Mail Call

July 06, 2010

"Can anybody out there explain how your house assessment drops $30,000 but your tax bill goes up $25? Man, what a rip-off. We all need to get out of this state."

- St. James

"I'd like to make a comment. Does everybody in Hagerstown and Washington County like having dirt or brown grass for their yards? Common sense tells you when there's no rain, you don't mow. I've drove around the area. Everybody has their yards brown or dried up. or they look like hay. Let's use some common sense, people. Don't mow until we get substantial rain. We don't live in a desert."

- Hagerstown

"The current administration seems to be particularly inept at handling floods: The flood of oil into the Gulf, the flood of red ink from the Treasury, the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our borders and the flood of high-paying jobs leaving the U.S."

- Smithsburg


"Allan Powell always projects his flawed agenda by bait and switch. Darwin never discovered a transitional form of life from one species to another. Character is not the question. Do Darwin's proponents have the character to accurately portray his thinking on evolution? Darwin said if it could be proven that evolution was not the result of slight changes over long periods of time, his 'theory' crashed. The theory of intelligent design in 'Unlocking the Mystery of Life' is a legitimate response to anything Allan Powell can come up with to maintain ancient worthless science."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.

"To the person who criticized the person who said educate yourself before voting for someone in an election: There never was a truer statement made. I read all I could about Obama before the election and I've got a nice collection of books on him now. Just because he graduated No. 1 in his class at Harvard doesn't mean he would make a good president. Read the books and you will find out how he became an Illinois senator. He had never accomplished a thing. ... After educating myself on Obama, there was no way he would get my vote."

- Shippensburg, Pa.

"The price of my house has dropped $50,000 over the last few years, yet my property tax went up again this year. It goes to show you, property tax is to raise money to run the county. It's not what your house is really worth."

- Boonsboro

"I have been to every Tea Party gathering since inception last year. I have never seen Tim Rowland at any of our get-togethers. To have him divining what Tea Partiers' reaction would be to Del. Bartlett's sharing of living expenses is worthy of Carnac the Magnificent. His unwarranted ridicule of us and his faulty thinking by linking us mainly with Republicans is more bias than we should allow Rowland. Let Tim throw the first stone if he has never shared costs with a female for any reason."

- Hagerstown

"I am tired of people saying our country was built with immigrants, in defense of the illegal immigrant situation. The problem isn't immigrants. Yes, we all came from another country at one time. The problem is people coming into this country without going through the correct process."

- Hagerstown

"To start, I am a gun owner. Hats off to Chicago Mayor Daley, who is proposing a tough new gun law since the Supreme Court struck down their existing law. We in this area have no idea of what it's like to live in a big city where there is gun violence every day. Mayor Daley does."

- Greencastle, Pa.

"I don't agree at all with the person asking for Mail Call posts to be signed. That would make it more of a letter to the editor column. There are a lot of inaccuracies in the posts but that wouldn't change. Fictitious names could easily be used, as I don't think the paper wants to verify all the names. Mail Call is great just the way it is. It's fun to read, and no changes or signatures are needed."

- Waynesboro, Pa.

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