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Mail Call - Dec. 28

December 27, 2010

“Looks like West Virginia and Martinsburg will do what they can to keep their business, like General Motors, and now try to get Macy’s to build there, while Hagerstown and Maryland do nothing to keep theirs, like maybe Fairchild and others, and now the ice cream plant. They would just rather tax you to death.”
— Mount Lena
“I’m calling, I happen to be one of the people that fall in the category of I can’t afford insurance but yet it seems like everybody thinks we make too much money for me to get it. My husband gets his medical free because he gets his through VA. He lives on Social Security and we’re living on his disability, too. I can’t work because I have medical problems, but yet they turn me down for disability because they say I can use my arms and legs. ... There’s I don’t know how many people on disability and they can still use their arms and legs. So what’s fair?”
— Hagerstown

“I think the Washington County Hospital building is a Washington County historical site. I do not believe it should be torn down. I suggest it be made into a center for the vets, for them to have meetings or attend in groups, or also it could be used for senior citizen meetings. Or divide it into two and have two different groups using it so it’s not a wasted space.”
— Smithsburg

“To the person so worried about whether people put flowers on their loved one’s grave, they should give the money to charity: Well, in the first place, it’s none of your business. In the second place, there are people who give money to charity and also put flowers on people’s graves. You sound like a Democrat. Our president thinks that we ought to take all of our money and turn it over to the government and let him decide how we should spend it. And he wants the rich to take care of the poor. ... And how about you, do you go to the beauty shop? You better give that money to charity.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“I don’t begrudge these children their free meals if their family can’t afford their meals, but too many of these women are too lazy to fix them breakfast and pack them a lunch. I know this for a fact.”
— Hagerstown
“Way to go, Redskins. You caught up to Dallas.”
— Williamsport area
“Come on, Herald-Mail, how come you didn’t put my message in about the Chesapeake Bay thing? I would just like to know how it is getting along. It’s no sin not to believe in something like that. I think it’s a scam anyway, especially when senior citizens have to pay. Let the big corporations do it. Please put this in Mail Call, if you don’t mind. Somebody else might have a message, too.”
— Smithsburg
“I think it’s pretty bad when somebody destroys somebody’s Christmas cards at Christmas. What is this world coming to?”
— Hagerstown
“Now that the new hospital is open, the blue-and-white hospital signs have gone up.”
— Hagerstown
“Stop blaming President Obama and the Democrats for the tax cuts continuing for the country’s wealthiest. They wanted to discontinue this, but when all those Republicans were voted in, into office back in November, Obama and the Democrats had no choice but to compromise. I’m not exactly happy about some of the things Obama has or hasn’t done, but how — but I don’t understand how the people can expect him to turn things around in two years, something that was messed up for eight.”
— Hagerstown
“In response to the ‘canceled credit card:’ You, too probably got a notice saying (if you read the fine print) that they were raising their interest rates, then they gave you this choice: ‘If you agree to the increased rates, no action is required. You may choose to “opt out” of the increased rates — but if you do — your account will be canceled.’ I got the same notice, but by ‘accepting’ the increased rates, my account is still good. I don’t care what the rates are because I pay the card off each month in full, so I have no interest charges.”
— Hagerstown

“If it’s illegal to keep a dog in a hot car in the summer, is it also illegal to have a dog riding in the back of a pickup truck in the open in 20-degree weather? I  waited to ask what was wrong with this dog’s owner for a half-hour but they never showed up. I wanted to take this dog home with me, where he could at least be warm and have a good home. Whoever you are, you do not deserve to have a dog. You should be put in the back of your truck and hauled around in 20-degree weather, and believe me, I would do it for you just to show you how cold it is.”
— Smithsburg
“This is to the person in Hagerstown that implied that I didn’t know anything because I mentioned New Year’s as a December holiday. First off, I included New Year’s because people celebrate New Year’s Eve, which is on Dec. 31, and that carries over to New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. So technically, that makes it a December holiday, too. Also, I knew all the December holidays were there, but my comment was to rebut the person from Hagerstown who complained about the calendar saying ‘winter events’ and not ‘Christmas events.’”
— Boonsboro
“I want to thank our school bus driver, Miss Mary. She goes out of her way to make the kids on her bus feel special. On their birthday, she comes up to the school and has lunch with them, even bringing in something cool to eat. The kids love it, and I also appreciate the effort she makes to ease the dreariness of the long bus ride. Thank you, Mary.”
— Smithsburg
“Do people who want groceries and gas prices frozen realize it will cause a shortage, as it did in the ’70s? Stores take money made from sales to buy products. If they don’t make enough to cover the amount they are currently ordering, they have to cut back.”
— Hagerstown
“I realize that it’s Christmas time but I did something for my kids this year that really helped them out and they benefited more from it than from  a lot of items that they don’t need. I bought each one of them some clothing, bath items or something else that they can use daily. Then I gave them cash or a gift card to a local grocery store. They were so grateful this year to be helped out like this. They can now wear the jeans, etc. and go to the grocery store without a lot of cost to them. ... Merry Christmas to all.”
— Hagerstown
“I just wanted to say that I hate all these people hurrying around, knocking into you, yelling and screaming kids, people grabbing things out of your hand, long, long checkout lines, road rage, people trying to outdo other people, etc., at this time of year. If we would stop and remember what this time of year means and wouldn’t try to buy people’s love and just enjoy, it would be a whole different ball game.”
— Washington County
“Thank you to the stores and businesses that observe Christmas and close so that the employees can spend some time with their families. Merry Christmas to all of you.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“To the caller from Hagerstown stating how much money the governor and people like that, the Speaker of the House, my gracious, I didn’t know that. They are really overpaid. They should be made to work for the minimum wage like the workers in America do — $7 and something an hour and see how they like it then.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.
“Thanks to Mail Call for all the nice pictures of our loved ones in the paper on Dec. 24, they bring back lots of memories. Thanks again Mail Call.”
— Sharpsburg
I’d like to thank everyone for doing away with the Happy Holidays and making it a Merry Christmas again. That makes my heart happy. Thanks again.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m wondering if any of our keen readers of Mail Call can come up with the answer, where did the phase Holy Toledo originate. I mean, why wasn’t it Holy Des Moines or Holy Hagerstown or something? Where did Holy Toledo start? If someone could call in the answer, I would really appreciate it.”
— Hagerstown
“I would like to say thank you to LifeHouse Bethel for their Christmas dinner that they had today. Everyone was so nice and I had a wonderful time. Thank so much again.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m sick of seeing all these things in Mail Call about Christmas being Christ’s birthday. No it’s not. Dec. 25 was the Romans’ worship of the sun god. I read in books, textbooks, and you look it up in the Jewish calendar, Christ was probably born sometime in September or October. The reason it’s on the 25th is because the governments of the past made it so. So get off this high moral that this is Christ’s birthday because it’s not. Go to the library, there’s books in there that tell you exactly what it is, a pagan holiday.
— Hagerstown
“The intersection in Frederick 270, 70 and all those roads converging is completely ridiculous. Some city planner or road designer needs to look it over, find a bypass around that nonsense and fix it. It’s ridiculous.”
— Hagerstown

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