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Mail Call - June 1

May 31, 2011

"There seems to be a shortage of everything but shortages. Now it's coffee beans, and the cost of coffee is climbing. This is a favor to me, because I've been looking for an excuse to stop drinking coffee for a long time."

— Hagerstown



"Here lately, Mother Nature has been acting like a terrorist; tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods. Come on, Mother Nature — enough."

— Clear Spring



"As a homeowner and a taxpayer and a member of the voting public, I do not want to have to put a sidewalk in front of my house. There has never been a sidewalk there in the 50 years the house has been here. I'm not putting in a sidewalk, and if Miss Haywood thinks I'm going to, she will get voted out. We do not need sidewalks."

— Hagerstown



"To the Washington County Commissioners, regarding Mount Aetna Farms spending: Spend no future money, $27.4 million, on this, or X number of dollars for the senior center. We can get by with what we have."

— Hagerstown



"I just came back from recycling, in the South End Shopping Center. There's a sign up that they're going to quit recycling there the first of June. I think it's a shame. That area is really used a lot, and if they do that, I can't recycle — I'm a county resident. So I just think it's terrible that a few people have done this."

— Hagerstown



It's ridiculous that the county commissioners want to do roads over there on Mount Aetna Road, when people barely have jobs, and then they don't want to charge the developers, they want to charge us taxpayers. There's got to be some way we can get rid of these commissioners. People should have known who they were voting for and what they stand for, before they voted."

— Hagerstown



"I just wanted to say it's time for the state of Maryland to step up and change their child support laws. You no longer incarcerate them for failure to pay child support. You're just showing them that it's OK to go out and walk the streets and still have the things in life that they want, but their children cannot have, or have the things that they need, because they failed to pay their child support. Thank you, state of Maryland, for collecting my child support. As of June 1, my husband will owe $9,100.48."

— Keedysville



"Wouldn't it be great if we had at least three more county commissioners like Terry Baker? He considers the taxpayers, the families in developments, and the elementary schools affected by the extension of Yale Drive. I guess the robot was effective, considering the commissioners who gained  their positions by this. This extension will be nothing but a racetrack from Mount Aetna Road to HCC. God help our schoolchildren."

Washington County



"I read an interesting article by a writer who indicated that — Western theorists underestimate the power of tradition. Despite massive historical evidence that human collectives resist the intrusion of foreign cultures, we insist we know what's best for everyone. But "everyone" disagrees.' I realize there is strange behavior in this country and the world, but we should only have the responsibilities of our own. Let 2,000-year-old traditions fend for themselves, as long as they are not goring our bull."

— Hagerstown



"Thank you for the great photo coverage of the Waynesboro band concert. Another reason I like my subscription to your paper. Sorry for the rude people in the audience with their noisy, screaming children."

— Waynesboro, Pa.



"The people who work for mainstream news media should be ashamed of themselves, calling themselves Americans when all they do is bash America. One more thing: Obama is a total embarrassment to this country."

— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.



"Twenty-five years ago when we watched the news of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, we saw National Guardsmen assisting in the disasters. Where are they now? Over in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and other spots around the world. They do a good job, and always have. They are the National Guard, under state control, but our leaders commit them to foreign lands."

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



"There is a business in Hagerstown that works with kids that are having trouble with their schooling work, but can also work during the summer. I'm not going to name what the name of the business is or the organization, but I just got word today that some of my kids were in that program because of having trouble — will not — they'll be able to get their credit recovery if they need to do that, but will not be able to work this summer because you no-account Republicans didn't fund it this year."

— Brownsville


"The editorial in Tuesday's paper says, 'Roads have been making well-located people rich for as long as camels have been filled with silk and spices and sent overland.' That's probably true, and these same roads have made the common man spend more and more of his hard-earned money in taxes. Are we going to just start working totally to pay our taxes, and not have anything left over for us? The Washington County Commissioners are completely out of control."

— Hagerstown



"The Republicans say we don't have enough for Medicare and Social Security. Well, then I think we'd better socialize medicine. You're being lied to — all over the world, it works. Ask people that are under it. We aren't at the top of the ladder in life expectancy, baby survival, etc. Why, with all the money being spent, aren't we? The Republicans want to give you $1,500. Put the money borrowed by Nixon back in Social Security and get the tax breaks back in Social Security."

— Washington County



"The rationale for going ahead immediately with the Mount Aetna roads network is that it'll cost the county $600,000 in federal funds if you don't. Never mind that the project will cost county property taxpayers, of which I am one, up to $45 million, to primarily benefit developers, who won't be asked to contribute anything beyond the legally required minimal impact fees. With that kind of cost-saving math, you can sure see where our governments are in such an incredible mess."

Frederick, Md.



"To the caller saying that you can't make less than $100,000 a year and be a Republican: Well, I do, my wife does, my married children, and my brothers and sisters are all Republicans, because they give tax breaks to everyone, and they don't give taxpayer bailouts and they don't have an illegal health care bill, and they don't tell lies."

— Hancock



"The Republicans did it again. They said that bailing out the auto industries was a mistake. Well, Chrysler's paid back the money early, GM paid their money back early, everybody's paid back early. They lost the 26th District up in New York, which hasn't been won by a Democrat since 1857. So keep siding with the rich, big oil. ... Keep siding with all them big companies, and I guarantee you there won't be a Republican president for the next 60 years."

— Hagerstown



"We have the right to vote as to whether we take care of the city sidewalks or that we don't. I live in Hagerstown, and that is ridiculous. We have to take care of what the city — and then our mayor and them go out and eats on the city's money that's in there to take care of stuff like this. No, I don't think it's proper. I don't — I rent, I do not own any property, thank God."

— Hagerstown



"I see where the county commissioners can borrow money to build new roads, but they can't afford to fix the old roads that are falling to pieces."

— Pondsville Road



"In referral to last week's article in the paper, Elizabeth Paul, who's on the Democratic Central Committee in Washington County, yeah, Miss Paul, we need more people like No-Show and Ron Young, to cater up to the environmental wackos, the same-sex marriage groups, the transgender, the environmental wackos. Yeah, we need more people like that in Annapolis."

— Hagerstown



"I notice where Chrysler has now paid back its loans early, and to all those who claim President Obama has done nothing, between Chrysler and General Motors, how many American jobs did the president save? Be honest and look at this and think about it."

— Waynesboro, Pa.



"My congratulations to Del. Parrott and Del. McDonough out of Baltimore, for the tuition petition to stop illegal immigrants getting this college tuition in-state. It's wrong. If the voters can speak out now, they need to speak out in 2012 and get O'Malley out of there in 2012. Things are getting ridiculous. Taxes ... show your power, voters, in 2012."

— Hancock



"We waited seven years for Bush to get bin Laden, but he went into Iraq instead. He was not interested in bin Laden. President Obama had the guts to get him, and he did. Also, 9/11 happened under Bush's watch."

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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