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Mail Call- July 4

July 04, 2011

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.”
— Smithsburg

“Concerning the bus accident that happened on 81 Sunday, and I did write a letter in the past ... one of the local papers, concerning seat belts on buses. Maybe since they had this accident, maybe our lawmakers will have a law having seat belts on buses. I mean, they want to pass all these other laws concerning helmets and so forth. Why can’t they pass a law for safety of our children? Seat belts on buses, that’s a good idea.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“When you put Nancy Pelosi in Congress in ’06 is when the housing market scandal came down, and the rest is history.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I would like to compliment the Williamsport and Maugansville ambulance service, and the people in the ER who helped me this weekend. Everybody has been so good to me. I’ll be 80 on my next birthday, and they were just wonderful, taking care of me, especially Brandy and Ryan.”
— Hagerstown

“It would really be sensible, and just about time, for all the stores with outside entrances at (the mall) to install automated sliding doors. That way the public doesn’t have to be touching those door handles. It will really also benefit health care for us to have some nice automated sliding doors.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“July 1 means all state employees will be required to join the union. If they don’t, they will still have to pay dues anyway. When did the unions become a branch of the government? I guess it was the same time the environmentalists became a branch.”
— Hagerstown

“Responding to the caller from Boonsboro who blames President Obama for the lack of jobs: Evidently you don’t follow the House and Senate workings (or lack thereof). There have been hundreds of job bills proposed, and the Republicans either would not let them come to a vote (House) or they voted them down. Just this past week, a bill was sponsored by Boxer (D-Calif.) that would have created 1 million jobs. The Republicans talked it to death and then voted it down.”
— Smithsburg
 
“It was improbable even before today that Sarah Palin would be a candidate for the presidency, but with Michele Bachmann into the race, Palin will not be running, and Democrats are relieved.”
— Robinwood

“Many is the time I’ve sat outside across the street from Fire Company 1 and watched the crash trucks leave and return to the fire department. Also, I’ve noticed that when they are trying to pull out of the fire hall or when they are coming back from a run, that drivers on West Franklin Street continue to try to pass the truck up, as they are either pulling out or backing in. Hey, people, those lights on the trucks aren’t there for show. How about showing a little respect to the drivers of these trucks?”
— Hagerstown
 
“I just read that a poll showed ‘Most Americans believe that politicians are overpaid representatives of the wealthy.’ I think this hits the nail on the head.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“OK, so it’s nice out, and you want to have a party outside. You turn the music up loud. Remember, your music doesn’t stop at your property line. Think of your neighbors when playing music.”
— Lappans

“What’s the story on a higher tax rate on the rich? The richest of the rich don’t have a high earned income. Most of their wealth is in stock, which pays dividends and capital gains when sold, and it will not be subject to the higher rate. Raising the rate on higher-income people will not increase their taxes. The richest are protected, as usual.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Thanks to Mr. Young for a well-written letter to the editor June 24, regarding the Father’s Day articles. He told it like it is. Many who were not recognized have to work harder to establish Father’s Day traditions, due to economic constraints caused by low-paying jobs or working long hours to earn a basic, bare living.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to make a comment on State Rep. Rock’s recent attack on unions’ right to strike. This is an attack on all union people. Democrats are not the only ones who are union people. We need to examine where he stands on supporting unions.”
— Mont Alto, Pa.

“What they ought to do is take these teachers, change their job, give them a job down at the prison for a month, and let the prison guards go over and teach school for a month, and then they’ll find out who has the job that’s the most important. To me, these prison guards should make a lot ... this is a shame. These teachers are not worth any more than what they’re getting, not one penny more.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’m glad to see the Republicans are spreading their cuts that they are proposing, both on a national and a state level. We’re looking at major program cuts for the middle class and the poor, and tax cuts for the rich. We know where they are.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Remember the good- old days, when all we used to call Mail Call for was to complain about how bad the comics in The Herald-Mail were, and whether or not you should have a Christmas tree or a holiday bush? Long live the holiday bush.”
— Smithsburg

