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Mail Call - Jan. 20

January 19, 2011

"Several people have received letters from Neil Parrott, in which he identifies them as community leaders. In the letter he asks for their opinion, and states that he looks forward to working with them. The catch is that to present the opinions and concerns to Del. Parrott, these leaders need to attend his fundraising dinner, at a minimum of $50 a head, or make larger contributions to his campaign fund. This plan amounts to extorting bribes from community leaders. As an elected official, he should be listening to all his constituents, without demanding money up front to do so. We pay his salary already. If this is how he and his Tea Party supporters plan to govern, God help us."

— Boonsboro


"I find Mr. Waters' recent article on state budget quite amusing. I wonder how much overtime he called in when he was warden. ... And I think if they want to cut the state budget, they ought to — employees are found bringing in contraband, they should be fired on the spot. If they're caught bringing in contraband, they should get back everything they paid into the retirement, and that's it. No retirement check. That would be a quick way to stop contraband from coming in."

— Sharpsburg


"Thank you, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, for preventing George W. Bush from selling all of our U.S. ports to foreign influence; also, making the state public places smoke-free, to save lives and make it more enjoyable. You are truly a representative of the people, for the people, not a business-as-usual for greed. We need more representatives like you. Heaven help us, we are losing good politicians due to party affiliation."

— Hagerstown


"Greencastle caller, maybe in Pennsylvania your gas tax is low, your roads are in great shape, and traffic and gridlock are minimal, but in Maryland, it's the opposite. So in my opinion — which nothing you said has changed or refuted — since cyclists pay neither gas tax nor license ... fees to build and maintain our roads, in fairness, such revenue should not be used for bike lanes, etc., at least until our many horrendous road problems are fixed."

— Frederick, Md.


"I'm calling in response to the callers from Sharpsburg and Hagerstown, saying — and Boonsboro — saying that they should execute violent criminals, and that would keep our jails less crowded. They used to execute all the time in the U.S., back in the 1920s to the 1950s, and it never deterred crime. I'm for the death penalty, but it does not reduce your prisoners in your jails. It does nothing to deter crime. ... When people are committing a crime, they don't stop and think, 'oh, I better not do that because I might get executed.'"

— Hagerstown


"Today is Jan. 14, 2011. I was reading an article in Mail Call where a person put in there about handguns are not needed, all they're good for is killing. It's not the handgun that does the killing. It's the person behind the handgun. Even if they make stiffer gun control, still, the criminals are still going to get them, so I don't understand this person's theory, what it's going to solve."

— Big Pool


"I went into the bathroom this morning to brush my teeth, and guess what? One of those pesky stink bugs was sitting on the toothpaste. That'll be a good laugh for the Mail Callers today."

— Washington County


"Our local politicians, both city and county, will spend hundreds of thousand dollars for worthless buildings, etc. When it comes time to clean the streets and the roads of snow, there's a short of money and staff. Where are their priorities? Of course, maybe there's kickbacks in the other one."

— Hagerstown


"Friday the 14th's paper — wonderful Mail Call. The individual who is picking on Munson again doesn't realize he's going down there for training, whether he's Democrat, Republican or socialist. That's the first thing in my craw this morning. And the second thing is, the gentleman from Pennsylvania with a bicycle, lives in this wonderful country ... everyone is tired of hearing about him and his bicycle. Have a wonderful day."

— Hagerstown

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