstown, and let the City of Hagerstown own the team, the way Green Bay owns the Packers.”
— Hagerstown

“I agree with the lady, the only time anybody calls is when they want something. I have eight children; two passed away, two live out of state, and I’m lucky if I see my oldest son once a year, and that’s at Christmas. Then I have a daughter who only calls me whenever she runs out of money at the end of the month. So that’s all right, we’re old people. They’ll be sorry when we’re gone, because we won’t be around forever.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the person who says he or she rides their bike at Huyetts Crossroads. While I do not have a problem with bike riders — I love to ride a bike once in a while, too — but the comment where they made, bikes should be given the same rights as cars because they’re considered vehicles, well, the only problem I have with that, if they need the same rights as cars, then why shouldn’t they have to pay for tags and car insurance, bicycle insurance, just like the cars do?”
— Hagerstown

“The next time you so-called animal lovers decide to bring your dogs to the Mile-Long Yard Sale in 95-degree weather, please walk that eight-plus miles in your bare feet. Get a taste of how miserable your dog was, walking on the hot asphalt. Better yet, be responsible; leave the animal home in the air conditioning.”
— Washington County

“Fredericksburg and Winchester are a lot wiser than Hagerstown. They had public hearings before they decided anything about a stadium. Hagerstown picked a location people didn’t want, paid thousands for surveys and soil tests without knowing where the money was coming from. Now we are back to the same thing, and they still don’t know where the money is coming from, but they are going to vote anyhow.”
— Hagerstown

“Governor announces $650 million transportation improvement for Prince George’s County. Now we know where our tax, gas tax increase has gone, not to any place that really is paying it, or needs it.”
— Williamsport

“This is about the gas tax in Maryland. I think the gas tax should only be for the counties in Maryland tha are going to support the Purple Line or Red Line. We shouldn’t be taxed here in Washington County, because we know that it’s not going to fix our roads, if it’s going to all go for the Purple Line and Red Line in Baltimore. And Gov. O’Malley, that’s what he does, he gets some money for where he wants it put for, and we do without, every single time. He needs to be voted out of office.”
— Washington County

“I keep hearing how the Hagerstown Suns are a quality-of-life issue and what a benefit they are to economic development. I would like someone to name one company that has moved to Hagerstown and/or Washington County because of the Hagerstown Suns.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in response to the caller from Hancock, stating that same-sex marriage is wrong — but in the same call says to stand up for your rights? So you’re saying to stand up for your rights to deny people of rights? I’m sorry, but that’s nonsense.”
— Williamsport

“To the 70-year-old stating family only comes around when they need something: This happens to many seniors. I work with seniors every day and it makes me sad to see children forget about their parents and what all they did for them. I heard a minister on radio say once, we can tell what a person is made of by the way they treat the elderly. God bless.”
— Hagerstown

“Tell the Suns to lock the door to Municipal Stadium when they move to Fredericksburg. And don’t forget to set the alarm.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just reading a comment here in the paper about the tax on the rainwater and stuff that’s running off our properties onto the rivers, creeks and all this. Are they going to tax Virginia and West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and all their surrounding cities of Hagerstown and Maryland? They’ve got rivers and creeks and streams and everything else running into the river, same as we do, that’s going down to the Chesapeake Bay.”
— Washington County

“I’m calling in to Mail Call to thank the angel that helped our mother on the Fourth of July. She had gotten disoriented and was lost, and there was a lady by the name of Jennifer who stopped to help her, and then called her family members. This was appreciated so much. Jennifer, we don’t know your last name, we don’t know where you’re from, but we really appreciate what you did. Thank you so much for your kind-heartedness.”
— Hagerstown

“Does anyone know why the water level is so low in the lake at Big Pool in Clear Spring, Md.? We’ve noticed over the past several years, a steady drop in that water level. This year it must be 5 feet lower than years in the past. Is there a leak? And if so, what can be done about it? At this rate, within a few more years, they’re going to have to change the sign on Interstate 70 exit to ‘Little Pool.’”
— Washington County

“Regarding the caller who called about Leonard Pitts’ article about the Redskins: You’re way off base. Leonard Pitts was dead right, 100 percent correct, and I agree with him. It was a great article.”
— Williamsport

“I knew Zimmerman wouldn’t take the stand in his own defense. Coward to the end. Shoots an unarmed kid. They say he was defending himself. From what, his iced tea can, or was he throwing Skittles at him?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about where the lady said she saw the dogs in the car at City Park. I once, too, called about a dog in a car, but they said as long as the windows were cracked and there was ventilation, there was really nothing that they could do. But I’m curious about who you also call when you do see this, if the city police or anybody doesn’t respond to it.”
— Hagerstown

“Let’s face it, the City of Hagerstown can’t agree on what day of the week it is, let alone agree on whether to keep the Hagerstown Suns or not.”
— Hagerstown

“A July 11 Mail Call noted that ‘the founders of our country would like to see compliance to the Constitution,’ in response to Tim Rowland’s question about their thoughts about a ‘do-over.’ ... The Founders first prepared the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union in 1776 and 1777, ratified by all 13 states in 1781. ... Inability of the new federal government’s Congress to even meet regularly, much less act effectively, prompted a second try (our first do-over). ... It was immediately amended by the first 10 amendments, ratified by the states in 1791, and subsequently ‘improved’ by ratification of 17 more by the ‘do-over’ provisions explicitly laid out in Article 5, providing for ‘amendment as thought necessary.’ ‘Do-overs’ are a part of the Founders’ Constitution.”
— Brownsville

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