Mail Call

October 22, 2009

"I'm calling about the retired Naval man that says he wants to see no women in submarines. Well, I'm a retired Navy man of 23 years, lieutenant commander, and I'm going to tell you one thing right now, had many a good woman stand beside me, and I was proud of it, and I don't know where he's coming from, but he ought to open up his eyes and see. Women are great, and they're great in the Navy, and I've got a daughter that's in the Navy and she's great, so." - Hancock

"This is for the person who thinks it's all right to drop a cat along the road, rather than take it to the SPCA or an animal shelter. For one thing, it's against the law. Your animal is your responsibility. Suppose no one finds that animal and takes it in. It starves to death, or gets hit by a car. So it has more of a chance of going to the SPCA or a no-kill animal shelter. So don't drop your cats along the road ... it is against the law." - Sharpsburg


"I'm a Maryland state employee, and it disheartens me to know that Gov. O'Malley wants to continually think he can cut state employees' finances and their benefits. If he really thinks that's the solution, maybe he should come in and run their prisons and do all their civil service work." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"I'm convinced, after coming home from work and sitting down reading the paper, that I have been right for a long time. Those guys that live inside the beltway don't know one thing about what's going on out here outside the beltway. They're rich, and they don't care about anybody else." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"Yes, Hagerstown caller, I do in fact want President Obama's policies, appeasement of our enemies abroad, bailouts of greedy and incompetent banks and auto companies, spending us into trillions and trillions of dollars in debt, economy and job-killing taxes and the government takeover of health care, to fail, not because I have anything against him personally, but because I disagree with his policies and believe they will be disastrous for our country." - Frederick, Md.

"I was just wondering why there has been no update on the condition of the people injured in the Parlor House accident. We were just wondering what their fate is, and how they're doing. It seems odd that there's been no follow-up." - Hagerstown

"Here we go again, with this gas thing. It's wintertime, and people need gas to go back and forth to work. People are losing their jobs. The oil companies are getting big and rich. Obama and his Democrats won't let them drill oil in the U.S., so now our oil's going up, so gas is going up. It went up 20 cents probably in the last 10 days ... everything keeps going up. Health insurance, light bills, gas bills, everything keeps going up, so why doesn't the government just make everybody put a freeze on everything, where nothing can go up?" - Hagerstown

"I'd like to make a comment about the Bush White House's energy policy legacy. It's such a good thing. My kids get on the bus in the dark." - Keedysville

"This is in Tuesday's Mail Call, the person that said that he hit a car in Clear Spring, and he'll never confess. You know, you need to be an adult and own up to your responsibility. If you know you're guilty, then you need to come up and confess what you did and make amends for it. So I hope you do that." - Hagerstown

"My comment is 'Went to college, to still be unemployed'. Yay, college." - Hagerstown

"The government's effort to take over health care is about control and power, and that's all. And if you are holding up Medicare, Social Security, VA Center and the mail service as an example of government-run programs, I don't believe you want to go there. In case you haven't checked lately, they're all broke. Broke, you understand? They have no money. They're not run well. They're broke." - Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"Someone called in and said that 75 percent of the people had health insurance, and they were completely satisfied. All the news programs I watch say 65 to 70 percent of people want some kind of a public option or government-run health insurance program, so I think the guy from Boonsboro is misinformed." - Hagerstown

"In Tuesday's Oct. 20 paper, 'Four boys charged in cemetery vandalism,' don't tell me that these kids are just 'Boys will be boys,' or don't know better. ... I have two grandsons. Neither one of them would think of doing this, because they've been taught different." - Williamsport

"My message is this: Will the moped riders please learn how to operate their vehicles correctly in traffic? ... Please do us all a favor and ride the scooters or your motorized vehicles correctly." - Hagerstown

"Thank you for whoever did the article for 'What's wrong with this picture?', about the cemetery at Old Forge school. Good job reporting, also the photographer, and thank you for the two gentlemen that started cleaning that up. Hats off. Thank God somebody's still left in this country who can volunteer and do something. Great job, everybody." - Chewsville

"In response to Martinsburg, who snidely asked if those of us protesting this administration's health care reform know what we're protesting, yes, we most assuredly do. In addition, yes, we would dearly love to have been able to opt out of Social Security and Medicare, of which we pay hundreds of dollars a month for and which is ready to go belly up. Unfortunately, it is mandatory that we pay into these whether we like it or not. I would rather the inept government stay out of my life as much as possible." - Smithsburg

"The Lord giveth the stink bug, the Lord taketh away the stink bug. Blessed be the name of the Lord." - Williamsport

"Contrary to popular liberal belief, a wish for Obama & Co. to fail is not a wish for America (to) fail. Quite the contrary. A wish for those destructive forces now occupying the White House to collapse is a positive wish for Americans to be free of their socialist ... stranglehold and enable America to become truly 'great' once again." - Hagerstown

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