Mail Call - Dec. 13

December 13, 2010

"Already I see the BOE is looking nationally for a new superintendent, which is ridiculous. Plenty of people in this county are qualified enough for this. ... I think they should do away with the whole board because they don't do any good for anybody." — Boonsboro

"I just read from the Waynesboro caller in the Sunday paper about the Democrats wanting to freeze the military pay. Once again, people don't get their facts straight. They want to freeze federal pay, but specifically saying not the military. Please, get your facts straight." — Waynesboro, Pa.

"I can see why Congress doesn't want to raise taxes on the rich: forty-five percent of Congress is millionaires, most of them Republicans. I can understand they don't want their taxes raised. For God's sake, give it to them. They're like little kids, holding their breath until they get what they want." — Hagerstown


"You partisan Democrat callers sure are hilariously contradictory, telling us that it's so easy to condemn President Obama, condemn someone, so that we have to stop criticizing Obama while others condemn Republicans, saying they're all selfish, only care about the rich, etc., and Hagerstown caller, you're absolutely wrong with your ... claim that anyone who disagrees with you and your left-wing ideology doesn't want our country to be great, and should leave, because I, a proud conservative, dearly want our country to be great, free and prosperous." — Frederick, Md.

"I don't know why they make a big deal of the historic farmhouse near the airport, when within a hundred yards away there's a family living right across the road next to the runway, too. So why don't they just let the house sit there and forget about all the hubbub about it?" — Hagerstown

"To the Sunday registered Republican living here since 1972: Why would the Republican Central Committee call you about anything? I've lived here five years, and found out myself how to gather information. In the process, I met and campaigned for Shank, Parrott and Cline, three honorable candidates. When you were a baby and soiled your diapers, did you cry for help or change when you grew up?" — Williamsport

"Someone please help me figure this out. I just learned that my ... credit cards have been canceled. When I called to find out why, I was advised that it was because I chose to opt out of the higher interest rate. I have been an excellent customer for over 10 years, I've never been late, I use my cards, and yet my accounts were closed." — Waynesboro, Pa.

"It is very obvious after reading Mail Call on Sunday that the caller from Waynesboro does not listen to the news or read the newspaper. They're saying that the Democrats, the majority leader Hoyer, wants to freeze the military's pay, and how terrible it is. President Obama was on TV just two days ago, stating that he was not going to freeze the military, just the federal employees. So you need to get your facts straight before you call in." — Smithsburg

"Washington County Hospital is a building where many family lives have begun, and many family lives have ended. In my mind, it is on par with the World Trade Center, in that it is hallowed ground, torn down for short gain, gone forever. Make your feelings known before it is too late, possibly with the Washington County Historical Society." — Hagerstown

"Concerning the windshield wipers and headlights, if I'm on my cell phone while I'm driving, I have one on the wheel and one on the cell phone, and that doesn't leave another hand to turn on my lights. Also, two weeks ago, I was heading to the grocery store on my cell phone and almost rear-ended someone that had a tail- light out. Tail-lights out are very dangerous." — Hagerstown

"I just want to say I give my gratitude to the Martinsburg City Police for finally making the drug bust on our street and getting the drug-making lowlife ... who make drugs with kids in the house, off our street. Congratulations to the Martinsburg City Police. Please print this." — Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Well, I see gas prices are now about 30 cents higher than what they were this time last year. Thank you, President Obama, and your environmental wackos. You all ought to be really happy. And to all you Americans who voted for this guy, you should be really proud, too. This man couldn't run a snowball stand right." — Hagerstown

"I was just wondering, when are the Republicans going to learn to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, instead of all those lies?" — Hagerstown

"You super-rich people, you can solve this economy problem. Start up new businesses, give people jobs with — you pay enough to pay their bills. You will never use all your money. Give it to people that are low-income in poverty, and you will feel better about yourself. Oprah and others, hear this and take action, and you will be rewarded." — Boonsboro

