“I just had an idea, now that they’re tearing down the hospital. It would be — there have been a lot of families started in there. It would be nice if maybe they could sell the bricks, if someone wanted a brick for five bucks or something. Just an idea. I would like to have a couple. Had three children born there, and there have been a lot of deaths in our family there. It would be nice to have a brick, so, just an idea.”
— Washington County
“I’m calling to say that I’m very, very proud of state Sen. Ron Young for voting for same-sex marriages. Thank you, Ron, for having the courage to stand up for equality.”
“I had to call an ambulance to Clear Spring, take my wife to the hospital, and they came and picked her up and they said that they had to take her to Martinsburg because the new hospital was filled up in Hagerstown. So this means that I gotta drive over to Martinsburg now every day to see my wife.”
— Clear Spring
“I feel that the Sellers boy that’s pitched the two no-hitters for HCC should have made the front page of the sports paper, instead of the back page. Local boy doing something that — it’s not very often somebody throws a no-hitter, perfect game, on top of throwing two no-hitters — should get a little better recognition next time. Matter of fact, you can do it starting tomorrow.”
“Why does anyone believe that more oil exploration and more drilling will produce lower energy prices? What will encourage more of this activity is the current high price levels, which is what they will be chasing. We need to go in a new direction.”
“It’s pretty evident to me that it’s time to rethink the way schools do business. We can’t afford to keep paying higher taxes. How about year-round school? How about much bigger classes, especially in less critical subjects? Maybe TV classes, like Hagerstown had many years ago or computer teaching? Maybe larger school districts or consolidate more schools. Stop all sporting activities. There would be many sports programs after school by outside groups — there is now. Why should the taxpayer pay?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“The idea with Corporal Buckles, of honoring him, didn’t have to do with his age. It had to do with his service being the last chance at honoring those people who served in World War I, the men and the women who were treated very shabbily in our first engagement on foreign soil, helping allies. We have no memorial to them anywhere, and we just lost our last chance to honor those who served their country in World War I, the War to End All Wars, the Great War. Ambulance drivers — another name for medics who see battle without weapons.”
“Hagerstown caller, since when and by what right did our tax dollars, that are the responsibility and the right of our elected representatives to allocate as they think best, become ‘monies that belong to schools.’ Who decided that? You? Evidently you think there’s no waste, etc., in education, and it should never be cut, and we should raise taxes and open the treasury and give the education establishment everything they demand. ... What nonsense.”
— Frederick, Md.
“I’m calling about the highway. I think you need to post it when you drive your car, you drive on the right and you pass on the left. When you go down to Ohio, west, they have the same signs. They’ll tell you to drive on the right and pass on the left, so the highway 81 won’t be all backed up. So learn the rules when you get on the highway. Drive on the right, pass on the left.”