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Mail Call - July 21

July 21, 2011

“I read an article in the newspaper about how low the food bank at St. Mark’s church is. I’m going to take some food in to them. I challenge all who read this to do the same, and take food to the food bank.”

— Washington County



“I’m calling in hopes that a Mail Call reader is the person who bought the wooden perpetual calendar at my yard sale on July 4. The base to that item was left behind, and you wouldn’t be able to use the decorative toppers without that base. I live on Pennsylvania Avenue, close to the Penn Avenue meat market, and if the buyer is reading this, you can stop by any time to pick up the base.”

— Hagerstown



“I hope President Obama does not give in to the Republican tax breaks for the very rich, when average Americans are giving more. Stop the $2 billion a week for Afghanistan. We train our soldiers in three months to fight this war. Why can’t they train them, in over 10 years? Greece and the U.S. debt problems are similar. They have billionaires who don’t pay. ... July 11 letters to the editor were very good.”

— Williamsport



“The caller about Halfway raised a good point about our former superintendent of schools, Elizabeth Morgan, and our failing schools. In response, the answer: She hired an outstanding public relations assistant, and had a BOE who loved the limelight.”

— Hagerstown



“What is wrong with the foreclosure on homes? There is a house on Fenton Avenue in Williamsport that was foreclosed on about seven months ago, and it is still empty. You can’t buy it, because the paperwork is messed up. Now they made the single parent move. Why didn’t they let him stay in the house and try to help him stay there, instead of foreclose on it? What is wrong with this picture? I know this for a fact, because I live right next door to the house, and I think somebody ought to be changing the foreclosures law.”

— Williamsport



“The Republican Party, with its constant charade that’s going on now with trying to cut spending and not raise any taxes, just shows that they get all their policies from the far-right talk show radio hosts. ... They run that party, and it’s a shame that everybody has to listen to them, who really don’t know and aren’t accountable for what they do. Frederick caller, he marches to the same step as they do. According to the Frederick caller, everything that’s wrong in the world is all due to Democrats. Nothing’s ever a Republican’s blame — not even George Bush spending us into oblivion.”

— Hagerstown



“In past years, I’ve had so many hummingbirds at my feeders, I couldn’t count them all. This year I’ve had only three hummers. Has anyone seen a decline in hummingbirds at your feeders this summer?”

— Funkstown



“We do not need one chicken, three chickens, or six chickens in this town of Boonsboro. Who wants to hear cackling, and all the dirt that goes with raising chickens? And we do not need it, and don’t anybody think they’d better pass it, either. But also, who’s the guy who decides how long the paragraph is going to be, when some are short and some are long, in your Mail Call? Are you prejudiced against some people?”

— Boonsboro



“Thank you, Mr. Neil Parrott, for giving Marylanders a chance to vote against the in-state tuition to colleges, for illegal immigrants. We are actually losing our heritage in this country, simply by not enforcing our laws. Our forefathers would turn over in their graves if they could see this country today, how it is being literally given away. These illegals will hit in Maryland in droves, get their degrees and head for the job market ... think about what it would be like in the future. Think of your children, and their children, whose ancestors go back to the forefounders of this country.”

— Sharpsburg

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