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Mail Call

May 03, 2010

"I'm calling in response to the Washington County person who called about a lady who went in to the welfare department in a Lexus and got her money. Well, I was there today. I drive a 1998 Plymouth Neon. It has 119,000 miles on it and I don't get anything but 124. It was reduced from 184, and that feeds two people. I don't have a big TV, I don't have cable and I don't have a cell phone. And I had talked to five people on the phone - couldn't talk to them in person because they were too busy. Now, what's wrong with this picture?"

- North Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the people who are nosy that are calling in and saying they're doing a good deed. What a fine excuse for watching everything your neighbors do."

- Hagerstown




"I participated in the MS walk at Antietam battlefield. I would like to thank everyone for the time and organization they put into the walk. ... I feel, however, that next year, dogs should not be allowed at the walk, due to the few who ruined it for everyone - for those who failed to ... clean up after their dogs."

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- Sharpsburg




"This is to the gentleman in the white pickup truck who was seen this past weekend, April 23 and 24, taking down yard sale signs from the corner of Virginia and Decker Avenue, and/or Bower and Cloverleaf Road. You took one of my signs, and I need and want it back. It has special meaning to me that you would not understand. Please return it to either one of these two locations. ... on black iron frame with corrugated top, and had 'Yard Sale' with arrows printed on both sides. ... Thanks for bringing it back - I hope."

- Halfway




"To the person calling in about the smokers standing outside entrances of public establishments, having nasty-smelling cigarettes: Maybe if they didn't take all of our smokers' rights away and force us outside to smoke, maybe it would be better. If you don't like smoke outside a building, stay home, or don't breathe when you go into a building - hold your breath. But us smokers have had all of our rights taken away from us, and we're taxed just like you."

- Hagerstown




"To the Clear Spring caller asking for public comment: I have an additional question. What is the difference between a prescription drug and an herb that heals naturally?"

- East End




"I'd like to thank Judge Kennedy Boone. He's a very nice person. I wish him well."

- Hagerstown




"What is wrong with this system? I was talking to a friend of mine today that was trying to get more time with his daughter. He pays his child support, he pays insurance and so forth. They drag these young men into court to pay child support and try to get them to visit, but this gentleman was denied more time with his daughter, even though he is a good father. What is wrong with this system?"

- Hagerstown




"The difference between drugs and alcohol: God grows grass, man makes alcohol."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to know why - supposed to be my so-called friend, gets on the computer and looks all about my life's history and they don't look at their own. And I'm sure she knows who she is. Let her keep her nose out of my business because she doesn't do a thing for me."

- Boonsboro




"This town surely just can't quit spending, can it? I think everybody in this town should be down on City Hall for this tax increase again."

- Hagerstown




"For the April 23 caller who can't enjoy his morning paper and coffee at the same time, if he has to look at the garbage opinion columns of David Limbaugh and Krauthammer, I would respond: I love the words of wisdom from these two writers, but my coffee really tasted bad when in the same issue I observed the - as usual - ... writings of Leonard Pitts, the atheist views of Allan Powell and a cartoon ridiculing the everyday folks."

- Clear Spring




"This country must truly be the land of the free, but it seems like only for some. Seems like some people can get just about everything they want for free."

- Hagerstown




"'Drill, baby, drill.' See that oil rig out in the Gulf of Mexico, and now the oil is still slicks coming towards the shore. Gonna up the price of crabs and lobsters and certain types of fish. Gonna kill more wildlife. Drill, baby, drill. There's more solutions than oil, people. Put the oil on your head, slick your hair back and don't think it's the 1950s again all over again, OK? We have to get out of the oil. It's killing the environment and eventually it's going to kill us."

- Hagerstown




"Sorry, Boonsboro caller, you're wrong. A Pekinese is just as capable of barking as any other dog. I know - I've heard them. And check with their breed clubs in the AKC if you don't believe me. So anyone who gets one thinking otherwise is barking up the wrong tree - sorry, couldn't resist. ... Now, the Basenji actually doesn't bark, but they can and do make a variety of other sounds, so they aren't completely silent."

- Frederick, Md.




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