Mail Call

July 24, 2008

"Let's take the Red Barron building and instead of having another Sheetz ... put a nice restaurant, a nice family restaurant that you can go in there with your children and sit down and have a nice meal with no alcohol. It would make a beautiful place there." - Williamsport

"I don't want to sound mean, but a lot of you people are putting the blame on the wrong group of people. This thing about the Democrats who don't want to drill, well, No. 1, they have helped the Democratic National Committee in a lot of ways with money. And Al Gore has made a lot of money on this environmental thing. Whether it is right or wrong I don't care. So that's why they do not want to drill, and if they do drill they will be stepping on a lot of toes." - Washington County

"When Obama becomes president he should outlaw NASCAR. That will save millions of gallons of fuel a year." - Hagerstown


"I've been to The Maryland Theatre and yes, I have sat beside groups of people who have been drinking, and they were loud, obnoxious and rude while drinking and getting drunk. The last show we attended they left their bottles and cups all over the floor and seats when they left. They had spills over the floor and seats also. And we couldn't hear the show because of their loud talking, shouting, and going in and out to get more beer and drinks. The last show that I attended was the Blues Fest bash, so nothing has changed here. It will continue because it's been going on all along. Get over it and just don't go if you don't like that sort of thing. We don't go anymore, but then that's our decision because we didn't like the group of people also attending." - Washington County

"'The soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut taxes. The purpose of cutting taxes now is to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.' - John F. Kennedy. Looks like Obama missed this one on all his quotes of and comparing himself to JFK."

"Sen. McCain now blames Sen. Obama for the high price of gasoline. Unbelievable, isn't it? Are the Three Stooges running Sen. McCain's campaign?" - Rohrersville

"It is said that a camel is a horse designed by committee. Jefferson County is a 'haphazard' hodge-podge designed by committee. They must need an even more Draconian Zoning Ordinance or a new committee, or both." - Martinsburg, W.Va.

"I have finally figured out why it takes 10 years to drill and get gas. First you have to get permission, and then comes the lawsuits, regulations, red tape and excuses. Then you need refineries, which will go through the same process, and that's why the oil companies give up and go overseas. Can you imagine the cost of all this?"

"I see a lot of similarities in Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter of 30 years ago. Both have big, bright smiles, with a pleasing demeanor - and a total lack of international politics and military tactics." - Hagerstown

"I'm calling about the lady who ran her mouth about the dead turtles on the road. Now it's costing us $130,000. I guess she wishes she wouldn't have said nothing now." - Hagerstown

"Will someone tell me why, in the neighborhood where I live, there are 80 houses, and only four people who have the common decency to fly the American flags on such days as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, Mother's Day, etc., yet are probably first in line to get their Social Security, Medicare, welfare checks and sustenance?"

"I thought it was quite comical that Bob Maginnis said the city should try to get people with disposable income to move downtown. Why doesn't Mr. Maginnis set an example for us and why doesn't he move downtown? I'm sure he doesn't get paid that badly by The Herald-Mail. Just think how much energy he could save. He could walk to work. I don't know anybody in their right mind that had any money would want to live in downtown Hagerstown, or within the city limits, for that matter." - Hagerstown suburb

"I have a problem with congressmen and people within the state, officials. They get in trouble with the law, they get off. Us people out here on the street, we get charged with everything." - Clear Spring

"I just wanted to call and say thank you for finally putting something in the paper that I said, after all these years of calling you." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"If there is one thing politicians are good at, it is talking. Catch one on TV, and they are talking about the problems such as health care, retirement, oil prices, job loss, mortgage problems, etc. Funny, they never solve these problems, they just talk. I have been around a long time, and have heard them talk about the same problems for a long time." - Greencastle, Pa.

"I'm calling about the Humane Society and the grant for $130,000 for the box turtle, and though I love turtles, then the Humane Society says they have no help to spay or neuter cats and dogs." - Hagerstown

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