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Mail Call - Jan. 3

January 02, 2011

"Maryland state Sen.-elect Victor Ramirez of Prince George's County said he plans to sponsor legislation to allow illegal immigrants (to) receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities ... while employees are taking pay cuts and the legal taxpayers of Maryland are trying to survive in today's economy."

— Sharpsburg


"Everyone is complaining about the governor of New Jersey being down in Florida during the snowstorm, but everything went OK. But President Obama's over in Hawaii. Do you think he would give up his vacation to come back? No, in fact, he is extending his vacation."

— Boonsboro


"I read that some judges are saying this health care deal that is going to be forced on us or we will go to jail as against the law. Republican Gov. Ehrlich forcing us to pay a flush tax should be investigated. I feel that it's against the law forcing us to pay or else. I was told I would go to jail. I was told we have the money and the lawyers to make you pay. We will condemn your home. Anything there against the law?"

— Clear Spring


"Next election, we have to do something about these tax-crazy politicians we have. If the property values had gone up, they would have said they have to raise — they would raise the assessments, and now the tax, the assessments of the properties has gone down, so now ... they have to raise the taxes again because they don't get as much. This is a crazy situation. Our politicians just need to tighten their belts, not suck it all from the taxpayers."

— Williamsport


"It doesn't matter when Jesus was born. It just matters that God had decided the whole world will celebrate and honor the birth of His son. After all, God drives history."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"I would like to know if there are any Democrats who are true Americans. I can't find one, from the make-believe president on down. Just curious."

— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.


"I generally call in about Christians, and generally it's not put in the paper, but I believe in my Bible, and my Bible tells about global warming, that the snow, the icebergs in the north will melt and we'll have mudslides, earthquakes, famines, everything else, before the end of time. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, believe in the Bible."

— Hagerstown


"Concerning the comments by people criticizing bicycle riders such as myself, I feel it's all jealousy on the part of some of you motorists out there. You just don't like to accept the fact that us bicycle riders are allowed on some of the roads today, too, not only you people. And to respond to the Hagers-town caller's comment concerning bicycle riders are no match for you motorists out there, well, I think we know that, Hagerstown caller. Being a bicycle rider, I think we bicycle riders know that."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"Today is New Year's Eve, and here we are reading Mail Call, and once again, people complaining about their jobs and about what's not right with companies closing down, and it seems like every time you see this, it's a company that's represented — or employees are represented by a union. It makes you think, doesn't it?"

— Huyett area


"In Mail Call recently, there's been articles about how awful the men dress and how they look. I have to agree. It's time they learned to shave and look handsome again. Now, just for a moment, let's talk about the women. Did you notice how ridiculous they look? ... Make a New Year's resolution to look better when you are in the public."

— Hagerstown


"I would like to know what these stink bugs eat. They have to survive on something, but what do they eat? I've never seen them move. They sit in one spot and usually all day in the house. They don't move. What do they eat? Does anyone know?"

— Boonsboro


"I guess I'm from the old school. I read, I have read in Friday's paper that they are petitioning the new hospital, Meritus, for not letting videos being taken of a woman while she's in labor having a baby. I cannot understand — again, I guess I'm from the old school — why anybody, a woman, would want that to ... to remind you of that. I just, I can't believe these young women. It's just, I just can't — it's hard to understand them."

— Hagerstown


"OK, Mr. Powell, question: In your article Dec. 31, you had a final wish that politicians would cease the fraud of claiming that they are for the Bush tax cuts, in order to advance the ability of the upper 2 percent of our wealthiest citizens. Who are the poor, or for that matter, the majority of middle-class citizens who have started a business that has hired six or more employees, or has ... to start a new business in support of new employees?"

— Washington County


"Concerning the Greencastle caller: Please read carefully when addressing my words about bicycle lanes. I, too, ride a bike, and had addressed this issue for the safety of bicycle lanes. We do need them, but more study needs to be made where to put them."

— Wasington County


"I don't understand how a tax on energy will delay global warming. I do see it causing economic disaster. I also don't understand how people let their political leaders decide their opinions for them instead of researching data. Politicians have never seen a tax they have not liked."

— Hagerstown


"Washington County government staff has plans to ask the county commissioners to borrow $14 million more, to add to the $190 million debt the county currently holds. What this means to the public is property taxes being raised, in light of the falling property assessments. Contact your county commissioners. Tell them no borrowing whatsoever, but reduce staff, reduce expenses, stop spending."

— Washington County

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