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Mail Call - April 25

April 25, 2011

“‘The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’ — Sen. Barack Obama, 2007. Talk about hypocrisy. This president knows the Constitution well. He just thinks he is above obeying it. Congress and Senate warned President Obama not to become involved in Libya, especially without a vote. One-man dictatorship.”

— Hagerstown



“That Clear Spring caller who doesn’t want anyone to vote for President Obama because he’s responsible for our debt needs to wake up and smell the coffee. The Bush-era tax cuts, along with spending for two wars and a Medicare drug benefit, added $3.2 trillion to our debt. Stimulus spending since Obama took office accounts for only $600 billion.”

— Northridge



“What’s the matter with you Democrats? When Bush was in office and gas was around $4 a gallon, you guys were calling Mail Call daily, blaming him for being in with the oil companies. Now it’s up to almost $4 a gallon again, and you don’t seem to mind paying the price. Could it be because your man President Obama is in office?”

— Hagerstown



“The New York Times calculated that 37 percent of the deficits were due to economic downturn, 33 percent were due to Bush’s policies 20 percent were due to President Obama’s extensions of Bush’s policy, and another10 percent were due to Obama’s policy, like the stimulus. So it looks like over 50 percent is Bush’s blame, not Obama. You can’t blame him for the big deficit, and you cannot cut taxes and fund a war. This thing of not raising taxes ... does not create jobs. All they do is give multi-million-dollar bonuses to their CEOs.”

— Hagerstown



“I want to register my objection to removing the collection boxes from the former City Market lot. Obviously, there are violators who bring trash to these boxes. Is there a need for trash collections again, with no charge? I bring my collectibles of paper and others to the boxes. There is a lot of participation there.”

— Washington County



“I just read here in Mail Call about somebody complaining about NATO  — Americans should give more support over there. How about Afghanistan and Iraq, all of our soldiers over there, how many of these other countries have as many soldiers as we have over there? I’m a World War II vet.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in to tell people who write in about David Limbaugh and how they object to him, don’t pay him any mind. He’s still that dummy, sitting on his ventriloquist brother’s lap, Rush Limbaugh. So please don’t even let the Limbaughs pass through your mind.”

— Hagerstown



“To comment on the caller, the county’s not getting raises, but it would be nice to get the cost-of-living raise, since prices are going up on gas and food and everything else.”

— Williamsport



“Hey, Herald-Mail, good job keeping David Limbaugh writing. He does a good job letting us know what President Obama’s up to. And by the way, I want to compliment all the cameramen that caught Joe Biden sleeping during Obama’s budget speech. That was great, watching the vice president sleep. And all these people worried about Sarah Palin? I don’t think (she) would’ve slept like that.”

— Hancock



“Response to Mr. Michael’s ‘Many in U.S. paying no taxes’: People making $25,000 to $30,000 a year are the working poor, because they work for low, modest wages paid by the richest of Americans. Workers with families pay taxes; also overinflated health insurance. My husband pays $228 a week. That’s $11,856 a year, with a $1,500 deductible ... the rich are never rich enough. Just bleed the working poor. Dictatorship is how the middle class became peasants in other countries, and it’s happening here now.”

— Hagerstown



“Medicare and Medicaid: I can’t understand why the federal government — I guess it’s the Republicans, I don’t know, I’m a Republican myself — but how come they always want to cut Medicaid — Medicare and Medicaid? You know, the poor people can’t make a living now. I think instead of cutting they need to cut the ... need to take all these illegals out in California off of Social Security and everybody else that, these people who are on Social Security disability and there’s nothing the matter with them.”

— Hagerstown



“I take offense to the caller trying to slow the speed down on Sharpsburg Pike. It is already a rarity that I’m able to drive the 50 mph speed limit that currently exists — before I run into somebody who decides that 35 should be the legal speed limit on that road. My biggest stressor in my life is getting behind people who don’t want to drive the speed limit and who don’t really care who they get in the way of.”

— Hagerstown



“I think the obvious choice for superintendent is Boyd Michael. We need to promote from within, and not promote from people outside of our area who do not know the lay of the schools, the various administrator and teachers’ personalities. We need to promote from within and stop going outside of Washington County to get ... This also applies to the City of Hagerstown. Quit going out of the area to fill jobs. There are local people who need them.”

— Hagerstown



“I just read the article on the speed cameras on School Hill in Hancock. We have a lot of kids walking that road to and from school. Cars come around that curve entirely too fast, especially when school lets out. Thank goodness we may be able to avoid a child getting hurt.”

— Hancock



“This is to the caller about the train whistle sounding 18 times. Boy, I sure wish the train whistle in my area sounded 18 times. It’s a beautiful sound in the night. You ought to enjoy it while you can.”

— Boonsboro



“President Obama wants to take credit for brokering a big cut in spending. Watch when he goes on the campaign trail. We will hear him tell how the Republicans cut their people’s entitlements.”

— North Berkeley County, W.Va.



“Well, our governor has done it to the state employees again. He’s taking more money out for retirement and then taking part of that toward balancing the budget. But of course, the illegal immigrants are getting more free education, and the environmental whackos are going to have their way. Way to go, governor.”

— Hagerstown



“To the person questioning about why there’s no seat belts on a school bus: I’m a driver. There’s a fire and accident. Whose child do I unbuckle and save? That would be the real reason. You can’t take care of all of them if they’re strapped in or buckled in, if there’s an important emergency. Think about that. Have a nice day.”

— Hagerstown



“Let’s see if our elected BOE is — because they’ll have the final say anyway — is smart enough to select Boyd Michael. Boyd Michael has worked under a leader that’s been — well, it’s been, it’s a given, I mean, the lady’s a superintendent of the year, and the national superintendent. He’s got the experience, the talent and the know-how. Let’s give it to a local person.”

— Hagerstown



“It’s pretty tough to take Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal seriously, or his claiming he wants to cut deficit, when he voted for two wars, the spending on the Medicare Part D and huge tax cuts, without ever mentioning revenue to pay for any of these.”


— Waynesboro, Pa.

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