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Mail Call - Jan. 25

January 24, 2011

“Why do people try to keep blaming all the American people when someone gets shot or wounded by a gunman? ... But to try to get everyone to stop complaining about the conditions in this country and the need to fix it by blaming a senator’s and others’ death and wounding on it is political speak. Keep the masses quiet, don’t solve the problem. The problem is we are overextended, we need to tend to our own house. Sorry to complain. God bless those that were killed or wounded.”
— Hagerstown
“Disgruntled church organist, aren’t you playing for His glory? Maybe when you play for the right reason, the ones you play to will show appreciation.”
— Mercersburg, Pa.
“To those who have expressed opinions about the use of cars with historic tags, here is what the state of Maryland says: They can be used for ‘exhibitions, club activities, tours, occasional transportation and similar activities,’ and not ‘general daily use.’ There may be people with 20-year-old clunkers abusing the cheaper historic tags, and the law should stop them.”
— Maugansville
“To the Chambersburg caller, regarding the Greencastle caller getting into everyone’s business: Thank you so much. Thank you. Wouldn’t that be awesome if he understood and listened to your advice? That hasn’t happened yet, though. I was hoping he would take the hint and be more positive, but as we can see and read, that’s not happening. Too bad.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I am responding to the calls about the historical tags. Maybe if they would start having to have them inspected, there wouldn’t be so many of them on the road. But also, when you do get them, you are limited to how many miles you are allowed to put on them a year. Maybe if they go over a certain limit, then they should have to be inspected. Just a thought. Are they really safe on the road with the historic?”
— Hagerstown
“It’s time to call your county commissioners or go to their meeting, and demand, and I mean demand, that they not put any taxpayer dollars into that Washington County Hospital. That is not a county government or taxpayer’s function.”
— Washington County
“I have a comment — then again, you could probably call it a complaint: These people that don’t tie down their garbage, and then you see the bags laying all over the road. I saw three of them Sunday and two of them Monday morning. The cops need to get the packages, get the bags, open them, get the people’s name and address, and fine them. Maybe that would stop this, all these bags laying around. Just a suggestion.”
— Hancock
“For the Washington County person calling in on Monday, Jan. 17, to the Boonsboro parent, and stated that the BOE’s top priority is to educate the children, not to teach uneducated students how to play football: I 1,000 percent agree. I’m in my 60s. I played sports when I went to school, and we had to keep our grades up, and it helped me be a better student. Had it not been for sports, I’m sure I wouldn’t have made the grades I did — and if you dropped, you could not play sports.”
— Smithsburg
“Wow, did everybody miss my point that I tried to make about driving with historic and street rod tags and whatnot. I’ll try to explain that on a future date, but I want to respond to the Waynesboro, Pa., caller that I am jealous. Well, I beg to differ. I have several antique cars. ... I drive these cars according to what Maryland law states I can do with them, which is fairly liberal for Maryland. But yes, I do volunteer, and I do see life the way it is meant to be seen.”
— Hagerstown
“I thought the idea of sending somebody to prison was to punish them for what they did. Now I just heard on the news where a federal judge said that it’s all right for inmates to have and to use laptops. Now, how is that punishing them? I can’t even afford a laptop. Who’s going to get me one, and will the judge say I can have it?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“If everyone who was worried about everyone else minding their own business minded their own business, then there would not be a Mail Call for you to mind your own business at. So please, everyone keep minding everyone else’s business. As those who say mind your own business are usually guilty of something that they do not want you to mind your business about.”
— Hagerstown
“Hagerstown caller, I would first look under state government in your phone book. It’s either blue or white pages. Contact the attorney general’s office. Even if he cannot help you, his office will direct you. You may also ask the Maryland Bar Association. Don’t divulge your attorney’s name until you have the correct person. I would start calling in Baltimore first and go from there. Good luck.”
— Hagerstown
“I was sitting reading today where they’re going to tear the hospital down and make another parking lot. I think they ought to just go on and change the name of Hagerstown to the Town of the Parking Lots. And the bunch that runs this town, they ought to run them all out to the parking lot. It’s really sad.”
— Maugansville
“The new school superintendent will face good news and bad news. The bad news is that (Elizabeth) Morgan has spent all the money that can be borrowed. The good news is that there is plenty of fat to be trimmed.”
— Washington County
“I agree with Amy Paradise’s letter to the editor, 1/15/11. Social Security will take a huge hit when employee Social Security tax is cut by 2 percent, when they say it is running out of money. It should be increased each year, like it used to be. Common sense was certainly not a factor here. An increase in your wages could put you in a higher tax bracket.”
— Hagerstown
“The cops need to check out people’s license plates, because I see a lot of the tags are expired. If it was me, I already would have been pulled over, but the cops need to look into this and start looking.”
— Hagerstown
“Chambersburg caller, if you’re going to make the extremely serious charge that, ‘The words of the media hatemongers’ inspired Loughner to commit mass murder, don’t hide behind you know who they are. ... All the evidence that’s come to light since the crime completely refutes your allegation. See Charles Krauthammer’s Sunday column, for example. So, in fact, you’re engaging in the same kind of inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech you accuse the supposed media hatemongers of spreading.”
— Frederick, Md.
“I’m calling to thank Terry for cleaning off our cars during the last snowstorm, and our snow angels, Jim and Doug, for keeping our walks and our driveways clear. Thank you both. Love you both.”
— Hagerstown

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