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Mail Call - July 28

July 27, 2011

“I have lived in Hagerstown and Washington County for quite a few years, but it’s disgraceful how the streets, the sidewalks, all the trash that’s lying there on the corners and on the curbs, everywhere you go in Hagerstown is filthy, filthy dirty. I realize it’s the people who do this. I know this, but at least they used to clean it up occasionally — but not anymore.”
— Washington County

“In Afghanistan: New roads, new bridges, new schools, new jobs, with training. Here: Cut Medicare, cut Medicaid, cut health care, cut assistance to help low-income people with their heating assistance, and no more cost-of-living raises for people on Social Security. That’s the Republican way to pay off the debt.”
— Clear Spring

“Do you know, it’s terrible the banks don’t give you back your checks anymore, and now, if you need a copy of a check, you have to pay $10.25 just to get a copy of that check. I don’t think this is right. If they would send us back our checks like it should be, we wouldn’t have to worry about bothering them for a copy.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Let me first say I’m a Republican, been one since 1972. I don’t care if you believe it or not, I’m a Republican. And my mother is a Democrat, my 75-year-old mother, and I am ashamed to say I’m a Republican to her face, when they’re gonna cut her Social Security about $300 to $500 a year. She lives on less than $20,000 a year, and yet Roscoe Bartlett and the Koch brothers don’t want to pay their fair share because they’re millionaires. You guys should be ashamed, very ashamed.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about I totally agree with the caller from Williamsport about taking away from the welfare instead of the seniors. These people have it made. They get their food, their — just about anything they want or think they need, and they’re better off than the seniors because they can’t get help. I realize everyone needs a little help once in a while, but not generation after generation.”
— Washington County

“I have a question: We’re over $14 trillion in debt, and Obama, his first 18 months that he was president, all he was worried about was passing Obamacare. Well, who’s gonna pay for Obamacare?”
— Williamsport

“I’d like to respond to a person from Hagerstown who says about ... (the) Republican Party trying to cut spending and not raise taxes. Well, I don’t like neither one of the parties, to tell you the truth. Republicans want to cut spending, and you cut spending, but you don’t need to raise taxes. People don’t have jobs now, so how you gonna raise taxes? People can’t pay their bills. They need to cut spending and need to cut some of these programs. And Social Security and Medicare are not an entitlement, it’s something people work for. They need to cut welfare and some of these politicians’ pay.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, the right-wingers and right-wing talk show hosts, all of them, they hate President Obama and his wife so much that they even criticize his wife and them little kids for the victory garden that they have there at the White House. And if you have seen them pictures of it at the White House, Michelle Obama and them little kids are out there harvesting their fruit and their vegetables and eating at the table, and you know ... but it’s really cheap when they gotta criticize things like that.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to thank the county commissioners and the roads department and (the paving company) for doing a good job on the roads in Colonial Park. We appreciate it.”
— Hagerstown, Colonial Park

“This is in regard to the comment in today, Thursday, July 21, about long and short paragraphs. Please note, this is a short paragraph.”
— Myersville, Md.

“I want to remind everyone who has a hummingbird feeder to please hang them in shade. Sun ferments the sweet liquid and turns it into alcohol, which kills the birds.”
— Washington County

“Turns out the reason that gas and oil is priced so high is because of our need for war. The No. 1 consumer in the world is the U.S. military. We need to stop these wars. When Bill Clinton left office, gas was around a dollar a gallon. Now, 12 years later, it’s around $4 a gallon. Stop the wars.”
— Hagerstown

“This call is in response to the Sharpsburg caller who’s thanking Neil Parrott for putting in the vote against illegal immigrants. I’m so tired of everybody from the Tea Party and others like the Sharpsburg caller talking about illegal immigrants, and how our forefathers will be spinning in their graves. Our forefathers were illegal immigrants. All they had to do was step out of Virginia and they were in another country. The whole state of Texas, when we went down there, belonged to Mexico. They need to stop worrying about illegal immigrants and quit being afraid of people they don’t know.”
— Hagerstown

“The city of Hagerstown is always wondering why people do not come downtown to shop or do business. I was about four to five minutes late returning to my car, and I received a $10 parking ticket. So at $10 a clip, I’m sure there are not too many people that are gonna want to park downtown.”
— Hagerstown

“It gets awful tiresome hearing these ultraconservatives complain about Obama and jobs. If they would just work with him, maybe this wouldn’t happen, and we would get some jobs.”
— Washington County

“Under FDR, the Democrat scare tactics were used because his regime was identical to Obama’s. Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ needed the debt ceiling raised in 1967 and used scare tactics to get his way. Jimmy Carter’s treasury secretary tried to scare everyone into voting to raise the debt ceiling. In 2006, Bush asked for the debt ceiling to be raised, and every Democrat in the Senate voted against it. Bush didn’t try to scare elderly and military. The media never mentioned this.”
— Hagerstown

“Today, one more child abuser and one more sex offender were on trial. ... Judges, where is the justice? We don’t want these people on our streets. Statistics indicate that they will reoffend, and Washington County is crawling with sexual predators and child abusers, but the politics in this city keep that on the hush-hush, and the judges here seem to give them limited sentences. Do our children not matter? Protect our children, and give them the maximum sentences.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in response to the Hagerstown writer blaming the Republicans for the problems. It’s not Republican or Democrat. It’s the fact that we keep raising taxes and spending more than we take in. And it needs to stop, regardless of who’s to blame ... and apparently, must be more Democrats drawing the free money, like welfare and different things, than there are Republicans because they apparently like the current policies, and most people who are working don’t like the current policies. ... We need to change America, regardless of who’s in charge.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Just want to put my two cents in on drivers coming off the off ramp onto the interstate and they don’t check to the left of them, for the main traffic stream. They just barrel out, like they own the road. And the guy in the paper, again, this guy that was killed, there’s more speeding deaths than anything. They need to slow down. That’s all I got to say.”
— Hancock

“With the town of Funkstown getting a permit for tree trimming, I would like to see them get rid of a couple of the dead trees in the community park. They are an eyesore in a beautiful park.”
— Funkstown

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