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Mail Call - Sept. 4

September 03, 2013

“Well, Hagerstown you did it again. The Suns are now leaving and another business leaves Hagerstown. Not sure when you’re going to wake up and realize that a town needs businesses to survive. Growth and advancement are good for the economy and job stability in a town. Washington County, you are seriously going to have to start accepting the fact that our county is outdated, sad-looking, and with all the broken sidewalks, closed businesses, just embarrassing. You had a year to vote on keeping the Suns. ... This town will eventually end up like Detroit but only on a smaller scale.”
— Keedysville

“Bradley Manning is being sentenced for a crime. Why should we spend money on him, to have hormone treatments? He is going to prison to be punished, not to become what he wants to be, and cost us all this money.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the Hagerstown City Council. Thank you very much for your ineptness in losing the Hagerstown Suns. A lot of people say they’re glad to see them go. I for one am not. They do a lot for the community, for the kids, promotions for everybody in the Hagerstown area. Perhaps maybe the city council, and especially Penny Nigh, ought to think about moving out of town. We’re going to miss you, Hagerstown Suns. Good luck.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller from Funkstown, about the helicopter on Sunday, Aug. 11: About the time the helicopter flew over, a police car and ambulance came out of Haywood Circle, went out Edgewood Drive toward the hospital.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, the truth is out. Fredericksburg, Va., is good enough for the owner of the Suns to pony up $38 million. Hagerstown, Washington County, he wanted the taxpayers to pay the $30-plus million. ... As far as I am concerned, Suns, don’t let the gate hit you on the butt on your way to Virginia. Good riddance.”
— Maugansville

“I have been in Hagerstown 62 years. I have never seen our city in the shape it is in the past 10 years. Our city has become a heathen city. I am downtown a lot, passing through. It seems to me our elected officials can’t get the job done. Wheelin’, dealin’, spending money is not the answer. Now that the Suns are gone, I guess they will sell that land to another outside company. When are we going to conserve, and spend the taxpayers’ money on something worthwhile?”
— Hagerstown

“Isn’t it funny that the city of Fredericksburg can make decisions on the stadium in weeks, and it’s taken ... Hagerstown several years, and they have decided nothing. It’s what happens when you have a council made up of retreads.”
— Hagerstown

“To the newbie and the retreads: You’ve done a great job on letting the stadium go. Ask yourself why Quinn only found this company to front the money to Fredericksburg and not Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“Saturday was a beautiful day. Everybody was having fun. Williamsport was having a fun day in the park. I was entering the outskirts of Williamsport, about 40 miles an hour, being very careful, as was everyone driving, when to the right of me came a motorcycle, a passenger on the back. He had to be going 70 miles an hour, passing all the cars. Most of the people on motorcycles are mature, but I now know why there are so many accidents and deaths for motorcyclists. If someone happened to change lanes, he and his passenger would have met their Waterloo.”
— Williamsport

“I was just reading about the Suns going to Fredericksburg, and at the end of the article, I like what the commissioner said: Maybe we should start looking for an independent team. That’s only because you can’t get another professional team. And not only that, if you can’t get enough people to watch a professional team in Hagerstown, who’s going to watch a independent team? Think about it. You guys blew it, big time.”
— Hagerstown

“I got the biggest surprise of my life today. They tell you that everybody has a twin on this earth somewhere. I was looking on C4 and saw the Five Generations, and I saw the lady holding the little girl, and my heart stopped a beat, because that lady looked exactly like my mother, and my mother has been gone ... but she looks so much like my mother.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I’d like to respond to a person that put in the paper about President Obama does a good job. They can’t understand why people keep complaining, talking about there’s jobs, that the stores has been brought back, the jobs, the 401(k)s is tripling and everything, and the housing market’s up. The housing market isn’t bouncing back. I’ve had a house up for sale for two years, had two people apply for it, and the bank ... They just had a big restaurant in Martinsburg go under, because there’s no people. So I don’t know where you see Obama’s bringing jobs and everything back.”
— Hagerstown

“To the poor, misinformed Obama lover from Hagerstown: I look at my 401(k) every month, and in the last five years, it gets smaller and smaller, not larger. I don’t know where he has his invested.”
— Hagerstown

“In regards to the Landmarks contest, if you can put 10 pages of foreclosures in the newspaper, why couldn’t you list the people who had all the answers right? It wouldn’t take up that much space, and it would make people think that maybe, yeah, we did win something, even though we tramped around and didn’t get the prize. We’d still like to see that in the newspaper.”
— Bridgeport

“I’d like to comment on the HPD banning all, well, Washington County banning all police calls people hear. ... I think it’s a shame that all Washington County has encrypted police calls.”
— Hagerstown

“The new example of the second-grade report card is ridiculous. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, but it should be the outcome such as a letter or numeral grade that counts. I can understand some extra factual information to contribute to improvement, but this is a waste of time, and is an insult to the existing great Washington County school system.”
— Washington County

“I think an investor with some deep pockets ought to turn that old power plant into a Hard Rock Café. Have a huge dance floor in there, completely renovate the place, like they did down in Baltimore. And then with that creek running through the back there, they could put a restaurant, with balconies overlooking the creek. I mean, it could be an incredible moneymaker. And if they renovate the ball park across the street, it’s a double destination. People go to the ball game, and afterwards they go over and dance. I hope it happens.”
— Williamsport

“Forget the Suns, take a few years off and grab a team who wants to play in Hagerstown. Your mayor and council did the right thing by not doing anything. Now the real baseball was just played in Williamsport: The Little League World Series games, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old kids doing what the major leaguers do, and doing it for no monetary pay. They do it for the love of the game. It was good baseball.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“To you dog owners: Please take your barking dogs inside. It is annoying to your neighbors. If you take your dog for a walk, don’t let them do their business on someone else’s property. If they do, clean it up, all of it. And I’m seeing more of this. Leave them home when you go to public places like shopping and carnivals. Not everyone likes your dog, and there are kids who are afraid of it, so show some respect and leave it at home. It may like a little downtime.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“It took a $130,000 contract for a study to determine that we need to expand existing commercial air service and target new leisure destinations at the airport? Anyone knows that price, service, convenience, and variety of destinations drives the market. And with one destination (Orlando area) and service twice a week, how is Hagerstown to compete with BWI’s 638 daily arrivals and departures to over 100 different destinations? Not to mention Dulles airport?”
— Hagerstown

“This message is directed to the City of Hagerstown. I much appreciate your help in seeing that the 4-to-6-foot weeds on Armstrong Avenue property, adjoining our backyard on Pinecrest Avenue, have been called in as to be seen to by the city. These weeds have been reported to the city at least four times in the last six weeks, and we are reseeding all the lawns in our area.”
— Hagerstown

“Regarding the person who called Mail Call about being clocked at 46 mph near South High, I also have received three tickets from the camera at Bester Elementary, all for going over 40 mph. Now I absolutely, positively have never gone as much as ... why in the world would I do it three times? I’ve quit using that street, and skirt Hagerstown completely. I don’t go down that way anymore. I also think the cameras need to be checked.”
— Washington County



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