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Mail Call - Dec. 29

December 28, 2010

"Unbelievable in today's mail I received a request for money to build the new library. Costs are now expected to be $24 million. But $21 million is the amount of tax money that has been allocated. A new library is not a necessity in these hard times and a request for additional individual donations is absolutely ridiculous."

 — Halfway
   

"I have noticed a major increase this year in people saying 'Merry Christmas' and not 'Happy Holidays.' That's how it should be. It's time that we got back to our roots. Christmas has been a part of our lives. We should not have to cut that out for the few who don't believe in it. I wish you all a 'Merry Christmas.'"

— Boonsboro


"For all you far-righters who want to think otherwise, the Social Security Trust Fund has a huge reserve which is invested in government bonds, just like many other retirement programs do. The federal government has not taken a single cent for its use. All the money which has been paid in has been used as benefits or is still in the trust. The source for this information is the AARP magazine."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"I'm calling about the article in the paper today about the legislature and state employees. I think the public should know that the legislature that's pointing a finger at us should be aware that if you're a delegate you serve a four-year term, you get a ... pension for life. ... I think they're pointing the finger at the wrong people. My pension at 30 years doesn't even begin to compare to a legislator after four years."

— Hagerstown


"Concerning the comment by the Fairfield, Pa., caller, saying that 99 percent of scientists support the scientific theory of evolution, speaks volumes, well, Fairfield caller, keep on believing that theory. I'll keep on believing that there is a God and creator. But you and other scientist believers, yeah, you keep on believing the theory in evolution. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that, to see God's creation. You don't have to look far."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"One of the funniest things that I've seen on TV lately is how our U.S. senators are bellyaching about having to work, finally, for the pay that they receive. What a bunch of whiny, whiny children."

— Smithsburg


"I was checking out ... today, the 27th, and I didn't have enough money to pay the bill, when the young girl behind me offered to pay the balance. I just want to thank her, and it's nice to know that there are still young people like her who are willing to help others. Thanks again to the young lady ... for paying."

— Hagerstown


"This is in reference to the gentleman or lady who called in talking about the correctional officers. I am a correctional officer, and you need to mind your own business and not be putting out there that I need a pay cut, OK? Mind your own business. It is what it is. Keep paying your taxes. Thank you."

— Hagerstown


"Yesterday I saw a notice in a local bakery saying they'd found an effective way to repel stinkbugs, and wanted to tell their customers. You take pure peppermint oil — not the extract — and using a soft cloth, cotton ball, etc., rub it on doors and window frames and any place else you don't want them. I haven't tried it yet, so I pass it on for what it's worth, and hope it works. And if anyone finds it does work, please let us know."

— Frederick, Md.


"This is to the person from Halfway calling in about the correctional officers and the teacher, with a lot of fat flying around, or however you quoted it. Yeah, you're right, we do have a lot of fat people in corrections. Isn't that the great state of Maryland, American way? We appreciate you as a taxpayer, paying your taxes. Hopefully you're one of the ones who are getting your job cut, because I'm sitting back getting fat — ha. Happy holidays."

— Sharpsburg
"I'd just like to take the time now to praise my Lord and Savior Jesus on his birthday. Praise God. God bless."

— Martinsburg, W.Va.


"News flash: Rich people paying higher taxes, and in the article in the paper they keep saying they're already highly progressive, since the top bracket pays at a rate over three times higher than the lowest bracket. They only pay on part of their money. That's why they have high-powered accountants and tax shelters — hello. Also the tax cuts that they get goes in the bank. It doesn't go to help the economy."

— Washington County


"Joseph Goebbels said if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. Looks like the anointed one follows Goebbels' philosophy to the letter."

— Maugansville


"Several of us Williamsport residents would like to know why there was a ‘purchasing power' charge on our light bill. I mean, no other towns around have ... purchasing power. They're still running the power plant in Williamsport, because I can hear them talking down there in the summertime. That's how close I live to it. So could somebody please answer the question of why does Williamsport have to pay a purchasing power on their light bill."

— Williamsport


"I'm calling in response to the person who's disgusted about the removal of a nativity scene. That nativity scene was put on public land — that's 'public' land. The public includes people of all faiths. That land is owned by people of all faiths, and that's why you're not allowed to put up a Buddha statue there, either."

— Hagerstown


"I'd just like to thank Carrie and Steve. ... My car had broken down right in the drive-through line, and she was very nice to call and get one of the guys to come around and get my car started for me. I'd just like to wish them a ...  happy New Year."

— West End


"I see where Roscoe Bartlett voted no for refunds for the first responders on Sept. 11. I hope someone's keeping count of all the bills this guy's voted against. But, of course, now you got this ... and they voted this guy back in again. What a disaster."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the ‘Year in Review,' of the old news that they print at the end of every year. I just don't see the point in it. It's just old news. I don't understand why anybody would want to read that. You know, we've read it once. Why do we want to read it at the end of the year again? Just my opinion. I don't enjoy it."

— Hagerstown


"Yes, Michael Vick is a good football player, but I still cannot forgive him. I have three German shepherds, and I could not go out there and kill them, both my own hands, like he did. ... And now they're trying to give him another dog. And plus I was a Philadelphia Eagles (fan) clear up until the last year, until he started playing. I cannot forgive him for what he did."

— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


"Why do so many people use Mail Call as a place to whine? Someone had a piece in on Monday morning about the state highway department having trucks out spraying the roads early in the morning, but there was no snow and they were wasting money. Well, you're the same person that would whine if it did snow and they didn't have them sprayed. Why don't you people get a life and find something to do, something constructive, like being nice to people?"

— Sharpsburg


"To the caller who said they paid too much for a part at the repair shop: The reason for that is the man who worked there needs to make a living installing those parts in your automobile. If you don't like the way they charge you, you can go to the auto parts store and buy the part, and then try to put it in yourself."

— Hagerstown


"I would like to know how in the heck do you get rid of fleas in the house? I've tried everything. I've tried everything on dogs, everything. I need help, if somebody can tell me how to get rid of them."

— Williamsport


"In Mail Call Dec. 27, the letter to the editor said, and I quote, 'The appearance of today's men is disrespectful.' I agree in these days people have better clothes. There seems to be no respect, especially in church. Even a pair of black or dark navy jeans would look better than faded, worn-out jeans. Have respect and honor in church. Respect and honor is still in the dictionary."

— Hagerstown


"The next time you send your vehicle to a repair shop to be worked on, check your bill. On it you will see that you paid a $5 fee for hazardous material waste, even though the part that they removed was not hazardous material. Our great state of Maryland allows this to happen."

— Hagerstown


"I wanted to thank your editors of this paper for the highlighting of the coming problems of the new bicycle lane on U.S. 40. Also, I ask this question to the county commissioners and our local city council: What is the reason for all these bicycle lanes that take up — don't they see or care about all the traffic we now have? And then say they are helping the town to grow? Let's all voters keep this in mind, because we all need to clean them out."

— Washington County


"Anglo-Saxon American is not a race, it is a cultural identity. It is an English-speaking identity. Why would you want to teach Spanish in kindergarten, when the children should be learning to speak and write their own language? Foreign languages should be taught at a point in the student's life when he or she can determine which one they are interested in or have a need for. I believe it is an attempt to change our Anglo-Saxon culture."

— Hagerstown

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