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Mail Call - July 25

July 24, 2013

“I would like to see all the people that signed a petition about Zimmerman be put on jury duty.”
— Hagerstown

“Waitress with questions about her tips: In my past days as a waitress, no employer had the right to take our tips or even ask how much we made in tips. We were paid $2.38 an hour. On credit card tips, some restaurants give the employee their tips once or twice a month. Some give out credit card tips at the end of the shift. The United States Labor Board is in the government pages of the phone book. Call them, get it from the horse’s mouth.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m wondering what happened to all the stink bugs all at once. I haven’t seen any for about a month now, and it’s so quiet around my house, with my wife not having to fuss about them. So she and I were just wondering, where did they go? And I don’t think they sprayed to get rid of them, I think there’s another reason.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’m reading the paper here on Monday, July 15, about putting pit bulls in the municipal stadium to guard it. Well, that’s a very good idea. After we get rid of the Suns, we can use the stadium for a dog walking place. So that’s a very good idea.”
— Cearfoss

“Thank you, Herald-Mail, for printing the article on July 16 about the dangers of fracking. I want to make thousands of copies and put them everywhere. People are so unaware of the dangers of this environmental, life-destroying, and unnecessary-to-our-economy process. It’s all about money in someone’s pocket. Please help us from destroying our environment, ourselves and our planet.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“It would be nice for Walmart to build a large distribution here, like our neighboring states have, before they build another store. We need jobs.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to thank the paramedics for helping to get the bleeding stopped when my husband cut his lip while shaving recently. I also wanted them to know that due to their suggestion, he is now using an electric razor, with my help.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s time for the citizens of Maryland to tell our lawmakers to get rid of this flush tax that’s eating away our money that we gave for ourselves. It’s time the flush tax has to go.”
— Boonsboro

“I just wanted to thank the City of Hagerstown for going ahead with the dog park. We visited it last night for the first time, and our dachshund had a absolutely wonderful time. All the dogs were well-behaved, and it was a great experience. Thank you for the dog park.”
— Washington County

“I just want to alert people to another scam over the phone — at least I think it might have been a scam. Supposedly a caller from AARP contacted me and wanted me to do a short survey, which I did, about Medicare and Social Security, and then they wanted my email address. When I told them I do not give out my email address, they abruptly hung up; didn’t thank me or anything. So I have a guess that that really wasn’t from AARP. So don’t give your email address out or any information. You can answer the generic questions, but don’t give them any information.”
— Hagerstown

“What I find interesting is that by burning tires, Holcim USA is helping to resolve one environmental problem, and yet they were fined $700,000 for creating another one. Why can’t the EPA and MDE work with the company to help develop a resolution to eliminate the pollution problem, instead of just assessing a fine? If nothing else, why (couldn’t they) require that the company apply the $700,000 toward acquisition of technology and/or equipment needed to reduce the pollution levels, so that they are within EPA parameters?”
— Hagerstown

“Lots of animal shelters across the country have become no-kill, thanks to cellphone use and Internet technology hooking them up with various rescue agencies. I would like to know why our own shelter can’t become a no-kill shelter.”
— Funkstown

“I’m just calling, I’m a state employee, I work at a state facility, and I have found that other people I’ve talked to, close to 30 years, getting close to retirement, all they do is focus about, you know, when we’re going to retire, and I’ve heard that the union was not even allowed in the facility, yet they’re taking money off our paychecks for union dues, and it’s just something wrong with this picture. ... You work that many years and you get treated that way, instead of respect and appreciation, you get asked all the time, when you going to retire, you know?”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Everybody’s all upset and concerned about the Patriot Act. I for one don’t agree that we need it, if the government would do their job correctly. But back during the Vietnam era, the CIA and the FBI had an operation they called Operation Chaos, and it was designed to infiltrate and cause chaos among your anti-war protesters, and also a lot of rock musicians. That’s right, the lyrics in their songs and the anti-war protests. Now what about that Bill of Rights and the Constitution back then? So the Patriot Act is nothing new.”
— Hagerstown

“The media fiasco in Florida over the George Zimmerman trial should make us all proud of our local judicial system. The man was tried and declared guilty by the media, who turned it into a racial event, but not guilty by an impartial jury. This wouldn’t have happened locally, as TV is not permitted in the courtroom, as it must be for a fair trial. It also calls into question the right to kill if you fear for your life, and the right of just about everyone to carry firearms. I did not pay much attention to the case, but considering Florida law and the evidence, Zimmerman sure wasn’t guilty.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Regardless of how you feel about a stadium, when did it become the responsibility of government to supply a factory for athletes? Perhaps the money could be better spent on an electronic chip factory, a motor factory, a metal stamping factory, a new eating establishment, etc.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

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