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Mail Call

December 16, 2009

"I think we need to have a contest for the best eater in the area. I took my wife out to a fast-food place the other night, and she ate four double cheeseburgers and a double order of fries and now she's wondering why her clothes seem to be getting tight. So I'd say she's up there among the record holders." - Sharpsburg




"I've been a fan of Mail Call forever ... but anymore, things seem so petty. In the day and time we live in, if you have your health, income and home, and your financial situation is reasonably under control, you're quite blessed and better off than a lot this holiday season. If everyone would take the time to pick and choose your battles, and understand that stress kills, life wouldn't seem so bad. I hope everybody has a great holiday." - Hagerstown




"Can't The Herald-Mail find anything else to put on the front page of the paper - on Sunday, Dec. 13 - than a picture of a snake, when 90 percent of people are afraid of snakes? Awful." - Funkstown

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"A caller called in about all the good that Bush did and included in those good things that Bush did was bringing back New Orleans after Katrina. Well, seems to me that after all these years, Orleans is still not back. ... The government, under Bush or Obama, has done absolutely nothing for those people." - Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I contributed at the latest forum at South Hagerstown High School on Saturday. ... I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Weldon, Del. Weldon, when he suggested that the state halt the Thornton funding plan for public schools in Maryland for a year. I think that's a good idea. Even if they just cut that funding in half, it would be a huge benefit to the state of Maryland." - Hagerstown




"This is on cap and trade. I see where the federal government and everybody here is having a hard time with this cap and trade. EPA is telling the federal government if you don't pass the cap and trade thing that they're gonna do it. They're gonna do what they want to do. So you know, I'm telling the federal government - I'm a taxpayer - disband them." - Hagerstown




"I just found out today that there's over 3 million government workers, they get the best insurance in the world, they all get retirement after 20 years, they just got another raise. ... And you wonder why they don't have money, the money they spend." - Hagerstown




"Wouldn't it have been nice if they cleaned up the dead flowers around the art statue in the circle at City Park and placed some Christmas decorations to coincide with the lights in City Park?" - Hagerstown




"The health care bill is a disaster. They want to cut out $500 billion from Medicare to finance other insurers. They also want to expand Medicare to 55 years of age. Senior care would be rationed, and many hospitals and nursing homes will be put out of business." - Greencastle, Pa.




"Now I'm not a person that supported George Bush. I don't like the way he was doing things, and I don't like the way Obama's doing things. ... Person who said George Bush was a good president, where do you get your facts? Osama bin Laden caused 9/11, not Saddam Hussein. Hussein was a terrorist supporter. It was given by an intelligence agency set up by the Democrats. So both of them are responsible. Katrina - federal government cannot get involved unless local government asks them to." - Hagerstown




"This is to the lady at Woodlands North who put a thing in the paper about almost being run over. Well, Orchard Hills intersects Woodlands North, and you ought to try living on this street; 8:35, car came down this road doing 60 mph. I've called the police - no use. They're not bothered. I guess they'll wait until someone gets killed first." - Hagerstown




"Sunday morning, I was shocked to see a huge snake wrapped around a man's neck on the front page of The Herald-Mail. It wasn't until later that I looked again, that I realized it was about a children's holiday reception. Why not show the children on the front page?" - Hagerstown




"I'm calling about Rockland Woods Elementary School, one of our newest- built schools. I attended a basketball game there and the gym is beautiful, but. ... There are no bleachers at all at this gym. It's a beautiful gym with absolutely no seating. I am 62 years old and I sat on the floor along with everybody else. Please, finish the gym. Put bleachers up there in that gym." - Hagerstown




"Let's kill two birds with one stone. To the callers about scooters and to the one about being positive: Maryland law, scooters' engine size has to be under 50 ccs - well under the normal 250 ccs of motorcycles that are on the street. Look at the bright side. They have to have a valid Maryland license to ride these scooters." - Boonsboro




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