“As a taxpayer, I was reading the headlines here in the paper. Looks like the BOE’s finally using some common sense, as far as the move into the Allegheny Energy building. So far, so good. At least it appears that way. And another thing, the EDC meeting, someone is finally telling the EDC to do something, get something done for this area. I’ve made several minor suggestions to the EDC over the years, and because I’m not someone with influence, I’m just brushed off.”
“Thumbs up to the Washington County BOE for considering the former Allegheny Power building for its central office. Now let the Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Commissioners put the multipurpose stadium at Friendship Park, or out on that corridor, too. Eliminate all the noise in town. Let the developers on Baltimore Street serve the area residents with a convenience store, drug store, and a family restaurant.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
“I am concerned about Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which will take effect next January. There is no private insurance that is cheap, and the only other option that the Affordable Care Act affords is Medicaid. And if one takes Medicaid out and uses it, then the state government will come after your possessions after you pass away, in order to recoup their losses.”
“Moving the BOE downtown is a bad idea. It’s the Washington County board, not Hagerstown board. Besides, if you have 160 to 200 people driving into Hagerstown, do they get free parking? And where are they going to park? Bad idea, all the way around. This will not help Hagerstown.”
— Washington County
“I am a member of the Chapter 312 Antietam Korean War Veterans Association, and somebody’s in the paper today: That is held the first Wednesday of every month at the American Legion in Funkstown, and it’s 2 p.m.”
“Gun violence must stop. The NRA should not be allowed to spread propaganda such as ‘the government is going to confiscate all of our weapons.’ There are many steps that need to be taken to make our country safe from the terrible tragedies that are happening all over our country. The first step in keeping our children safe is to ban all assault weapons, with stringent background checks into the gun buyer and his family.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“In California, we had an officer of the law go on a killing rampage — a trusted person with firearms who had a grudge. Now to you people who want to arm all us trusted people in the country, like teachers and others, tell me why you think one of these people you want to trust can’t do the same. More guns, more shooting deaths. There is no question in my mind.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“I see today’s Charles Barkley’s birthday. He turns 50. How come there wasn’t no big whoop-dee-do on the ESPN or Sports Illustrated? I mean, he’s a Hall of Fame player, too. He played against Michael Jordan. And Michael Jordan is not the best player ever to play the game. Sorry, Jerry West was.”
“Has there ever been a survey taken to see how many vehicles travel the small piece of highway between Marsh Pike and Leitersburg Pike and Northern Avenue, during a 24-hour-period? If not, there should be. Traffic is terrible, and very fast.”
“I often wonder why, when places like Potomac Edison, Meritus hospital, the BOE, when they are looking for a place to move their offices, to do their power structures, why they always have to build somewhere where it’s hard for the public to get to. Why can’t they take some of the buildings that’s downtown ... so people that need to talk to them and go to them have a place to go? Why should everybody have to go to the outskirts of town instead of to downtown?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“I’d like to applaud the BOE’s decision about ... the old PE building. They’re going to have an attractive building that’s already there, and plenty of land to build on, plenty of parking, no traffic problems. I think it’s a fantastic idea. ... Well done, BOE.”