Mail Call

February 19, 2009

"In May, stamps are going up to 44 cents. The postmaster general makes $800,000 a year. Who's hurting?" - Clear Spring

"To Gov. O'Malley: Let's keep the death penalty. You say it doesn't work, but it doesn't work if you don't use it. If you start using it, that'll send a message." - Sharpsburg

"I am so proud of our new attorney general, Eric Holder, who finally told it like it was, when he said we were a nation of cowards." - Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"How many of us would sign a lengthy contract without reading all the details? Most likely we would not do such a foolish thing. However, that is just what our beloved senators did as they voted for the so-called 'stimulus bill.' This bill contained more pork than a herd of pigs. The so-called 'tax breaks' will only go to those who can afford to buy a first-time home or new car. With so many out of work or concerned about their job, this will only go to the wealthy. Maybe it is time for Marylanders to give our senators the pink slip." - Hagerstown


"Why does Washington County BOE push college on everyone and spend so much money on college-bound students? Plumbers, electricians, mechanics, food service workers, medical personnel and other tradespersons are still working despite this lousy economy, while thousands with college educations are not. Get real, BOE. College isn't for everyone." - Williamsport

"Just people were talking, just wondering what the revenue was for the benefit that was held for Holly Place, out at the Elks, in January. Never heard anything, what they made on it or anything. We were just curious." - Hagerstown

"The world of computers has an appropriate acronym, GIGO: Garbage In Garbage Out. Obama's so-called 'stimulus package' doesn't stimulate, it transfers. It is a major part of his 'spread the wealth' program, designed to enrich a favored few, while we taxpayers and our progeny bear the burden ad infinitum." - Martinsburg, W.Va.

"There is a difference between 'half-staff' and 'half-mast.' One is on a ship." - Maugansville

"I think we should ponder over and agree with columnist Leonard Pitts' (Feb. 18 article), and I quote: 'Politicians and alleged religious leaders have routinely invited us to hate gay people and call it morality. They have taught us to frame gay lives in cloudy abstracts of tradition and values.'" - Hagerstown

"The governor wants to build the new police barracks and the school board wants to do the construction on schools, and yet the state wants to cut down on the salaries and eliminate jobs. How is that going to help the treasury if they cut jobs that pay the taxes? It doesn't make sense." - Hagerstown

"I would like us to legalize poker in the City of Hagerstown. As it is a game of skill, not chance, it shouldn't be considered gambling because you are making the decisions. We could bring money to the city or even donate to local organizations/nonprofits. I think this would be a great help to the city." - Hagerstown

"As a citizen of Hagerstown, I think that if we're gonna elect representatives, we must understand what it means to represent. Webster defines it as 'presenting to the mind a likeness or equivalent to stand for, act in place of, and serve as an example.' That's why I'm voting for Joe Marshner." - Hagerstown

"This is for the person in Mail Call who said about Michael Phelps never being charged or going to jail for smoking marijuana. Well, I don't know many people that aren't celebrities that would go to jail for smoking marijuana. It's the ones selling it. And also, if they did go to jail for it, it'd be because they had a record before that. Michael Phelps doesn't have a record, so quit the drama." - Hagerstown

"I had been wondering how little Duncan was doing, and I hope that he continues to improve." - Boonsboro

"With the huge surplus of homes for sale in the city, I can't believe City Council would allow any more new homes to be built. Don't they realize there are way too many homes for sale out there on the market? Who's gonna buy these places?" - Hagerstown

"The wind blew my brown and black golfer's umbrella off my carport. Someone on Driftwood Lane has it. It would be nice if it was returned." - Hagerstown

"In today's Mail, one of my companion Boonsboro members called and said Obama's already taken a vacation, with one month in office yet. He went back to his hometown of Chicago, and referenced it to Bush's eight years. Gee, don't worry, Bush spent eight years on vacation. That's why we're in the bad shape that we're in. Have a good day." - Boonsboro

"Can you believe that Obama and Joe Biden each took separate jets to Denver to sign the stimulus bill? Now, I haven't read about it in any of the newspapers, or even heard about it in any of the news stations, except for Fox. How does these people get away with it? Can you please tell me?" - Boonsboro

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