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Mail Call - Jan. 13

January 12, 2011

"This is on all the lawmakers in Annapolis who are getting ready to talk about the budget. This is on the budget. We don't need any tax increases. You need to know how to spend your money. You spent money that you didn't have, now you got yourself in trouble. You, Mr. Donoghue, we don't need a tax on gasoline. Gas is high enough. And as far as medical transportation, helicopters ... but that's the trouble with you Democrats and the rest of you down there, all you want to do is keep spending money, instead of living within your means."

— Hagerstown


"In reference to the Hancock caller's desire to have the office of sheriff abolished, Daniel 3:2-3 states that King Nebuchadnezzar gathered together princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, councellors, sheriffs, etc., to Nebuchadnezzar's dedication. Perhaps the ancient office of sheriff is more important than the Hancock caller perceives."

— Williamsport


"I'm responding to the Funkstown caller disappointed by unleashed dogs. This is also a big problem at the Washington Township park, and ... it seems like every time I go there, some dog's jumping up on me, and I don't even go there anymore. People, grow a brain. Leash your mutts."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"Could someone please tell me if there have been any current cuts in the food stamp program? I work for a local agency, and they have cut our clients' food budgets drastically, and they all get food stamps."

— Hagerstown


"Can someone please explain to me why I was told if I buy Girl Scout cookies in Pennsylvania, they were $3.50 a box, in Maryland, they're $4. I don't understand."

— Hagerstown


"People, you know, worry about crime and the shape this country's in. What they need to do is they need to put the Ten Commandments back up, which they should have never taken down. Put God back into everything. People should start going back to church and start believing in God, instead of taking Him out of everything like they've done. You can imagine the shape this country's in because of all this. And then they can thank their senators and their congressmen for us not — for people not getting raises on Social Security, because they give raises to themselves, so."

— Hagerstown


"I'm responding to the letter that was regarding poor President Obama, bad luck, he had to use five pens to sign a bill. Well, the reason they do that is they give those pens away, so they use a different pen for each almost line, so that whoever they're giving the pen to can say they have a pen from that signing of that bill. Just wanted to let that person know."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling in regard to a comment in the newspaper on Monday, Jan. 10, and the caller wondered if God is religious. Well, certainly He is, silly. He attends the church of God."

— Boonsboro


"Regarding the shooting down in Arizona and the reaction from local elected officials, I find it very ironic that Del. Donoghue says he's not going to meet with his constituents. My question is, when does he ever meet with his constituents? He's a no-show."

— Hagerstown


"Thanking our snow angel on Buttercup Drive, Mr. Jim."

— Hagerstown

"To the tongue-in-the-cheek callers from Hagerstown and Frederick: You are hysterical. The Jan. 10 Mail Call regarding a thrown beer bottle, and five different pens running out of ink — I love it. Keep it up."

— Hagerstown

"This is in response to the reader that wanted to know what religion God is. When we get to heaven, all of the name tags get cut off."

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"I'm calling about the caller who called in about historic tags on vehicles, from Hagerstown. Just wanted to say apparently you're not buying your tags in Maryland, because they're ridiculous in price. So I say if someone can get a break and that's the way they're going to do it, fine. And trust me, the state police are not worried about somebody driving with historic tags."

— Keedysville


"I just loved Tim Rowland's column in the Sunday issue of The Herald-Mail. He has Washington County right down to the T. As far as I'm concerned, you can put his column on the front page any day of the week."

— Hagerstown


"I would like to reply to the Hagerstown caller who was in the Mail Call Jan. 10, about the gaming commission and the tip jar revenue being down. Well, only thing you have to do is look at your TV or read the newspaper, and you can see where people are out of work, and if you're not working, you can't gamble. And also, the gaming commission gets theirs right off the top. If it's a crumb left, the clubs and fire departments are able to do with and work with."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


"This is for the ... Mail Caller who asked the question 'What has Mikulski done for us?' I ask this question: What has Roscoe Bartlett ever done for us?"

— Hagerstown


"You know, with all the events that have unfolded over the last week here in America, with the shootings and all that other stuff, it's pathetic what has happened in America, and until we get some leaders and some lawmakers in there who can do their jobs — and we need the death sentence back, we need to punish these people, it has to be swift and final, we need to punish these people and get rid of them. Just look at what's happened, another 9-year-old little girl killed, a little 9-year-old girl killed and other people killed."

— Sharpsburg


"I'm calling to tell people to watch their ... phone bill. I had an extra breakdown of charges on mine. OAN stands for Operator Assistance Network. It's a gimmick saying that they'll call you if we have a tornado or something like that. They give you — on the side of your phone bill, there is an 800 number. You have to call them to get that number taken off, that amount taken off your bill."

— Williamsport


"For the person who wrote in not understanding why Pete Waters would write an article about the no 'Don't ask, don't tell': I guess you've never served in a forward unit in the military and had to deal with something like this as part of the situation that you have. It is the biggest mistake we could possibly make, by allowing this to occur and cause problems within our military. It's hard enough."

— Hagerstown


"To the person in Hancock who is complaining about seeing the sheriff out on patrol: If you don't know why, call in to the Mail Call and you will find your answer. Every day there are bank robberies, rapes, and sometimes there are killings around this area. Our sheriff could be sitting in his office, enjoying his heated office in the winter and his air conditioning in the summer. ... I think that our sheriff is very devoted to his job, and I'm glad that we have a man like him in Washington County. To the person in Hancock: This is why."

— Halfway area


"To the person who said they threw their beer bottle at the lady who was texting while driving: Just want to let you know that I got your satire. I don't know if anybody else did, but I did. I thought it was kind of funny."

— Hagerstown

"I would like to say I think that the DNA testings should be done automatically on a person charged, and before he's sent to prison, make sure he's guilty. And if he's guilty, hang him. He shot somebody, he needs to pay. That's the trouble with these judges. They give a guy 10 years and suspend eight. Come on, let's put this law back in effect ... I know you won't print this."

— Hagerstown

"I'm calling in regard to LLoyd Waters' open letter to Shank and the county delegation, in The Herald-Mail on Tuesday, Jan. 11. He suggests saving the state money by not jailing nonviolent criminals. Well, I have a better suggestion. I think the state should execute violent criminals, and just keep the nonviolent criminals in the jails. That'll make the jails a less hefty place to live, and it'll also send a message."

— Boonsboro


"I would like to thank Tina of the ... restaurant on Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown for returning my money that I lost. Thank you very much. Appreciate that."

— Hagerstown

"Nothing should disrupt the business on Congress. Civil dissent and discourse are the lifeblood of a republic. Using this tragedy to promote or delay a legislative agenda on crucial issues is unconscionable, and dishonors the victims."

— Martinsburg, W.Va.

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