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Mail Call

July 16, 2010

"I want to thank everyone who looked and prayed for the return of my dog, Laci. She was gone for five nights and days. She only weighs 4 pounds, 6 ounces. I want to especially thank Carol Ann for seeing that she had some water and food. I also would like to especially thank my friends at church, Anna and Paul, and also my daughter and friend. Laci is now back at the house, happy, sound and safe."

- Hagerstown




"I think I have every color in the rainbow as far as a phone book. I have a red one, a blue one, a yellow one, and now a green one. I'm waiting for an orange and other colors as well. It's a shame. I don't think we need all these phone books. I think one is sufficient, especially the larger ones. We're trying to save the environment and all, and recycle. It's a shame. Why do we need all these phone books?"

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- Hagerstown




"All of you people who complain about Fox News, don't watch it. Keep watching your liberal stations: CNN, CBS and such."

- Charles Town, W.Va.




"I want to thank President Obama for sticking his nose in the Arizona immigration law. That way we know for sure that in 2012, lots of people are going to vote against him, because he's not doing what the American people want. So we'll only have two more years of this misery, and then we can put somebody in there with some guts."

- Sharpsburg




"This is for that young whippersnapper who has been riding around Boonsboro with that loud smoky truck. Haven't seen you in a while - guess you didn't have money to buy gas or tires."

- Boonsboro




"Let's stop blaming the government for this immigration mess. We need to blame ourselves. Over the years, we have lost our work ethic. When I was young, my friends and I took any job we could find - usually making just minimum wage. Now today's teenager thinks that minimum wage is beneath them, so they live off of Mommy and Daddy. The lack of young Americans accepting minimum-wage jobs opens up opportunities for immigrants to work these jobs. A minimum-wage job in Arizona is better than no job in Mexico."

- Keedysville




"It doesn't make sense - our assessment went down on our house, so we lost our $500 homestead credit, so our taxes went down $50, which means we lost $450 somewhere."

- Hagerstown




"Here's something that you need to keep in mind. If you have a cold, wet winter, it is always followed by a hot, dry summer."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the homeowner's tax, in Mail Call. They obviously don't know the difference between the homeowner's tax thing, in which you apply for every year based on your income, and the homestead tax, which you apply only one time for. Also, I live on Bower Avenue, and I think the contractor and the flag people who did Bower Avenue also did the mall, and I think they did a wonderful job."

- Hagerstown




"Regarding tax assessments, there are certain Washington County charities that ask the Washington County employees for money every year. Well, I'm sorry to say that this year the County Commissioners have all of my money. My tax bill is just unreasonably high, and I will not be able to donate to the local charities, unfortunately, this year."

- Washington County




"This is for the people calling in that are uninformed and/or angry about the tax system. I realize that people are upset and do not understand all that is involved with real estate taxes and the credits that are available to them, but you have to contact the correct source to get your information. Your neighbors or your relatives or your friends do not always have the right answers. There are several offices and government agencies involved; state, county and cities, etc., to get the correct contact information for your questions."

- Washington County




"I thought I'd contribute to the complaints of traffic and speeders, and loud cars and motorcycles and whatnot. I live on a double-wide street. It has a double yellow line down the center - plenty of room. Tractors and trailers can pass each other on each street. ... You can be going up the road in one direction in your proper lane ... and sometimes there will be a vehicle coming right at you. It's unbelievable how people drive in this city. And the police are doing a good job - they just can't be everywhere at once."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to thank Debbie Everhart and the Economic Development Department with the City of Hagerstown, by creating the business development and marketing team. It's a great idea, and as a business owner in downtown, it's a great place to be."

- Hagerstown




"To the callers from Chambersburg and Clear Spring: Let me be clear. Any sitting president, Republican or Democrat, that files a lawsuit on a state of the U.S. for trying to protect their citizens is a disgrace. President Obama does not want to block or to plug the holes in the border. He is hampering of the hole in the Gulf. He is alienating our allies and appeasing our enemies, and ... a disgrace to the citizens of the U.S. President Obama's new slogan: 'Yes, we did. We destroyed America.' Have a nice day."

- Rohrersville




"This is to the Tea Party ... from Hagerstown that thinks disadvantaged children should starve, just because school's not in. Have you lost your mind?"

- Hagerstown




"Dear God: Please give us a few days without sunshine, so that maybe we can feel some cool weather come in, and some rain and some thunderstorms. I love the picture on Friday's paper of the snowstorm back in February. I wish I could be there for a couple of days."

- Boonsboro

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