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Mail Call - June 6

June 05, 2011

“Hagerstown caller: I think the phrase you actually want concerning ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ and those supposed Republican senators constantly screaming about communism, whom I’ve never heard ... is ‘life imitating art.’ The ‘Manchurian Candidate’ is a fictional movie, remember? But perhaps you should watch it again, because in your blind extreme partisanship, you apparently missed the plot and the point of that terrific thriller; that the communists, not the Republicans, are out to take over our country and destroy our freedom.”
— Frederick, Md.

“To the Falling Waters caller who asked that foul language on TV, what’s up, and why do they use that: I couldn’t agree with you more. If you find the answer to that, see if you can also find out why years ago husbands and wives slept in separate beds, but now you can actually watch how babies are conceived on TV.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I think the writer of ‘Thumbs up, thumbs down’ ought to get out of Hagerstown and go see what the rest of the world’s doing. He ought to go to Connecticut, they ought to go to Connecticut and see what the differential is between the coach of Connecticut and the governor. It’s millions of dollars. I don’t know why he’s complaining about Gary Williams making chump change, $300,000 more than O’Malley. That’s just chump change.”
— Big Pool

“I am so tired of every time I talk to somebody on the phone, they either want my credit card number or they want my email number. I don’t deal with credit cards and I don’t have a computer. I feel so discriminated against, it’s terrible. There’s no sense in it. There’s no reason for it. It’s pure discrimination. Not everybody wants those things.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I wanted to respond to the article in the paper about ‘Bartlett cuts and runs.’ Bartlett did not cut and run. He was at the meeting. I don’t know where that person was at, but he was at the meeting. Now, if you’re talking about John Donoghue, then you’re talking about somebody cutting and running because he cuts and runs every time there’s an important meeting. No, he has to butter up to Ben Cardin of Maryland. That was more important than what the seniors had to say.”
— Cavetown

“I don’t think the county commissioners should have approved any new road projects until the existing projects are done. I’m talking about all those barrels out on Edgewood Drive. Let’s get that job finished before we start another one.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a response to two people from Williams-port put in there about — this is on Washington County Commissioners spending. It’s time for us to get rid of these county commissioners that all they know how to do is keep spending our taxpayers’ money and everything. It’s — thank God for Terry Baker, but the other ones we need to get rid of. We need to get — and Kristin back in office, the young guy that they got rid of. We need to get these guys back in office, the ones that will take care of taxpayers and quit spending their money.”
— Hagerstown

“For once, I agree with Tim Rowland, in his column about $27.4 million for a new road. We already have too many houses in Hagerstown. Look at the old ... property on Baltimore Street. It is an eyesore. This was supposed to be a cluster of new homes, which never occurred.”
— Hagerstown

“The new bus stop/transfer on West Franklin Street is really very nice — especially the benches, which is a nice touch, and also gives people at nighttime a place to sleep.”
— Hagerstown

“I wish there was a law that people would have to put their garbage cans away after the garbage truck went, at least in the same day or the next day, but they lay for weeks around here, then they bring others out, and it just looks terrible. And also, they could clean up their — around other places, too, to make things look decent. I like my place around me looking nice, but if everybody else’s looks bad, it makes yours look bad, too.”
— Boonsboro

“When Barack Obama was running for president, I decided he was rude and self-centered, and needless to say, I didn’t vote for him. Yesterday when he spoke to people in Joplin, Mo., he showed the sympathy and kindness of a true, caring president. Thank you, sir. You are now entitled to be called Mr. President.”
— Hagerstown

“I hear lots of people talking about the poor job President Obama is doing, and how he’s leading this country on the wrong path. Well, you’ve got to remember that, and get out and vote in the next elections when we vote for president. He’s going to destroy America if he keeps up with his policies. We have got to take care of Israel, not try to sell them down the river. He wants to do anything he can to appease the Arab countries.”
— Sharpsburg

“I want to thank President Obama for saving the jobs for GM workers and the Chrysler workers, and saving the company as a whole. It means an awful lot to the people that they still have their jobs and benefits. Thank him very much. I know he used taxpayers’ money, but they already paid the money back, which is a profit for the U.S. Thank you, President Obama.”
— Hagerstown

“To the offended Smithsburg resident over Neil Parrott’s remarks, Mail Call 5/31/11: Would you also resent another nonresidents’ statements, i.e., former Marine Corps Capt. James Warner? He’s from Rohrersville. Captain Warner was tortured by the Vietnamese over five and a half years to give Neil Parrott his right of free speech.”
— Williamsport

“They want a ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ — a crack down Poplar Street in Funkstown. Well, that’s not the only street in Funkstown. Westside Avenue not only has a crack down the middle, has a lot of other cracks, actually has holes in the street. When people take walks, they really have to look down the whole time. Because we don’t have sidewalks, you have to walk in the street.”
— Funkstown

“I’ve got a better one yet. I purchased a pair of sturdy leather work shoes embossed on each side with the logo, ‘Work America,’ and Old Glory flying — labeled, of course, ‘Made in China.’”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“This is for the reader from Smithsburg who commented about Neil Parrott being at Smithsburg Pride Days. I think it was a great place for him to be. In fact, with his agenda regarding the referendum with illegals getting in-state tuition, I think he should be all over the state of Maryland, because I paid for my son’s college tuition and never got one dime of a break. So if these people — why are they even in this country? They need to go back where they came from. No deals for illegals.”
— Boonsboro

“I’m calling in regards to the woman who was talking about leaving your animals in the car when it’s too hot out. I always have the phone number for the shelter in my cellphone, to call and report these poeple who bring their dogs and leave them in the car, because the temperature rises quickly in there, and can go within 10 minutes from 90 degrees to 140 degrees, just like an oven.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I’m calling about the calls in to Mail Call suggesting that the solution out at the hospital or Robinwood is to put a ‘no left turn’ signal there. Well, I want to wish you good luck on that, because they are no good unless they are enforced. I live in Martinsburg, where we have several. I have been behind people and behind a police car that people don’t obey the (sign). So the signs are no good unless they’re enforced. They do not seem to be enforced in Martinsburg.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Well, I see it’s election time again. I saw Cardin in the local news. He voted for every bill that President Obama wanted, especially the health care bill. ... He always shows up a few times before election. He followed Obama around, voted for every bill ... so let’s don’t put him back in there. Find somebody else, I don’t care who it is or what party they’re from.”
— Hagerstown

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