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Mail Call - April 19

April 18, 2011

"There happens to be nothing wrong with loud music in church. I've been employed for several years at a quiet church, and it's all I can do to sit and be quiet, because God didn't make me a quiet person. God made me a loud person. It says right in the Bible that we should shout and praise God with our hearts and our voices. Why must we continue to sit in a quiet church? I don't know, the churches need to get a life, really, and they need to realize it's OK to be loud sometimes."
— Hagerstown


"In regards to this morning's paper, the article on the pension deal, and I quote where it says he said, — Only some of the money taken in through increased contributions will go to the pension fund. A majority will go to the general fund.' And they're raising the contributions so that the state pension system will be at a sustainable level. ... When are you all going to learn that when you take money in for something, that's what it should be used for?"
— Hagerstown


"In-state tuition for illegal immigrants? Absolutely ridiculous. Do the Democrats need their votes that badly?"
— Brightwood Acres East


"Dave Limbaugh said that the Democrats didn't pass the financial bill last year. Well, of course not. There were 41 Republicans — not once, not twice, but three times — filibustered it. They couldn't get it past the Senate. It was the Republicans who stopped it."
— Hagerstown


"I can't understand the state of Maryland's way of thinking. We're going to give illegal immigrants an in-state college fee. It's almost like inviting them to be here illegally. But anyway, kids from other states, they have to pay about triple the cost to go to college here in Maryland. I don't understand all this. Like I said, it's almost like we're putting the welcome mat out and saying if you're illegal we want you here."
— Sharpsburg


"I've called in several times about your second-rate sports page. Here's Sunday, here we go again. Title: HCC, Dundalk split twin bill.' You don't know until the sixth paragraph whether it's girls' softball or boys' baseball, only because of the HCC head coach, who is Coach Jennings. Secondly, under Major League Baseball, Saturday's games, the second game between Texas and Baltimore, late; no score. However, you look at the box scores, and the box score's in the paper."
— Washington County


"If a couple comes to your door claiming they are selling magazines for a trip, be thorough. Ask for ID and proof they are involved in a school project. Read the material for yourself. Don't let them fast- or sweet-talk you into buying. If you do buy, read the contract carefully, including cancellation policy, before signing, and make sure they give you a contact name and phone number other than their own. They may be legitimate, but 'due diligence' is necessary."
— Hagerstown


"I hope the students in the Greencastle schools really enjoy the $2.5 million improvements to the athletic field, because they are going to be paying for it for a long time, courtesy of current financially irresponsible school board members (with the exception of one responsible dissenting member, Eric Holtzman) who will be long gone when the students begin paying for it and other imprudent decisions. It will begin when they buy their first house and not end until they sell their last one."
— Greencastle, Pa.


"This has to be said about the state of Maryland passing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Doesn't everybody say illegal immigrants only take the jobs Americans don't want? I guess we don't want to be doctors, teachers or lawyers anymore either. That is all this country needs, illegal immigrants becoming lawyers, and the next step is becoming a politician and making our laws. Of course, we don't need laws if illegal doesn't mean anything to anyone anymore."
— Cavetown


"Hagerstown caller, when President Bush sent men into Iraq, he had congressional approval. Libya, in President Obama's opinion, isn't a war. Civilians on the ground are being killed by the West daily. Top Demos agreed on Iraq and that Saddam had to go. Like many things, Obama hasn't gotten approval of Congress for this third mess. Senate and Congress only are consulted when and if Obama thinks it's best for his agenda. Forty-three other presidents had to follow this rule. Obama is showing his contempt for our Constitution."
— Hagerstown


"Everybody's talking about the debt in Medicaid and Medicare. You know why they're so high? Because of the medical industry. Come on, the medical industry, insurance companies are in bed together. I know it, you know it, everybody knows it, but nobody does anything about it. Come on, you don't actually think it costs $800 for an MRI, do you? Come on. I worked at the hospital for eight years. I'm telling you, at the most it costs $200."
— Hagerstown


"I have a comment about the state employees' pension. They're trying to balance the state budget, I guess, now on the back of the state employees, because we figured that all the money was going to the pension to help the pension, like they say it's in so much trouble, but evidently not. Half of it, or some of it's going to the general fund. Can't wait until election time. Also, come on, people, West Virginia's 10 minutes away. Let's go over there and buy our liquor and alcohol, OK?"
— Washington County


"I went to South Hagerstown High School to see 'The Wizard of Oz,' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The high school kids did a remarkable job. Two thumbs up."
— Hagerstown


"I just want to thank Chad Gross for his intellectual, illuminating and illustrative letter to the editor re: 'Godless governments at root of death, destruction,' published 4/11/11. Dan K. Thomassen should take note."
— Williamsport



"I am personally holding the Republicans responsible for cutting from the senior citizens and the poor, which is — most of us Americans now are poor, with the economy and gas prices soaring, and all they can do is stand around debating about taking health care away from the poor children. Republicans need to go."
— Hagerstown


"I'm in agreement with Leonard Pitts on privacy, in the Monday, April 11, paper. It means nothing to people anymore. Nothing is sacred, nothing is private anymore, from standing around and listening to the next-door man talking on his cellphone, to keeping your own personal information private. The other thing is, in reference to speed, in the other section of the Monday's paper, on Md. 494, the young people don't know to slow down, most of them, and sometimes it's the older people, too."
— Hancock


"I don't know what anybody else thinks about this, but I think Betty White should get off TV. She should retire. She's not even funny anymore. And another thing, the Kardashians: I think they're nothing but a bunch of sex-crazy people. And what — the man that married the mother, I don't know what he ever saw in her."
— Smithsburg


"Tim Rowland, you are right. Religious views — so-called religious views — should have no bearing on the civil rights of anyone who chooses a same-sex marriage."
— Williamsport


"I can't understand why the city laid off workers, cut pay, and doing bad service, and still have time to hire a TV celebrity to become a communicator, for close to $70,000. City of Hagerstown, what's fair about that? Nothing."
— Hagerstown


"Let me get this straight. Their traffic backs up there in Funks-town on Friday nights around 5:00, according to what I read in the newspaper. So they're going to get a bypass clear around the little town. Well, nine months out of the year, there's huge traffic back-ups at our local schools. So what's next, are they going to build bypasses around all of our schools? This just sounds like a waste of money."
— Hagerstown


"My call is in response to all these people criticizing Tim Rowland about his gay marriage article. I just want to say to the person from Clear Spring who questioned Tim and said do you even know the meaning of the word marriage, and also talking about it being sacred, I know plenty of married couples who cheat and lie, and even abuse their spouses. Is that sacred? Man and a woman."
— Hagerstown

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