"On the 3rd, the city had a nice lighting out at the City Park. On the 4th, my wife and I rode by here and nothing was on. On the 5th, we came by here about 7:00, and still nothing was on. Now it's Monday afternoon, 2:34, I'm sitting here at the park feeding the squirrels. Maybe the city doesn't know how to program its timer, but maybe someone should look into getting the lights on at night when people want to see them. I see Rudolph now blinking his lights, nose down here." — Hagerstown

"This is to the person or people who stole my beautiful St. Francis statue from my yard on Langley Drive. Please know that thieves will eventually be caught and punished, and I hope you'll give some serious thought to this and bring back my statue. It doesn't belong to you." — Hagerstown

"Kristin Aleshire has always loved dogs ... and it's so typical of people calling in to Maril Call not to have listened or read carefully enough to get the details straight. He is against dogs who are declared vicious and dangerous having a second chance, not all dogs having a second chance. Where would that context be, other than vicious and dangerous? And he voted against the lifetime license because it did not include provisions for special prices for spayed or neutered dogs." — Hagerstown

"Perhaps you noticed in Sunday's Herald-Mail that Roscoe Bartlett voted against extending benefits to the unemployed. He will receive his Christmas gift from those making over $250,000 a year, very soon. And this was from a man who went to divinity school." — Halfway

"This is in regard to the unextended unemployment benefits; 426 votes were tallied, 272 Democrats voted for, 154 Republicans against. A two-thirds majority of 284 was needed to pass. Couldn't any 12 Republicans find the need to do the right thing? Merry Christmas to Roscoe (Bartlett). Good luck on the $19 million in earmarks he tried foisting on the working taxpayers." — Hagerstown

"This is in regard to Roscoe Bartlett's special earmarks. He has become a member of 20 who said they will support the Tea Party's opposition to this. His earmarks exceeded $19 million. Has he become a new Democratic liberal spendthrift? Say it ain't so, Roscoe." — Hagerstown

"I wish somebody could enlighten me on why children at the age of 5 and up get an SSI check for the syndrome called ADHD. Where's this fund coming from? Why is it $500 and up a month, per child? And I just wish somebody could let me know how this whole thing started." — Hagerstown

"I'm calling about the person who had their poinsettia stolen off the grave. I have an idea for that person, and a lot of other people. Your dead loved ones cannot see these flowers. I mean, truly, they can't. Wouldn't it be great if everybody took that money and made some sort of charitable donation with that money, gave something to the pet shelter, an old persons' home, some sort of charity? I'm sure your (departed loved ones) ... and be so proud of you." — Martinsburg, W.Va.

"You know, I bet there's a lot of happy children today, on Monday. I read the paper this morning while I drank my coffee, page A11, of all the pictures of little schoolchildren winning their awards at school, with the happy faces. So what a beautiful day for them." — Hagerstown

"Those prancing Christmas horses at Williamsport's Byron Park must be the ghosts of Springfield Farm's Little Man, Jewelie, and Gem." — Williamsport

"I'll be happy with the new hospital once I find out about their mortality rates." — Waynesboro, Pa.

"To the caller who said they see a little dog shivering, and he belongs indoors: I agree with you, but if you see him, I'm assuming you're looking at him now, and you're saying the people — whoever the people are — should call the SPCA. Correct. Well, you're right again. People are the voice for a dog. So why haven't you called? You know, there are too many people like you. They sit and feel sorry for somebody, whether it be a child or an old person or an animal, and they'll say how terrible it is, but they won't do anything about it." — Waynesboro, Pa.

"Thanks to all our veterans who served in World War II. It's because of those veterans, like my father and uncles and many, many others, of course, that we enjoy the freedoms and privileges that we have in this great country of ours." — Brightwood Acres East

"This is concerning 'Dancing With the Stars.' I cannot believe people are so upset over who won and who lost on that TV show. People, please get a life." — Hagerstown

"To the Sharpsburg American Legion and Unit Post 236: I want to thank each and every one for the delicious senior citizen Christmas dinner they served, and the stores who gave gift cards and flowers so each one had a gift. Again, thank you for a meal well done." — Dargan

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