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Mail Call

August 09, 2007

"I just finished the article in the paper about the volunteer, Karol Kennedy. What a lovely, lovely person she must be. I'm sure that there's gonna be a special place reserved in heaven for her. Thank you so much for all your kindness and the good work you do with the Humane Society."

- Hagerstown




"This is in response to the article in Mail Call on Monday, blaming George Bush for the economy being bad. It's not George Bush's fault that the economy is bad. The economy is good. It's all of you people who need your half-million to million-dollar-and-up homes trying to impress everybody - but you're not impressing me, of course - and your four and five bathrooms, your two garages, your two Harleys, your whatever, your motor homes, everything. I live on what I make, and I'm doing just fine. I've not had anybody foreclose on my home. I knew it was gonna happen. Everybody had to build the biggest house on the block, and now you can see what's happening."

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- Sharpsburg




"To the high school in the South End: I think it's ridiculous that you continue to waste our water like you do, watering these football fields and all your grass so it looks green. It's a waste of water. We're in a water shortage anyway, with our severe drought."

- Hagerstown




"You can't blame the government nor the Army for the crimes that Pfc. Jesse Spielman committed while in Iraq. The Army issued no orders to Spielman and his buddies to go rape and murder an innocent Iraqi family. Every once in a while you will hear of a soldier or soldiers committing a horrendous crime while stationed in a foreign country. They commit crimes there that they would never commit on their home ground, all in the name of war - so they like to believe. The Army is in Iraq to go after the bad guys, not rape and murder the innocent. (Prison) is just where Pfc. Jesse Spielman and his buddies belong, hopefully for a long time."

- Clear Spring




"A suggestion for The Herald-Mail: You have done articles on teen pregnancy and prisoners. A reporter should interview the middle-class elderly. This group gets no help, but has to live on a fixed income, with everything increasing except their pensions. If a spouse has a medical problem and needs to be placed in an assisted living or nursing home facility, the spouse at home has to spend all their hard-earned retirement to pay. They have worked all their lives and paid taxes, and never asked for help from anyone, but now when they need some help, there is no one there to help. This is just not fair to the middle-class elderly."

- Hagerstown




"I thought calling in to Mail Call was supposed to be a short phrase, an important point. It's now getting to be a regular letter. Why don't you cut this out and make it short and brief, to the point?"

- Hagerstown




"I'm answering the challenge in Mail Call on Monday. I have a solution for all the problems people call in about. It's called backbone. Citizens of this country need to grow some. It is becoming a communist country, slowly but surely. Exercise your rights before you have none."

- Leitersburg




"I've been following every night with Mr. Lou Dobbs on CNN. According to him, President Bush signed a law in 2002 that all meats and food had to be labeled country of origin, but that has not been happening, and some our meat is coming from Canada, chickens are coming from China, and there are lobbyists in Washington right now that are trying to work against this label thing. They're saying the labeling costs too much to put on the food, and they have not been enforcing the law . . . but he has one of the senators - I forget his name - working diligently on this. So all this time we've been eating food and heaven knows where it's been coming from."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"All you people from Hagers-town, or all you people cutting down Drew Carey: Give the man a chance before you cut him to ribbons."

- Hagerstown




"For the person who called in wanting the teachers' salaries printed because taxes went up: Teachers make anywhere from $40,000 to $75,000 in this county. So what? They have lots of college and work hard. If you want all their salaries, then you must also want all city, county and state government employees', too. Correctional officers, secretary - your taxes pay for all those, too, not just teachers."

- Hagerstown




"This person in Smithsburg is complaining about skateboarders. Kids in the town need something to do. Skateboarding is legal. Perhaps you should be involved in helping find things for the kids to do in this town. There's more to recreation than watching the street lights change."




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