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Mail Call - Feb. 2

February 01, 2011

"The reason you don't see massive war protests around the country is the result of there being no military draft — not rocket science, just (common) sense. That's why there are so many 'John Wayne' types; you know what I mean, big, patriotic, gung-ho and flag-waving citizens like Rush and Dave. Big talk, but never ever served their country — had excuses, or maybe afraid. A military draft would end the teacher shortage, too — a draft deferment. You teachers in your 50s and 60s know the deal."

— Hagerstown


"The economy seems to be OK in neighboring counties around Washington County. Our newspaper didn't say much about saving the old hospital. Did our congressmen and senators get involved, did our county and city development groups get involved? What's the story?"

— Hagerstown


"To the caller who doesn't want the county commissioners to waste our tax dollars on the hospital property: Dream on. You voted the same free-spending commissioners right back in, except for James Kercheval, and why don't you think he went to the Greater Hagerstown Committee? Because he was going to get voted out. Now he can spend our tax dollars with reckless abandon and not have to answer to the voters. You voted the most conservative person ... off the county commissioners, because they had a 'D' next to their name. So you get what you voted for now."

 — Brightwood Acres


"I can't believe I'm reading in the paper where someone called in about a cop talking on his cell phone, and no one else is allowed to. I can't believe that that person is ... 'ludicrous,' maybe, let's say. My lands, a cop has good reason. He's conducting business. He might be saving a life or something."

— Hagerstown


"I read the Hagers-town paper on Thursday morning about Social Security being — going to be drained by 2037. I still, as a senior citizen, work and still pay in to Social Security. I think the Social Security disability — I realize there are people who need the disability, but I think it should be looked into a little bit further."

— Hagerstown


"I have a 17-year-old car and a 21-year-old (car). I wanted to get historical tags for the 21-year-old car, but they said I could only drive it to shows. They said if I got stopped I would be fined. So I paid a higher price for tags. I follow the law. I get a lot of calls for money. Can someone tell me if people that have cell phones get any (calls)? I have a land line."

— Williamsport


"The preamble to the Constitution says 'Promote the general welfare,' not provide for the general welfare. Some people strongly imply that they are interchangeable. Any conservative, a la Krauthammer, would immediately point out this flagrant misapplication of constitutionalism. Alas, those who purposefully mislead are the same people who lobby for public money constantly."

— Washington County


"To the Greencastle caller who suggested a higher gas price for those of us who drive SUVs: How dare you? I am a registered nurse and have to get to work, no matter what the weather. As I look outside right now and see the snow piling up, I am grateful that I will get to work on time this afternoon. Many of my fellow nurses will not, because they own cars that are not equipped for this weather. Do you know what that means for me? That means I will not get to leave tonight, and very possibly not tomorrow, either. I will be expected to work double and triple shifts, because hospitals do not close. I do not make nearly the salary for the kind of work I do, gas is expensive enough. ... Thank goodness for my SUV, and while I'm at it, thank a nurse that will be on the job tonight."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"There's something fishy about the county commissioners' plan to eliminate the doubling clause of the building excise tax ordinance. During the boom years, no builder exceeded the 25 homes per year in an overcrowded school district, which would have caused that rule to kick in. Now that building is in a severe slump, someone is worried that a builder may exceed the 25 homes per year and have to pay the higher tax. I wonder who expects to build that many homes this year or next."

— Washington County


"About guns and doing harm to others: There are other weapons, but guns are the weapon of choice."

— Waynesboro, Pa.


"I understand the Greencastle school board is considering raising property taxes. In the past few years property values have fallen by almost a third, yet we have had no reappraisals for many years. The school board surely does not plan to raise the millage without reappraising all properties to ascertain current values. No one could be that unfair, could they? When was the last time your property was reappraised? If it was worth $200,000 in 2008, it is worth about $150,000 or even less now. That should mean that even if the millage increases, my property tax should go down by a third, or at the least, by a quarter. As a family, when we run out of money we stop spending. Could not the taxing authorities do the same?"

— Greencastle, Pa.


"It's OK that we show so much attention to Giffords' recovery, but what about all the injured and killed that happens every day in this country due to violence? As a country we could fly the flag at half-staff every day to honor these people."

— Greencastle, Pa.


"It seems like most of the Mail Call is negative. I would like to submit a positive Mail Call. I would like to tell my husband, 'We may be apart but I still love you.'"

— Frederick, Md.



"Finally got to see the new bike lane on the Dual Highway. Just goes to show what people do not know. Though the lines are painted for you to see, and you disagree, believe this. This is exactly where a bicycle continuing straight is to ride, to the right of the lane if he is continuing straight. If a bicyclist were making a left at the light, again he would use the right of that turn lane. If a right turn, the cyclist would be to the right of the right lane. You rambunctious bunch amaze me with your bullish road opinions. ... Bicyclists use the same rules as a motor vehicle."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



"If Maryland won't recognize common-law marriages, why should they recognize same-sex marriages?"

— Clear Spring

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