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Mail Call - June 13

June 13, 2011

“The Washington County Board of Education’s recent decision to pay their new superintendent $190,000 plus $9,000 in car maintenance and gas shows a severe lack of critical thinking. According to 2009 figures, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley earns a little over $150,000 a year. That’s right. The county school superintendent makes more than the governor of Maryland. I would be interested in knowing the thought process (besides fleecing the taxpayers) that was behind this decision.”
— Smithsburg

“Brownsville, the ‘no count’ Republicans (to quote you) had to start with somewhere on Democrat spending. Wake up. Many programs have had to be cut. Why have you not questioned where the $800 billion stimulus went? Some to President Obama’s unions, some pork went to swine odor study in Missouri, cleaning beaches in Florida, fruit flies in Hawaii. The president permitted this, while Americans are on food stamps, out of work, etc. Sen. Coburn’s investigation will shock you on where the money and waste went.”
— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown caller, you’re wrong on all counts. A minor child brought here illegally is here illegally, regardless of age or who brought them, and thus an illegal alien, period. And as regards in-state tuition, these are college students and adults, not those little children of your fantasies. And we’re not even talking about deportation. Where did you get that idea? But since they make them pay out-of-state tuition rates, because I see no reason to reward them and their parents, you think parents don’t pay tuition?”
— Frederick, Md.

“I see in the morning’s paper they’re talking about these mo-peds running up and down the streets, blocking traffic. Well, they should allow four-wheelers to go up and down the street. They’re more safer and they’re a lot faster. My concern is if they get hurt and don’t wear their helmets, and fall off the scooters and are a vegetable the rest of their life, who pays for their keep? So they should make them have insurance up to a million dollars if they’re going to ride these things and fall off in the street or get hit by an automobile.”
— Hagerstown

“People are always talking about all the jobs that we’ve lost overseas. Here’s something to think about. Over the last 30 years — and I’m old enough to know — we’ve lost a million jobs to commercialized machines and robots.”
— Hagerstown

“The hole in King Street is for the comic strip ‘Fred Basset.’”
— Hagerstown

“In the May 9 paper is a picture of old tires along Md. 68. Why doesn’t Washington County have a tire-shredding place, like over in West Virginia, that takes care of these old tires, and then there wouldn’t be this problem? Also, I think they shred them and put them to good use.”
— Mount Lena

“I don’t really have too many opinions about these scooters and mo-peds, but I don’t know why everybody’s getting so excited about rules and regulations and laws. Do you actually think the police are going to start pulling them over? They don’t pull people over for their windshield wipers, they don’t pull people over for noise or anything else. Why do you think they’re going to single out all these scooters and whatnot? My only opinion would be, if they’re going to ride these scooters and mo-peds and whatnot on the street, please keep the mufflers on them.”
— Hagerstown

“To Roy and Porky and the other two gentlemen whom on Saturday, June 4, saw my mother fall and stopped to help me get her in the house, I want to say thank you very much. It’s nice to know there are still people out there who care enough to lend a hand. Thank you, and God bless you.”
— Williamsport

“You know, I can tell you why the unemployment rates are up: Because — and people signing up for unemployment — because of all these hurricanes and tornadoes we’ve had. They tore through these cities and they stopped the jobs from creating, and the businesses that were there had to shut down because they’re not there anymore. So all the people signed up for unemployment. But I want to know why the Republicans, if they got in office that they’d make things better, well, I think they made it worse.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the senators and Congress getting all this expense money to cover their expenses. What about the American people who don’t make that kind of money? We don’t even get an expense account and we don’t get a raise.”
— Hagerstown

“Years and years from now when more books and tapes come out, we will find out that the best president in recent years is President Reagan and President Clinton. The worst in recent years is President Carter, President Nixon and President Bush.”
— Hagerstown

“Monday, June 6, opinion section of The Herald-Mail, the letter to the editor from Thomas Kline, ‘We have no business in the affairs of other nations,’ I agree 100 percent. I love it. It’s about time somebody said what other people have been thinking all along.”
— Williamsport

“This is to the caller from Frederick who was responding to my Mail Call about ‘The Manchurian Candidate.’ Yes, I knew what the plot was, and I knew it was fictional. My point being, it was a Republican senator who was doing all the hollering, and his wife happened to be a U.S. citizen. And Joe McCarthy, back in the ’50s, was not fictional. He was some crackpot from Wisconsin, remember? And by the way, sir, I’m a Republican. This is just not the party I signed up for 30 years ago.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who thinks companies are moving to Franklin County because Washington County is greedy: The real reason is that Maryland ranks 44th, one of the worst states, in being business-friendly. Pennsylvania is 26th and Virginia is 12th. While other states are cutting back, our legislature in Annapolis just raised taxes and increased spending. So when you see companies leaving Maryland and no new ones coming in, blame the Democrats who control the state legislature if you can’t find a job.”
— Rohrersville

“Just because people have different last names in a birth announcement doesn’t mean they aren’t married. My wife of 20 years kept her maiden name when we were married. When our first child was born, the birth announcement identified us with our last names. Shortly after the birth, we received a letter from an individual who decided we weren’t married. He had taken the trouble to track down our address, and mailed a disturbing letter attacking us concerning our supposed unmarried status. The marital status is the concern of the parents, and no one else.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“That was a great story on the D-Day invasion. I want to thank Mr. (Blair) for his service to our country and for taking the time to tell the rest of us what it was like. Everyone in America should read articles like this one so we realize the price that has been paid for freedom.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I don’t know why everyone is bad-mouthing John Donoghue. He has done more for this area than any of these Johnny-come-latelies, who are all talk and no action. At least he has family values.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, I see, as usual, at this annual booze fest, it’s so nice to see people in the paper carrying around their beer at this Hagerstown Blues Fest. It needs to be changed to Hagerstown Booze Fest.”
— Hagerstown

“Today’s paper, ‘Tale of two job markets,’ Franklin County, Pa. and Washington County, Md., I see they’re going to have economic development officials and others discuss why this is the case, that Washington County’s job market is much higher than Franklin County’s, and I believe it’s because we have 15,000 people coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia into Washington County to work — and where do you think those jobs are at?”
— Hagerstown

“I went to the recycling bins on Dual Highway — they were gone. So I rode all the way to Funks-town and the one bin, and it was crammed full, with stuff sitting on the ground. I don’t understand this. The other one was very convenient, and by moving them, now they’re inconvenient, so this would seem to discourage recycling. Seems like not long ago they were talking about curbside, and now they’re moving these bins to make it more inconvenient, which causes more gasoline to use and more pollution in the air.”
— Washington County

“I can’t understand why the Republicans aren’t more behind Ron Paul. I really like the man. It’s time for real intelligence, without corruption.”
— Hagerstown

“I would just like to ask people that smoke not to throw their cigarette butts out the window of your car as you’re driving down the road. Please be considerate. The rest of us have to clean up your cigarette butts. The city can’t get everything, and when we’re cleaning our yards and mowing the lawn, your cigarette butts may be lit, and they get into our lawn bags and could cause a fire.”
— Hagerstown

“It was 10 years ago this week that George W. Bush signed the tax breaks into history. A year later, we were running in the red. Doesn’t the government know you need to save for a rainy day? You cannot spend money and not raise taxes. This idea of not raising taxes on those making $500,000 or more is going to run our country into debt even more. These Republicans just want to protect their rich friends.”
— Hagerstown

“The Republicans wanted to win the Congress so bad ... and since, the economy’s gone sour, and they haven’t said one word about producing one job. So let’s get the Democrats back in there and get the show back on the road. And let them stop borrowing money.”
— Hagerstown

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