“New York has passed the same-sex marriage bill. I hope that Maryland stays strong and doesn’t pass theirs, and that the lawmakers understand what the people want. They want no part of it in Maryland or New York, but certainly didn’t listen to them in New York. Maryland, stay strong. Do not pass this ridiculous marriage law.”
— Hagerstown

“You extreme partisan Democrat callers are a laugh riot, especially when you contradict each other, with one claiming even though Democrats controlled Congress for the past four years and the presidency for two and a half, our problems are completely ... the Republicans’ fault, while another says the high county unemployment rate is completely the fault of the current Republican-controlled board of county commissioners, while yet another tries somehow to give credit to Democrats for the county’s teachers getting a pay raise. ... I’m waiting impatiently for 2012, too, because I think in your blind, partisan ideology ... pride goeth before a fall.”
— Frederick, Md.

“First, let me start by saying I am a Republican, and I don’t understand why they won’t vote on the debt ceiling. You know, they voted to raise the debt ceiling seven times when President Bush was in office — seven times. President Obama’s asked them to do it one time, and it’s ‘No.’ It has something to do with Medicare and Social Security. I’m a Republican. They don’t care about me. I’m an American first and Republican second. I will not vote for a Republican this time around. I’d rather not vote at all than vote for them goofballs they have running.”
— Hagerstown

“If you missed the (Mountain Top Heritage Days) festival this past weekend, you missed a really good time. What beautiful fireworks, great food, great crafts, great entertainment. Try to put it on your calendar for next year. What a nice job the One Mountain Foundation did. Good job, guys.”
— Highfield, Pa.

“I really appreciated the years that a Clear Spring local businessman kept landscaped areas at the on- and off-ramps so beautifully maintained. I guess with the price of gas, he had to give it up. Sure won’t be the same, but thanks for your years of beauty that we were able to enjoy.”
— Hancock

“I’m calling in response to the registered sex offenders in the area, thanking the police department and park service for what they do. I also would like people to realize, not only in your parks, but your local churches accept these sex offenders, protect them in your church, and you are not aware of the fact that they are registered sex offenders. Watch your children in church. So make sure that you’re checking on people because they’re sitting right beside you in church and hanging around your kids in the classroom at church.”
— Clear Spring

“Last night ... a whole family was wiped out ... by a ... drunk driver. Why is this picture not printed on beer cans? Please put that in Mail Call. They need to do something about alcohol, too. Put the picture on beer cans like they’re going to do on the cigarettes. One’s as bad as the other. Alcohol may be worse.”
— Smithsburg

“Kristin Aleshire has redefined the term ‘gentleman.’”
— Sabillasville, Md.

“I think the two young men who saved the boy and woman from Dam 5 should have a little more publicity; a picture, or their name. I’m biased. They were my grandsons.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“You know, these Republicans down in the White House won’t explain to the American people, when they say no more taxes — in other words, they say President Obama wants to raise taxes — they think it’s everybody, but it’s not everybody. It’s the loopholes for the oil companies and the big corporations that took all these loopholes ... paying taxes, and the tax cuts that Bush gave to the upper 2 percent of the nation. So that’s the taxes Obama’s talking about, not what the Republicans are trying to make the people think there is. They’re still a party of ‘no.’”
— Hagerstown

“Good news: The roads department has bought another thousand barrels. They are to be put in position for projects that are to begin in 2020. Drivers are advised to use their own best judgment where there’s an overlap.”
— Hagerstown

“This call is in response to the caller from Martinsburg complaining about President Obama taking away from the seniors and them not getting the COLA raise. COLA raises are based on independent research ... COLA raises were from back before Obama even got elected. Just keep voting Republican, and you won’t have any Social Security at all. Democrats gave you Social Security and Medicare.”
— Hagerstown

“Our county officials do not know the best way to solve this trash problem. They’re always giving benefits to employees, our taxes, to help subsidize the landfill fees. When permits cost $25 a year, and even $45 a year, a lot of people paid that, but when the price went to $100, many no longer bought permits. The low-income worker does not have income like the higher income, yet no politician wants to raise taxes on higher income, low income more than the rich. Therefore, we see volunteers cleaning the Antietam Creek of refrigerators, tires, etc. Also, some have seen trash in mountain areas. Help the environment.”
— Williamsport

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