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Mail Call - July 18

July 18, 2011

“To the caller from Hagerstown who wants us to focus our energy on what pro athletes make and not what teachers make: Our tax dollars don’t go toward pro athlete salaries. That’s up to us whether to go to their games or to watch them on TV, but we have no choice when it comes to taxes. Teachers keep getting our money.”
— Hagerstown

“I just got a report from a newspaper article, ‘Obama Losing Canada’s Oil to China,’ they are building the pipeline. President Obama and Congress dragged their feet on the issue of the pipeline, stated Republican Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, because it seems that Obama is more interested in using our tax dollars to travel all over the country campaigning at the taxpayers’ expense. Building this pipeline from Canada to the United States ... Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, told Newsmax ... that this pipeline would have created over 100,000 jobs. ... This country better wake up and do not re-elect Obama.”
— Hagerstown

“When they refuse to raise the debt limit next week, will the Republican congressmen not get their paychecks? Because $170,000 a year to these people is far too much money. It’s far more than most Americans make, and they do far more work than these people up on the Hill. It’s time to throw them all out, the Republicans and the Democrats, and start with new people. But, of course, then Americans would have to vote, and that will never happen.”
— Sharpsburg

“I open my paper up today and I see a big picture of Valley on the front cover. I think it’s pitiful that Sharpsburg didn’t get any pictures the whole time they won six games in six days, and I just want to say congratulations, boys, for your uncontested District 1 championship. We love you.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’m going to tell everybody out there to save every daggone penny, cent that they can save, because you’re not going to have anything to retire on, because the Republicans are going to get rid of Medicare and they’re going to get rid of your Social Security check. So you better be saving. And another thing, they won’t tax the rich another couple percent ... So think about that when you go to vote. Think about living out in the streets when you get old.”
— Washington County

“I believe since everybody pays taxes, everybody’s income should be published in the paper, regardless of your job. What’s fair for one is fair for the other. I think it’d be quite interesting. And as for everybody complaining about the wages and everything going on with the BOE and all of these scores, really, it all begins at home, so I think parents need to step up and take responsibility, and if all these schools are not making the grade, step up to the plate and do your job to begin with, and all schools would be passing. Just a concerned parent saying my piece.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s a fact that the deficit started one year after the Bush tax cuts. President Obama only continued those cuts because the Republicans had him over a barrel, and the government would have shut down. Now those who voted for Republicans will find out they want to start trimming Social Security and Medicare. The rich friends they continue to cut taxes for don’t have to worry about those programs, but those of us on the low end of the scale are the ones who are affected.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in response to the illegal immigration tuition bill here in Maryland. It goes on the ballot in November. What I would like to know, this is an equal rights state, everybody wanted equal rights, but there’s nothing equal about it. I noticed that there’s a clause in there that says the males have to serve in selective service, sign up for selective service. How about the females? And then insurance, car insurance is a different price, life insurance is different.”
— Hagerstown

“This is on property taxes. I can’t believe that people’s assessments went down $40,000, $50,000, $90,000, and property taxes went up on their houses. You can’t sell your house now because the economy is so down, people don’t have jobs. But yet our great ... It’s time to get rid of all these politicians that keep raising taxes and everything until we get someone in there that understands what the people need and want.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. Ronnie Leggett, president of the Maryland Fur Trappers Association, please explain how wearing a fur coat educates the public about the need for wildlife management. Wildlife will manage on its own, if left to do so.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I keep reading about some of the comments about people who — that we need to take money away from the people who have, tax them and give it to the ones who don’t have. I’ve retired from one job and now work in another job, part-time job, and there’s lots of times that we need other workers, and we ask these young people that are healthy, that can work, no disabilities, and they say ‘No, I can’t work, because if I do I’ll lose my benefits ...’ I think it’s time to stop giving it to them and say hey, it’s time to get to work, because there is some work out there, but you just can’t be too choosy, if you want to eat.”
— Boonsboro

“I just read the article in today’s paper, and today is Friday, and I read the article, William McKeel. God bless Mr. McKeel. And I’m an old-timer, 80 years old, and my family is all military, retired, and I say if we don’t soon start getting our morals back, as Mr. McKeel said. ...”
— Maugansville

“This is in response to something I put in the paper about my house going into foreclosure and I was trying to find a good home for my dog. The stipulation was that the people that took the dog, if they did not want the dog or could not take care of it, they were to give it back and I was going to try to find another home for it — not for them to take it to the SPCA and lie to us and then tell us the dog died at their home when it didn’t and it was put down at the SPCA.”
— Hagerstown area

“Well, here it is, July 8. The jobs report just came out: 18,000 jobs created in the month of June. Way to go, President Obama. You should have stayed in Chicago and did whatever you were doing. And for you people in this state and around this country who voted for this guy, you should be ashamed.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to — everybody doesn’t like it or not, Meritus Medical Center, well, I’m sorry, it’s a hospital. They called it a hospital in the paper, more than once. It’s in Washington County, is it not, or is that another county out there on Robinwood Drive? So I’m going to continue to call it Washington County Hospital, and a big raspberry to anybody who doesn’t like it.”
— Hagerstown

“I thought when the Republicans won back the seat in Congress that they were going to create all these jobs. Well, the sorry part is that they got bills that might help, but they won’t put them up for votes, so it’s still the same as it was before, the party of ‘no.’ So they’re the ones who are supposed to be able to create these jobs, so where are they? They’re doing the same thing they’ve been doing: nothing.”
— Hagerstown

“A few weeks ago, I read where the city was holding a bicycle race downtown. After six or more years of having my Woodland Way neighborhood closed for this ... event, I rejoiced that they were finally moving it elsewhere. Imagine my shock and anger when I came home the other day to find a flier telling me that yet another bicycle race would occur in my neighborhood on Saturday, July 9. Believe me, we are sick and tired of having these people completely take over ... police are stationed all over the place, to prohibit us from parking in front of our own houses on our own streets. Enough is enough. After six or more years, these people need to move this race somewhere else.”
— Hagerstown

“To those of you who are complaining about the teachers’ pay raise: This is just my opinion, but I’m tired of people putting down the teachers for low test scores. Let’s put some of the blame where it belongs. I volunteer at a school, and know how hard the majority of teachers work. You parents and guardians constantly send your kids to school late, pick them up early, seem to make all their appointments during school hours. I know sometimes you can’t help it, but all the time? The child has a high absent rate, and you don’t get involved in his reviews, don’t even know your child’s teacher by name, let alone by sight. You probably don’t have the time to help them with their homework, either.”
— Washington County

“Please tell PETA to take a giant chill pill. There’s nothing wrong with fur coats, and if Miss Maryland wants to keep the fur coat and wear it, I’m fully behind her.”
— Sharpsburg

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