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Mail Call - March 1

February 28, 2011

“The price of gas is determined by the price of a barrel of oil in the Middle East. The OPEC nations met in December 2010 and decided there would be no increase in the output of oil. They decided that $100-plus would be a fair price for a barrel. Now, according to Libya’s senior officials, with the unrest in the Middle East, OPEC gives the U.S. the finger. Only way prices can reduce is if the states lower the tax per gallon ... looking at a 10-cent-per-gallon increase.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
 “I understand a Maryland state senator from Baltimore County has taken exception to the names of two of our mountains in Western Maryland. First is Polish Mountain in Allegany County, and the second is Negro Mountain, in Garrett County. I do not know why it would be relevant to a Baltimore representative in the first place. Secondly, I would think she would have more than enough to do, solving the major problems that beseech the Baltimore metro area.”
— Hagerstown
“On Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama again stated that 95 percent of Americans received tax cuts. Let’s look at my results. Yes, in the first round I got an increase in my pension of $11.30 per month. I recently got a notification from the pension board that due to ‘Making Work Pay Tax Credit’ ending as of 12-31-10, my federal taxes have increased $47 per month effective Jan. 1. Therefore, Mr. President, since you entered office my federal taxes have gone up $36 per month. I guess I’m not one of those 95 percent anymore.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.
“I question the honesty of the so-called lifelong Republican on disability, who claims he or she can’t get insurance, and wants to know why Republicans, and specifically, the honorable Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, doesn’t want them to live. That is a load of liberal bull. If they are on disability as they claim, then they’d be on Medicare or Medicaid. I doubt this person is Republican or disabled, but only wanted to stir up anti-Republican, anti-Bartlett strife. Come on, people, we’re smarter than that.”
— Hagerstown
“Watch out, Smithsburg residents. When Frederick County introduced single-stream recycling, they gave us those big blue bins you may have seen along the roadside. Those ‘free’ bins actually cost taxpayers more than twice the retail price for identical bins sold locally, and we later learned this was because they came equipped — without our knowledge or consent — with embedded chips that enables the county to track and locate each bin. They claim this is only to check neighborhood use, and there was no ... plan to monitor individual households. Yeah, sure.”
— Frederick, Md.
“If gas tax is 31.2 cents in Pennsylvania, and 23.5 cents per gallon in Maryland, why is the pump price in Hagerstown and Waynesboro the same? Seems to me that Hagerstown price should be much less.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“This is to the caller of Feb. 11 who wondered how so many animals and so many varieties of them got off Noah’s Ark, two of each kind, and ended up where they are now. I marvel at how they fit in so perfectly with where he put them; such as the camel that travels the desert and can go without water for many days. The polar bear was put out in the coldest of climates, and was given a body that easily withstands ... frogs in the rain forest do not have to run and hide when there’s danger.”
— Hagerstown
“Hopefully our officials in Annapolis will soon decide on what to call a mountain in Western Maryland. Then they can move to other important issues like renaming the state cake. How do these people get elected?”
— Hagerstown
I just wanted to say I’m a longtime Democrat, and if Donald Trump decides to run in 2012, he’s got my vote. I think he’s the only person who would stand up to the Chinese, he definitely knows how to make money, and surrounded by the right people, I think he’d be a great president ... and could help lead our country out of this mess that we’re in.”
— Hagerstown
“This Tammy Baker — what a breath of fresh air.”
— Washington County
“Someone in the Hagerstown paper wanted to know about Barbara Ingram. Barbara was born in Funkstown, Md., and she was married to Vincent Groh, the lawyer in Hagerstown. And art was her life. Anything else you want to know, put it in Mail Call and we’ll certainly try to answer it for you. That was her maiden name. She lived on Main Street, across the street from the fire hall.”
— Hagerstown
“Sunday’s paper had a letter to the editor by Frances Moats regarding respect and consideration for older people. It was beautifully written, and expressed my feelings as well.”
— Hagerstown
“I think the only jobs that the city’s economic development department creates are the ones in their own department.”
— Hagerstown

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