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Mail Call - April 28

April 28, 2011

“Thanks to the gentleman who found my hearing aids in the ... parking lot at Long Meadow. You saved my hearing, many replacement dollars, and from feeling very stupid for losing them. You are truly a life saver.”

— Hagerstown



“I think the royal wedding that’s coming up is absolutely ridiculous. There’s more places to spend millions and millions of dollars in this world to help people, rather than that kind of garbage. I won’t be watching any of it.”

— Sharpsburg



“For all the people whose salaries were published and then say that they are canceling their paper — why? Are you ashamed that you make so much for nine months when the average Joe makes so much less for 12 months of work? Good job, Herald-Mail, I loved it. Thank you for making us all aware of what these people make and for us to remember the next time they ask or demand raises.”

— Washington County



 “Now, Herald-Mail, tell us what the average welfare recipient with two to six kids makes a year on welfare, and be sure to include cash assistance, free medical, food, housing, transportation, heating assistance, electric bill assistance, free car funds, free phones and all the trips to food and clothing banks.”

— Washington County



“Since in the past week reading Mail Call, I have learned this. That Maryland says it’s OK to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens — perfectly fine. The budget wasn’t passed last year — that’s the Republicans’ fault, although the Democrats had a majority in the Senate and the House, and had the White House. When gas was up to $4 a gallon, it was all Bush’s fault. Now that it’s $4 a gallon, President Obama is perfectly innocent, has nothing to do with it, and it’s OK for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman. The Mail Call is interesting.”

— Shepherdstown, W.Va.



“I was completely amused at Leonard Pitts’ article regarding how much conservatives lie. Having been an independent voter for 35 years, I’ve voted Democrat and Republican over the years. I pay particular attention to both parties because of this. Everything that Pitts said in the lying article I agreed with — except for the party. My experience is that the Democrats, particularly President Obama’s administration, has been the most deceitful and the least principled of either party.”

— Hagerstown



“Please vote for Charley Manny Kin for Washington Township supervisor. Manny brought much fun and a lot of laughs for all of us distracters in Washington Township. So please bring the Morningstar mannequins back. They look a whole lot better than all the political signs sticking around, and even better than No Trespassing signs that appear on some properties. Lighten up, you complainers.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“If anyone knocks on your door selling magazines, don’t open the door. It’s as simple as that.”

— Hagerstown



“This is to the person who said that they think that Betty White ought to get out of show business, because she’s not funny anymore. Well, if I was that person, I’d say good for her, because maybe when they get her age, they might not even be here.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“There’s a surprise. The Republican governor of Pennsylvania is not going to tax natural gas drilling, the companies. That’s a real big surprise. They don’t want to tax corporations. What is with the Republicans? They don’t want to tax these big corporations (making) billions and billions of dollars every quarter, but yet they want to take Medicare away from the poor. They want to give $15,000 a year voucher ... What do you do after that $15,000 is done, you just die? It’s the silliest, stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m the lady who has the white-headed robin in her yard, and it is a robin, and considered an albino, according to the Internet. I’m 75 years old, and I know the difference between a robin and a woodpecker. And you can come see for yourself, or ask people in the 800 block of Georgia Avenue.”

— Hagerstown



“I attended my first Relay for Life this past weekend at HCC, and was truly impressed, how well it was planned and organized. I understand that the chairman was a young college student by the name of Tiffany. The activities were great and the food was awesome. They — all the college students, including Tiffany, did a fabulous job. Good work.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m announcing that I am running for president of the United States. My platform will be the doing away with the deficit that we have. Taxes will not be lowered, but spending will be reduced dramatically. Services will be reduced, and we’ll see how many people would vote for me. How many people would vote for someone who will not raise taxes but will dramatically reduce services and what the federal government does for people? Let’s hear from you. Will you vote for me?”

— Washington County



“If the city of Hagerstown had to have many budget cuts, etc., how were they able to ‘create’ a job that pays $68,000 a year? Was this job advertised to the public, and what were the qualifications?”

— South Hagerstown



“To the person in Tuesday’s Mall Call who is ‘personally holding the Republicans responsible for cutting from the senior citizens and the poor’: Where are you receiving your information? Perhaps from some of these hysterical Democratic leaders who scream that children will be eating in the dirt, etc. You need to do some serious research on where America is today. Perhaps then you can explain why we are $14 trillion in debt. Our tax laws are in need of serious revision when some 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, and huge corporations such as General Electric pay no income tax despite making huge profits.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“What B. Marie Byers says about Boyd Michael is absolutely accurate. What Michael says about himself shows he has a good sense of himself. Boyd would have no learning curve to climb when stepping into the school superintendent’s job. My interaction with him over the years convinces me he is the one to be the new education leader.”

— Washington County



“According to the bird books I’ve read as an amateur birdwatcher, I think the white-headed robin people are seeing is probably what is called a partial or incomplete albino. And they say that while completely white, true albino birds are very rare. These partial albinos, while certainly not common, do occur more often. I think you callers are fortunate. I’ve never seen one, and I’d like to.”

— Frederick, Md.



“It appears that since our only local newspaper is being printed elsewhere, that anything that happens before sundown apparently never makes the newspaper. On local nights our Powerball and Mega Millions are drawn at exactly 11 p.m. We get it in 24 hours later in our only newspaper. It appears we’re paying more and getting less.”


— Hagerstown

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