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Mail Call

June 02, 2009

"Why are there so many Yankee and Red Sox fans in Hagerstown? I hear the bandwagon argument a lot, but I don't really think that is valid, because the Yankees have not won anything in so long. And I don't think I knew more than four or five Red Sox fans until 2004. Of course, no one wants to cheer for a team that loses 86 years in a row." - Smithsburg




"I purchased a digital converter box. All I can get on it is 25, 31, 60 and 68. ... Just think how many people in the U.S. will be in our shoes. So sad." - Boonsboro




"This is a reply to Hancock, that said that they had a memorial service and only 30 people out of 1,900 attended. That's the way it is. The younger people do not want to be involved in the clubs, and the activities that are involved in the clubs. Your older people are dying off, and the young people just don't have the interest anymore." - Hagerstown

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"I would like to thank Obama for gas being 50 cents less per gallon than this time last year, and also thank him for doubling unemployment compared to this time last year." - Houstontown, Pa.




"To the Hagerstown caller, about the Congress and senators being in for too long, 30 years or so: ... You have to vote. Your last week's election in Hagerstown was appalling. With the percentage rates that come out to vote. ... They do have time limits, but you have to go six and four years. The key there, people, is vote. Vote, and that will get the people changed." - Hedgesville, W.Va.




"I'm calling about the person who wrote in about the barking dogs in April. I agree 100 percent with you. The people that leave their dogs out day and they bark all the time don't need to have them. They do want attention, and they do want affection. I think people just get them for a lawn ornament, to sit out in their back yard. Why have them if you can't give them affection?" - Hagerstown




"I wonder how many of you people would leave your names if you could, with your comments that you leave in here. You talk tough, but you know, I imagine that none of you would be able to back it up if you were actually confronted face to face about it. I call this the Coward Call section of the paper." - Smithsburg




"To those of you who blame Bush for the 9/11 attacks, the economy, Katrina, and so forth: You're putting him in higher power than God. Shame, shame. And you think all we have to show for it is a bad economy. Just hold on to your hats. We're on our way to destruction under this administration." - Hagerstown




"If you pay attention, your pets will teach you how to love." - Waynesboro, Pa.




"Why do people keep calling in from Greencastle and Boonsboro, and Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Clear Spring, anywhere out of Hagerstown - complaining about stuff in Hagerstown? They don't live here, so why do they care?" - Oak Ridge




"After World War II, Japanese officers were put on trial for torture, for waterboarding U.S. prisoners of war. If it was torture then, it was torture now. Remember, whatever we do to others can be done to our soldiers." - Hagerstown




"I'm calling once again about the Blues Fest being held uptown. I totally disagree, because of the alcohol being served every year. I don't understand why the City of Hagerstown doesn't have it at the fairgrounds. They talk about people drinking and driving - we have people drinking right in the ... downtown area. ... I think they should reconsider and have this event at the fairgrounds, and not permit alcohol." - Hagerstown




"The Republicans are going to give Obama a hard time on his pick for Supreme Court judge. They want judges like Clarence Thomas, Daddy Bush's best friend, that put Bush in the White House; Scalia, Cheney's fishing and hunting buddy, using government planes to go on fishing and hunting trips all over the world. That's the kind they want." - Clear Spring




"In reference to the call that was in Friday's Mail Call about reading Leviticus 18:22 and 24, also read Leviticus 20:13, for the penalty. God's word never changes, because he never changes. Yes, I've been a Christian for 59 years, and I love Him more every day." - Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the $500 we got in the mail for the stimulus package. The first one I got, they raised my taxes 360-some dollars, plus the governor raised it 10 cents a gallon on all gas. So the second one I'm getting now, the water bill went up, the electric went up, gas went up roughly a dollar a gallon. So that $500 are gonna go, if you drive very many miles." - Hagerstown




"Politicians tell us they have not raised our taxes. Do you know anyone whose assessment went down? Any report you see, it says the value of the houses are down from last year - but try to get your assessment on your home reduced. Lots of luck." - Hancock




"With all the talk about conserving water and protecting the environment, I've not seen or heard a word about reducing the size of bath towels. They are getting bigger all the time, requiring much more water, detergent, and electricity to wash and dry them. We don't need them this big. A smaller towel will do the job just as well." - Hagerstown




"Here are the words to taps: 'Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.'" - Chambersburg, Pa.




"It did not shock me that Obama had the cross at Georgetown University covered when he gave his speech, also at his inauguration, yet would bow to our enemy ... and debase those who blindly voted him in office. Cold." - Hagerstown

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