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Mail Call - Aug. 29

August 28, 2013

“I would like to know when they plan to clean the pond at City Park. It is disgusting. I feel sorry for the ducks having to even swim around in that nasty, dirty water. I would also like to know what the county or city is planning to do about the wall around the pond. It looks as if every day as if kids are taking a bat and bashing in the stone wall, because every day I see different parts of it falling off.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I happen to have lost my father to a murder, about 23 years ago. I heard about the story about the young boy from Australia whose life was taken, and the people who killed him thinking that they did it for the fun of it. I think in this country we need to start cracking down on people who take innocent people’s lives. It’s a God-forbidden sin.”
— Hagerstown

“Wednesday morning headline, ‘Majority of city council now supports downtown stadium.’ What a laugh. What a Keystone Cop routine.”
— Washington County

“I see in the Aug. 21 paper, The Herald-Mail, that the city council now supports the downtown stadium. Last week, as we read, the stadium is going to be built down in Virginia. So did our city council members ever hear of the saying, ‘A day late and a dollar short’? And by the way, the people who wanted that stadium are not on the city council anymore, and that’s why you’re in there. So clear off your desks and get ready for the new people to come in.”
— Cearfoss

“It’s time for flip-flop Munson and the rest of the city council to pack their bags. The voters made it perfectly clear, clear enough for a blind man to see, that they did not want a stadium downtown. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people. They’re being like President Obama. They’re thumbing their nose at the public, and they’re going to build that darn stadium downtown anyway.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a suggestion for Hagerstown, to put some life into the downtown area. Redirect Antietam Creek, down Potomac Street, and then you can have a ‘River Walk,’ like San Antonio. That will surely increase the number of people coming downtown. And that’s as good an idea as the downtown stadium.”
— Washington County

“Hey, I was just wondering if the city council can get any more dysfunctional. We are never going to have a stadium. They should be looking to do something else. And by the way, if you want to raise some revenue, send a plain-clothes police officer to the Long Meadow Shopping Center, and ticket every car in the fire lane, and I will guarantee you, you could raise between $7,000 and $10,000 a day. And maybe talk about the light plant the next time, which is the other white elephant in the room.”
— North End

“Here’s another instance of Republicans being clueless. They took a poll in Louisiana, and the question was, who’s responsible for the slow response for Katrina. Twenty-nine percent said Barack Obama, 28 percent said President Bush, and 44 percent, not sure. Now, when Katrina happened, he was a ... senator. He wasn’t president, and they still blame him. That’s the definition of clueless.”
— Washington County

“This is for the person who called in about asking how many generations they have to be born in the U.S. before they can say they are American. We are all American. If you were born in the U.S., you are American. If your parents were born in the U.S. and you were not, you are still American. And for all the Nosy Nellies who want to question you about race or nationality, it really ... we can all be of the human race, and that’s as far as we need to go.”
— Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

“I voted against the downtown stadium in the last city election, and I expect that representation on the city council.”
— Hagerstown

“I voted for Don Munson in every primary and general election since the first time he ever ran for office, but I would never vote for him again, and I’m very disappointed in him.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in regard of two city councilmen who would like to ban smoking in the parks. I have another suggestion. I think they ought to ban alcohol at the Augustoberfest, the Blues Fest. Every time we have any kind of event in Hagerstown, it always involves alcohol. I agree 100 percent about the smoke, but we need to get rid of the alcohol.”
— North End

“Don’t miss the recurring circus that occurs at the Hagerstown City Hall, just about every Tuesday. A huge circus tent is erected over the meetings of the Hagerstown City Council. Anyone who would entertain the idea of eminent domain acquiring an environmental hazard is ludicrous.”
— Hagerstown

“I need some help from Mail Call. I have fleas in my house. (I) was wondering if anybody might know an old-time remedy that would work to help me. Please call Mail Call if you can help.”
— Hagerstown

“Haven’t we wasted enough time and money on this stadium? I see where Procter & Gamble is going to Greencastle, with thousands of jobs. Chambersburg and the little town of Shippensburg are growing. Just think what $30 million could do, and get in to our county. If our city and council officials can’t get something accomplished, I’ll give you gas money to talk to somebody who can. I don’t know where your heads are, but I can guess.”
— Hagerstown

“On A6 on Thursday, how nice to see Ric Dugan’s silhouette of the moon over the church. Last night I also saw the moon over the trees, but it was blue, because it was in color. Black-and-white is still good. Thanks, Ric, you do wonderful photography.”
— Washington County

“I live in Hagerstown, for the last 50 years. NSA made 56,000 mistakes, by compromising privacy. How many people did they notify with a letter of apology? It’s abuse of power and poor diplomacy, which also shows why they conducted so many wars in the last 60 years.”
— Hagerstown

“In regard to your land-use changes and people opposing it in Hancock, Jill Baker referred to no changes for the people outside of the area that’s maybe included in the Hancock perimeter. A typical politician, who says there won’t be any changes or any effects for the people that this is going to include, but as soon as she gets out of her office, there’ll be somebody in who will totally change this whole idea ... and any taxes that the town has. Don’t let anybody outside of Hancock be fooled.”
— Little Orleans

“I think it’s time that the use of euthanasia for animal overpopulation be stopped. Isn’t it a shame that animals have to pay with their lives, because we as humans are irresponsible?”
— Funkstown

“I enjoy going to restaurants, stores, places where the music is quiet, and you can have a normal conversation, but I try to avoid the noisy ones. The drugstores, food stores and retail shops are so noisy it’s hard for me to shop now. And I was wondering, does anyone else have this problem, and if so, would they please respond?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about a problem I have in my neighborhood. I have a little black dog who’s afraid of sounds, noises, and my neighbors keep setting off firecrackers at different intervals during the day, and therefore she won’t leave the house to go to the bathroom. So I would hope that maybe my neighbors would read this, and maybe start their firecrackers after dark.”
— Hagerstown

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“I see where the (Hancock) mayor and council wants to stop smoking in the park. Hancock needs to get their priorities straight. I mean, it wasn’t a month ago that Hancock wanted to allow alcohol in the park. But what’s more concerning, is it the alcohol, or tobacco smoke? Please, Hancock, get your priorities straight, before you make any decisions.”
— Hancock

“I have a question for all you Obama likers out there. President Obama said that he was going to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Well, he’s more than doubled it. Can anyone out there tell me what he’s really accomplished?”
— Williamsport

“I know this is an old subject, but I think ... you should take the 12.1875 square inches that the cartoon Brevity uses and use it instead for more Mail Call opinions, which are more humorous.”
— Mercersburg, Pa.

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