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Mail Call - March 14

March 14, 2011

“I just don’t understand how a person can kill another person and only be sentenced to six years in prison. Please explain the justice system to me.”

— Hagerstown

“We’re all being slammed by these high prices; groceries, gas, utilities. Well, hold on a second. I just found something hasn’t increased in two years: My Social Security check.”

— Halfway

“Sharpsburg caller, you claim Republicans are cutting PBS funding because they want to help big business, and don’t care if children are illiterate and unhappy. You leftists just have to drag in the children, don’t you? So predictable. Just what do you think “Sesame Street” is? Ever been to a toy store? Do you have any idea how many millions of dollars in revenue their products bring in every year? Especially with trillion-dollar deficits, PBS and “Sesame Street” certainly don’t need taxpayer funding.”

— Frederick, Md.

“This is on taxes and fees, and everything that the government wants to do in the state of Maryland. Gov. O’Malley wants to, they want a 10-cent tax on gas, which is already over $3.50 a gallon. They want a 10-cent tax on alcohol. Now they want something to do, something about energy with windmills and everything, but then he wants to pass it on down to the consumers. Well, does this government know that people don’t have jobs and we can’t pay our bills now?”

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— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in to put a little bit of good news in You Said It. I saw a robin, March 4. So it won’t be long.”

— Clear Spring

“Many thanks to the person who wrote to Mail Call about the eyesore that once was a power plant. We live in a nice development close by the plant, and we were hoping the recent high winds would take its toll on the plant, but no such luck. We bet that if it were located in the North End, it would have been demolished years ago.”

— Hagerstown

“Hey, how about all those Democratic senators from the state of Wisconsin that were elected to do a job, and then decided to break camp and run down to Illinois and hide? My daddy always taught me a good word for those people, and it’s called ‘gutless wanderers,’ because they gutlessly wander all around, not knowing what to do, when they were told to do something.”

— Hancock

“In answer to the renter’s argument against the landlords: I, too, was a renter for 15 years, and when I moved into the apartment, I could see where there was touch-ups of paint. In 15 years, I asked my landlord three times to paint the interior of my apartment. Nothing was ever done. So finally when the neighborhood got so bad, I moved out, and then I had to forfeit my security deposit back. So come on, landlords, if you have a good tenant, appreciate them, that they want to take care of your place.”

— Hagerstown

“I can’t believe that some of our representatives feel that our gas prices should be the same or match those in Europe. Please. These countries are smaller than ours, and they have very efficient public transportation. We don’t. And they don’t drive the distances we do to get to our jobs.”

— Hagerstown

“I see the Democrat party must be sending out instructions to its followers. Two Mail Calls on March 3 made fun of Neil Parrott and said ‘I want my vote back.’ I doubt that either person voted for Neil Parrott, but that’s a standard trick of Democrats, to pretend they are a disillusioned Republican voter. But here’s something important, and I thought of it without any instructions from a political party: State Sen. Ron Young, who represents a part of Washington County, voted for the same-sex marriage bill. Those who voted for him, don’t you want your votes back?”

— Rohrersville

“This is to the Hagerstown caller who feels buildings should be taken away from landlords who do not keep up their buildings. I am a Hagerstown landlord who has spent thousands of dollars to repair my buildings, inside and out, only to have tenants destroy them. Some of these tenants have been on disability income, and you are unable to recoup your losses from the tenant through the court. ... Respect in the landlord/tenant relationship needs to go two ways.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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