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Mail Call - Jan. 26

January 25, 2011

"I would like to say I think it's time that we realize that when somebody shoots somebody, their way out is pleading insanity. I'm saying, if they're 100 percent guilty, take them out and give them the death penalty. We feed these people three days, three meals a day."

— Hagerstown


"I wanted to know if anybody out there can give me any advice on people making comments that aren't true about somebody, and making threats to harm people. I was wondering if there was anything I could get for them, like for slander of the person's name or something. If you know anything about this, call in and let me know on this subject."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to thank my wonderful neighbor, Jim, who cleans my snow from my driveway every time it snows. He is a wonderful neighbor. I have a very bad back problem, so he takes care of me. So Jim, I want to thank you very much again. Thank you, thank you."

— Hagerstown


"I want to thank my snow angels on West Irvin Avenue, William and Chris. Thanks for being such great neighbors."

— Hagerstown


"I would like The Herald-Mail to do a series on surviving in today's economy. There are plenty of people out there making minimum wage, $10, $12 an hour, and I would like to see how these people are surviving, and what tips they might have for the rest of us."

— Funkstown


"I think they need to have two price ranges for you motorists out there that buy fuel for your automobile. I think they need to have a price range for you people that drive these Humvees and other vehicles that consume a lot of gas. You people should pay like $5 a gallon. People should pay a whole lot for gas for your gas-hog vehicles, and then the other people can pay just a low price."

— Greencastle, Pa.



"This is in reference to the calls on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Thanks to the service person who told them like it should be. Leave the service people alone. Also, to the person who paid an attorney and didn't get results: Try the attorney general's office. They might be able to help you. And the last one is, the election is over. Why don't you leave Don Munson alone? It's about time. Quit picking on people."

— Hancock


"I just read in Mail Call, and the person evidently was a little bit surprised that 11 city employees were let go. Well, I wonder if this person also realizes that the position of city administrator just got well over a $2,000 raise this year. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it? Because the city administrator, who has been in there for 16 years, has doubled his salary since 1994. Just thought I'd throw that information out there, since it was in the paper last year. But nothing's been followed up on it as to how can they afford to give out raises yet lay people off or fire them."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the phone laws while driving. Yesterday I was in Keedysville, passed two cops on their cell phones, and in Hagerstown, passed one on his cell phone. If the law is to be obeyed by the community, it should be obeyed by law enforcement. If we have to have hands-free devices, so should law officers. I would like to know why they have special permission to use phones while driving."

— Boonsboro


"I think President Obama owes as much respect to the border agent recently killed. This agent put his life on the line to protect the USA."

— Funkstown


"I just wanted to say if you're thinking that the government's going to help us out of this recession that we're going through, we need to support our local merchants, and in turn, they will hire more people and do business with other local merchants, and that will help our local economy grow. And small business will be the way to get us out of what we're going through. God bless everybody in Hagerstown and Washington County."

— Hagerstown


"Let me put my two cents in about these licenses for bicycles. It's been done before. I'm 58, look 38; born and raised in Frederick, Hagerstown citizen now. When I was a kid in the early '50s and '60s, the police would set up picnic tables on the schools' grounds and register your name and the bike's serial numbers, and for 50 cents issue a new small license plate to be displayed on your bike. Mine was a big Schwinn with three huge newspaper baskets. It was an annual event we looked forward to. Those were the days."

— North End


"I noticed in Hagers-town there is a West Church Street, which then proceeds into East Avenue. Where is East Church Street? Why do we have a West Church Street but no East Church Street? Why don't we just call it Church Street?"

— Washington County


"Responding to the person curious about the war protesters' absence from the square since President Obama took office. Personally, I had to leave, due to a change in my work schedule at that time, after having kept the vigil for well over a year. Since then, I have participated in several protests, including the annual march on the Pentagon, which, sadly, will be held yet again this year on March 19. The general consensus of the rest of the group was to give the newly elected president a chance, but ... we have been of President Obama concerning the war."

— Boonsboro


"The gun-grabbing crowd must realize taking guns cannot stop someone from killing. Household products can make a bomb. Swords, knives and even automobiles can be used as deadly weapons. Some of these do not alert a crowd as to what's going on, and can actually do more damage before stopped. All you wish to do is make people think like you and start problems among civilized gun owners and nonowners that don't care either way. If you think this will not cause civil war, then read your history. A nut is a nut, and enough is enough."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


"Someone complained that The Herald-Mail slighted Sen. Shank by printing larger pictures of other delegation members. Seems to me, for the past 10 years, Shank always was given the greatest exposure, larger picture, sometimes the only picture. It's only fair for him to take the background occasionally."

— Washington County


"Congratulations to Dave Fraley for getting voted in as chief of Funkstown Fire Co. for 2011."

— Cavetown area


"This is to the guy who lives on Woodland Heights Drive who feels that he has to snowblow before 6 o'clock in the morning. I know he has to do that, but come on, let's have some consideration for other people."

— Hagerstown


"For the person who wrote in about why would anybody need a 30-round clip for a handgun —  and why you're asking the NRA I have no idea. I'm a former police officer and I can tell you for a fact there's no reason for that. But at the same time, the reason these 30-round clips are out there, there's somebody's making them. The criminals are getting a hold of them. It's the law-abiding citizens like you and myself who aren't getting them, so I guess we need to have those just so that we can fight back against the lowlifes in this world."

— Hagerstown


"Just like to thank our neighbor Jim, for being a snow angel in the last storm, and may hot dogs rain down upon this man, because that's what he loves."

— Hagerstown


"To Del. Myers and Serafini, complaining about raising minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 an hour in the state of Maryland: That only averages to $290 a week, $1,150 a month. Have you checked the cost of rentals — not including gas, food and utilities that keep rising? I suggest you both live off of that income for a month and see if you like it, and then let us all know how you made out."

— Williamsport


"To the Chambersburg caller who commented on the consequences of one's speech: You cite media hatemongers as the inspiration for this tragedy in Tucson. How misguided you are. Do you mean the conservative broadcasters or the other ones? In any case, you have obviously not paid any attention to the facts of this tragedy or the person who perpetrated it. I find it too hard to — you find it too hard to blame the person responsible — or do I detect a bit of hate from you?"

— Clear Spring

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