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Mail Call - Aug. 8

August 08, 2011

“I see the city of Hagerstown will now be allowing all persons with handicapped stickers to park without paying meter fees. I agree with this, for those persons who are truly handicapped, not those with stickers that really are not disabled or are using a family member’s sticker illegally. Who will check for those? There will be no spaces for the rest of us to park downtown after four hours ... plus the illegal use of stickers. Also please read the instructions. The handicapped stickers are to be taken out of your windshield while driving.”

— Hagerstown



“All you have to do is read the paper and know it’s time to bring our soldiers home. A Maryland National Guardsman gets life for murder? This is war. Don’t our leaders know what war actually means? They had set up, according to the paper, a secure area around the mortar unit. This guy came in, didn’t leave. Well, too bad. That’s the luck of the draw, fella. Even if they are ordered to leave the area, they take you down. This Maryland National Guardsman did what he was trained to do. Now maybe somebody will think back about the Cole being hit by those terrorists.”

— Hagerstown



“Two comments I would like to make: No. 1, Gov. O’Malley sponsoring the gay marriage bill, that definitely has to be in conflict with his Roman Catholic religion. I really don’t understand what’s going on there, and I’m surprised that he is a supporter. No. 2, the person that commented that they would have to drive 10 miles to Boonsboro if the Brownsville post office were closed, actually you’re only going to have to drive about a mile and a half. There is a post office in Rohrersville. But believe me, I’d hate to see the Brownsville post office close.”

— Knoxville, Md.



“If a family is extremely low-income, poor, and a loved one dies and Social Security only pays $255, what do they do? How are they supposed to handle the situation? I just don’t understand what they’re doing, because it’s about to happen to someone I know, and I don’t know how to deal with it.”

— Hagerstown



“I have a solution to the national debt. Start by putting cameras at every section in Hagerstown. Every car that runs a red light, a stop sign, or doesn’t use a turn signal, will be fined $10. The debt will be paid off in one week.”

— North End, Hagerstown



“This is on ‘Some reforms that should apply to Congress itself,’ by Victoria Ross. Ma’am, I agree with your suggestions 100 percent. I wish a lot of American people would read your piece in Sunday’s paper on letters to the editor. Matter of fact, you ought to send a copy of that to the White House, right to the president. ... Email that to the president of the U.S. and see what kind of answer you get.”

— Hagerstown



“Someone called and said what a great job they did with the repaving in Colonial Park. Problem is, they didn’t do it all. The street I’m on is much older than some of the streets that were paved, and badly needs repaving, but it looks like they’re finished with the job. So I say no, it wasn’t a good job — only on the parts they did. And doing half a job, you might as well do no job.”

— Hagerstown



“The ‘Economic Pulse’ that was in Sunday’s paper was very educational, but it didn’t go far enough. I’d like to know how many homes are for sale, apartments that are for rent, and how many foreclosures in Washington County — also, how many people aren’t on the unemployment roll because they’re on welfare.”

— Hagerstown



“This whole debt ceiling debate is absolutely pathetic. Both parties are acting like spoiled brats. I hope millions of people in both parties switch to the independent party. Republicans keep saying the American people elected them in the last election to cut spending and other things, but they certainly didn’t elect them to do this solely at the expense of the low- and middle-class people and not the rich. I’m sure if the election was done over now, there would be a big difference. Also, the same with the election of President Obama.”

— Hagerstown



“Thanks, Hagerstown caller, for another hate-filled partisan rant. Those evil Republicans are out to destroy people’s lives, and only want to help the rich. You forgot to claim we also want to end Social Security and see seniors starve in the streets. Slipping, aren’t you? I always find it hilarious as well as pathetic that you apparently do believe vicious insults and name calling — Republicans are sick and vile and everyone who votes Republican has something wrong with them — will convince people to change their views. But please keep up the good work. I only hope people really do see you as the true face of the Democrat party.”

— Frederick, Md.



“You know, you’re watching TV and you’re right in the middle of a program, this is Sunday night — I know he did it, what, I think last week again — but guess who’s on TV again? President Obama. Boy, I hope he’s a one-and-done.”

