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Mail Call

July 09, 2009

"I just wanted to tell you I found a perfect way to get rid of the phone books. I duct-tape two or three of them together, put a plastic grocery store bag around them, and I go out and use them in my garden or to pull weeds. ... I'm also still upset with these trash pick-up people that do not recycle the stuff they put in the trash trucks. I'm tired of sorting it out, for them to take it all to the dump."

- Williamsport




"Last week my car died at the South End Shopping Center. A wonderful lady offered me help. She didn't have jumper cables, stating she always meant to get a pair. She canvassed the area to borrow some, and ended up buying cables at Big Lots. ... The kicker is she gave the cables to me, despite my reluctance, because she thought I needed them more than she. Also, a guy driving a dark blue or black car helped push my car when the cables didn't work. .... It's nice to know that there are still some good people around."

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- Hagerstown




"There is an awful lot of talk in Mail Call about a senior center. Where is my middle-age center? I have paid a lot of property taxes over the years, and I would like a place to sit down and blame my kids and the government for taking all my money, and gang up with my fellow middle-agers to see if we can get some middle-age discounts down at the restaurant or over at the property tax office."

- Williamsport




"Did you know that if the energy bill passes the Senate, you will be required to have a federal inspector come out and tell you what you need to do to make your house 'green?' You cannot sell your home unless - until it passes their requirements. Do you think this will help the housing industry?"

- Clear Spring




"To whoever took the little gray kitten from the Boonsboro area, across from the old flour mill: Can you please, please bring him back? He was not old enough to go, and he was not going to go. Please bring him back."

- Washington County




"To those who have been laid off and are looking for employment, my advice is go to the Washington County school board or the Washington County government, or Hagerstown government. None of the above lay off people. It is for those who work in private industry to get laid off. What a country."

- Hagerstown




"I just got my tax bill today. I'm 64 years old, and they've raised my house taxes by $400. I don't know how I'm gonna make it. Now, you know, something's got to be done about this county raising these taxes all the time. We're the highest taxed state ... and the services certainly aren't there."

- Washington County




"I just got my house taxes, and they went up over $300 more. My husband lost his job because the company he worked for closed down and moved to Pennsylvania. I just want to ask the City and County Commissioners if they're gonna help pay the taxes this year. Or they can sell my house, or keep it, or the City can take it over."

- Hagerstown




"I appreciated the nice write-up the paper put in about the Boonsboro fireworks, and the community spirit which this was all done in. These people work hard, deserve a lot of credit, and the mayor and his family are always right there, with helping hands ... and it was beautiful, beautiful fireworks. I'm 81 years old, and each year they get better and better. Thank you so very much for the community spirit.

- Boonsboro




"I wonder why the spin doctors, talk show hosts, and all the Republicans always use Ronald Reagan as a crutch. What happened to the Bushes? How come they don't offer them like they do the Reagan presidency?"

- Hagerstown




"I sure hope President Obama gives billions of stimulus money to sports franchise owners and sponsors for the sports events, so they can continue to overpay these athletes. Winning $1 million for four days of golf is absolutely ridiculous. With the way things are today, this country is absurd."

- Hagerstown




"The caller seems to think that unless you serve in the military, you can't be a hero. Michael Jackson wrote 'We Are The World,' which raised many millions of dollars, which saved thousands of people in Africa from starving to death in the '80s. Say what you want about Michael Jackson's odd behavior, but in doing this he impacted the world greatly. Under any definition, this is a heroic societal contribution."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"You people out there, you think the country is in bad shape - well, read some of the real small articles in the paper, like the one I just read. Pittsburgh Steelers football team owner Dan Rooney is now our U.S. ambassador to Ireland. Now, the taxpayers are paying him to do this job, plus he makes a fortune being the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Guess who swore him in as ambassador to Ireland? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This country is in a world of trouble."

- Hagerstown




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