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January 10, 2006
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"This is to all the people calling in about what unions do for them. Union benefits cost money. That money ultimately comes from the product or service that the employer provides to the public. Workmen's comp benefits ultimately come from the employer's income. If foreign companies do not have to pay for all these benefits, they can sell their products cheaper. We tend to buy the cheaper products, thereby undermining the sales of our own employers. That is not saying that unions are bad; it is simple economics. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. If you buy cheap, overseas goods, you will not have unions or jobs in this country. Employers must cross the borders just to survive. High management salaries are a drop in the bucket compared to the collective salaries and benefits of the average worker."




"Members of the 60th reunion committee of the Hagerstown High School graduating class of 1946 are continuing to attempt to locate all members of the class. Mail Call readers are asked to call 301-223-4243 to provide the name and postal address or e-mail address of any members they know from that class. Readers are also asked to provide the names of any deceased members."

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- Hagerstown




"This is for the writer of the 'Living vertically is not so bad' letter to the editor. Because a person does not have a Cheshire cat smiling face does not mean that he or she is unhappy. Perhaps the person is in a reflective mood, or mentally working on a solution to a problem. Physical exercise may be a stress reliever that gives a person a sense of accomplishment."

- Clear Spring




"If you believe that Baltimore is the fittest city in the U.S., then I have some hurricane-proof swampland in Louisiana that I would like to sell to you."

- Hagerstown




"In my travels on the highways, I notice a lot of vehicles with low tire pressure. Low temperatures bring the need to bring tire pressure up to specifications. Over time, this will make a difference in gas mileage. There is also the safety factor."

- Fiddlersburg

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