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Mail Call - Jan. 21

January 20, 2011

"It's kind of funny that just the next day after the shooting in Arizona, the leaders of the Tea Party movement got on the blogosphere and starting saying 'The liberals are going to blame us.' Well, no, that didn't happen. But it is kind of strange that you protest too much. So you know you're guilty, but you'll just never be man enough to admit it. I mean, when you keep hearing the government needs to be overthrown, lock and load, if we — Second Amendment remedies, well, you keep saying that enough, some nut out there is going to take it literally."

— Hagerstown


"As an employee of Eastern Organ Pipe, I just wanted to call and say thank you to the firemen and anyone else involved at the fire at the Moller building. I think they did an excellent job."

— Hagerstown


"To the Hagerstown caller commenting on the anti-war protests since President Obama has taken office, I say the following: I didn't notice any Tea Party or similar protests prior to Obama taking office. Was there not extreme deficit spending during the Bush era? Was there not a lack of listening to the public by the Republican-held Congress, or are the Tea Party protests really just another right-wing political statement and publicity stunt?"

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"Education plays a critical role in how Washington County tracks businesses and prepares workers to serve those businesses. We would all agree a lot of money has been spent on new schools, programs and layers of administration at the Board of Education. While the local education forum believes this community offers a tremendous opportunity for a new superintendent, there is not much opportunity for most people who live in Washington County. The numbers prove it. The county ranks near the bottom of median family income within the state. ... Can our local leaders and visionaries explain this?"

— Hagerstown


"The government needs to rethink about building a senior center at Hagerstown Community College. First they need to check out the number of people who would actually use it. I think you all would be shocked to find out it'd be probably less than 100."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the Big Pool-area person who was talking about the dip on the Dual Highway. I just wanted to say I just came off of that, and I didn't have any problems. I saw the dip, slowed down and everything was just fine. So maybe she just needs to — or he — needs to slow his car down a little bit. They know the dip's there, so prepare for it."

— Hagerstown


"Price of gas in Frederick on Thursday, the 13th of January: $3.09. Friday, the 14th: $3.20. That darn Bush — oh, I'm sorry — that darn Obama."

— Hagerstown


"This is a response to the person calling from Hagerstown who said that what happened to the war protesters since President Obama has been in office. I would think they went the same way that the Tea Party protesters went as soon as the Republicans won their election. And where were they when George Bush was in office, spending us into a nightmare situation? Also, I would like to comment on Arizona has a right-to-carry gun law, and it didn't stop the violence there."

— Hagerstown


"I am the person who called in asking is God religious. I love the response that Waynesboro, Pa., called in, when he or she said when we get to heaven, all the name tags are cut off. I think you may have just have hit the nail on the head. Your response makes absolute sense. I really liked it."

— Clear Spring


"This is on tax increases. I see where the governor of Springfield, Ill., I guess, and the governor of California, who just got back in, Jerry Brown. He just raised taxes for the next five years for people in California. Now, that is the dumbest thing I've ever seen, because the politicians put us this way. Now you have the governor from Illinois, he's raising taxes because he thinks that's going to help ... government. It's going to hurt the state, which I hope anybody that raise taxes, it hurts the states."

— Hagerstown


"Way to go, Tim. Reading Thursday morning's paper — you kicked it right through the uprights, buddy, know what I'm saying? Thank you and Herald-Mail. I get your paper every day."

— Hagerstown


"This is to the Boonsboro caller whose son became ineligible to play sports. First of all, when you go to school, getting an education is the first priority, not playing sports. Whose fault is it that he became ineligible? Gee, let's blame the teacher. Sounds like if you would look in the mirror, you would probably see some of the problems. These kids, somewhere along the line, need to be held accountable for their behavior and their actions, or lack of. Sounds like he's not getting this at home. Failing one class is not good."

— Hagerstown


"To the person who called in and wanted to know what Sen. Mikulski did for Washington County, I think should be reminded that she is a senator for the nation, and her primary interest should be the welfare of the nation, not the welfare of only Washington County."

— Washington County


"I read the article about a person who said pistols had no use in our society today. ... I hunt with a pistol. I have killed deer, groundhogs and squirrels with a pistol. So they can't say pistols have no use. There are several other people who hunt with pistols. It's more skill to sneak up on something with a pistol than it is to shoot it at a long distance with a rifle, which I have done over the years. Just wanted people to know that it's not the guns that kill the people, it's the people that kill the people. I don't know why politicians and the people can't understand that."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to see Mr. Steele run for Cardin's Senate seat. He's voted for every bill, passed every spending bill that nobody wanted. ... So let's get behind Mr. Steele and get him to run for this Senate office for the state of Maryland."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling to send a message to everyone who is calling for more strict gun laws, in light of the tragedy in Tucson. May I offer this little tidbit: If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk. ... Remember, hold the person accountable for their actions, not the means they chose."

— Hagerstown


"To the Hagerstown caller: Your 'hope and change' President Obama is the one who has declared war on fossil fuels, put moratoriums on offshore drilling, failing to grant permits to land drillers, also failing to grant permits to mining companies for new coal mines. So I hope gas goes up to $5 a gallon. ... Go buy one of Obama's electric cars. God bless America."

— Rohrersville


"They keep saying the economy's looking good, but far as I'm concerned, it's not. I'm a senior, and what I think, instead of the local, state, and our leaders in Washington bickering back and forth, with their name calling and all the stuff they're doing, why can't they just work together for the good of the American people? With so many people out of work, no income coming in, large families, no money, or people like myself, with senior citizen trying to exist on a limited income with no — and others just trying to cope with ever-rising prices. ... Why can't they freeze everything for now?"

— Hancock


"I'm glad and relieved that Don Munson has found a way to go back to Annapolis. We need more people like him who have honesty, integrity, commitment and experience to stay involved and help out in any way they can."


— Hagerstown


"I don't know what seems to be going on here lately, but I've had several calls that say they are a survey, and then they tell you to push 1 if the answer's yes, 2 if it's no, and 9 if you want to be removed, and when you push the 1 button, they hang up on you. So what kind of a survey is that?"

— Falling Waters, W.Va.

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