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Mail Call - Jan. 28

January 27, 2011

"I have just finished reading the Friday, Jan. 21 paper, on the Opinion page, and if anyone — anyone who gets The Herald-Mail did not read Leonard Pitts' article for today, you have really missed it. Please get that newspaper back and read it. It's about the day that JFK took office, and it is just a tearjerker. It's a wonderful thing. We should all read it."

— Hagerstown


"This is in response to the Rohrersville caller and Hancock caller. First, ... about the electric cars and God bless America — well, I say God bless China, who's going to be making electric cars that you're going to buy. And then ... about so many people out of work, no income: They've got unemployment, thanks to President Obama. And as far as senior citizens. ... You got more things coming to you than what you deserve. You should have saved your money if you're only living on Social Security."

— Hagerstown


"Our great and wonderful Gov. Martin O'Malley and his $1 billion in cuts, here's my question. Why didn't he take and make some cuts with the stadium authority and this useless Chesapeake Bay Foundation? Now is the time to call your legislators, especially our new senator, Mr. Shank. It's my opinion — and I've lived in Maryland my whole life — that Maryland taxpayers in the western part of the state don't have a clue. You have to get informed. Get out there and get some information."

— Hagerstown


"'It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from his government.' — Thomas Paine. That was a quote from him."

— Sharpsburg


"That darn George Bush and his oil buddies got gas to over $3 But wait, he hasn't been president for two years. I got it now. It's President Obama and his socialist buddies."

— Hagerstown


"Something has to be done with the light in Smithsburg. This is ridiculous. It's the new light in Smithsburg, and it's backed up from the square in Smithsburg to the school, to turn in to the school. To put all that money into something like this here, and it's just utterly ridiculous."

— Smithsburg


"The state of Maryland is crying about the shortfalls they are experiencing. I'm here to tell you that every two weeks I take my unemployment money to West Virginia and buy cigarettes. And then I take my unemployment money into their bars, where I can smoke and drink in the nice, warm air. Maybe if these rocket scientists would quit trying to save us from ourselves and reinstate smoking in the bars, the local tavern owners could make a buck, and the state would, too."

— Hagerstown


"In addition to the standard deduction on income tax we low- income people get, how about allowing us to deduct the cost of our health insurance? After all, we are trying to pay our way and not expecting other taxpayers to pay our health bills."

— Hagerstown


"I thought blackmail was illegal, but if you read the demands by the commissions reviewing the Allegheny/FirstEnergy merger, you would think otherwise. I couldn't believe they even set charitable giving levels as a stipulation. None of the costs of what they are requiring is to be passed along to their customers, but somehow it will be in future rate increases. I would bet on it."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"If everyone that 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."

— Funkstown


"This is a good one. You can check on it. Why is it that the Japanese make fuel oil from all kinds of garbage, and we can't? We won't need a lot of garbage dumps then. The way they use the garbage, you would not believe. Must be politics stopping ours. Check on it."

— Charles Town, W.Va.


"This is in response to Allan Powell's editorial in the Sunday paper regarding the Kentucky Noah's Ark project. I'm not going to debate whether the Kentucky government funds are an issue, but I do take issue with a statement Mr. Powell wrote. I quote: 'The governor is diverting public funds to support a religious "edutainment" program that contains a huge portion of ideas and "facts" that are rejected by those with the credentials to judge their educative merits.' I ask Mr. Powell, who are those with such credentials to discount the Bible, which is the infallible word of God?"

— Hagerstown


"For our leaders to keep the lifestyle they are used to, I turned down my heat, down so low I wear a coat, and I cut back $50 off my grocery bill, so our leaders can go to Annapolis and stay in hotels over $200 a night, three-course meals."

— Clear Spring


"I was reading this morning's paper where four policemen retired, and they said the city would save $500,000 a year. Did they get paid $125,000 a week? Instead of getting less officers on the street, we should be adding more, and cut some of these other jobs, these ... buildings the city owns, and run the city government out of. So let's get rid of some of this other junk."

— Hagerstown


"I know it's a little late, but we also saw the live nativity at Evangel Baptist Church, and we thought it was beautiful, too, and the people there were very friendly."

— Washington County

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