Mail Call

August 10, 2009

Editor's note: This column appeared in The Herald-Mail newspaper Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009:

"I just seen Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, on TV talking about Cash for Clunkers. He said yeah, we need to add an extra $2 billion to it. Why fix it if it isn't broke? Well, broke -- where are we getting the $2 billion from? ... America's got to wise up and think we just can't keep on spending money and printing money like we do." -- Williamsport

"They run ads that the president and the government wants to kill senior citizens. ... You're supposed to be the conservative movement, for God and country. No. 1, God would not allow this to happen. No. 2, if you really loved your country, why would you spread all the vicious lies like that?" -- Falling Waters, W.Va.

"I see these Republicans and the fools on the radio saying Obama is wearing out the deficit. They should check their facts. More than two-thirds of the current deficit is thanks to George Bush and the Republicans. George Bush never vetoed a spending bill, and the Republicans when they were in control of the House and the Senate for six years had no problem spending like drunken sailors." -- Sharpsburg


"Washington County government better pay attention to Jefferson County, Ala." -- Maugansville

"When Bush was president and Congress was controlled by Republicans, the stock market went to over 13,000, we received Social Security increases every year, and our savings accounts were getting a good interest rate. Since the Democrats took over Congress in 2008, the market tanked, now no Social Security increases, interest rates near zero, housing prices fell, and now they want to destroy Medicare. Are we stupid or what?" -- Hagerstown

"In reference to why did they take the signs down cautioning for deer? The deer, there's more than just three of them baby fawns. There's all kinds of young does crossing the street. There was almost a wreck tonight because one ran out and almost -- car went over the yellow line. Please, Washington County roads. ... Put the signs back out. Do the right thing." -- Halfway

"Why don't you people who insist on driving while talking on the phone, texting, eating, putting makeup on, etc., use public transportation? You could do all of these things without running other people off the road or causing ... an accident. But with most of you all's mentality, you can handle all of these things, because it's not you, it's the other driver's fault." -- Hagerstown

"I'd like to comment on the Obama administration. It's a total joke, from top to bottom." -- Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

"In reference to the people who've been complaining about school buses on the road: Up until about two weeks ago, the school buses that were on the road were hauling students back and forth to summer school. If you're seeing school buses out there now, it's either because people are in training, learning to drive school buses, or it's the drivers practicing and learning their new routes and timing them." -- Clear Spring

"Someone called and said they hoped the Cash for Clunkers were designed that only people who bought American-made vehicles would get the rebates. Toyotas, Nissans and Hondas are made in the U.S." -- Hagerstown

"This is in response to the caller criticizing President Obama for having a beer during work hours. This was at the end of the day, not during work hours. Let's give President Obama a break, and a chance to do the job of leading our country, instead of continuously bashing him." -- Boonsboro

"I would like to know why anybody would listen and agree with somebody who invites you to their program, asks you a question and you start to answer, and they do not like their answer and they bully and they get arrogant and overbearing, and instead of letting you answer the question, they jump in and ... it's terrible." -- Falling Waters, W.Va.

"Come on out to Cornell Raceway. No lights, no stopping at stop signs, no cops, and people shouldn't be on the roadway anyway. Come on out. We'll all have a nice speed down through here." -- Hagerstown

"I'd just like to make a comment about all these scooters that are on the streets. Those people have no license, there's no tags on them. A man was seriously hurt in front of our house, with no helmet on when he crashed his scooter. The laws need to be enforced for these things to have licenses on them, insurance and everything else, like a regular motor vehicle." -- Hagerstown

"I am a Oak Ridge Halfway resident who would like to respond to the caller in today's Mail Call about the three motherless fawns. ... I see them at least every other day, eating grass on either side of Halfway. I, too, have called several agencies, and was told the same thing. Let's let the agencies pay for the damage these fawns will cause when they are frightened and run into traffic, or worse, if a human life is taken when someone swerves to miss the fawns." -- Halfway

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