Mail Call - Dec. 16

December 15, 2010

"I'd like to respond to a person from Hancock ... about putting on freezes. They're talking about the president putting on federal raises, which is good — they should. They're going to need to put a freeze on groceries and everything else right now. They hit it right on the button. Our president and our politicians should freeze everything; gas, groceries. The city and county should do the same thing. The governments needs to freeze everything. People don't have jobs. The politicians don't understand that." — Hagerstown

"Well, I guess the senior citizens are going to be swept under the rug again. The government is too busy working on tax cuts for people making $250,000 a year, and people on unemployment that have been unemployed for two to three years because they don't want to work for minimum wage or less than $10 to $15 an hour. There are lots of jobs available, fast food and retail stores, but they just stay home and make more money on unemployment. ... I think the president should (react) and do something for the seniors." — Falling Waters, W.Va.


"You know, there was an article in the paper about the trash around the recycling bins. I live close to the South End Shopping Center. I just went by there at about quarter to 6. There was nothing there. Now there's all kinds of junk beside it. If the police would just look at that, they can catch those people and fine them. That's all." — Hagerstown

"I guess the new speed limit is 75, 80 mph on 70 east and west, and 81. It's Thursday morning, I'm on 70 east, and they're passing me like I'm sitting still. I do 65, maybe 68 at the most, most of the time. Very seldom do I do 70, unless I'm in a hurry. But I guess all these people are in a hurry. So I guess 75, 80 is the speed limit on these roads." — Hancock

"For those complaining about the so-called tax cuts for the rich, here are the facts. The rich already pay too much in taxes. The top 25 percent of taxpayers pay 86 percent of all federal income taxes. The tax rate on the rich is already 3 1/2 times higher than a majority of taxpayers. Half of all American households pay no federal income taxes. That is a shame. Everyone ought to pay at least a little into the system." — Williamsport

"I would like to commend the president for compromising on the tax bill. For those who are criticizing him heartily, members of his own party, I say 'Boo on you.' The president is learning how to negotiate and deal with the opposition party, for the betterment of the country. Though I did not vote for him, he's done several things which took great courage; the health bill. So give the man credit when he deserves it." — Smithsburg

"If the print in the ... new phone book gets any smaller, you won't be able to read it. And yes, I just did have my eyes examined." — Hagerstown

"I am poor, because I have not lived a productive life. I had the opportunity to succeed, but I chose not to get an education. I chose only to work hard enough to survive, not to succeed. It is not rich vs. poor, it's the hardworking, productive people vs. the mediocre slackers like me. The top 6 percent of wage earners pay 97 percent of the federal income taxes, while 47 percent pay no taxes. Don't steal from the productive to give to people like me. Go to school, work hard, dream big and pay your share." — Hagerstown

"When people call in and say Republicans did not want to extend unemployment benefits, why would you even call in to respond to that kind of nonsense? Those people don't even know what's going on in their own government. The Republicans said they'd be glad to extend unemployment benefits. They just didn't want it to be added on to our deficit, and to take it out of stimulus funds so that it's not added on to our deficit. ... The same people that put folks like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Mikulski, Steny Hoyer ... in office." — Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"This is for all the students in England rioting about the ridiculous increases in tuition fees. If every student would drop out of school, the schools would go bankrupt. When they realize this, they might not raise the tutitions. Just a thought. Also, speaking of increases, take a look at the pumps. It's heading back up to $4 again. Cut back on the gas you use. Just use what you really need." — Spring Mills, W.Va.

"In regards to the person who is at their wit's end because their child is being bullied, hire a lawyer and go to school with counsel. Your child is entitled to an education. ... Do this, and I'll bet the bullying will stop." — Flintstone, Md.

"My medical insurance is terribly high now, and now it's gone up 40 percent more. I called my insurance company to ask what the reason was, and they told me it's because of Obamacare." — Hagerstown

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