— Williamsport



“This probably will not be published by the time the debt ceiling is voted on, but I would like to say that I absolutely have no problem with Congress increasing the taxes on the ultra-rich. Why do the middle class — Republican or Democrat or independent — and poor and seniors, have to always make the sacrifices, yet the people who are millionaires and billionaires don’t make any sacrifices at all? It’s about time that we stand up for ourselves. Millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes, because let me tell you, they use more services than we do.”

— Keedysville



“I see in Monday’s paper the debt deal was reached. I think this is just their way of scaring the American people to doing what they want, on further down the line. OK, that’s only my personal opinion, but it’s the way I feel.”

— Hancock



“Maybe the callers to Mail Call can call in and make a comment or two on this. It seems like every time — I’m just talking about state employees here in Maryland — every time they get a raise, their health insurance goes up. It goes hand in hand. It’s like, well, if they’re making more money, we’re going to take more money from them. Now, I’m a retired state employee with over 30 years of service, and in the last couple years I have not gotten ... I can’t complain, because nobody else is getting theirs either. Now this year I finally got a cost-of-living allowance. It’s a little bit over 1 percent, but after the insurance was upped ...”

— Hagerstown



“Oh me, oh my, every time I see a tea bag I want to cry. For what I thought was so good for me only makes me sick to my tummy. In a land that was so free, I pray that freedom rings, not just for the wealthy, but for you and me.”

— Halfway



“This is on the presidency for 2012. I’m reading on Friday, 29th’s paper, Michele Bachmann declined to discuss her husband’s business. Good for you. That’s what Sarah Palin should have done. The media or somebody wants to know about her husband’s financial business and everything else, and she said she is running for the president of the U.S., not her husband. And she says, ‘I’m running for the president of the U.S. My husband is not running for the president. Neither are my children.’ Neither is our business, and thank you, Mrs. Michele Bachmann.”

— Hagerstown



“I agree with Mr. Powderly’s letter to the editor on the 24th. I have not seen the event to which he referred, nor have I knowingly ever seen child pornography, but I wonder if there is really any difference, other than perhaps to call what was seen ‘fetal pornography.’”

— Hagerstown



“I cannot believe what I just read about these people who are saying that how great of a columnist this Pitts is. This man is constantly using minority-based statements that are just atrocious. If I, as a Caucasian male, would make the statements — that I would never do it, but if I did make those statements about the different race, I would be charged. ... This man needs to be taken out of our paper.”

— Hagerstown



“Why do we, the people of Maugansville, have to put up with all these planes continuously flying over our house, making noise? Bad enough they go over once, but they keep circling and going over and over. If it can’t be stopped, Washington County needs to shut the airport down and get out of the airport business.”

— Washington County



“You right-wingers and right-wing talk show hosts were in such a big hurry to get the Republicans in the Congress, well, you got them there, so this country’s in the worse shape it’s ever been, and they don’t have one bill for jobs. All they do is hold up everything. Now they got this country in such a mess that it’s going to take years to get out of it.”

— Hagerstown



“Me and my husband just moved to the town of Clear Spring, Md. Could someone tell me about what all these sirens at the fire hall going off mean? They scare me terribly. One long siren, then there is a sixth siren going off. What do these goings-off mean? Every time a family member leaves my house and the siren goes off, I get sick on my stomach. I now have a nervous stomach. I have never heard sirens like this in any place I have ever lived. What do they mean?”

— Clear Spring



“There’s been a lot of people in this column praising the name of the conservative messiah, Ronald Reagan. What revisionists. They must forget that his administration outfitted and trained the Afghan rebels, in an attempt to bankrupt the Soviet Union. And when we abandoned those people, they reorganized to become the Taliban and al-Qaida. Now we spend trillions fighting them. Thanks, Ronald Reagan.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, it looks like we’ll get a new plan, and that we won’t have a financial disaster. The debt limit will be raised. But this plan that they’ve all voted on is a joke, and most of the big cuts don’t come until 2013. That’s after the next election, because the Republicans, even tea partiers, don’t want to look like they’re not helping the needy and the old and the sick, and their constituents at home, right before an election.”

— Sharpsburg



“Of all the lovely towns in Washington County, if you go through Funkstown, every house on the main street is just so pretty, and everybody maintains them, and it’s got to be one of the nicest towns in Washington County.”

— Hagerstown

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