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Mail Call - April 13

April 12, 2011

"I'd just like to say 'good job' to our local police department on the good job on the arrest of the copper tubing arrest."

— Hagerstown



"Tuesday I took my grandchildren fishing in Keedysville in the under 16 or over 65 area. Although they are only 6 and 4 it seems that they can count to five better than the over 65 group who would catch their limit of five, take them to their car and then go back and catch five more. What kind of example are you guys setting?"

— Edgemont



"What is wrong with the people in Mail Call? I just read where they think that state workers don't pay for their health care. I currently pay $280 a month for mine. Why would that be free? Are you crazy? I can't understand your logic. Get your facts straight. You are so out of whack and out of touch with what is happening."

— Clear Spring



"I'm just calling to make a comment, do not make the same mistake twice. Do not vote for President Obama. Please help our children and grandchildren's future. We're in a trillion dollar deficit. It's the worst we've ever had in history. Please do not vote for him."

— Hagerstown



'Road to the Final Four' is a much-maligned phrase these days. It's true for only four teams of the 68 that begin the journey. The remaining 94 percent are doomed to take the alternate 'Road to Oblivion.' To them, better luck next year."

— Hagerstown



"To the person who complained about the windows at Ruth Ann Monroe school looking like crosses: Why not take the plus sign out of mathematics? That looks like a cross, too. How far is this politically correct craziness going to go?"

— Hagerstown



"First Afghanistan and now Libya. Excuse me, unless Libya asked us in, we shouldn't be there. Our boys all need to be coming home. Enough lives gone. ... Our boys should not be dying over there."

— Hagerstown



"I'd like to respond to a person from Hagerstown in Mail Call. I don't know what it's on, I guess Environmental Protection Agency. This person says about people saying that the protection agency is taking money, all kind of money and allocating it to global warming. Well, they are. They're costing people jobs in the U.S. and everything else. And as far as clean air, mister, I'm 65 years old. I don't see any difference in the water or air than what it was when I was a kid, and as far as that, we had worse cold weather and snow back when I was a kid than what we have now. I've been to Mexico."

— Hagerstown



"I'm calling in response to the caller from Hagerstown who called in to comment, and I quote, 'Unions have done very, very good for this country.' First of all, I'd like to correct his grammar. It's true, unions have done very, very well for this country, but that was long before we had federal labor laws governing how old you have to be before you can become employed in this country, and also governing the amount of hours an employee may be subjected to work each week. We now have labor laws ... and that's all unions are good for, period."

— Maugansville



"Hagerstown caller, if it's any consolation, we have the same problem with Frederick County government's road repairs. For example, my road was extensively dug up more than 10 years ago to install a new water system, and the many trenches running across the road were never properly smoothed over or even completely filled in. And of course, it's gotten much worse since. No, it hasn't been repaved or repaired. ... And for this we pay all those taxes? Is it the same everywhere in Maryland?"

— Frederick, Md.



"The BOE needs to cut money, not give teachers raises. Nobody else is getting a raise. So many people have lost jobs. They need to quit acting greedy. If you want to cut the fat out of the BOE, start with the superintendents, the assistant. Cut the salaries back. And the biggest white elephant in the room is the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts. If we need an arts school in Washington County, it should be a private, tuition-paid school."

— Hagerstown



"Here we go once again, a bill to (let) illegal immigrants have in-state college tuition, while out-of-state kids pay more. To start with, those people don't even belong here. They're here illegally, and we're just encouraging them to do what they do. When are our leaders and everyone else going to get some guts to say that's wrong? They should be sent back to where they came from, regardless of where they're from. They should be sent back."

— Sharpsburg



"Shame on you ... Donoghue, for not doing your homework on Marcellus Shale drilling. Please get busy on your research. This is very upsetting and scary. Marcellus drilling has been proven to be very harmful to the environment, for personal health. The way they are drilling it now, it is very harmful to us all. Please check out Wyoming and Canada ... Shall we sell our wildlife, our land and our lives, and the future of our children for the dollars this would bring? Make yourself aware before you make a decision."

— Greencastle, Pa.



"To the school board: I work for the school board. I had three children in the public schools. There was money enough for the teachers then. There is now, if you stop giving money to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Let the parents pay the extra things they need. And the 3-year-old children belong at home, not in class. Let their parents teach them. My children all went to college. No one paid one penny toward it. It is time the BOE cuts ... pays the teachers better."

— North End



"My hat is off to the Waynesboro school board, who is telling the teachers that there is no money for raises in the next three years. I haven't had a raise for three years and am sure many others haven't either. It's time for the teachers to step up to the plate and put the students first, along with the taxpayers. Rest in peace for three years and then try again."

— Waynesboro, Pa.



"I would ask that you wouldn't feel so much pity for the people who contributed little to Social Security and collected benefits for decades, as those of us who contributed much over four decades and will get nothing. I have done the math. This Ponzi scheme is near its end, and those of us growing older won't have Social Security to lean on. Along with inflation and the destruction of our dollar, we face a bleak future indeed."

— Dargan



"A Hagerstown person wanted to know what happened to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf after the Gulf War. Like a lot of our best in government, they are getting out, and he got out. It used to be that politicians tried to settle differences. When they could not and failed, they handed the problem over to the military. It got solved; World War II. Since before Korea, when the politicians cannot solve the problem, they direct the military how also not to solve the problem. No wonder ... the best officials are jumping ship."

— Hagerstown



"To date, our Libyan operation is costing someone over $1 billion — guess who. Our cruise missiles cost $1.4 million (approximately 170 fired to date) at a time when we're trying to cut our budget in the Senate and House. Have they tried to buy gas, shop for food lately? Apparently not. Just maybe we should help our country instead (of) being the police for the world. Thanks again to those who work for us."

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



"It's illegal to drive drunk. It's illegal to smoke pot. It's illegal to spank your kids. It's illegal to discriminate against women. But it seems legal to give benefits and jobs to illegal immigrants. Hmm, what's wrong here? Who's making money on illegal immigrants? Certainly not unemployed Americans."

— Samples Manor



"To the caller who said that Republicans hate unions: Every time that our taxes are raised so we can pay people who work for the state and government, that's helping the unions out. The union people happen to pay union dues, and it's been a proven fact that these unions have been taking the money and supporting the Democrat campaign. .... If you don't mind all these teachers and everybody else works for the government and state getting raises while the rest of you are on welfare, OK. I don't think it's fair."

— Waynesboro, Pa.



"I am a subscriber for the TV cable, and I would like to know why it went up $2.24 for basic TV, since last month to this month. They haven't changed anything. They keep playing the same movies all the time, and a lot of times the things that are in the TV guide aren't even on the TV."

— Hagerstown



"I don't understand why some people are upset about a proposed moped/scooter law being proposed. All everyone wants is for licensed, insured, responsible people driving them."

— Hagerstown

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