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Mail Call - July 6

July 05, 2011

“Hey, Funkstown, I must apologize to you and everybody else. I grew up the first half of my life in Hagerstown, and I am now 75 years old, and I forgot — I guess, due to my old age — that Washington Street and Antietam Street did connect, up there in the square where St. Mark’s is at. And on top of that, my mom used to live in one of those apartment buildings up there, so again, I apologize.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I keep getting these calls, ‘This is important message about your mortgage.’ I do not have a mortgage. I am on the Do Not Call list. These people call me three or four times a week. Does anyone out there know how to get them to stop? I have asked them and asked them and asked them, and they just refuse. Please, if you know, put it in Mail Call.”
— Hagerstown

“I was watching Maryland Public Television a few months ago, and they were talking about what Martin O’Malley will do after he gets out of office as governor, and there was a college professor on there saying that he’s definitely presidential material. When the American people see how he ran Maryland, and how President Obama runs America, he won’t be able to get elected dog catcher.”
— Hagerstown

“What is more for the president to look into, the gays, the same-sex marriages or the way our country’s being run? I think you ought to let the lesbians and everybody alone, and get them to start doing what they’re supposed to do, with the retired people and with Medicare and with ... I think there is more issues going on than that right now.”
— Williamsport

“To the caller in Monday’s June 27 paper, complaining about 10 million jobs lost to foreign countries: You need to remember that President Clinton signed the NAFTA bill. President Obama, with his 180-plus IQ, certainly doesn’t have a good record retaining or creating jobs, with 2.5 million jobs lost during his two and a half years in office. Unemployment is 9.1 percent and consumer spending is at an all-time low. The debt is over $14 trillion and he continues to spend. I can’t wait for 2012, either — when we vote this intelligent president out of office.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I just finished reading the editorial regarding curbside recycling in the June 29 paper. The county cannot afford to foot the bill without passing along at least some of the cost to residents, yet most residents don’t want to pay for it. They want everything for nothing. Surrounding counties have this service because their higher taxes allow it, so my question to you is, how do you propose we pay for it in a downturned economy?”
— Washington County

“I’m an 84-year-old man. I’ve been drawing Social Security for quite awhile, but I can’t understand why they keep upping this age limit: 65, 66, 68, 67. If they would leave the money in Social Security, instead of stealing it and putting it in something else, they wouldn’t have to do this. Social Security is meant for us people who worked for it, not for everybody on the planet.”
— Hagerstown

“To all the callers who call in Mail Call and call people names like moron, stupid, idiots and so on: Stop it, stop it, stop it. No one wants to read that.”
— Clear Spring

“OK, Christian America, it’s time for us to rally, call, send letters, email President Obama and tell him it’s time to institute a measure to have a constitutional amendment to stop same-sex marriage. This has gone far enough. Enough is enough. Christians, stand up. Do it now.”
— Hagerstown

“The street just above and below South Burhans Boulevard, West Antietam Street, is horrible. It needs to be fixed, and they keep doing repairs, and they just need to be completely redone. When is this going to happen? Because it’s starting to ruin people’s tires.”
— Hagerstown

“Could someone tell me why all these people on welfare can get a free cellphone with free minutes, and I’m one of the persons that help pay for them, and I can’t get one?”
— Hagerstown

“Two points of fact: The Equal Rights Amendment never became part of the Constitution of the U.S., and assistance is handed out to heads of household, property owners, etc., regardless of gender.”
— Hagerstown

“It seems ludicrous to me that the National Park Service would recommend the costly upgrades to the C&O Canal at the Williamsport area, only to have them be washed away by a future flood. Where have their heads been this past spring, when the Potomac has breached the canal at least three times? With our country in such a financial mess and people out of work, why waste more taxpayers’ money on such a fiasco?”
— Sharpsburg

“I just finished reading the article about seafoam, by Crystal Schelle. I grew up on South Potomac Street myself, and I went to the same place, and the very nice lady’s name was Dot Winters. I thought you would just like to know that, and I’m sure all of us that lived on South Potomac Street can remember, and that it brought back very, very good memories.”
— Knoxville, Md.

“I stopped ... to have lunch yesterday, and the lady that rang me up — after touching the dirty money — did not wash her hands, and proceeded to make subs. Please wash your hands. Money is very dirty.”
— Hagerstown

“Two points on the presidential news conference: No. 1, couldn’t the White House have some means to make sure that the reporters’ questions are heard by the people on TV? Half of them you can’t hear. In this electronic day and age, they ought to have a better means of doing that. And also, No. 2, could the president give a shorter response? There’s a lot of reporters and a lot of questions.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“It is a crying shame that the county’s claim to world-class schools vanished about the same time Dr. Morgan quit.”
— Rohrersville

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