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Mail Call - July 11

July 11, 2011

“I just saw where the tax rate went up from 6 to 9 percent on beer. It’s just like cigarettes; it could be $9 for a bottle of beer, but people will still keep drinking it. Same thing as cigarettes; $7 a pack, and people are still buying cigarettes. So it won’t affect anybody.”
— Boonsboro

“I’d just like to comment on the people who push you out of the way at the debit pad in the grocery stores. If you’re not planning on paying for my groceries, please don’t push me out of the way when I’m trying to pay for them. I think it’s so rude when you push up and just keep pushing forward. You know, everybody gets a turn, and I wait. I’ve turned around and said, ‘Oh, are you paying for my groceries?’ and people just look at you. If you’re not paying for my groceries, don’t push me away from the debit pad when I’m paying for them. It’s very rude.”
— Funkstown

“It’s Friday afternoon, rush hour traffic. I just followed a mo-ped from Sharpsburg Pike all the way out to Alternate Route 40, right in the middle of the road. Traffic backed up behind him, and that’s why these things are such a nuisance. They need to be off the road, or pay for tags and pay for insurance.”
— Boonsboro

“I’ve had it with these train operators ... They lay on that horn. Don’t believe their lame explanations about the law about two short beeps and two long ones and all this. ... I’ve talked to everybody, down to Jacksonville, Fla., and they are over the edge with this.”
— Monrovia, Md.

“This is for the nurse for the state of Maryland who’s upset about the BOE pay raises. There isn’t one teacher in Washington County who would not support your pay raise. And also, we believe you work as hard as we do; however, we are also taxpayers. So, in part, you and I are both paying our own salaries.”
— Boonsboro

“I am a homeowner in the city of Hagerstown and received my tax bills today. Due to the change in assessment, my City of Hagerstown taxes went down $7. The county and state went down $40, yet the city of Hagerstown has raised my utility bill $14 a year. I’m very upset with them.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to make a suggestion that maybe the cable company could televise the big July Fourth celebration that’s down at Antietam Battlefield. It’s really too much of a hassle for a lot of us senior citizens to go there and fight that kind of a crowd, and it would be a wonderful idea for them to show that to us later on TV. They do that with the Halloween parade, and we do appreciate that, too, so this is something for them to think about, and we really would appreciate them doing that.”
— Hagerstown

“Caller, you keep saying President Obama should ignore the generals because they always want to drag us into wars. Caller, I remember Vietnam, the worst military debacle in our history, and it wasn’t the generals who got us in that quagmire. It was LBJ, McNamara and their elitist Ivy League cabal, who just like Obama, thought they were so much smarter than the military that they could fight a limited war — incidentally, without victory, etc. — that needlessly cost so many of our soldiers’ lives, caused immense civil unrest and so much lasting harm to America. And it’s absolutely disgusting the way extreme Obama supporters blame and defame others.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I would like to give a ‘thumbs up’ to The Herald-Mail for giving the ‘thumbs down’ to the ‘inconsiderate people whose abuse of Washington County’s recycling bins in Hagerstown’s city limits led to the bins’ removal.’ I am so glad that someone has finally put the blame where it belongs. Thank you, Herald-Mail.”
— Washington County

“I have to vent my anger somewhere. I’d like to wring the necks of those few slobs who have managed to mess up the recycling program. It’s a worthwhile program, and thanks for ruining it for those who were trying to use it properly.”
— Halfway

“Concerning some of you truck drivers out there who claim or feel as though your job description that you people choose is more important than anyone else’s in this world, you claim if it weren’t for truck drivers that haul the goods and supplies to this country, the country would be in a mess, which is true, but my point is that other people’s jobs are just as important as being a truck driver, such as the ones who load the trucks for you. I feel every person’s job is important, whether you’re a janitor, doctor or whatever your job is.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“This is for the Charles Town, W.Va., caller. Well, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Michael Moore and that Hollywood crowd that you mentioned, they just haven’t crawled out from under their rocks lately. Just start looking under rocks, and you’ll probably find them. Loved your comment.”
— Hagerstown

“People around this country protesting immigration laws are blaming the wrong people. Don’t blame our government. They are just trying to get rid of most of the illegals. If you are here legally, you should be blaming and protesting your friends, neighbors, and your countrymen who are here illegally. It’s these people who are at fault for most of the problems for the legals.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the Hagerstown caller who said the George W. Bush tax cut lowered income tax by one-third and doubled refundable child tax credits. That’s one of the problems. You shouldn’t give double child tax credits. People have children, they should pay the taxes for them. They shouldn’t get any special breaks. If you’re a Tea Party member and you have kids, you should pay taxes for your kids. Single people don’t get these tax cuts. ... Furthermore, NAFTA is a North American trade agreement. It has nothing to do with jobs going to China.”
— Hagerstown

“No, we haven’t heard anything about Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, that had a bill to create 1 million jobs. But I guess that would have cost us another $850 billion. But remember, President Obama had the House and the Senate for two years and didn’t create any jobs, or lost more jobs than they created. Just let us know what deal that was that Barbara Boxer had, to create those 1 million jobs.”
— Boonsboro

“I suggest that they use the GPS tracking device on anyone who is given a restraining order.”
— Funkstown

“I’m reading in Mail Call that there’s an article about parties outside and loud music. I live in the West End of Hagerstown, and every Sunday there is a neighbor who turns his music up loud, that you can’t even put the windows up to get some fresh air. So, you know, do be a little bit more considerate of your neighbors.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Waynesboro caller who wants to blame the entire housing crisis on Nancy Pelosi: I wish they would call back in with some facts to back this statement up.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“How in the world could Elizabeth Morgan be considered such a wonderful BOE administrator, when so many of our schools are failing? Think about it.”
— Halfway

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