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Mail Call

May 08, 2008

"I'm calling about the woman who called in saying her daughter is taking Spanish, and six of her classmates are Spanish-speaking people. If the requirement is to take a foreign language, why would you let Spanish-speaking people or students in a Spanish class? They should be required to take French or English or something else. Come on, BOE, that's a no-brainer. Make these people do what they have to do. If they want to be in our high schools, they should obey the rules, and the rule is take a foreign language, not your native language."




"There's an old saying 'You reap what you sow,' You people out there voting for Obama, it's gonna be exactly that. You're gonna get what you pay for, and I feel sorry for you, me, my grandchildren - hopefully I don't have any great-grandchildren to see the future. But you definitely will reap what you sow." - Hagerstown

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"I'm calling in reference to all the products coming to this country from China, and I agree with your other callers that they should keep their products in China and we should produce our own and give our own people work." - Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I'm concerned as to whether or not people are aware that it's illegal to burn things in barrels, and it's environmentally unhealthy for those of us who live (nearby.) It's unhealthy, and it's causing serious injury to those of us who don't want to inhale plastics and rubber. I think it would be wise for the Environmental Protection Agency to start driving around and issuing citations against these people." - Hagerstown




"As a correctional officer, I read every comment I can about the prison system. Someone mentioned about all the officers quitting and putting Maryland out on a limb. One reason we don't quit - the pay is good, but it's not that great - it's the benefits. That's why I'm working down there. The benefits can be excellent." - Hagerstown




"Only the dictator of Burma and The Herald-Mail paper call Burma 'Myanmar.'" - Hagerstown




"I just saw in Mail Call this morning where somebody's complaining about senior citizens, 70, 71 and 80, working. It said they made a living, they got enough to live off of. Let me tell you, I'm 70, I'm still working because I can't live off of my Social Security, that's for sure. When you're done paying your insurance, your pharmacy card, your Medicare and Medicaid, what do you have left? Let them live off of $200 or $300 a month. See if they don't go back to work." - Boonsboro




"I'm calling about the article in the paper about senior citizens working until they're 70 and 80 years old. I commend those people. If they want to work and earn extra money, since the government doesn't help senior citizens, I say go for it. And as far as moving over and letting the younger generation take over, the younger generation can't work like the older people." - Funkstown




"In the paper it is saying about the person in Williamsport who wrote about the kids protesting gas prices. That's good. Now they're saying they've lived in Williamsport for 42 years, and all you hear about is how kids are always doing something wrong. No, that's not right."




"To the person who called in saying that people 60 and 70 should retire: You must be a Democrat, because I thought this was the USA and people could work as long as they were able to. In the first place, because a person is 60 or 70 does not mean that they're rich. There's people 60 years old just as poor as people 25 years old. And there's a lot of kids out here that could have gotten jobs and wouldn't take them. They wouldn't work in a pie factory. Any kid can walk in McDonald's or Burger King and get a job, almost right away. But I'm tired of hearing you people, you always know what somebody else has in their pocketbook. Why don't you mind your own business unless you know?" - Waynesboro, Pa.




"What part of the word 'illegal' doesn't anybody understand? Not only does a candidate refer to illegal immigration as 'undocumented workers.' This is ridiculous. 'Undocumented workers' is like a drug dealer being called an unlicensed pharmacist. And why do I have to push 1 for English in an English-speaking nation?"




"I so enjoyed Tim Rowland's May 6 column concerning names on plaques. I especially agreed with his last paragraph, about plaques being put up for unsuccessful projects. Tim missed a biggie in this category. That is the mayor and council who were responsible for allowing the construction of the gigantic boondoggle that sits at the corner of Eastern and Memorial boulevards. This was supposed to be the flourishing urban fiber plant, which has sat idle ever since. Those of us in the area are grateful that whoever owns it now has kept the landscaping looking nicely. One wonders what that piece of property could hold now."




"With the downsizing of the auto industry and the country in general, I think the county should use a little common sense and do an efficiency check on the sheriff's department and the BOE, to see how many jobs are actually needed, and how much lost motion there really is in both departments. I think we would all be surprised." - Hancock




"I'm calling in reference to all the products coming to this country from China, and I agree with your other callers that they should keep their products in China and we should produce our own and give our own people work." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

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