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Mail Call - Dec. 27

December 27, 2010

“It’s a shame that the U.S. post office in Sharpsburg has allowed the U.S. flag to become in such terrible shape. ... Someone needs to replace it. Also, I notice that the fire company doesn’t fly an American flag.”
- Sharpsburg

“Maugansville caller, I want proof — and not anecdotal evidence, either — of your extremely dubious claim that 90 percent of the children who get free and reduced-price school meals only get one meal a day when not in school, despite our massive welfare programs, food stamps, Independence cards and private food banks, to which I contribute, because I’ll bet you just pulled that figure out of midair and have nothing to back it up. And according to the government, the FDA and Michelle Obama, the biggest health problem among the poor is obesity.”
- Frederick, Md.

“It is just heartbreaking. Watch ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ on Friday night. Saturday morning, go over to mail a box that has to go to a post office box, and the North End post office is closed. And when I call, I’m proudly told, oh, it’s been closing at 11:00 for almost two years. Sound business sense would have said keep it open the last Saturday before Christmas. But oh, no.”
- Hagerstown

“I once begrudged kids free school lunch, back when people had jobs. I got an awakening by a smart person. Not all kids came home to a hot meal, loving home, two parents and a warm fire burning in the fireplace. I was told that one free lunch was the only hot meal many would get all day. Not all mothers are angels like mine was. I was set straight. Some mothers are drugged or drunk when the children get home. This isn’t their fault, so we need to give to the little angels.”
- Hagerstown

“I would just like to wish a blessed yule to all the Wiccans and Pagans in the Tri-State area. May this holiday season bring tons of joy, love, laughter and blessings to all of you. Blessed be.”
- Boonsboro

“To the person from Waynesboro who complained about something said by ‘Senator Hoyer of Maryland.’: Please do your homework. Steny Hoyer is the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, at least for the next two weeks.”
- Chambersburg, Pa.
 
“So there are air-conditioning units sitting around for inmate classrooms which already had window air conditioners? Does this show where priorities are within the DOC? Just another example of mismanagement within the department, in my opinion. While staff positions are cut, employee pay is cut and furlough days are mandated, money gets used on something else for inmates.”
- Williamsport

“Hagerstown caller, you say it’s ridiculous what other people come up with. Listen to yourself. Are you aware that, contrary to your ‘he’ rantings, California Senator Diane Feinstein is in fact a woman, and furthermore, she actually did win her own Senate election in her own state last time out? I hope you’re as accurate in your claim that Obama will be re-elected as you are with that information, but thanks for a good laugh.”
- Frederick, Md.

“I’d like to congratulate the Williamsport Community Band, director Susie and the announcer, Nelson. It was a wonderful, wonderful Christmas program, and anybody who missed it doesn’t know what they’re missing, and it was fantastic, it wasn’t expensive, and they had Santas come in for the children and everything. It was really a fantastic program. Congratulations to all of those who worked so hard.”
- Hagerstown

“Thanks, Herald-Mail, for making the mall mob’s performance of the Hallelujah Chorus the Sunday headlines. What a refreshing story. Way to go, Daniel Weatherholt, for organizing and conducting it.”
- Hancock

“It’s Dec. 20, Monday morning, and I see the state highway has got trucks, contractor trucks out there spraying the road. Can anybody tell me, are they calling for a big snowstorm, or does the state have just plenty of money they can waste and put out there and just waste our tax money more ways? Maybe someone can find out for me.”
- Boonsboro

“To the person from Hagerstown calling in about the person from Hancock: The county has been put on a freeze, for the last two years, just in case you’d like to know that, since you already said that they haven’t.”
- Clear Spring

“Is a 100 percent markup on parts at an auto repair shop normal? I recently had to have a very expensive part installed on my car, that I found out was more than double what the shop paid for it. Is this customary and reasonable? Isn’t a 20 to 30 percent markup enough? I’m sorry I have to do this, but I’m terminating my business with that repair shop.”
- North End

“It is amazing. George Bush’s book, ‘Decision Points,’ has been No. 1 on the best-sellers list for two weeks. Yesterday, an hourlong program on Fox News reviewed the history of his second election, indicating or leaving you with the feeling that it will only be decided by history if he really won.”
- Hagerstown

“This is the person that called in about putting the flowers on the grave. I was prompted to do that because the original person was complaining that the flowers were stolen. This was simply an alternate decision, or choice, for putting flowers on the grave. Nobody has to do anything they don’t want to. I just thought it would be very nice, instead of wasting your money on flowers to have people steal them, which would certainly help. If no one’s stealing your flowers, then put them there. Who cares?”
- Martinsburg, W.Va.

“To the caller from Smithsburg who was concerned about the fella who was on Social Security disability: The best thing they could do is mind their own business.”
- Hagerstown

“The Town of Williamsport needs to be more aggressive on their two-hour parking limit on meters. Some vehicles sit there for five or six hours. The meter does state two-hour limit. Enforce it or take them out. What good are they?”
- Hagerstown

“Millions of U.S. taxpayers have no computers and no online services. The IRS is forcing them to spend time and money for gasoline to get the income tax forms. Looks like the government thinks the theory of global warming is losing its credibility.”
- Hagerstown

“I also know somebody on Social Security disability who claimed they hurt their neck, and the doctor, they give them special permission to go bow hunting. Go figure.”
- Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I want to thank the person who found my handbag in a shopping cart Saturday ... and turned it in to customer service. Words cannot express my happiness.”
- Greencastle, Pa.

“I see so many new banks in Hagerstown, Md., and I am talking big, fancy banks. Who is putting their money in all these so many banks, when finding a job in Hagerstown is almost impossible? Just curious.”
- Clear Spring

“I’d like to put a response in to a Mail Call on a person from Hagerstown talking about global warming and snow. They’re saying the righties with their jokes about global warming because of snow, talking about the moisture of the ocean and warm air, they collect moisture and it causes more snow. Well, to this person, I’m 65 years old, I live in Hagerstown. Back when I was a kid, it was a lot colder than it is now, and we had three times as much snow when I was a kid. So we must not have had global warming back then. That was back in the ’40s.”
- Hagerstown

“Concerning the caller that called in from Hagerstown about us making jokes about global warming; says that we are getting the snow because of the warmer temperatures and the moisture’s coming off the ocean, now tell me why we have got one of the coldest winters that we’ve had in December on record, and it’s clear down the East Coast. How can you spin that to say that it’s global warming?”
- Boonsboro

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