“I enjoy the comics section of The Herald-Mail each morning; well, most of it, but I cannot understand why ‘Brevity’ is there. If I’m lucky, I understand about one out of 10 of the ‘Brevity’ comics. Many times I don’t find the other comics funny, but I do understand them. I’m wondering if the comic editor looks at what is in the paper.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“I have had hummingbirds come in for the last week. I had two so far.”
— Carroll Valley (Fairfield), Pa.
“As I drive past the area of Devil’s Backbone Park, I see that many people enjoy fishing there. I also notice that there is a lot of roadside litter in the area. Are these ‘sportsmen,’ who I presume enjoy this outdoor sport and the outdoor environment, the cause? I would think that those who enjoy the outdoors would show it more respect. Shame.”
“I saw the report from speed cameras at the Boonsboro schools, in the May 10 paper. One of the speeders was an emergency vehicle that was not ticketed. I think that raises an interesting question. Is it OK and is it safe for an emergency vehicle to speed through a school zone? Wanting to extend the hours of the speed cameras to 8 p.m. is further proof that they are primarily a speed trap.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“One caller in the May 10 Mail Call said the media didn’t mention ‘Bush’s War’ when reporting on Benghazi. How forgetful, as Bush was constantly demonized for years over the Gulf War by the media, and still is to this date. What is most often forgotten and/or ignored was that Saddam Hussein did in fact have WMDs, in the form of poison gas that he used on the Kurds. Yes, gas is a WMD. He even claimed to have nukes, to scare the Iranians, and his top generals believed him. He might have been close to developing a nuke capability, and only a few know what was shipped to Syria before his downfall.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.
“About the gun issue: The argument is often used about how Hitler took the guns away from the German people. Two years later, the Germans were allowed to have guns — all but the Jewish people. And I don’t think the Germans took Europe — which they did — with knives and baseball bats. I think they used guns.”
— Washington County
“It so amazes me that not only are people speeding like crazy from the 81 exit into town on Salem Avenue. They find it convient to throw all their cigarette butts and now whole bags of trash out of their windows into people’s lawns and in the road, where they get hit. Could you people please clean it up? We are not animals; we are people. Let’s clean up after ourselves, people. Let’s have a little integrity and common sense. It would be so appreciated by us living on Salem Avenue.”
“I’d like to see all landlords throughout the United States that have empty buildings to be mandatory to check those buildings at least once a month to make sure there is no illegal activity going on in them. And any building empty or boarded up should be inspected.”
“What I find interesting about the City of Hagerstown is that when someone wants to renovate or improve their property, it is bureaucracy at its best. They will send out an inspector to inspect every minute detail of the construction process; but if you want to abandon and/or demolish a property, you can just let it sit there and let it become an eyesore. Several examples consist of the Municipal Electric Light Plant (MELP); Pangborn Corp. manufacturing complex. ... How do they plan on marketing and promoting Hagerstown and Washington County with all of the aforementioned blight?”
“America’s traditional values are being eroded under our noses. The public is being taken for chumps. Coolidge ended every speech saying ‘save your money.’ Our administration says ‘buy stocks’ (which is gambling money, you know). Carter was making plain folks rich with high interest on savings. Today .001 percent is considered too much. The trend is bankruptcy for the non-insider, don’t you know.”
“Hats off to Ruth Anne Callaham and Terry Baker for their concern over the EMS coordinators position. Why do we even need that position if we have a director and a deputy director position? Money and budgets are tight, so let one of them do the job. Yes, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association should have a lot of input in the job or its duties. Where was the county administrator when this move was going on?”
“Everyone gets choices and opportunities; there is no such thing as luck or grace. If there was, then all we would have to do is to sit around and wait.”
— Marlowe, W.Va.