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Mail Call - Dec. 31

December 31, 2010

“I’m calling about the thing that was in the paper about the kids getting free school lunches and this, that and the other for breakfast. I think it’s a great program that they do for the kids, but you’re talking about the money we lay out or the government lays out — well, how about all these people that can’t get out and work because they’re on welfare and we’re supporting them? We’d have a lot more money left if those people’d get up ... and find a job, instead of pushing kids out left and right, and us supporting them.”
— Hagerstown
“Calling in response to the person that said they were sick and tired of people talking about the birth of Jesus being at Christmastime. Well, you know, we don’t know the exact time, but that’s the way we celebrate the birth of Christ. And we know that he, you know, he was born a baby to save people, and that’s why we celebrate the Christmas, the same as with Easter time, that he rose again from the dead, and that’s why we celebrate Easter.”
— Hagerstown
“To the one that thinks we should give to the little angels, kids, they should watch some of them sometimes and see how they behave. Around Christmastime, I saw one go on a neighbor’s porch and steal a small lighted tree. I’ll bet they thought this was the right thing to do. They just get into all kind of trouble, and I know this.”
— Hagerstown
“Concerning the comment by the Washington County caller concerning the bicycle lanes on Route 40, I just want to say, due to the fact that I ride a bicycle everywhere I go, my bicycle is my transportation, therefore, those bicycle lanes were put in for bicycle riders such as myself and others, caller. Just because you don’t ride a bicycle, just because you don’t ride a bicycle like I do and others do, doesn’t mean they should do away with the bicycle lanes.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“This is on oil prices and gasoline prices. I can’t believe the federal government. I know they want to go clean energy and all that stuff, but I can’t believe the federal government is letting ... these foreign countries jack the oil prices up, when people don’t have work or anything else. Can’t believe it. I got 200 gallons of oil the other day. The oil, my oil bill was over $600, which is almost — that’s only 200 gallons. Over $600. I think that is a bunch of bull, baloney.”
— Hagerstown
“Can anyone tell me what these tiny bugs are that fly around the house? They’re not stinkbugs, and they’re not moths. But they eat into our wool clothing just like moths do.”
— Hagerstown
“I read Mail Call nearly every day. However, I am concerned about the education level of those who call in their comments. Although I respect their opinion, it would be much better if the correspondents would use proper English. Very often, the people who call in use the wrong verb tense.”
— Halfway
“This is a response to the caller from Maugansville who says Joseph Goebbels said if you repeat a lie enough it becomes the truth. The conservatives must go by his playbook, since they lied about weapons of mass destruction, lied about a lot of things when George Bush and Cheney were in, and they just kept telling it until people believed it. Also, I’m tired of him saying ‘the anointed one.’ He wasn’t the anointed one, he was the elected one. Gotta stop listening to Sean Hannity and think for yourself.”
— Hagerstown
“To the Berkeley Springs caller, regarding Michael Vick: I couldn’t agree with you more. Granted, we are supposed to forgive, but that’s difficult when he’s making millions of dollars after having absolutely no conscience for those innocent animals. I’m sorry, I realize he did his time, but that wasn’t enough for all the suffering. I personally don’t think he should own a dog for the rest of his life. I don’t care if it is for his kids. We reap what we sow.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Here’s how the heck you get rid of those nasty fleas in your home. Two steps: First, go to your veterinarian’s office and get your dogs on (medicine). It kills all the bugs that grab onto your pets. Secondly, go to a pet store and ask for flea bombs to set off in your home. The flea bombs will kill every flea in your home. These two steps work. Been there, done that. Fleas are now history.”
— Clear Spring
“This is to all the drivers out there from Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, coming through Maryland. You need to slow down. This is not a raceway. Our speed limit is 65, not 85. Come to think of it, some of you Maryland drivers need to slow down, too, especially up here on National Pike where that elderly man was killed. I had a woman go past my house this morning like a bat out of you-know-where. You need to slow down. Sixty-five is the speed limit.”
— Hancock
“I don’t know if the person from Martinsburg, W.Va., was calling about my complaint about somebody stealing my poinsettias off of my husband’s grave, but if they are, they can mind their own business. It was my money and my poinsettias, and I wanted to put them on my husband’s grave because I loved him very much. Now, I have given to other charities and other people, and to people that appreciate it.”
— Mount Lena
“In reference to the Good Humor plant that’s closing sometime in 2011, although I’m retired, I believe that the mayor and the city council should talk directly to the owners of the company and see what they can do to save those jobs. We can’t afford to lose, continue to lose jobs in this city and in this county. We need to bring good-paying jobs. There was a time when unions were good, but I think the city really needs to get involved and negotiate directly with the company and keep those jobs here in Washington County and in Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown
“This is to the callers about state workers. I’m not a correctional officer. I work for the highways, plowing snow, etc. I take my furloughs and pay cuts in stride. No raise in three years. But I’m required to get out of my bed on Christmas morning or whenever, report to work and clear the roads for you people. We don’t make the calls, just follow them. Respect the plow drivers. They’re there to help. Have a happy new year.”
— Hagerstown
“This is Dec. 29. I’d like for the person that stole my wood, little bit past 8 p.m. tonight, I’d like for them to bring me a load of wood back.”
— National Pike
“This is a big thank you to the family on Clopper Road who put up the really beautiful Christmas display every year. It is magnificent. Once again, thank you. Thank you very much.”
— Hagerstown
“To the caller that said that auto repair shop owner was just trying to make a living, I’d say it was more like he was trying to make a killing. I already pay him $45 to $95 an hour to do the work on my vehicle. A shop that treats their customers fair will have plenty of business.”
— Hagerstown
“I just read David Limbaugh’s column in The Herald-Mail, Dec. 29. Very, very good column on the Bible. We need more of David Limbaugh and less of Allan Powell.”
— Needmore, Pa.
“Now that gas has gone too high again, I urge everyone to stop all nonessential driving. You should call your congressmen, write letters to the editors, and do whatever you can to stop the oil companies from taking all of our money.”
— Funkstown
“This is to the person driving a SUV that dropped off his trash on Marshall Street extended, at 2:35 a.m. Sunday night, on 12/19/10. Please come back and get your trash. We do not need it.”
— Hagerstown

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