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Mail Call - Aug. 15

August 15, 2011

“I’ve lived in Williamsport all my life, and the town clock in Williamsport has always been set. What is the problem now, that the town clock in Williamsport is not being taken care of the way it’s supposed to be taken care of, and it’s not being set the way it’s supposed to be set? I mean, that’s been in Williamsport for years and years and years, and I think somebody ought to correct this problem.”

— Williamsport



“This is a suggestion on how to lower the debt in this country. Start taking Social Security off people that make more than $111,000. Most people don’t know this, but employers do not deduct any Social Security when they reach this amount. And also, another way, start taking everything away from the illegals that are here; the food stamps, money.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d like to thank the people ... who called in and said about the ... bank not sending us our checks, and my bank charging me to get a copy of the check that I needed. I think it’s a shame that they don’t send us back our checks because that’s supposed to be our receipt. And I cannot go online and get anything because I do not have a computer. And I belong to a credit union, so I just have to do what I gotta do. But I thank them, and I appreciate their information.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“This is for the lady, a complete stranger, who helped me at the (grocery store) on Monday afternoon, when I ran out of cash. I want her to know that I made a donation to Washington County Free Library for the same amount of money that she helped me with.”

— Washington County



“To all people: In 2006, Sen. Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling, saying Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. He called for fiscal responsibility, saying we cannot settle for a future of raising deficits and debts our children cannot pay.”

— Hagerstown



“Every speech that President Obama gives about the problems of the country, he always gets in, ‘the problems I inherited.’ You know what? His whining is really getting old. He needs to grow up, be a man, be a president, and say that he is now responsible for getting this country back on track. Stop whining.”

— Hagerstown



“Kathleen Parker certainly seems to have a big problem with the tea party, in her Aug. 2 and Aug. 4 columns on your opinion page. She so boldly wants to toss them. As one of the many already-taxed-enough subscribers of your paper, I say toss Kathleen Parker.”

— Clear Spring



“It seems since the Republicans took the House back in November 2010, the unemployment rate has gone up. Where are the jobs, Rep. Shuster?”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I’m watching TV, and all these experts trying to figure out why the stock market has dropped six days in a row. Today it was over 500 points. Want me to tell you? I can figure it out. When John Boehner went on TV and said he got 98 percent of what he wanted — been dropping ever since. Republicans got 98 percent of what they want. What’s that tell you?”

— Hagerstown



“Working federal for many years, at the end of the fiscal year, we were not allowed to take leave, due to balancing the year-end finances. Congress should be held to the same standards; vacation when their jobs are finished and budgets passed on time. The fact that they never get the budget passed every year is an abomination. These continuing resolutions cost the taxpayer many dollars. I would like to see time clocks for federal employees. That might eliminate some of the late workers, or those who just don’t show up and still get paid.”

— Washington County



“To all the camp counselors at Williamsport Elementary School who work for the Washington County rec department: Thank you for making my grandchildren’s summer an enjoyable one. A special thank you to counselors Chrissy and Justin, for your patience and caring ways, especially with the energetic one. You guys rock.”

— Clear Spring



“I would like to comment on Victoria Ross’ letter to the editor last week, and specifically, her Congressional Reform Act of 2011. It was a great analysis of the problem. It’s just too bad we can’t enact it.”

— Myersville, Md.



“I’m calling in response to the call about the abortion clinic, and the person from Downsville in the Aug. 5 edition of The Herald-Mail. I think people have a right to make up their own minds what they want to do. You people that keep standing outside these abortion clinics with these pictures need to be stopped. People have a right to make up their own minds about abortions.”

— Hagerstown



“The reason most of our elected officials are in office isn’t because they’ve proven they are good leaders or understand the people they represent. To the contrary; most of our elected officials are in office because they are very wealthy. The average Joe has no possibility of getting elected in these times, and that is why the average Joe or Jane’s hardships isn’t empathized with by our political officials. The tea party candidates don’t represent the average people, either. They simply represent frustration and opposition to the current politicians in an organized manner.”

— Smithsburg



“Oil went down $5 a barrel. They raised the gas since then. Price gouging.”

— Clear Spring



“You know, since the Republicans got the House majority, where have we got to? Nothing. The stock market (lost) 500 points today, and since they’ve been in office, they haven’t mentioned one word about jobs, and that was their priority before they got elected, they’d get jobs. They haven’t got one bill for jobs yet. So you people wanted the Republicans, so you got them.”

— Hagerstown



“Does anybody really know if President Obama knows what he’s doing? I guess we elected a man who basically is an amateur at politics, and continues to play the blame game. Come on, November 2012.”

— Hagerstown



“I just wanted to say thanks so much for throwing your trash out on Jordan Road. If you want a free dump, don’t use our road. We have your name, and clue; you live on Virginia Avenue. But here’s a tip. Times are tough, times are hard, take your trash and properly discard, preferably not in our yard.”

— Fairplay



“The Republican Speaker of the House said he got 98 percent of what he wanted in the debt ceiling bill, but if you look at it closely, you’ll see that in 15 years, under this great bill that he got, the deficit for the U.S. will go to $20 trillion — not 14, 20. Sounds like a great deal to me. Is that what the Republicans call responsible government?”

— Sharpsburg



“You’re wrong, as usual, Hagerstown caller. We conservative Republican tea partiers do see the light. It’s just that your so-called light is actually at the end of a tunnel, and it’s an oncoming train called $14 trillion in debt and endless deficit spending piled on current taxpayers and future generations. Oh, how blind are you that (you) cannot see this.”

— Frederick, Md.

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