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Mail Call - Feb. 22

February 21, 2011

“I would like to say with all the talk in the paper about the minimum wage, people not getting unemployment and so forth, I never once saw anything in there that’s saying about cutting the Congress and senators’ expense account to save money. It looks to me like this would be the logical way to go because these people draw a nice expense account.”
— Hagerstown
“This is in reference to the sign on the side of a big rig I saw Monday, says ‘You are in my blind spot.’ I think all tractor-trailers should have this sign on the side of their trucks. A lot of the so-called drivers out there don’t even know what or where the blind spot is on a truck. I believe it is if you can’t see the driver in his mirror, he can’t see you. So don’t complain when he cuts you off. It’s your fault, not his. A lot of people, back in my day, I graduated from high school in 1957, we were only making $25 a week. Figure that out, if you have the mathematician mind to do it.”
— Hancock
“From the paper on Feb. 8, page A5: The title of the article is ‘U.S. federal tax is lowest since 1950.’ I think all the Republicans should read it, and read it good.”
— Hagerstown
“To the Clear Spring caller about senior citizens not having enough, not getting enough, that they worked so hard, only made a little bit. Why don’t they — they’re living in the richest, most opportunistic country in the world. Why don’t they get out, like the Republicans say, and get your — pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, make your own way, get your own way. Don’t expect somebody else to give it to you.”
— Hagerstown
“I hope the hospital can find a new route for the helicopter, so it doesn’t go over residential areas. Monday evening, three times over Colonial Park East — windows rattling, thinking it’s going to crash into the homes. A hospital was not meant for a residential location, but now that it is there, let’s get the helicopter on a route where you’re not constantly flying over houses.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m not the smartest person in the world, but even I knew that the new hospital wasn’t going to be big enough. What do you think?”
— Maugansville
“My house was robbed of copper piping. I called local recyclers, who do not ask where the copper comes from. If the copper could not be turned into cash, then the robberies would not be happening. Perhaps permitting or some other means needs to be collected to stop these robberies.”
— Hagerstown
“I’m calling in response about the person saying about the trouble in Maryland about unemployment, and they can’t draw unemployment anymore and still don’t have jobs. I understand that, but I have a friend who doesn’t work at all, and she keeps collecting unemployment. She doesn’t go out and want to go out and look for a job, and her kids, her two daughters can get free education because she was told that if she doesn’t go look for a job she can’t claim that she’s poor, that that’s not true. I think somebody needs to look into this.”
— Williamsport
“This is to the question concerning Blondie. Obviously, you’re not in love. He is truthful to her and he doesn’t cheat on her.”
— Hagerstown 
“Can someone explain why the college is fining students for not displaying parking permits (which are not even available for purchase) and parking in staff areas after 5 p.m., when we were told it was permissible to do so? With all of the construction taking place, parking is already at a premium, and simply walking to the building is a hazard. Please, college administration, ease up on the fines and have some consideration for the students.”
— Boonsboro 
“It is with the greatest distress that I recall the days when this paper went after local governments for violating Sunshine laws, but today it is glorifying the social event held at the country club for those who could pay to see the $10,000 professional video on the state of the county. It is a shame, and this paper should hang its head for being nothing more than a poster for whatever the local officials wish to post on it.”
— Hagerstown
“My question to you, Martinsburg, is, how many people who have guns for protection actually use them to protect themselves? It is nothing more than an excuse to own guns, as concocted by the NRA and gun manufacturers. Politicians like this reason also. The more guns, the more shootings.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“To Hagerstown: The government is borrowing money from foreign countries because they have the money; namely, China, because we are buying their products. You can buy bonds and lend your money to the government, but most people have no money to lend to anyone. They use it to buy food, housing, utilities, clothes, etc. It’s not a pretty picture, is it?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“This is a happy note. I would like to commend Monty of Pin Oak Road for quietly placing the morning newspapers of myself and several other neighbors at our front doors. This is especially appreciated since it has been so cold and windy the last several weeks, and the residents are mostly seniors. Thank you.”
— Oak Ridge, Halfway
“Noah’s ark story was passed down by word of mouth before written down. Yes, there was a flood at that time. It was recorded elsewhere, but the whole earth was not covered. America, Africa, Australia and Asia were not covered. It was the Middle East region. It would also be impossible for two of every kind of animal to repopulate the whole earth. The story was embellished by those telling it through the years.”
— Hagerstown

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