"The economy is a self-organizing system. Any attempts by government to 'manage' it is like herding cats, and doomed to failure. The results are totally unpredictable. Every president's real job is to prevent interference with legitimate freedom of enterprise, whether it fails or succeeds. The 'bailout' is disastrous nonsense."
- Martinsburg, W.Va.
"I saw on TV that the food bank is in desperate need for turkeys for Thanksgiving. I think it would be wonderful for the people that receive free turkeys at work that really don't want them, if they could sit out a cooler and collect the ones that aren't wanted and give them to the food bank."
"Someone from Hagerstown wanted to know what Rush Limbaugh and O'Reilly would talk about now that Obama's president. What they'll probably talk about is how the public was ... fooled, and they probably say 'I told you so' a whole lot."
"This is to the Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus. Thank you for a wonderful performance Saturday night. Kepler Theater had a full house, and I am certain everyone enjoyed it. Your salute to the veterans was very moving, and made all of us swell with pride to be Americans."
"This is about all the Democrats calling in and complaining about Republicans that are complaining about Obama winning the election, and calling the Republicans whiners. What do you think that you've been doing for the last eight years, with Bush in as president? You've been doing nothing but whining and complaining. What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
"I'd like to inform all grandparents, we went to our little great-grandson's Grandparents Day ... and it turned out to be a wonderful day for him and a lot of them, but the one little girl, her grandparents didn't show up for Grandparents Day. She had her head down on her desk, crying, and I got my wife to go up and talk to her, to console her, and it did help her ... showed my wife all her school stuff ... but please, grandparents, go to your grandkids' Grandparents Days, because it means a lot to them."
"I keep hearing all this about Holly Place needing money. Just wondering, are their financial records available for the public to see, or could they be published in the paper, to see what their operating expenses really are, and what their income really is? Sounds like somebody needs some help in financial advisement."
"So someone out there wants to know why us silly people pamper our pets. Well, here's a good example. My fifth wife left me last week, but I still have the same pet with me that I had when I married my first wife. It has never left me. It's been devoted, it's been true to me, it's been loving, unlike my wives. So that's why I pamper my pet, and maybe you should take that advice, too."
"I don't see anything wrong with pampering a pet. Some dogs save people's lives. Also, I have never met a cat or a dog that ever lied to me or lied on me, stole from me, ran around on me - but I have some people. A dog also loves you unconditionally, and that's more than a person does."
- Waynesboro, Pa.
"While reading Nov. 17's Mail Call, I ran across a comment concerning bad tenants in Hagerstown. It's not that hard to investigate a prospective tenant. You check their credit; previous addresses are on all credit reports. County office has homeowners listed, as a matter of public record. Call them. Get reference. Problem solved."
"I want to wish all the native peoples in the Tri-State area a very good Native American Month."
"Yeah, I'd just like to know where the guy that got his wife an '09 broom bought it at. My mother-in-law needs a new one."
"I would like to thank two ladies at Williamsport Laundromat for their kindness helping me. One lady's name was Shirley, but I didn't get the other lady's name. Thank you both. It was greatly appreciated."