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Mail Call - March 11

March 11, 2011

“Read the paper this morning in disbelief. L.L.Bean is closing its store. Rep. Boehner has actually stepped forward to block our ‘Doughboy’ Frank Buckles from lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. A man in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to six — six — whole years for killing his wife. It is a sad, ugly world we live in now, where all decisions are based on money. L.L.Bean wasn’t making enough money. It would cost pennies less to have Cpl. Buckles in the amphitheater of the Tomb of the Unknown — how many even know there is one, much less where it is — rather than the Capitol.”

— Hagerstown

“Not everybody in the four-state area agrees that Buckles should be in the Capitol Rotunda. I’m a Republican, and I don’t believe he should be — and I’m also a veteran, and I don’t believe he should be. He was granted an exception for Arlington National Cemetery, which I don’t think he should have gotten. And don’t print this, because you’re only showing one point of view on everything; everybody’s in favor of this. Everybody’s not ... two years and saw no combat. And this has nothing to do with all his comrades from World War I. It’s him. They’re not honoring his comrades, they’re honoring him. He doesn’t belong in the Capitol.”

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— Hagerstown


“I am a Republican. I attended college in West Virginia, and I have personally met Frank Buckles, and the decision by the Speaker of the House is absolutely ludicrous.”

— Hagerstown



“Responding to the call from Hagerstown printed in Mail Call on 3/2/11, to the Hagerstown caller who suggested that the teaching of reading, writing and arithmetic in our schools was suffering because students were spending time with computers: I would take you more seriously if your own grammar were perfect. ‘There was four quarts to a gallon’ should be ‘There were four quarts to a gallon.’ Grammatical errors are very common in Mail Call, and they are often found in letters or calls praising the schools of yesteryear.”

— Hagerstown



“A great way to cut expenses is to cut all the free perks that senators and representatives get. They can well afford to pay their own health insurance — easier than most people, and they shouldn’t get automatic raises when everyone else is getting cuts.”

— Hagerstown

“I would like to take this time to thank the mayor and council on the accomplishments of the last year and six months in downtown Williamsport. The downtown is starting to turn around. Work on the barn community building and other projects are under way. Let’s keep moving forward, and thanks again.”

— Williamsport

“The reason you haven’t heard any comments about Pittsburgh losing the Super Bowl is we are gracious losers. We lost; that’s all there is to it. We’re not going to cry. We’ll do it next year.”



— Hancock

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