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Mail Call - March 3

March 02, 2011

"I've contacted our state delegate to see what we could do to make sure that the Washington County Hospital is not torn down, and if so, that it will never be put into the Washington County landfill."

— Clear Spring


"Maryland is amazing. They don't want the resident citizens to own firearms, and now they're passing gay marriage. Just think of the countless lives that'll be destroyed by that."

— Keedysville


"Republican delegate for Washington County Neil Parrott said he was looking to see what laws need to be updated, and he came up with the abandoned or discarded refrigerator. Can this be true? I want my vote back."

— Hagerstown


"I don't know if there is a scam going on or if it's real, but I have had two calls today from a voice that's talking about sewers, and it sounds like the voice is electronically recorded so that you don't recognize the voice. So I thought maybe you ought to warn the people out there."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


"Could someone please tell me why is the DOC (Division of Correction) trying to educate violent inmates to return to a society, instead of non-violent inmates? A concerned taxpayer."

— Hagerstown


"I'd like to ask one question, and if I can get somebody to answer it. If somebody's living in a house that's in bankruptcy and it's owned by the federal government, do they have to pay taxes, or just the taxpayers have to pay who are not in bankruptcy?"

— Hagerstown
"Neil Parrott ran on a campaign of less government, less taxes, and more jobs, and now after a month, what do we see him concerned about, changing the rules on refrigerators? Give me a break. And Shank isn't much better. Making Reagan's birthday a holiday is the best he's got. I want my money back and my vote back. These guys are just wasting our time and money."

— Keedysville


"The Republicans in the House want to cut off the money for PBS, which has pleased and made happy millions of children, with such programs as Sesame Street, but they want to keep the tax breaks for oil companies that have made billions upon billions of dollars each year for the last decade. It seems that they're more in favor of helping the rich and big business send job overseas, than helping American children learn to read. The Republicans don't care."

— Sharpsburg


"Well, it's been two weeks since the Super Bowl, and I can't believe there's been no comments about Pittsburgh. But I'm glad Green Bay won, and I guess Pittsburgh's luck finally ran out. So yay, Green Bay. Hope you can do it again."

— Smithsburg


"On the issue of citizens carrying handguns, I once read that someone here in the paper didn't want citizens to carry handguns, because they didn't want it to turn out like the Old West. Well, friends, it's a lot worse than the Old West. In the Old West, the good guys were allowed by law to carry guns, and here the common citizen isn't."

— Washington County


"To the person saying manure shouldn't be spread on frozen ground: What is a farmer to do when a lot of snow or rain helps fill up the manure lagoon? Should he just let it run over? What about all the calcium and salt running off the roads onto the fields? Most farmers don't have a stream close at all. Try hauling on slushy spring fields, and see how that goes. Get rid of the cow — no butter, milk, cheese, ice cream, meat, for you."

— Hagerstown


"To Boonsboro, who isn't loved and his relatives want him to die: If you really believe that, get a lawyer and write out a will. Give all your belongings to charity. My favorites would be Holly Place and organizations that help the wounded soldiers and/or their families. Then when your natural time comes, go with a smile on your face, thinking about the reading of the will."

— Rohrersville


"I wanted to agree with the caller that said Jay from Special Olympics floor hockey is a wonderful person. He truly is a blessing. He also works with a great group of advocates at Service Coordination in Hagerstown that work tirelessly for people with developmental disabilities. It is amazing what that group is able to accomplish for people."

— Funkstown
"About time we got rid of these entitlements. Cut heating oil assistance, Medicare, Social Security. Eliminate food stamps, help for pregnant women, college loan programs, education funding. Stop government regulation of safe food (FDA), clean air and water (EPA), businesses (SEC). Oh yeah, and most important — make sure the rich people get their tax cuts. Welcome to the Republican Party, 2011. Go, Sarah. Go, Michelle. Go, Tea Party."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.
    

"Get ready, folks — it's coming. I'm 75 years old and receive a small monthly pension. I was notified by the company providing the pension that due to new tax laws/rules, my federal tax on it has already been raised by an additional $42 each month. Needless to say, the health care deduction was also increased. At this rate, the government will soon be getting more of our 'income' than we are. What was that rumor Obama was spreading about not raising taxes on people with small incomes?"

— Hagerstown


"Everybody's hollering about jobs for Hagerstown, but every time you turn around there's a store closing because people are into the electronic stuff, the electronic books and e-mails. Nobody wants to buy cards anymore, nobody buys books anymore, because you can get them online. Not everybody has a computer, you know? So when there's no more stores to shop at, go online and buy your clothes, like some people do."

— Hancock


"I'm calling about leadership. I want to congratulate the captains of industry, along with the chamber of commerce, for all the jobs they created in technology transfers to China, India, Brazil and other nations. As your reward, I have determined that you are due a reduction in rank, to buck private."

— Hedgesville, W.Va.


"The Bible was written by men, humans. In the Bible, it says 'Inspired by God.' It does not say 'Wrote by God.' All we can hope for is that the men that wrote the Bible got it right. That's where faith comes in. You either believe what they wrote or you don't — and always remember, believers as well as nonbelievers have the right to their own beliefs."

— Clear Spring

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