“The new senior center will be at a great location to increase business for the medical center. Seniors can spend the day at the senior center, and just run over to the hospital to get checked out before heading home. Also, the increased traffic with resulting accidents in the area should help the hospital business.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“For the Hagerstown caller referencing the SNAP program for homeless animals, and why there isn’t a program for homeless people: Perhaps it’s time for the homeless people to show some personal responsibility, get help with their alcohol/drug addictions, perhaps receive some job training. With some changes on their part, they wouldn’t be in a position of being homeless. Remember, the Lord helps those who help themselves.”
“To the Hagerstown caller who doesn’t like paying medical bills under $5: I can’t believe you consider this a problem. Thank your lucky stars you only owe a small amount of your medical expenses. Most banks offer senior bank accounts which include free checks, so just write a check and pay your bills within 30 days, and avoid interest and nasty letters from a collection agency. Some people just don’t have enough to complain about.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“I’m calling in regards to the latest news, where Bank of America is going to charge you $5 a month for using your bank card, debit card or whatever. I think that’s absurd, and I would hope and pray that if worse comes to worst, that the American people just band together and pull their money out of the banks, and then just see what the banks do. Let’s get together folks out there.”
“Many thanks to the reunion committee of North Hagerstown High School Class of 1966, for a great reunion, held Saturday, Oct. 1.”
“My grandchild repeated something he had heard on TV that made me chuckle. Now every time one of those negative political advertisements that floods my TV comes on, I simply get up, leave the room, and shout ‘Shut the front door.’ It sure makes me feel better.”
“I’m commenting on the picture in the Monday, Oct. 3 newspaper, the ‘Taste of the Town,’ ... showing the dead pig with the apple in his mouth. That’s disgusting. It should be a person’s choice if he needs to see something like that. I think that’s offensive that children could see it. I do not think it’s an appropriate picture for the newspaper.”
“I read in the paper about the money thing with the fire and rescue, and then on Sunday, Oct. 2, I read in there, letters to the editor, from the director of Holly Place. I think that would be a good place to take some of that $600,000 that the fire and rescue companies don’t know how to spend, and take about $250,000 to $300,000 and give it to Holly Place. That way they’d be able to stay open.”
“Someone has to explain to me how a government agency allocates millions of dollars to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association without any oversight, and lets them do whatever they wish with no strings attached. To me, it’s all about inflated egos and power and fiefdoms. They claim the massive reserve fund is for a rainy day; rainy days happen every day for some of the county fire companies, but do they release any funds? I am sorry, the management of the WCVFRA need to resign, and those who created the gaming commission need to overhaul the rules.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“I cannot believe this person from Greencastle, saying that they’re drawing Social Security and they take much more than they pay in, and ‘no one stole my money.’ It was right in the paper, and they admitted on TV that they had taken $2.4 trillion worth of IOUs out of the Social Security fund.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“Our local ambulance company has four ambulances. Three are on the road on calls. The fourth one is in the parking lot at Gold’s Gym, and apparently our paid paramedics are working out. My question is, are they on call, or are we paying for their exercise?”
“To all Maddie’s friends at the fairground park: I’m calling to say we are OK. However, I have been in great pain, unable to walk, and I hope to be back with Maddie soon. Thank you all for caring. Friends are important. God bless you all, and thank you for thinking of me.”
“Concerning Del. Donoghue’s insight in reporting of gaming funds, and it was a matter of trust. Trust, with the kind of money that was handled? Remember, this (is) 2011, and trust is pretty much gone out the window, in handling someone else’s money.”
“I’m calling regarding the caller who talked about people coming to restaurants and staying all day, and not leaving adequate tips. I agree with that. I work at one of the local buffets, and I’m finding that the major culprits are the church groups that come in on Sundays, and they stay for hours. And we make minimum wage, and they leave us the minimum of tip.”
“To the person with the dilemma of having small medical bills to pay: Many people would feel blessed to have such insignificant medical bills or problems. The only option easier than writing a check would be to go online to your bank’s home page, go to your checking account page, and then choose the ‘Bill Pay’ option. After typing in the required information, you can have the bank transfer the money directly from your account to the company you owe. If the company you owe doesn’t have a transfer agreement with the bank, then the bank will print and mail a check. Problem is, learning how to do it may be too much trouble for you.”
