“All the Maryland and local board of county commissioners and all, all they do is do these studies or have somebody do these studies and cost the taxpayers a lot of money, and nothing comes of it. They’ve had so many of these studies done on different things. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Get the downtown area started, get it cleaned up, or quit, period.”
“Everyone should read Kathleen Parker’s column on the Opinion page, A4, of Tuesday, Aug. 27’s paper. Right on the mark, Kathleen. So true. Everyone should read her column.”
“OK, Republicans, here’s your chance. You got time off ... to your constituents. Here’s your big chance. What are your ideas for jobs? What are your ideas for health care? What are your ideas for infrastructure? We want ideas, not repeals. You have done enough repealing. It’s time to govern. What are your ideas? Write a letter to the editor, call the paper, call Mail Call. We need ideas, not just repeals.”
“This is to the fellow who panhandled in Greencastle. Thank you for letting us know where you are. My husband and I prayed for you when you disappeared from Exit 5. We gave to you from our hearts; had no idea you had served our country for 18 years. Thank you for serving.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“I’d like to know when they’re going to reopen the alley between Baltimore Street and Antietam Street, where the fire was. It’s been almost a year. I gather it’s going to be closed all winter. I live in Potomac Towers.”
“I keep hearing so much on TV about people who feel they’ve been let down by the system, how they’re disadvantaged, how life’s treated them so badly. Well, the first thing these people could do, whoever they are, is try to get an education, which everybody in this country can get. ... A good thing to do is try to be a good citizen ... not taking the easy way out, which so many people want to do these days.”
“I’m just calling about the stadium. I just think Hagerstown’s a poor town. They can’t afford it, by the time they give raises to city workers and everyone else in that city. ... When they do find a site, what I see is the people in Hagerstown complaining about any site that the city has, you know, the mayor and all, has picked.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.
“Wouldn’t it be fitting, now that we’re going to lose the stadium in Hagerstown, to put up a jail, a bail bondsman, a Laundromat, and a pawn shop?”
“This is on George Carlin at The Maryland Theatre. George Carlin (was) a very accomplished comedian, adult comedian. He (picked) on politics, he (picked) on different religions, he even (picked) on himself. That place was packed. What do you want to hold there, religious meetings?”
“Smokers are showing a disregard for littering laws, and they’re certainly not helping their own cause, by throwing their used cigarettes on the ground. If you look around at local establishments, you’ll see places where people smoke and just discard their cigarettes on the ground, which is actually illegal. I went to a local auto parts store the other day, and the whole outside was littered with cigarette butts. Well, you can tell that whoever smokes doesn’t care about breaking the law.”
“I’d like to reply to the person in Hancock who wanted to know what the people did not understand about ‘no,’ that they wanted their library in Widmeyer Park. That’s the same people who did not understand that the people of Hagerstown said no to a stadium in downtown Hagerstown, which would have ruined the city of Hagerstown. The same people.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“I’m wondering what part of ‘no’ our mayor and council do not understand.”