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Mail Call - July 29

July 28, 2013

“A lot of people keep saying why don’t we do something positive about downtown and get some new businesses down there. Well, as long as we keep getting practically everyone who’s released from the three prisons close by, it’s not going to happen. All people, plus our local politicians, have to do is start at the middle of the square and walk about one to two blocks in each direction, and you will see the answers, what the problem is.”
— Hagerstown

“This is concerning Soul Food Ministries and Justin Repp, and I would like to commend these people for their fabulous job that they are doing to help to feed the homeless down in the parking lot. As for the mayor and the city council ... If anybody wants to have a party and serve beer downtown, you shut off the streets, but you won’t allow these people to hand out food to the homeless.”
— Hagerstown

“Wonder what Rolling Stone magazine is thinking about, putting the Boston Marathon bomber, the one that’s still alive, on the cover of Rolling Stone. Is there something wrong with that magazine? I hope no one buys it. You don’t glorify a terrorist.”
— Williamsport

“This is to the City of Hagerstown, who wants to stop the churches feeding the homeless on the city parking lot. Remember, City of Hagerstown, that parking lot belongs to we the people, not you. We the people own that, the taxpayers. So let it continue.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s hard for me to believe this. It’s OK for the City of Hagerstown to give three-fourths of the public sidewalk to at least four or five restaurants in the first block of South Potomac Street to feed the rich people, but now the poor can’t receive a free meal on a parking lot a few blocks away. Shame on the mayor and council. This is disgusting.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the post office. I stopped at the Food Lion store on Frederick Street and Wilson Boulevard and mailed a letter, and you should see that mailbox. It is all rusted, dirty and filthy. I think the post office would have time to clean it up and repaint it.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve been reading the article in The Herald-Mail today, Wednesday, July 17, about city to stop distribution of food in the parking lot owned by the city, Soul Food Ministries. Maybe they need to look around. There are some churches that are good, short walks from this present location. Otterbein Methodist already does its share, St. John’s has a big parking lot, out there toward the car wash, right by the library where a lot of them hang out. The Brethren church, gospel rescue mission. And Lifehouse West isn’t that far away either, but there’s really no parking lot there. I understand the need, but are you sure at the bottom of this isn’t the homeless situation draws drug dealers and prostitutes to the site as well? So, as I have noticed.”
— Washington County

“In The Herald-Mail, July 18, Rider Jet wants to sell alcohol. The owner stated in The Herald-Mail that the jet center is like a Sheetz for aircraft. Owner also stated that customers want liquor to take on their aircraft and go. OMG. Owner also stated we’d like to have and provide this service to our customers. OMG. Customers buy their liquor, then get on an airplane. This is the most ridiculous request I heard of yet. As if we don’t have aviation problems in the air already. If the liquor board approves this, the consequences should be on their shoulders.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Williamsport caller who keeps putting down trying to put better acts at The Maryland Theatre, by saying you need electronic system. I went to see George Carlin there over 10 years ago and it was just fine. And the ticket prices were higher, but you have more quality entertainment. I think it can support that in the Hagerstown area. Those shows were sold out. This guy needs to think bigger. The Maryland Theatre can be used for a lot ... The Maryland Theatre could also have movies on Saturday nights, if you don’t have a show, or even Friday nights. They need to think out of the box, to make that theater more profitable.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m 85 years old, and I completely agree with the people in the paper that say when you get older, the ones that you do the most for will not do anything for you when you get older. I no longer have a car. I have to depend on somebody else, and I have a hard time getting anywhere.”
— Pectonville

“This is an individual from Falling Waters who got caught up in that traffic yesterday, Wednesday, and I suggest that whenever there’s an accident on 81 and the traffic is being funneled through Williamsport, that they automatically adjust the three lights that are contiguous, so that the traffic won’t be impeded.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Calling about the sidewalks in City Park. They’re deplorable. They’re raising up, by roots and cracks. I own a city property I rent out. If my sidewalks were that bad, I’d be given a citation to have them repaired or replaced within 30 days. They’re deplorable. I saw people trip on them.”
— Hagerstown

“I have an old concrete birdbath, and the surface is pitted, and over time, a green material forms, I assume it’s algae, in the concrete, and I was wondering how you can remove that safely, without, you know, a chemical or something hurting the birds when you use it in the future. So if anyone knows how to do that.”
— Washington County

“I received two telephone books this morning. I have looked at both of them. I’d like to suggest to the telephone book companies that they send a magnifying glass along with their telephone books when they deliver them. The print is so small that I can’t even read it with bifocal glasses and plenty of light in the room.”
— Hagerstown

“I regularly read (and regularly despair of) the writing in the comic strip ‘Rex Morgan,’ but the strip on 7/18 is just about the best (worst). I wonder if the writers were aware, a ‘10-41’ means ‘starting tour of duty (or shift).’ Not sure why ‘Rex’ thinks the emergency medical people will be alarmed about that.”
— Brownsville

“When Bush went to Africa, it was for the work he and Mrs. Bush were doing for AIDS. Even President Obama commended Bush on his efforts to help the Africans. Also, malaria concerned the Bushes, and many mosquito nets were taken there. Bush wasn’t on a safari costing millions. Clear Spring, on body armor, Sen. Obama, Sen. Clinton in 2007, voted against money being spent on our troops.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a citizen of Hagerstown all my life, born and raised here, and the article I read in the paper this morning about feeding the hungry people down in the lot, seems our councilmen we have now are against this. I would like to take my hat off to Mr. Bruchey for doing that while he was in office, and I don’t know what’s the matter with our councilmen we have right now, but if it concerns them, why don’t they provide a building for these people? We do have hungry people in Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about our cable. Our TV, half the time we have no signal, and the other half it’s all blurry and fuzzy that you can’t even see a picture. You’ll be watching a movie, in the middle of it and it goes out because we have no signal. I think we’re having to pay enough for cable that we should have decent cable, or they should lower our bills.”
— Hagerstown

“I lived in Dargan my whole life, and the last time I looked, there’s not a whole lot of glass houses down here. I think people down here should learn to be a better neighbor, and take care of their neighbors and their friends, like they used to when your grandparents were growing up.”
— Dargan

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