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Mail Call - April 20

April 20, 2011

“Calling in response to the Flintstone caller in Tuesday paper, April 12, about citizens demanding that everyone pay their fair share of taxes. Here’s some food for thought on that subject — and these are facts, not generalizations. First, the top 1 percent of U.S. wage earners; that is, the rich ... fair share? The top 10 percent of earners pay 71 percent of federal income taxes. Is that a fair share? The bottom 40 percent pay negative amounts. In fact, they receive money back. Is that a fair share?”

— Chambersburg, Pa.



“The people who changed the name of Raven Rock Road to Fruit Tree Drive should change it back. The rock is still there, but the fruit trees are not. Change it back. It’s confusing the tourists. If it’s renamed, I hope it isn’t Vegetable Lane.”

— Smithsburg



“Gas is now the highest that it’s ever been in the month of April. Where is the liberal news media that was complaining every day about President Bush, what he was going to do about the gas prices? And my question is, where are the ones who always said that President Bush was in with big oil companies? Is President Obama in with big oil also? And I don’t hear him say anything about what he’s going to do about the prices.”

— Boonsboro



“In regards to the white-headed robin on Georgia Avenue, I looked it up in the dictionary. An albino is a completely white animal; bird, human being or whatever, that has pink eyes. Having a white head doesn’t classify it as an eagle or as an albino, I feel sure. I think what you actually see is a red-headed woodpecker who is old and has gray feathers.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling concerned about the new stoplight that they put up on Salem Avenue, coming from Salem Avenue and from Cearfoss there where you turn to go to Walmart. I come home from work every morning from Cearfoss way, and cars are cutting me off every morning. We both have the green light, so evidently both people have the right of way, and someone’s going to be killed there. Like — I would already have been in an accident if I wasn’t cautious.”

— Hagerstown



“This morning (4/11/2011) I received a laugh when Gov. O’Malley refused to comment on parole recommendations he received. He did not even read it; one of them was marked deceased. Also ... we saw people with no headlights on when wipers are running, a person using a cell phone. ... All of these bills passed that you could not be stopped by a police officer and fined unless stopped for something else. Why are we paying people we elected to run our state make and pass these stupid laws?”

— Hagerstown



“Congratulations to the Barbara Ingram school, for the truly outstanding production of ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ Every aspect of the show was first-class, starting with the historic Maryland Theatre, to the scenery, costumes, orchestra, complete ensemble, and especially, the lead players. It was an incredible performance, far beyond the usual high school musical.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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