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Mail Call

April 29, 2010

"City of Hagerstown: Please post larger and more signs indicating no left turn into or out of the Roy Rogers shopping center on Burhans Boulevard. I have escaped head-on collisions with cars turning left into the center, and just tonight was almost rear-ended when an SUV decided to turn left into the center - illegally, of course - without any warning such as a turn signal. That block has enough hazards with jaywalkers without stupid drivers not obeying posted signs."

- Williamsport




"Wow, hello, Mr. Hancock. I'm an obese person that lives in Hagerstown, Md., and I am proud to be obese, because us obese people are a lot nicer than you skinnier people that look like you're ready to die at any moment because you don't have enough food to eat. And don't - if you weren't nosing around when people were getting their food and using their food stamps, you wouldn't notice if they use an Independence card or not. ... You need to gain some weight and become a nice person like the rest of us obese people."

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- Hagerstown




"This Crime Victims Week - I think that's laughable. I was a victim of a crime back in the '90s. The individual still owes me money on my insurance deductible, and he was ordered to pay this in a court of law. This individual's been locked up numerous times, he's now living here in Hagerstown, but a judge closed the book on the case. He still owes me over 400 ... but now since the judge closed the case, I can only collect that if I take him to court personally, which will cost me money."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reference to the person that was talking about people being obese and that will have the Independence cards. I believe that you're knocking the wrong class when you're talking about obese people, because, you know, maybe some of those have health problems. However, I see young girls every day with Independence cards that look like that they could actually go out and work, but ... I realize that, yeah, they should be called Dependence cards because they're depending on the taxpayers to pay for it."

- Hagerstown




"This is for the person in Hancock who's so concerned about fat people using an Independence card. I personally know a number of heavyset people who don't use one of them. It's obvious that you spend your time in the grocery store snooping on everybody in front of you, to see how they pay their grocery bill. Quite frankly, that's none of your business. Why don't you just butt out and take care of your own affairs? I personally sure wouldn't want to be standing in front of you at an ATM machine."

- Hagerstown




"It's Saturday morning, and I seen there was a oil rig fire, and just wanted to let the American people get ready, because gas is going up. Nice excuse for them. Have a good day."

- Halfway




"I've seen in the past several weeks where construction is up, especially construction of houses, and this is great, because it has people working. But my question is, once they're up and built, who's gonna be able to buy them?"

- Hagerstown




"Hurray for Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, for having the backbone and standing up for American citizens. Our government has backpedaled this too long. Hopefully they will get the message. If you come into this country legally, no problem. If not, get out of here. Our people, the U.S. citizens, need the jobs."

- Hagerstown




"Can someone explain to Obama what the word illegal means? It takes a state like Arizona that just passed a law to prevent the influx (of) illegal immigrants from (entering) our country. This state law might just wake up Washington to take the action required. I need a passport to take a cruise on my vacation, or do I just jump the fence like illegals do?"

- Spring Mills, W.Va.




"I'm watching the news. The governor of Arizona signed a bill against illegal immigrants being in the state. With 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., I cannot understand why the president of the U.S. would be against that bill. He wants to look at their civil rights. To me, they have no civil rights. They don't belong here. If they're here legally, that's one thing, but we are not the dumping grounds for the world."

- Sharpsburg




"This is in response to a Mail Call on Sunday's paper on page A9, from Keedysville, Md. She has about the Tea Parties and Christopher Shank, Del. Christopher Shank. One of the Tea Parties, they had a sign there called 'Drill, baby, drill.' She wants to know what this has got to do with taxes. Well, when you're buying oil from foreign countries and the U.S. lets foreign countries (send their oil here) your oil prices go up ... taxes would be higher, probably, OK. That's why we need to drill oil here in the U.S."

- Hagerstown




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