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Mail Call

March 20, 2009

"I just cleaned the air. I drove 54 miles round-trip, paid $14, watched three people stand around while another one did the test, did the emissions test."

- Hancock




"I think they should bring all the troops home all over the world, and let them fight their own fights."

- Boonsboro




"The recent primary election in Hagerstown is a great example of the power of the voter, when they want to exert that power. Unsatisfied with your elected officials, then vote and replace them. The election was a big win for the people."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"I'm wondering, can anyone tell me when work on Eastern Boulevard will start again? It's such a rough stretch of road, it must do damage to cars. Is there a plan to finish resurfacing, so we can have our smooth road?"

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- Hagerstown




"I'm just reading in the paper about the new senior center location that they're thinking about. I think they really, really, really should rethink this. I'm not that old, and I have gone to the Commission on Aging for my mother, and I personally don't like that parking lot. It's not big enough, it's hard to get to the door. You're talking about seniors here. I think you better rethink it, mainly because of the parking. Why don't you put it in a building like Richardson's old building or something? Something that's single-level."

- Hagerstown




"I called in before, asking how you decide what callers are published. That wasn't answered or printed, and I doubt this one will be, because after seeing what you do print, like the caller who was upset that a soft drink machine stole his money, I'm now nearly convinced you're using that old classic 'Throw them at the wastebasket, and the ones that miss get printed.' If not, then how do you decide?"

- Frederick, Md.




"One of my pet peeves is, since I don't own a computer, I get so tried of hearing them say 'Go to my Web site, blank, blank, blank, blank' and do this and do that. You can't even get a decent address to send anything to anymore. Not everybody has computers, and that's my pet peeve."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I lost my cell phone at Wal-Mart. I would like to thank the gentleman who turned the phone in to the service desk, and the Wal-Mart employee who called and made sure I got my phone back."

- Hagerstown




"The president and his visits to Camp David: If you live close to this area, the jets fly nonstop all weekend while he, his family and guests are here. He continually says everyone has to bite the bullet during this financial crisis. I wonder about the cost of the fuel used during these visits and the upkeep of the planes that we as the taxpayers are paying for; adds to our debt? He is supposed to be working with us to save money, right? Is this 'Do as I say, not as I do'?"

- Smithsburg




"To the person that put in Mail Call for today on Monday, March 16, in reference to single mothers - she said about these mothers that understand we live in a free country; yes, free food, free housing, free medical and free everything: I would let her know not all single mothers are like that. I have a daughter that's been a single parent for 12, 14 years, and she has never accepted one thing. She's went out and worked hard and paid for everything herself. So don't judge all by (some)."

- Smithsburg




"The last time I checked, there's still employers out there that are hiring, such as McDonald's and other places. I mean, there's work out there. They may not be big-paying jobs, but there is work out there, so if people really want a job, why don't they go and get one? It's just a lot of them don't want a job. They're particular in what job they will work at or choose. That's the bottom line."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"I'm calling to tell the gentleman and the people that helped the lady that fell in Boonsboro the other week, thank them very much from the bottom of my heart."

- Boonsboro




"Monday the 16th Mail Call, the individual who put the - scolding the voters for not voting for Mrs. Nigh has a heck of a lot of nerve, I think. You can say anything you want; freedom of speech, of course, but don't cut the voters up. They know what they want. They're allowed not to vote for Mrs. Nigh."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the person from Waynesboro, Pa., that was busting on the unions and the Democrats. If you work a 40-hour work week, you can thank the Democrats and the unions. Now, as far as money, I think AIG just got ($170 billion) in loans, and that is to pay the CEOs, the big dollar people, the money, while the salesmen are out there busting their humps, not getting the rewards for all the work. ... Quit trying to find fault in the hardworking American man."

- Williamsport




"I believe there is one good thing about this recession. Joe Six-pack is finally waking up from his fat and happy existence, and is paying attention to District of Columbia politics. The Beltway bullies will not rule forever."

- Hagerstown




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