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Mail Call - Dec. 30

December 29, 2010

"The Sunday before Christmas, I had the pleasure of attending the Christmas cantata at Paramount Baptist Church in Hagerstown. As a visitor, I was absolutely in awe of such a magnificent performance by so many talented church members. I understand the choir is planning something special for Easter. Believe me, I'll be there."

— Hagerstown


"To all you people always calling in and saying about Sarah Palin leaving the governor's office and how bad that was: Get a life. They all leave office to run for another office. Remember President Obama leaving his seat and it going up for sale to the highest bidder on eBay? Well, not eBay, but that sounds funnier. So the next time you use that one, remember how stupid you look."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


"To the Williamsport caller in Sunday's paper who asked when drivers are going to learn to put one or two car lengths behind the car in front of them on snow/wet roads: The current car spacing is three seconds (distance) between vehicles on dry roadways, four seconds for rain, and five or six seconds on a snow-covered road. Those are not car lengths. To learn the three-second rule, attend an AARP driver safety course. Call the Commission on Aging, 301-790-0275, ext. 220."

— Beaver Creek


"Yep, when gas was $4 a gallon and senators were in front of ... Pelosi pleading to drill, that some people didn't know how they were going to put food on the table, Pelosi turned the microphone off, wouldn't hear senators, and boarded a plane, guzzling plane, to San Francisco for her Fourth of July. Demo majority backed her, as the environmentalists don't like Republicans. Clinton and his 'ilk' wouldn't permit drilling here, when Republicans wanted to cease giving billions to our enemies."

— Hagerstown


"I would like to thank the MEP at Meritus hospital for their wonderful dinner that they delivered on Dec. 24 to the Potomac Towers. It was delicious, it was very thoughtful, and we thank you for it. We hope that each and every one have a happy, wonderful new year, and the people that you sent to deliver the meals."

— Hagerstown


"Two notes, Monday — take exception to our cold, stormy weather's link to 'global warming:' ... That 'cold' can't be caused by global warming. Big misconception. The weather systems are driven by a global 'heat engine' — more heat in the global system 'drives' the circulation, causing more extreme heat and severe storms in the summer, and more violent storms and often new record-cold temperatures in the winter. There's no contradiction between the atmosphere and oceans 'warming' and our increasingly severe (both hot and cold) weather.

— Brownsville


"The 'hello' without the 'o' we went through in the Gapland area, with police chase, with concern over copter being up in the wind, to a character knocking on the door, to learning West Virginia not extraditing him, the driver, has us asking, are they worthy of their hire?"

— Gapland


"Dear North End caller: Dealers routinely exceed 100 percent. They more than double what their expense is for any given item. However they are mandated to carry a certain inventory level and do this to cover the expense of inventory. Independent shops vary widely, but usually double the price from their suppliers. Big ticket items generally do not follow this procedure; engines, transmissions, A/C compressors, etc. The supplier usually provides a suggested retail price, so you aren't killing yourself and undercutting your supplier's retail price."

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"Dec. 25 is associated with the birth of many pagan gods, including Mithra, Horus, Hercules, Zeus and Sol Invictus. The Roman festival Saturnalia would also end around this time. Christianity imported many of these pagan myths and traditions into its own customs around 400 A.D. Today Christians express outrage that Christmas is losing its 'Christian' roots. This is ironic, since it was Christianity that hijacked the holiday in the first place, to make it easier to convert new followers."

— Hagerstown


"There is a double house on Alexander Street ... that's been empty for years, looks like it is ready to fall down, and without a doubt is a fire hazard, besides an eyesore. Why hasn't something been done about this? If that thing catches on fire, it would take the whole block."

— Hagerstown


"To all you correctional officers calling in and complaining and whining about everything: First of all, you're not drafted into this job. You all filled out the application, and when called upon, you accepted the position. ... You have a job. Be happy."

— Hagerstown


"Hagerstown caller, you tell anyone who's concerned about Social Security disability fraud to mind their own business. Well, caller, when it's my money and my tax dollars, it is my business. Maybe you don't care if our tax dollars are stolen with fraudulent claims by criminal liars and cheats, but I very much do, and I applaud anyone who cares enough to report and try to stop such criminal acts, and say thank you very much for your vigilance and your concern."

— Frederick, Md.


"In reference to the Hagerstown caller complaining about us Christians celebrating the birth of Christ on Dec. 25, that's absolutely ridiculous. You need something else to complain about. That's the day that we Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, and if you don't like that then you don't have to celebrate it. I'd also like to point out the letter to the editor written by Kenneth W. Ditch Jr. I totally agree that from all the officials from Maryland and the president and senator and Congress, they all should take pay cuts, as we go through this recession. Have a blessed 2011."

— Hagerstown


"You know, I get tired of hearing these right-wingers, the talk show hosts, telling me how good Bush was in his eight years of presidency. All he did was get 3,000-some people killed on his watch, 3,000-some people got killed on his watch, and he went to war and killed and had thousands upon thousands of our servicepeople killed and maimed, and plus all the Iraqi people killed and children killed. So don't tell me ... and plus he spent all the excess money that Clinton left to balance the budget. So don't tell me how good he is. ... As far as I'm concerned, he's the worst president we ever had."

— Hagerstown


"To the Hagerstown caller who says that righties, as they called it, had to graduate first before they could understand global warming: Well, first it was called climate change, and then Al Gore changed it to global warming, because he found out that wouldn't get — with the American people. ... There's been no proof of it. So why — I'm a leftie, but I'm not laughing, but I'm laughing, wondering what school this president graduated from to blow almost $2 trillion and can't show where it went to."

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"If you keep your animals outside in winter, a $4 bale of straw will make a huge difference in their shelter. Open it and spread it thick. The hollowness of the straw will absorb and hold their body heat better than a blanket can. Please at least give your pet some comfort from the cold."

— Smithsburg


"'What's wrong with this picture?' in Monday's Herald-Mail is an excellent example of the mess that the MSHA has created at the intersection of the Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive. A bike lane at that corner is not going to encourage anyone to ride a bicycle unless they have a death wish. That picture in the paper says it all. Please, Mr. Gischlar, do something about that before someone gets killed."

— Hagerstown


"Regarding the bicycle path along the Dual Highway in Hagerstown, in nearly all confrontations between motor vehicles and pedestrians and/or cyclists, the motor vehicle is the winner, and the least damaged. Automobiles have been known to go off-road to the left or to the right. Cyclists may have the right to use the roads created for motor vehicles. Being right is laudable."

— Hagerstown


"I'm a true animal lover, whether it be wildlife or domestic pets, but don't get me wrong — I don't belong to PETA. I appreciate the people that hunt. My point is this. If you suspect or see any type of animal abuse — just like child abuse — don't call Mail Call and don't call radio talk show hosts. Call the people you need to call, whether it be Social Services — call the people that can take care of it — Social Services department or the humane society. Do that, or don't do anything at all."

— Hagerstown


"Is there anything out there, any chocolate out there in the stores without caffeine? That would be a good invention. And also, a shopping cart with a cup holder. So many times you spill your cup of drink in the grocery cart. I don't understand why they don't have some kind of cup holders in the shopping carts."



— Hagerstown

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