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Mail Call - Sept. 3

September 02, 2013

“Finally, I see today where Don Munson has finally agreed for the stadium to be built downtown. If they finally do do that, they’re going to see businesses start all coming back, and Hagerstown come alive again. And by the way, I happen to be one of these older senior citizens, and I told the former Mayor Bruchey I was for that, and he knew what he was doing. So hopefully now we’ll get something started, and I’m in my 80s ...  And please, everybody agree with the stadium and get started on it downtown, and then we’ll see our town come alive again. Business will come.”
— Hagerstown

“Washington County and Hagerstown, you people keep dragging your feet. We don’t need a new ball stadium. We need jobs, and look who is getting them: Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Virginia. We don’t need fancy streets or car shows downtown. We need businesses. And I don’t ever go to it, downtown, anymore, because there’s nothing there, because of the mayor, council and the commissioners. They think they have it made.”
— Washington County

“Please, if you didn’t read Tom Wilhelm’s letter to the editor in The Herald-Mail on Aug. 22, go get the paper and read it. In a few short sentences, he pointed out what is wrong, and how we as citizens can fix it.”
— Boonsboro

“I would like to know how you get on a no-call list or whatever it is. I had three calls today about my credit card account. Now, the point is, I don’t have a credit card, and I have never owned a credit card, and they keep calling me about my credit card account. So I finally waited until I got to talk to somebody, two times, and I told them I never had a credit card.”
— Mount Lena

“Well, the city council and the backward-looking citizens of Hagerstown have lost the Hagerstown Suns, and all you hear is the whining about attracting new business. No new business will come to Washington County because most of the people think backward. As you saw, Procter & Gamble went to Shippensburg, where they have activities for employees. The only activity in Hagerstown ... and watch the grass grow. Hagerstown is a backward-looking community and will never move forward until things change — starting with politicians.”
— Hagerstown
 
“After spending time with friends and family at the Hager House in City Park, I found it disturbing to see people sleeping on benches and consuming alcoholic beverages in unauthorized areas. I also found it unacceptable to see trash and bottles lying around. Perhaps instead of spending $30 million on a sports complex, that money could be better put to use by funding the police department foot patrol at our public parks.”
— Hagerstown

“Whine, whine, whine, that’s all the ‘Republican’ts’ do. They have no agenda, no new ideas, and certainly don’t have any solutions to any of the problems that we have. Whine, whine, whine, that’s all they can do.”
— Hagerstown

“I think it’s sad that there are so many people who don’t care if the Hagerstown Suns move. I got news for you, people in Hagerstown. The only reason people know of your town is because of the Suns. Hagerstown is mentioned on the MLB network. Without the Suns, you’ll be as well-known as Mill Creek, Pa.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“I agree with Mr. Wilhelm’s letter on Aug. 22. Hagerstown needs a lot of attention, to clean up streets, storefronts, patch streets and crime in the area. Whatever happened to the proposal to give released prisoners a bus ticket to where they came from, and to make sure they used it? Lots of money for all of the above, since we are not building a stadium. No study required.”
— Hagerstown
 
 “Washington County caller, Fox News has been rated No. 1 in cable news for 13 years straight. If they say anything someone claims to be false, they apologize, correct it if wrong. If you don’t believe what you hear, we have enough search engines to check otherwise. I don’t see all the surplus in the economy you mention. Gas is still in the $3s, more laid off with the war on coal.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to tell the veteran from Martinsburg, W.Va., who is now at the VA center, I just wanted to thank him for his years of service to the country, and I’m glad he’s doing better and that he’s in a good place now.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to call and thank the angel who was at Martin’s and helped us get a cat out from underneath our car. You were the sweetest lady to help us, and then to take the kitten and take it under your wing. You are truly a cat angel, and my son and I appreciate your help, and we hope Lucky is loving you forever. Thank you again for your help.”
— Maugansville

“Duh. Our unemployment rate shows little movement, falling to 8.4 percent, in Saturday’s paper. Well, common sense should tell them that the people who were on unemployment now no longer get their benefits because they’re out of them. That’s the only reason it fell. That doesn’t mean people are back to work. And our government and judges need to take an idea from the Fort Worth, Texas, people ... they’re out there for the death penalty. We need to speak up and do a little bit more for the people who need it, especially people who have families killed and everything.”
— Hancock

“This is going to sound crazy to a lot of people, but some will probably understand. I recently lost a pet, and is there any groups that you can go to? I mean, I really, really want her back, and I know she won’t come back. She can’t come back, but I miss her so much. Is there any support groups, or does anybody have any idea how to help somebody get over a lost pet? It really sounds crazy, but it’s really not. It’s just I miss her so much and I love her to pieces.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just sitting here thinking, how many of you think President Obama is the greatest president we ever had? If he had a ‘R’ after his name, would you feel the same? And how about the ones who thinks he’s the worst president we ever had? If he had a ‘R’ after his name, how would you feel? See, that’s the problem with our politics today. We’re more worried about the Republican and the Democrat than we are for what they stand for.”
— Boonsboro

“In reference to the second-grade example of a new report card, does the teacher actually know each student so perfectly that she can honestly grade on each fact? Also, you are grading a person on whether they ask or answer questions? What if they are brilliant and shy? Now we will give them a complex about their personality.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the Augustoberfest ... I see where it’s $5 to get in, and then you pay to eat. I think it ought to be free to get in. I mean, I think they would make more money if it was free to get in because more people would go in there, and they could actually smell the food and maybe buy it. I mean, I just think it should be free to get in, and I think, like I said, I think they’d make more money. People don’t want to pay to get in somewhere, plus pay for food, too.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the article about banning smoking at public parks, I can’t believe smoking was allowed at Potterfield Pool. We are protected at the workplace and stores, so why was smoking allowed at a pool? That is disgusting, and way behind the times.”
— Hagerstown

“This is Friday, the 23rd, in response to today’s paper. George Franks has an excellent editorial on Williamsport possibilities. Maybe a meeting should be arranged between the historians, such as he is, and the people who live in Williamsport, the mayor, etc., along with Nora Roberts, and she can tell how she did it in Boonsboro. Don Bowman does give back a lot, but liquor stores ... hope they can reach something that’ll be more historical and significant.”
— Washington County

“Just want to alert everybody of a new possible telephone scam. This morning I got one from some lady who said the new national senior assistance program — which  probably doesn’t even exist — something like if you’re over 60, you qualified for $3,000 worth of grocery credits or something, to be used at any national grocery chain, and also, some sort of medical device. And it also said to press 5 if you want to opt out. AARP said don’t even do that; just hang up on them.”
— Hagerstown

“But then again, the city residents pay county taxes. County residents pay city water bills. The county residents on city water bills is too much. It’s a heck of a lot higher than city residents. But I live in the county and I pay city water, and they want to overcharge me, and then they want to double charge me for the county to pay the city, and the city residents don’t pay the taxes that the county residents pay. Somebody needs to get to the bottom of this ... and straighten it out. Don Munson was decent in his day, but he double-stepped. I think it’s wrong.”
— Washington County

“Why won’t the school send home a food menu? Because I’m sorry, we don’t get the Internet and I don’t have a computer. I don’t do all that stuff, and I’d like to know what the school lunch menu is. I mean, can they send that piece of paper home and say do you want one, and if we need one we can check it, so that everybody that has access to it on their phones and all that stuff, they don’t waste paper sending them one, but shouldn’t the people who can’t do that have access to it? I just want to know what she’s going to eat, for crying out loud.”
— Washington County

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