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Mail Call - April 14

April 14, 2011

“I just wanted to say hooray for President Obama. He got us in a war in Libya. Yes, Bush did get us in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that was needed, whether you believe or not, but this guy has no reason to go into Libya either, and he’s talking about going into another country. Before he’s done he’ll have us involved in five or six different wars at one time. Yes, hats off to Mr. Obama.”

— Hagerstown



“I know there’s an awful lot of people out there who have computers, but I also know there’s an awful lot of us out here who don’t have them, and maybe don’t want them. And do they not realize how discriminating it is to us people who don’t have it, to continue to tell us to go to dot com, to go to Facebook.com, to go to this dot com, to that dot com? And how can we get a hold of these people when you can’t even go to the library and get a decent address?”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“These mopeds/scooter drivers calling in to complain about maybe having to get a license, insurance, registration, etc., is a joke. They say if they needed to do this, they would just ride in the middle of the road going 20 mph and holding up traffic. Well, you all do that now. ... But don’t worry, that won’t happen, because most of the politicians don’t have enough guts to vote for this.”

— Hagerstown



“For the people calling in about state employees and their great benefits: Believe me, they are not great. I’m thankful for having them, but they cost me $192 every two weeks. As for raises, I haven’t seen one in four years. In fact, my pay’s been cut for the last two years. Being a state employee is not as good as you think.”

— Hagerstown



“I was just reading Mail Call again, and I saw where somebody thanked somebody at the bank for giving their money and the checkbook back to the teller, and the teller came running after them. Well, I think that’s great, and I think that’s nice that you all print the thank-yous. ... It surprises me that people say they’re surprised because there’s so many honest people out there in this world. It’s not the people that’s honest that makes the world the way it is. It’s the people — the bad people.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“I read Mr. Allan Powell’s editorial regarding public employees deserving fairness. ... I too was a state employee and worked several part-time jobs. I chose to work part-time, evenings and weekends, because my state salary wasn’t enough for me to make any improvements in my living conditions. I was grateful for my state job, because it was an important job that affected our local community’s safety and well-being. ... Public employees provide valuable services to the community and deserve fairness, as Mr. Powell eloquently expressed.”

— Smithsburg



“I am calling in regard to two articles in the Friday’s paper. I am a retired state employee, so I pay tax on my pension and Social Security. I also pay $700 a month for my insurance, which is the state and the Social Security Medicare.”

— Williamsport



“To the caller who wanted the GAO to do a review of President Obama’s expenses: I say I wholeheartedly agree, under one condition, that they do a review of both Bushes, President Clinton, Reagan, and heck, why not even President Carter — and then publish the results all at the same time. That at least would give some proper perspective, and, I think, mightily disappoint people who think President Obama has spent more than he should.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“What’s with all the trash along the highways? What happened to the saying, ‘Keep America Beautiful?’ Why can’t people put their trash where it belongs, in the trash cans?”

— Funkstown



“No wonder the USPS is in bad shape. I’ve been tracking a package that originated in Baltimore, went to Greensboro, N.C. Now it’s in Capital Heights, Md., on its way to me in Clear Spring.”

— Clear Spring



“We were bouncing along, not worried about the banking industry, because home prices were rising and we (were) spending the increased value. Everything was great and then it all went bad. We are also bouncing along using nuclear power, and haven’t been worried about safety because we have been assured that it’s safe like the banks. Boy, that’s great to know, isn’t it? Do you still believe it?”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“In case you people notice of all the construction being waved around our area here and the streets being paved, the construction work, widen the streets, and a lot of other things going on, you can thank our President Obama for his stimulus package, which is he’s giving money to the states for filtering it down to the counties to do the work. So thank you, President Obama. Four more years.”

— Hagerstown



“Can anyone tell me what platform President Obama will run on in 2012? He spent $750 million to get elected. Why would anyone want to invest in someone that produced nothing? The Democrats and the left should stop bashing the Tea Party. ... Remember one thing: The Tea Party is made up of ‘We the people,’ and we the people will vote in 2012.”

— Hagerstown



“Why do you continually put David Limbaugh in the paper? He wouldn’t give President Obama credit if he killed Osama bin Laden with his own bare hands. He and his brother. ... And what’s really sorry is the people that buy his columns and read their books, and listen to their shows. Disgusting. The people’s ... being taken advantage of, just like you, Herald-Mail, for running that stupid junk.”

— Hagerstown



“Another day, a dog and a cat coming down from Tasker Lane. I think that is all that lives on Tasker Lane, dogs and cats. I certainly am tired of it, like a lot of people.”

— Mount Lena



“This is to all you courteous people who are trying to do a nice thing in Funkstown, when you stop and leave a hole for the people coming down the one-way street to get out. Please stop doing so. It’s less than a week, and I have almost been T-boned twice. They don’t bother to check to see if traffic’s coming or not when you’re letting them out. ... Let them sit there and wait until traffic’s gone.”

— Boonsboro



“It was nice to read a letter that said Franklin Roosevelt did not mean for the government workers to have unions. Unions were for factory workers, to help better their lives, and it built the middle class, because they shared in the profits of the company. Government jobs did not create profits.”

— Williamsport



“The reason Kristin Aleshire wasn’t appointed to the planning committee is the same reason he was (defeated) in the county commissioner’s election; because he won’t roll over and let the plundering of Washington County proceed unhindered. He wants to do what’s right for the people of this county, and those in power who are making the money don’t like it.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know, is there any reason that I should keep paying a small fortune for my family’s health insurance, when I could be like others we all know who are paying nothing, and get all the free health insurance they need?”

— Boonsboro



“My problem is that I see a lot of officers driving like they’re in a hurry. I mean, there was this one cop that was going I know 90 mph or more, and they do not have a siren on. To me, that is a hazard. I was with my father and he’s elderly, and he was driving and this cop ... and it’s just unsafe. It’s just unsafe for them to be driving like that without having sirens. If they’re going to be driving like that, they need to be having sirens on, or they need to obey the speed limit like everybody else.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m reading in the Monday, April 4, Mail Call about two callers from Hagerstown who are taking up for Sarah Palin, and I can’t believe the Republican voters. They hate the Hollywood elite, they hate the media, because they say it has a liberal bias, but yet the candidates they go after are — espouse all these properties. They love the media, like Sarah Palin and Arnold Swartzenegger, Ronald Reagan, and Mitt Romney. Every one of these people love the — and don’t forget Donald Trump. Every one of them love this.”

— Hagerstown

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