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Mail Call - Jan. 4

January 03, 2011

“I’m calling in regards to the lady who put something in about not affording insurance, but — and her husband gets his medical care through VA, etc., etc. She may want to go ahead and try calling the DEERS program, and the phone number is 1-800-538-9552. And maybe they can point her in the right direction for military tri-care health insurance. I hope this information helps this individual.”
— Boonsboro
“A typical example of government waste: At the Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W.Va., the Air Force is proposing to convert from the C-5A aircraft to the C-17 transport planes. They just converted not long ago to C-5A and spent countless millions of dollars doing that, and now they’re going to convert to something else. That’s a shame.”
— Brightwood Acres East
“To the person ... power in Williamsport: Come to the town meeting and they will explain to you — if you can hear them — why we have a power plant in Williamsport for 100 years, and not one kilowatt of hours or power kilowatts anything has ever went to electric in Williamsport. So come to the town meeting. Just ask the council. They’ll explain it to you. It’s open all the time.”
— Williamsport
“The high gas prices are no joke. What are people going to do that were making $10 an hour in 1990 and they’re still making $10 an hour now? Or people who are on minimum wage? I think it’s ridiculous. Everybody who makes fun when I call in about the gas prices, well, if you think it’s so funny, you can just pay for my gas each time I go.”
— Funkstown

“May God bless David Limbaugh. Please, everyone, read his articles in the paper Dec. 29, and the second part is going to be Thursday the 30th. He explains exactly what Christmas is all about, what I tried to say the other day when somebody wrote in and said they were sick of hearing about Christmas and the Bible. And just please, everybody, read this ... please, everybody, read David Limbaugh. And it is so wonderful. He gives you all the Bible scriptures.”
— Hagerstown
“This is just a comment on them denying you taking pictures of your newborn. ... They are letting visitors in 24/7, but yet parents can’t take a picture of their newborn? ... Don’t you think the birth of a child should mean something special to them? And as long as they are out of the way and there’s no complications.”
— Hagerstown
“Reference to the article about the newborn babies, snapping a picture as soon as the mother gives birth, good article, and I think the hospital did the right thing. As soon as the baby is safe and there’s no emergency procedures necessary, Dad can pull out the camera. But they better watch this. What about people coming in in a hygiene area, also colds and everything else? Is it an Instamatic camera, or are we setting up a full-fledged audiovisual network?”
— Leitersburg
“I have a suggestion for this unemployment mess, and the unemployment benefits, of course. I feel that if there’s two people in the household and the one person is earning a certain amount of income, then the other person should not be eligible for unemployment. They should be out there looking for a job. I don’t know how this would go over, but if you have two people in the household, one working and one just sitting around watching TV all day, collecting my money from my taxes, that’s just my suggestion.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m calling about the board that’s meeting to discuss the pensions for the state employees. AFSCME, you need to realize that there’s a bunch of older officers, and a lot of us are satisfied with what came out of it so far. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to hurt us any. Let the new guys pay for it. We’ve done our time. So just agree with it for — you know, do something we want for a change, would you?”
— Hagerstown
“I just want to say congratulations to Manny and Lorraine Ebersole. ... God bless you for your 70 years, and I hope this can be an example to young people. Maybe we can stop all this divorce that’s going in the country, and young people can learn to have a commitment. Congratulations, Manny and Lorraine, and happy new year, and I hope you have many more years.”
— Hagerstown
“I would like to say to the people out here in our community who owe other people money, that you know, it would be nice if they would think about paying it back after they promised to pay people back.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m reading this article about they’re wondering why the electric car sales aren’t — are so low right now. Well, duh. They’re $45,000. Who’s going to pay $45,000 when they can get a car about the same size for 16, or 15? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. You mean to tell me they can’t make the cars cheaper than $45,000? Sounds like the oil companies got their hands in it again. Congratulations for nothing.”
— Hagerstown
“Greencastle caller, you gave me a good laugh, claiming the federal government hasn’t spent even a ‘single cent’ of Social Security taxes for its own use, because the Social Security Trust Fund’s supposed reserve is ‘invested’ in government bonds. Even if it was true, and that’s the first I’ve heard of it, all this amounts to is the federal government writing an IOU to itself, because who do you think guarantees ‘government bonds,’ and where do you think that money went?”
— Frederick, Md.
“Many thanks to the folks on Clopper Road who host the beautiful Christmas light display every year, with the live sheep and lambs. You bring a lot of joy to people.”
— Hagerstown
“May I make a suggestion to Meritus hospital and Robinwood Medical Center? Designate some close-up areas for senior citizens. They can’t walk from one end of that parking lot to another. We need designated parking for seniors.”
— Hagerstown
“A question: Maybe Art Callaham, in his new role as The Herald-Mail’s pundit, will bring sunshine to the Greater Hagerstown Committee. Maybe he’ll be allowed to report on its meetings. ... Let’s get in on the inside, Art. You’ve been there, you still are there, so let’s have some accurate truth in reporting.”
— Hagerstown

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