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Mail Call - Jan. 27

January 26, 2011

"I know I will get some nasty feedback on this call, so bring it on. Guns have no use in our society. This is not the old West. The only ones toting a gun should be a police officer."

— Clear Spring


"Why do they have to keep inviting these celebrities to these state dinners? Why don't they invite some ordinary Americans? After all, we're the ones who are footing the bill for all this. And also the awards they give out to these celebrities, let's give them out to some real honest-to-goodness people, like teachers, law enforcement people, and soldiers and Marines and sailors, ones who really deserve it."

— Brightwood Acres East


"I'm calling about the death penalty. I was reading in this morning's paper. Why does a person kill people? Man in Cumberland (Md.) tried to kill a little girl with a rock so he couldn't identify her. When a man rapes a woman or picks up a child, rapes and kills them, (the) reason why they kill them? So they can't be testified against and they won't go to jail. I think it's very important to save people's lives and women and kids walking the streets."

— Hagerstown


"I'm calling in reference to the article in Jan. 19 in Mail Call. They stated that what religion God is, and it was a very, very well put-together, well-thought-out statement, and I just wanted to thank them. They were spot on, and it was very eloquently put."

— Hagerstown


"I'm reading in today's paper the letter from James Parsons, Carlisle. What a great, common-sense letter. I find it really hard to believe that all Democrats have to toe the party line. I don't know what it is, but for whatever reason, every Democrat seems to be pro-abortion, anti-gun, and so on and so forth, right down ... just the opposite of the Republicans. I find that really hard to believe. I believe there are Democrats who have the good of America in mind, but they feel intimidated by the rest. So Democrats, please, form your own Tea Party."

— Hagerstown


"I am refuting the caller who tries to blame the NRA for the tragedy in Arizona. I speak for myself and not the NRA. Evidently, this caller did not hear what President Obama and many others have said. Place no blame on anybody or any organization. This act was the sole action of an ... individual. A large capacity magazine is no more responsible for this action than a vehicle in the state of Maryland that can exceed the speed limit of 65 mph ... A magazine is only an object, and not a reason for your placing blame. I know that many can 'drop' a magazine and reload in a split second, so what does this person propose?"

— Kearneysville, W.Va.


"I'm encouraging all of my fellow state employees to vote against the AFSCME contract that was — and the service fee that they're going to force upon you if you vote yes. I'm asking all state employees covered by the AFSCME to vote no on the contract."

— Maugansville


"What, $18,000 to hire consultants to find a new superintendent of schools? Isn't that the school board's job? I guess the election's over, they don't have to worry. Believe me, I'm changing my votes the next election."

— Hagerstown


"Town folk of Williamsport, take heed. If memory serves me right, I believe several years past, we had a firestarter, aka arsonist, in our midst. Within the past 30 days, I personally know of two latenight fires in town; very bad and potentially harmful happenings. Please, people, beware, and keep your eyes and ears open for such things, and have 911 on speed dial."

— Williamsport



"To the Hagerstown caller who said that the liberals didn't blame the Tea Party for the shootings out in Arizona: Have you been living in a vacuum? Haven't you been hearing all the rhetoric? The truth is, that man acted alone, and the liberals were trying to blame the Tea Party and the Republicans and the talk radio people. In fact, even the sheriff was trying to blame those people. But we all know the man acted alone."

— Hagerstown


"Seriously, when are people going to stop using the phrase, 'It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out?' This isn't rocket science, OK? I mean, come on, now, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that that phrase is outdated. Please."

— Hagerstown

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