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Mail Call - Jan. 12

January 11, 2011

"This is for the Washington County school board. I have a question. I have a student in Boonsboro High School. This is where we live. My son recently failed two of his classes. Therefore, he was ineligible to play on sports teams. Now, I know this is not a good thing when the student has failed two out of four, or two out of five classes, but why ... to be held back from attending school functions that are after regular school hours? Would they rather see the students on the streets trying to get in trouble, or you know, doing drugs or something like that?"

— Boonsboro


"Now to 2012 is going to be an interesting time. Our country is $14 trillion in debt. Obama's administration has said that we will have a trillion-dollar deficit for the next 10 years. In 2019, our debt will be $26 trillion. Right now we pay $250 billion in interest on the debt. In 2019 it will be one trillion in interest. So in 2020 we will have a $26 trillion debt ... stop spending now, vote Sarah Palin 2012. Our great-grandchildren can't afford not to."

— Williamsport


"For once, I finally agree with Mr. Limbaugh in the paper. He's right, the Consitution is a great piece of work, it's wonderful, and it's still relevant today. But nowhere — repeat, nowhere in the Constitution does it say anything about 60 votes. It says the majority vote. Doesn't mean — that doesn't matter if it's 51 to 49. Says majority vote. This 60-vote nonsense was made up in the '90s. It has no place in the Senate. That says majority vote. That means one more than the other one."

— Hagerstown


"If you connect the dots here, you'll think back, when the polls were taken before the recent election, that the Republicans were going to regain the House and gain substantial seats in the Senate, the oil started to slip up slightly. Since the election, the oil has gone way up top now. It looks like it's business as usual between Big Oil and the Republicans."

— Hagerstown


"I would just like to say that I see where Greencastle school district wants to raise taxes on property owners, and with so many people losing their jobs and their homes, I would just think that they would maybe want to change their name to 'Greedcastle.'"

— Greencastle, Pa.


"To the taxpayers of Greencastle-Antrim: Unless you're happy with the one-third tax increase in school taxes, please call your local representative Rick Alloway, at 264-6100, and Todd Rock, at 749-7384, to oppose this increase."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"Regarding the national editorial of Jan. 6 on reading the Constitution, why is it a bad thing to read the Constitution of the United States when opening the Congress? The liberal-biased editorial made me shudder. Our Congress needs to read the Constitution, as many, from my observation haven't a clue as to what it is much less what it says. The comment of wasting half of a workday reading it aloud is just what I expect from a liberal."

— Maugansville


"Isn't it amazing? Miss Pelosi continually wants to blame George Bush for the unemployment, and that she got voted out, she and her left-wing loonies got voted out because of George Bush, and if you look at the record, in 2006, unemployment was 4.6, and it wasn't until Miss Pelosi took over it went down the drain."

— Hagerstown


"Blue Ridge Summit, there was a Democrat party. Now, the breed in there now calling the shots give the Demos I knew a bad name. President Obama, his czars, choices are anti-capitalist, anti-free enterprise, free speech. They want control of us and are doing a good job from auto companies, crooked unions. Obama has defended our enemies, snubbed our allies and has done nothing patriotic. Remember, we're not a Christian nation, as Obama said so."

— Hagerstown


"This is to the Hagers-town caller who called about the Blue Ridge Summit, the patriot. All this that you mentioned, every bit of it, has happened all during eight years of the Bush administration. Check it out. Every bit of it you said happened during the Bush administration, with the Bushes."

— Hagerstown



"Come on, callers, just stop this ‘You can't be a real American if you're Republican/Democrat' fighting, because this kind of extreme partisan name-calling and bickering proves nothing, convinces no one except those who already agree with you, and poisons our political discourse. If you must debate this issue, at least judge people individually by their actions and not by party labels. As a proud conservative and Tea Party supporter, I see and know plenty of patriotic real Americans of both parties, other parties, and no party at all, and I say a plague on both your partisan houses."