“So the Republicans’ argument against higher taxes on the rich is that it will hurt job creation. Well, where are those new jobs that the rich are creating? I think they are blowing smoke, as usual, to keep a little more money in their pockets.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“Thank you, Barack Obama, for the class warfare demonstrations that are taking place in New York and several other cities. News Today reports that unions have joined the fray, with many demonstrators being arrested. As leader of our country for the past 2 1/2 years, you have managed to divide us in numerous ways, with class warfare being the latest. What happened to your campaign promise and comments on civility?”
“Living in the United States, where ‘more’ is better, I look at the McMansions in my town and have to wonder, ‘Who needs 4,000 square feet of living space for a family of two to feel comfortable?’ What a terrible waste of fuel oil and electric to support these urban fantasies. No wonder the price of oil is so high. We all end up feeding these hungry monsters.”
“How do we get the same-sex marriage bill that the governor is touting in a commercial on the ballot? Once and for all, I think this should be decided by the citizens of Maryland. If anyone knows how to do this or if any elected official is going to pursue this, please put a letter to the editor in The Herald-Mail.”
— Washington County
“Smithsburg gentleman, President Obama’s hand-picked job czar, Jeffery Immelt, CEO of General Electric, has sent U.S. jobs overseas for years. Obama has handed many ‘green’ projects to Immelt, China got the jobs. GM, Chrysler were the only ‘big corporations’ Obama bailed out, and he turned them over to unions. Wall Street got bailed out, (on) our dime, after the CEOs got their million-dollar bonuses. Obama’s jobs went to unions. All these entities were big donors for Democrats. ... So Google again.”
“Here’s a great idea for the county commissioners to raise some money. While building the roundabout at HCC, build a parking lot next to Campus Drive, and charge to park there. Install bleachers near the roundabout, and charge to sit there. Build a concession stand, and charge for snacks. With all the action going on in the roundabout, it should be more entertaining than the demolition derby at the Ag Center in July. Also, the chaos in the roundabout should last much longer every day than the demo derby.”
“Many years ago, I heard that business was being sent overseas by American business because they would have no risk; the risk was being taken by the foreign businesses. Some products could be produced cheaper here, but there was risk in starting a new line of products, so all they had to do was ask a foreign company to produce it. That hasn’t changed, jobs will continue to go overseas. It started big when Reagan was president, and continues.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Nice article. Maybe it’s time for a public hearing on this fire and rescue money and gaming commission money and all, everybody being overworked. But I think it’s time for an open hearing on that, and let the public find out what’s going on also, along with these reports.”
“I’m calling about the Washington County volunteer fire and rescue association wanting to double-dip for the taxpayers. They wanted to come back and ask for $10,000 or so for flares and coats for the fire police, and yet they get ... the taxpayers’ (money) from the gaming funds. I think the county commissioners should just cut them out of the loop. Just start handing out individual checks ... I think we should just give it all to the fire companies and don’t deal with the association anymore.”
“This is on fire and rescue funding. I think it’s time for the county commissioners and anybody else to check in on this. I agree with ... I think they’re misspending money, and to you, Commissioner ... William McKinley, I know you don’t like your building getting tied up. It’s time for somebody to cut back here. They’re buying expensive cars to ride around in and everything else.”
“Why should the county want to get funds from the fire department, who has tip jars for extra funds? In other words, the fire companies do the work, and all of the county people want some of the funds, and that figures. We do the work, we get the funds.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.
“In reference to the fire and rescue association getting 50 percent of the gaming funds, as much as I think that they ought to have to be accountable for where the money is going, commissioners and everyone else in charge better realize that they’re the ones raising almost 100 percent of the tip jar gaming funds, at all their bingos and at all their other events going on, and if the firefighters stop voluntarily holding bingos and other events, those people better watch what they’re doing with money that they’re raising for themselves. Taking it away is not the right thing to do. They’re the ones raising it.”
“You mix senior citizens and college students in a roundabout. Guess who will win? Good thing the emergency room is close by.”