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Mail Call - Jan. 14

January 13, 2011

"My prayers and thoughts go out to the people in Arizona, and to the congresswoman who's fighting for her life. And we need gun control in this country. I don't want to take rifles away from hunters, but handguns are not good for anything except for killing people. We do not need Glocks in this country — police officers, yes, they need them, but the average citizen does not need them. We need to have some kind of arms control, to stop this heinous type of crime and killing."

— Hagerstown


"I am a veteran's wife, and I know how agonizing it was when we had to go over to Martinsburg hospital. I know Hagerstown has a clinic, but it's not the same as a hospital. And I think the Washington County Hospital, as it stands on King Street, would be a wonderful veterans hospital, and I would love to see that happen, because the veterans have to come from up in Pennsylvania to go to Martinsburg. So let's have one in Hagerstown."

— Boonsboro


"It was so sad to read that a true American hero died on Jan. 2, 2011. Maj. Richard Winters of 'Band of Brothers' fame has left us. Why is it that some people get media attention on a daily basis, yet a true hero only gets a passing mention? God rest you, Maj. Winters, along with all U.S. veterans."

— Hagerstown


"How curious that I've not seen those war protesters standing (in) the public square since President Obama took office. Is the war over? Has he brought all the troops home? Aren't those killed in his war in Afghanistan as precious as those who were killed in Iraq? Or were the protests really just another left-wing political statement?"

— Hagerstown


"I'm tipping my hat to the Greencastle-Antrim school board. How brave you guys are to want to raise taxes so high. I'm going to support you by walking to work in Waynesboro, I'm going on a diet to cut my food costs, and probably sell my car so I can keep my house. That should cover my additional taxes for a year, anyway."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"The liberal Democrats will stop at nothing to try to wipe out free speech. Now, Fox News is responsible for the tragedy in Arizona, so says the Demos. Did speaking the truth, as Fox does, cause the Romans to kill Christ, Lincoln, Kennedy, John the Baptist, bring bombing and terror to so many innocent countries, including USA, i.e., 9/11? Fox wasn't around then."

— Hagerstown


"You can be sure that every time the Washington County Commissioners go into closed session, they are spending taxpayers' money that they don't have. They need to be concentrating on paying off the $190 million debt they have. You can be sure that everything they do in closed session is taxpayers' business. Closed session should not be allowed for any reason at all."

— Washington County


"I wonder what all those right-wing talk show hosts and all their followers are going to complain about next. First it was the illegal alien, then it was socialism in the health care bill. ... Then it was the mosque in New York. Now they're complaining about the violence, how their rhetoric doesn't cause anyone to do any violence. It must be awful to live like they do, in this great country, and every day have a problem to complain about. They're never happy, and everything's totally, totally against them."

— Hagerstown


"I just want to say that bicycles have been around for years, even before horse and buggies, I believe. But anyway, I just want to say that there are laws out there against you motorists who force bicyclists off the road. Yeah, there's laws out there, but a lot of the laws aren't enforced by the police. Anyway, I just want to say that I'm from the country, and I'm proud of it. I was born and raised in the country, and I found out in life that if you don't stand up for yourself, nobody else out there in the world is going to stand up for you."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"Reading Jeff Semler's column always makes me so very appreciative of our farming community of Washington County, and what a wonderful place to live."

— Clear Spring


"Lloyd Waters has outlined very good suggestions for our delegates to consider. Now all they have to do is take action. Congratulations to Serafini and Parrott for being conservative."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to thank the gentleman who paid for my groceries last week at Martin's at the mall."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to thank the Evangel Baptist Church for their inside nativity this holiday season. They had three sheep, one donkey, a goat, and a rabbit, and a wonderful cast. And it was well-organized, and it was just beautiful. Thank you very much. It made my Christmas — and most of all, I thank my Lord Jesus Christ, for dying on the cross for my sins. Hope everybody has a wonderful new year."

— Clear Spring


"Greencastle caller, I'm glad to see we agree on the need to reduce government spending, but I'm afraid you missed my point; that the Social Security tax revenue has long since been spent on other government programs, and since it's the federal government that pays government bonds, it's all coming out of the federal treasury, and thus the taxpayers' pockets at the end anyway. Which is why I'm afraid we and especially future generations really are in big trouble, especially with our horrendous deficit and deficit spending."

— Frederick, Md.


"I see this morning that Munson is volunteering for Donoghue. I knew all along that he was a Democrat. Why doesn't he just retire gracefully, and give it up?"

— Hagerstown


"With yesterday, Tuesday's snowstorm of 3 inches, it's a shame that the plows couldn't have been out there plowing the roads. When you hear people saying the major roads were bad, usually it's the side roads. I mean, granted, you know, we have money and things and, you know, to cut back on, but you know, people's lives are in danger, and it was really treacherous driving around, and the county needs to do a better job when the snow falls. It's not like we have snow every day."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling regarding the person who was voicing her concern about her son being unable to attend after-school functions because of failing two subjects. She needs to check with her Maryland athletic association. Chances are that is not a school-by-school rule but a state rule, such as in Pennsylvania, and maybe if you stay at home and study instead of running the streets."

— Chambersburg, Pa.


"This is to the Washington County school board and the Boonsboro kid that cannot play sports. Keep these kids interested in the school system. Sports are very important. It teaches them leadership, discipline, and how to interact with other children and play as a team. We need these children to stay in school."

— Hagerstown


"When O'Malley comes out with his budget, I hope he looks at some of the waste in the higher-ups at the prison. Some of them have a couple assistants, and get their friends these jobs. Also, as far as the retirement fund, that money was there. They invested it badly, and now we have to make up for it."

— Boonsboro


"What's wrong with this picture? No money to keep the Clear Spring senior site open, but they're building a big new senior site in Hagerstown?"

— Clear Spring


"I just wanted to give big thanks to my neighbors, Rodney, Don and Matt, who do shoveling for me and my wife. I got a disease that limits me, and my gait and my mobility and my strength, and they've been a big, big help to me and my family, and I just want to say thanks."

— Hagerstown


"Regarding Don Munson working for Donoghue, well, we always knew he was a RHINO. Now his true colors are shown, and thank God, Shank beat him. Good-bye, RHINO, and Munson, I hope you're as unsuccessful at being a volunteer as you were at running for re-election."

— Maugansville


"In light of what happened in Tucson, maybe it's time for all of us, regardless of which political party we favor, need to tone the rhetoric down some and realize, just because someone disagrees with us politically, they're not anti-American, and they're not the enemy."

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"This is to the Hagerstown resident who blames the high oil and gas prices on the Republican-controlled Congress. The last time the prices rose, President Bush was president and the Democrats blamed it on him, and they had a Democratic-controlled Congress at that time. Why isn't anybody blaming President Obama for the high price of gas? Because he's Mr. Almighty."

— Hagerstown

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