Mail Call

December 12, 2009

"I am calling about the caller who said the Obamas can call the White House their house. Since when did they start paying rent to live there?" - Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

"Hats off to Florence M. Vincent for her article in the Sunday, Dec. 6, letters to the editor, regarding taking Christ out of Christmas. How very true her words were." - Hagerstown

"Congratulations to Kory on getting her GED. We knew you could do it." - Mercersburg, Pa.

"Please, please, tell us when Sarah Palin is coming to Hagerstown so the good, hardworking people of this area can get in line ahead of the bums, the wannabes." - Williamsport

"I called in with this once before. A million dollars for a library, 15 million for a new state police barracks, but yet state employees are taking pay cuts, furlough days, some are being laid off. What is wrong with this picture? Why isn't The Herald-Mail doing some kind of investigation? And I would like to hear from other state employees on this matter." - Sharpsburg


"This is for the caller from Sharpsburg on Dec. 6, about ranting and raving about mud and dirt. I just can't understand how people can have enough time and energy to complain about dirt. They really need to find something better to do." - Hagerstown

"I'd like to know why the county commissioners gave a job to a drywall company out of Virginia, when the economy is so bad in Washington County, and you know they're gonna be bringing their own people up with them, to build the Eastern school." - Sharpsburg

"I was reading Mail Call tonight, and I see where they're getting on Bush again, blaming him for stuff, and Congress and Senate has been in control, it'll be three years the first of January. What are they supposed to do? They got the majority, they control everything. Nobody can pass anything if they don't like it and if they don't want it ... so let's get this thing of bashing Bush out." - Hagerstown

"I'm calling about the headlines in the paper, I mean headlines on Dec. 10. I notice the county schools never make the headlines, but you let alcohol, some kind of crime occur in the county, and they make the headlines. So hurray to The Herald-Mail. I see where a Boonsboro school finally made the headlines. Where have you all been all these years? I hope somebody has woke up down there now. When they do something good, please put it in the headlines." - Hagerstown

"In the morning, I was nearly run over by a minivan that lives in Woodlands North ... a North townhouse development. I think there needs to be some kind of patrol. ... Please patrol around the Woodlands North area." - Hagerstown

"The residents of Boonsboro do not want curbside recycling. May I repeat, they do not want curbside recycling. The local government is listening to them. By the way, global warming is a hoax." - Boonsboro

"Regarding the item in today's Mail Call, slurring Boonsboro for not having curbside service, praising Williamsport, why did you not choose any other local towns? And I could point my finger right direct to the person that's called that in. So get with it, lady. Get with it." - Boonsboro

"Since Obama's EPA director has announced that carbon dioxide is harmful to humankind, and since when we exhale that's what we exhale, here's what's gonna happen in 2010. People 40 and under will breathe only on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, and people 40 and up, older, will breathe Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, and on Sundays, no one will breathe. That's hope and change for you." - Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"It is Dec. 10, 2009. It's the beginning of the 12 days of Christmas. I open up my front door and find my first gift-wrapped package on the front porch, and what might it be? The first of seven phone books. I have been waiting all year for that. Have a great day, Merry Christmas to all, and a happy new year." - Hagerstown

"Happy birthday, Jesus." - Hagerstown

"With deep appreciation to the pastor of the Broadfording Church of the Brethren, for giving the senior citizens group of Clear Spring accordion music and a singalong of the Christmas carols. Thank you, pastor. You made our day." - Clear Spring

"I do not mean to be smart, but I do not understand how any man could manage a used motor company and not realize it was having financial problems." - Hagerstown

"This call is to commend The Herald-Mail for the excellent job that you have been doing in reporting the sports for the Washington County students. Excellent job, well done. I love the full-color photos of the students." - Hagerstown

"I wanted to give a great thank you for Rose and Rich Gaver, who coordinate the Olde Tyme Christmas ... in Funkstown. They put a lot of effort and a lot of hours into it. I just wanted to thank them." - Funkstown

"Thank you to Commissioner (Kristen B.) Aleshire for questioning the proposed library expansion. Almost doubling the proposed budget of $14.5 million in 2006 to $23.84 million in 2009 should be examined by outsiders not vested in the expansion. ... The library is not crowded at all when I am there, so the legitimate need to expand is not obvious. With the growing library resources available through their excellent Internet work, new physical space seems counterintuitive." - Hagerstown

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