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Mail Call - Aug. 28

August 27, 2013

“I read the (about) the gaming commission funding and the organizations that got the money, and they said the fire and rescue association automatically gets half of it. I think that’s a shame ... I think the fire companies should be forced to submit a budget to the gaming commission. This way, there would be more money to go around to organizations that really need it.”
— Washington County

“Per the article about school starting after Labor Day: This is not a new concept. This was the way it always was, and always worked. Somewhere in the past 10-plus years, it changed, and it was a ridiculous move. August is still hot, and a summer vacation month. If you took a survey, nobody wants to start before Labor Day. People were always academically fine when they started school after Labor Day.”
— Hagerstown

“The lady who said you put cornstarch on, for the ant problem, do you put the powdered cornstarch, or do you mix it with water? Because powdered cornstarch is a terrible mess. But she never said if you mix it with a water, like a paste. So please put that information in.”
— Boonsboro

“Aug. 12, I read an article about — from Maugansville, about the Christmas clubs, and I agree that they should start them up, really, because they really helped us out one year when I got sick and couldn’t work, and if it wouldn’t have been for those Christmas clubs, we would not have had much of a Christmas.”
— Mount Lena

“If former mayor Bob Bruchey was still mayor of Hagerstown, we would still have our Suns professional baseball team and a brand-new stadium in downtown Hagerstown. The present mayor and council did absolutely nothing to keep the Suns here.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling with respect to the fellow from Hagerstown who felt necessary to call in and defend his position on George Carlin, why it was a quality show. He took great pains to mention that he’s a college graduate and a veteran and he served his country, and all of that is well and good, but that doesn’t give you good taste. I’m calling to defend the guy who questioned his taste because George Carlin put on a very blue, very adult show, and not appropriate for The Maryland Theatre.”
— Hagerstown

“The new STEM technical middle college offered by Washington County schools and HCC is a great idea, but students should still check with the four-year university they may want to attend, to make sure all the credits or degree will be applied to the four-year degree also.”
— Hagerstown

“In today’s paper, Friday, Aug. 16, Allan Powell, who once again is proving he is a product of academia and not the business world, and is totally clueless about the business world ... states that those who make the most fantastic incomes still have no problems getting huge sums of money to keep laborers from getting minimum wages and Social Security. It just proves that it’s just an inane statement, inane at best, and demagogic at worst.”
— Hagerstown

“I am so fed up, hearing comments in Mail Call such as, ‘somebody needs to do something’ about this or that, or ‘someone needs to look into,’ this or that. First of all, if you have an issue, take it to the agency or business in charge. For example, the roads department, or the fire and rescue association. Not to Mail Call, where you will seldom get a sensible, reliable answer, and where you will only stir the soup, which results in more ridiculous, uninformed comments.”
— Washington County

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“This is in response to some of Art Callaham’s latest articles, and I’d just like to say that he is stating that the vocal minority becomes the majority opinion; however, that is not true. That is, the majority opinion is voters who are not interested in the stadium, if they don’t want a truck stop, they don’t want a truck stop. He’s putting the blame on the minority of the people, yet he is the one who attended a private meeting at a country club ... He had better learn what a minority is.”
— Washington County


“The town of Hancock, if you have a water leak and you need it turned off after business hours, the town manager does not authorize this.”
— Hancock

“In today’s paper, Aug. 20, the editorial hit the nail right on the head. This mayor and council, except for Metzner, is the worst this city has ever seen. They are a do-nothing group. Boy, did the people ever get duped when they were making their bid for running. They cannot agree or decide on anything. The best thing they could all do is resign.”
— Hagerstown

“I agree with Councilman Aleshire about the comments the three councilmen made before him. I think everything was scripted.”
— Pondsville



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