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Mail Call - Jan. 31

January 30, 2011

“President Obama sounds more like George W. Bush every day. He’s for pro-military, he’s for keeping open the Guantanamo Bay, keeping taxes on the rich people in place, and wire-tapping and reducing spending. He really wants to get re-elected.”
— Boonsboro
“I want to know what good unions are, that don’t allow its employees to strike. What good is a union that lets your job or state entity jack up your premiums, your prescription, your insurance, and doesn’t give you raises for four years?”
— Marlowe, W.Va.
“OK, everybody with historic tags, up against the wall. You all are ridiculous.”
— Keedysville
“This is directed to the man in the red pickup with handicapped tags who blocked me and my children inside the one-way underpass in the West End this morning. I want you to know that every morning while taking my children to school, I go this route. I always stop my vehicle and listen for any horns before going through. You obviously do not do the same, as I was almost through when you blocked me and my children inside.”
— Hagerstown
“I just want to leave a message to let everybody know that my favorite library in Washington County is Williamsport Library. The staff there are unbelievably friendly, and I like going there. And I want to recommend Williamsport Library to everybody.”
— Clear Spring
“Well, if you listen to the experts, they’re saying that our economy is getting a big jump-start, and I guess everybody’s going to be living better. Well, I hope these people have checked out gasoline prices, home- heating fuel prices and kerosene. And I wonder if these people even go into grocery stores from week to week and watch the prices keep increasing. And my retirement income hasn’t gone up ... the rich and the elite are going to get richer, and the rest of us are going to be the status quo. We’re living in a serfdom.”
— Hagerstown
“I notice that all the apologists saying that right-wing bloviators had nothing to do with Loughner’s shooting of Gabrielle Giffords carefully leave out any mention of Sharron Angle’s recommendation of ‘Second Amendment remedies.’ Is that because the connection is too obvious and too close to the bone?”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“I’m just wondering why we have to have such a big search for a school superintendent, for somebody out of town or out of the county. What’s the matter with all the school principals getting together? Surely there’s somebody in Washington County that knows what we need. We just have to get back to reading, writing and arithmetic, and get some kids out of school that really have some ambition, and not afraid to work. Besides, I’ve been in the Washington County education system since in the 1930s, and it’s really been bad since then.”
— Hagerstown
“As a Maryland taxpayer for over 20 years, I’m concerned about our state’s budget. The local state hospital here, Western Maryland, has only 70 to 80 patients, and they have a staff of ... 300 employees. Why so many employees and so many doctors there, with that limited number of patients? I don’t understand. We worked hard for our money.”
— Smithsburg
“I’m a lifelong resident of Hagerstown. I was born in Washington County Hospital. All of my immediate family has died there except my grandmother, and I feel it’s really a shame to want to tear it down. I feel that some medical research or other purpose could be made for that hospital. ... It’s very sad to tear that hospital down.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m calling to thank the person who turned my bracelet in at the ... gas station. Thank you very much.”
— Hagerstown
“This is in response to the caller from Falling Waters, W.Va. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I don’t have a computer because I can’t afford one, with the printers and the paper, etc., etc., and I want to know who’s going to get me one. And I’d just like to add one more comment about prisons: Back to the chain gangs. That’s what we need to do.”
— Washington County
“To the person who called in from Mercersburg, Pa.: Yes, I do play for His glory, and I love to play the church organ, and since I can’t stand people never giving you any credit for doing nothing, they think you’re just there for the money, and they think you should be there every Sunday if you want to be or not, I’m tired of not getting any recognition.”
— Hagerstown
“In reference to these people crying about the old cars being on the road: How many recalls do you get on these old cars? I don’t hear of too many recalls on them. I wonder what’s going on there.”
— Sharpsburg
“To Greencastle, AARP has people believing many things. They receive so much government money (why, I don’t know, as they get enough from seniors, who get nothing in return.) I happen to know they are a liberal group, have done my homework on AARP. Besides the baby boomers turning 65 now and are expecting their Social Security and census says 77 million more boomers are in line to turn 65. Don’t believe all you hear. AARP is on health care end also for bucks.”
— Hagerstown
“I don’t understand why we are sending all of our manufactured goods to China, and then China is sending all of their goods to us. All the Chinese products are inferior, yet we used to manufacture our own products and they were manufactured well.”
— Funkstown
“It should not be so surprising that so many law enforcement officers are being shot and/or killed all over the USA. Our lawmakers, courts, etc., have taken away any edge these police officers had. Now the bad guys have the edge. Everyone hates a cop if they catch you doing something illegal, but when you need one, you are glad he’s there.”
— Hagerstown
“I would like to know how much money the city has spent on economic development in the past 30 years, and then show me what has resulted for all the expense.”
— Hagerstown
“I am calling about the historical tags on the cars. In addition to not having to have them inspected, I also do not think they have to pass the emissions test, and I just don’t think it’s right because they get away with all this and then drive them just like the ordinary person would.”
— Hagerstown
“Well, we must have double standards. It (is) the law — no texting or talking on cell phones. You don’t know how many times going across the Dual Highway I see either a state police, county police or city police driving and talking on their phone. Not one of them would have a problem pulling the public over and giving a ticket. It’s just like tinted windows; had a police car over at the tint shop on Weisel Boulevard getting dark tint on their window. Public can’t have it, so the police shouldn’t either. All they can do is pull you over for petty things.”
— Washington County
“Smithsburg, students tell teachers what to do, not vice versa. Teachers dare not reprimand students or it is abuse. Good grades used to be imperative, before sports, but it’s government intervention with baby sitters (wardens) or buses, Michelle dictating the diet. Parents had these kids, and it is their responsibility to see the children are raised right before they go to school. Bullying, etc., goes on. I never hear where parents are ordered to do their parental duty.”
— Hagerstown

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