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Mail Call - Jan. 16

January 14, 2011

"Note to the taxpayers of Greencastle-Antrim Township: The school board meets Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. in the middle school library. Let them know what you think of their tax increase." 

— Greencastle, Pa.

"I had to literally laugh out loud the other day, after reading in Mail Call about President Obama signing a bill and had to use a lot of different pens. Someone please tell that person the reason. Just proves one thing: People don't know what they are talking about half the time." 

— Hagerstown

"I'm looking at this call, said vote for Sarah Palin in 2012. What? She can't handle being a governor. That's why she quit. And you expect her to be the most powerful person on the earth? She couldn't handle the pressure. She couldn't handle it. Of course, maybe she'll just pray all the troubles away. She just can't handle all the pressure." 

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— Hagerstown

"Something I can't understand about this tragedy in Tucson — and yes, it was a tragedy, and I really feel for those people, especially the family with the young girl — but why doesn't our government, from the president all the way down, act outraged every time an American soldier is killed overseas? Maybe if they showed more attention to our armed servicemen who are protecting this country with their lives, people would finally wake up and say, 'What are we doing over there?' Just some of my comments. Like I said, it was a tragedy, but it's also a tragedy every time an American soldier gets killed." 

— Hagerstown

"I am calling in response to the call-in from the parent of a Boonsboro High School student who is academically ineligible to play team sports. I believe, as a parent who has two children that play also for Boonsboro High School, that that policy is very lenient. I don't feel that any child who is failing a class should be involved in ... they should not be allowed to play sports if they are failing a class. The priority is their education, and if something has to be given up, then it would be the sports." 

— Boonsboro

"I'm calling in response to the person from Funkstown. This is on calling and e-mailing the White House. Well, if you think you're gonna be labeled as a crazy person, monitored by the White House, you know, that don't bother me one little bit. If we had enough people call the White House or e-mail the White House about the problems in this country, maybe we'd get something done. I mean, I ain't worried about the federal government bothering me. I pay my taxes, and I'm a citizen of the U.S. and I got the right to say anything I want to say. If they don't like it then they can come see me. It ain't gonna bother me one little bit. I didn't do nothing wrong." 

— Hagerstown

"The person that called in about the church organists needing to play a fanfare for the M.P. Moller company, that's all fine and dandy, but someone needs to talk about the poor little church organists that get taken for granted in all the churches. They play almost every Sunday of the year. They pick and select beautiful music that no one appreciates. So why do organists even play any more? I think every church organist in the world should retire, then show the churches what they'd be losing if they lost their church organists because we don't get any recognition." 

— Hagerstown

"I was wondering when someone was going to speak up where the 'stimulus' funds that didn't stimulate anything but Congress' projects, while we pay the bill. Study of fruit flies in Hawaii, $126 million to enhance the Kennedy legacy, study of swine odor in Iowa, Kerry subtracted defense $20 million to subsidize Edward Kennedy Institute, Congress used $3 billion to resand beaches."

— Hagerstown

"Let's face it, words have consequences. The words of the Declaration of Independence inspired a new nation. Winston Churchill's words inspired the British people to stand up and defy the mighty Nazi war machine. John F. Kennedy's words took America to the moon (no other nation has been there yet). And the words of the media hatemongers, I don't need to name them, you know who they are, inspired Jared Lee Loughner to murder a charismatic 9-year-old girl who might otherwise have been our first female president. Pay attention to what you repeat. Don't listen to hate speech. It is constitutionally legal, but it is not good for our democracy." 

— Chambersburg, Pa.

"A great big thumbs up to the legislators in Arizona who quickly passed legislation to bar the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at the 9-year-old girl's funeral. What a despicable bunch these 'church people' are." 

— Smithsburg

"This is in reference to the Boonsboro caller saying about their son failing two classes. My question to you is why would you allow your son to attend any after-school activities if he's failing any number of classes? Do the school and community a favor and take some responsibility for your child. They shouldn't be attending anything if they are failing classes. Start teaching your child some personal responsibility. It starts at home." 

— Clear Spring

"Guess the NRA will use the horrible shooting in Arizona to push for less gun control. Everyone should be packing a six-shooter, so they say. It's just everyone's right and it's good for the gun business." 

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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