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Mail Call

April 15, 2010

"I was interested in the A1 Monday paper headline, 'Program lauded for hike in construction.' I would be interested in having the houses that were built monitored to see how long it takes to have them sold."

- Hagerstown




"My comment is: Justice Stevens has just recently announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. President Obama has yet to select a nominee to forward to the Senate for confirmation, and the Republicans are already threatening a filibuster. So could somebody please explain to me one more time, why the Republican party theory of governance amounts to anything more than naked obstructionism?"

- Boonsboro




"President Obama and the many appointees he has put in charge of our country are turning America into a dictatorship. Our Congress and Senate are supposed to make the decisions, not people who haven't been approved by the Congress and Senate. Our country has laws that were set up to prevent a dictatorship."

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- Hagerstown




"Not every bill proposed by Democrats is bad, and the same is true of Republicans. But we cannot expect our elected officials to put our country first instead of their party unless the people do. Reading Mail Call, it is unbelievable, the partisanship in this column. It actually pains me. We would never have gotten through World War II with this kind of attitude. Come on, people, let's put party politics aside and think of the good of all."

- Hagerstown




"To the former Marine who wants to talk about attacks against the U.S. during the first year of Bush's and Obama's presidencies: The Beirut Barracks bombing was on Oct. 23, 1983, when Reagan was president; 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers were killed. The USS Cole bombing was on Oct. 12, 2000, at the end of Clinton's presidency; 17 sailors were killed. Neither of them had anything to do with Bush or Obama."

- Chambersburg, Pa.




"Notice: We know who five of the nine boys were that tried to break into our garage Saturday night. The police have been notified and the parents have been notified, and why they're taking up for these children, I don't know, and why are they let out after midnight anyway? My kids are in bed at 9. Why aren't these children in bed? And I mean, if they do it again they're going to be sorry because I intend to purchase a weapon this week."

- Coseytown Road




"Well, here it is, Herald-Mail, Monday, April 12, full-page ad about sending back your census. We still don't have them out here, and what are we supposed to do? There's no phone number to call, nothing. This is a big, big joke this year. Whoever's in charge of it, shame on them."

- Maugansville




"This ridiculous census, we worry about prisoners being counted. College students don't usually vote in the college town, but the home of residence, of the city. Yet the census determines our number of representatives based on our population on April 1. What about our servicemen and women stationed around the world? Are they not counted where they vote? Are service members stationed in Texas or wherever counted on someone else's population?"

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"On Wednesday the 7th, my Blazer broke down while sitting at a red light between Lowe's and Wendy's. I didn't have my cell phone with me, had just left the grocery store, and had some items that were perishable. A young lady came up to my aid with her cell phone, and a nice gentleman in a truck waiting for the light to change came up and offered his help. He put a strap to my Blazer and pulled me across the road to a parking lot. I was able to call my son from her cell phone. They both stayed with me until my son came and we were able to get a tow truck. They went out of their way to help me and ... people like this deserve a reward. Thank you both so very much."

- Hagerstown




"In response to everybody complaining about the correctional institution south of Hagerstown, with all the inmates that have total unrestricted use of their electric and everything, if the correctional system would take and use alternate means of incarceration instead of jail every time, there wouldn't be so many inmates in the jail. As far as unrestricted use, the lights go on and off at certain times, and they are restricted. Water - you have your utility to where it's not so outlandishly high-priced, they set the thermostats at certain degrees and everything else. So start complaining. Start complaining to the judges about giving alternate forms of incarceration."

- McConnellsburg, Pa.




"Sorry, man-caused global warming believer caller, you simply can't claim that our record snowfall and frigid temperatures don't at all refute your theory, and then turn around and claim a two-day heatwave proves yet again once and for all that your theory is true. It's illogical and unscientific. So make up your mind. Either short-term weather events really do prove or disprove your theory, or they're scientifically meaningless. You can't have it both ways, and you certainly won't convince anyone with common sense or logic with such ridiculous claims."

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