— Frederick, Md.


"I'm calling about the recent article in Friday's paper about the board member that wants everybody to play well together. I really don't want them to play well together. I want them to have differences of opinion. I want them to treat each other like human beings and be civil, but they all need to go there with ideas in mind, and everybody won't get along. So that's ... we want to see new ideas, and so the board member that doesn't like that— isn't that a switch from what her platform was originally? She had all the ideas."

— Hagerstown


"Speaking of a patriot: A real patriot is the person who get a parking ticket and rejoices that the system is working."

— Hagerstown
       

"A big thank you to the kind and honest gentleman from Mapleville Road who found my ... credit card and turned it in to the post office. I am 81 and living on Social Security alone, and that credit card in the wrong hands could have devastated me. Thank God there are still good people in the world."

— Boonsboro


"To the person in Jefferson County who complained that bicycles don't use the new path on Route 9 however do use back roads 'waiting for someone to run over them.' Have you ever considered that the path caters to people who ride for sport, and being winter, that may dissipate slightly? Also, not everyone owns a car, and possibly their destinations aren't met via the path on Route 9?"

— Martinsburg, W.Va.


"My daughter noticed bogus charges on her ... credit card the last two months. I would like to see the federal government hold hearings on bogus charges on telephone bills and credit card bills, and then pass legislation that will punish the white-collar criminals."

— Rohrersville


"Instead of Meritus being so concerned about photographing births at their new center, they should be more concerned about the parking situation, or set up a kiosk with a photographer out in the field where you normally wind up parking, because the parking space is so inadequate."

— Hagerstown


"It's amazing what priorities we put on snow removal. Shopping centers' parking lots are clear before the city streets and the main arteries are. Amazing."

— Hagerstown


"Meritus health center is well within their rights not to allow their birthing centers to be turned into a photo studio. If these people insist upon filming the birth process, maybe they could rent a local photo studio and sell tickets."

— Hagerstown


"With regard to the person who suggested that I call or e-mail the White House about the gas prices, I don't want to be labeled as a crazy person and monitored by the White House. There is power in numbers, however; so if you agree with me, then let's get together as a group, put together some signs, and go down and protest."

— Funkstown



"I can't believe the results of this past year's election. But then again, I guess I can, because it seems like the residents in this area don't want any change for the better. I was going over some past articles, especially some written by Mr. Joe Lane from Smithsburg, who (wrote) for The Herald-Mail. Why this man wasn't elected into the county commissioners is beyond me. This man has some excellent ideas ... and one of the ones I was reading just recently was how the county is going in the wrong direction on development. This man would have been a great asset with the county commissioners."

— Hagerstown


"One issue concerning the photographing of the child being born at the birthing center at the Meritus Medical Center, I am very much opposed to it, for this very reason: Should something go wrong when that child is born and it's not the doctor's fault, the parents will be the first one to want to put a law through to say, hey, I have proof that this is what went on and this is what happened. No, I am strongly against it. I think that when that baby is born, there should be no photographing or anything else until, as they said, five minutes after it happens."

— Hagerstown


"I live out here across from HCC, on Robinwood Drive, and I have an issue with the way that they're doing the roads there on the Dual Highway. My car sits low, and every time I go across to go over ... my car scrapes the bottom, and it's caused my front end ball joint to go bad. And I'm wondering why they cannot fix that better, that there is not that big dip there on the Dual Highway. You have a great day."

— Hagerstown


"Chambersburg caller, I'd be only too happy if I could just drive my car and mind my own business, without having to worry about dangerous bike lanes and dangerous and rude behavior by cyclists, which I have often seen and experienced. And when the high gas tax I'm forced to pay is squandered on nonessential luxuries like bike paths, when our Maryland roads ... are in such terrible shape — my street's edge is crumbling in over the white line in many places, for example — it's very much my business."

— Frederick, Md.

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