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Mail Call - Aug. 17

August 17, 2011

“I’m  reading Mail Call on Aug. 8 and I see where so many of the comments say well, looks like we got a new plan and we won’t have a financial disaster. Trust me, we have a financial disaster. For the first time in our history, we’ve been stripped of our credit rating. And I think you’re going to be real happy you put those tea party candidates in there, because now you can thank them for their stubbornness, for — we didn’t get ... with much higher interest payments in everything you do.”

— Washington County



“I’d like to thank the people who were behind stopping the illegal immigrants from getting college tuition breaks. But next, I think they need to work on the E-Verify system, or else there’s going to be a lot of people who aren’t citizens voting in the next election because Maryland doesn’t have any kind of way of checking to see if the person is actually a citizen or not.”

— Williamsport



“‘We cannot baby-sit someone else’s Civil War.’ — Barack Obama, January 2007. In 2008, I looked forward to new Democratic leadership (to) make positive change in Washington and bring our troops home as promised. Presently, however, we are now in three coalitions, costing us over $720 million a day, this year being the deadliest for our troops out of the entire 10 years fighting abroad. On the homefront, new programs like ‘Obamacare’ and the ‘Job Ready’ program tanked, wasting billions of dollars. Joblessness is still at an all-time high, with unemployment rates at its worst in decades.”

— Hagerstown

       

“Apparently legalizing gay marriage isn’t Gov. O’Malley’s only priority. He just appointed a huge new commission to help create infrastructure — no, not for the entire state — electric cars, which currently are selling like stink bug-flavored ice cream, and the state will install at least 78 charging stations by summer’s end. I and probably many others can immediately think of at least 20 more urgent and generally beneficial uses, like fixing our crumbling roads, for that money, and in all the propaganda disguised as articles I’ve read on electric cars, the benefit they all touted was that you could just plug them in to your home electrical outlets.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I don’t have the luxury of having a pension. I only have what’s in my IRA. Over the last three days, I have lost $50,000 that will take years to recover. I thank you, tea party, with your ‘your way or no way’ attitude, you’ve caused the stock market to tank and made S&P downgrade our rating because they don’t believe you will ever agree to any solution the Democrats or Republicans come up with ... for jeopardizing my retirement. I might as well just bag it, and put a bag over my head and forget retirement.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in reference to the person who called in, asked about they had been to the restaurant and they wanted to know what they were doing for the military there. Sounds to me like they were looking for a free handout. You don’t use that kind of status to get stuff free. I’m a female, and I’m a retired military personnel, after putting in 32 years of service, and I certainly wouldn’t walk into a restaurant and expect them to give me a free meal. I served my country, I was paid well for doing it, and I’m compensating from it now. I love my country.”

— Hagerstown



“The article in the paper about the House ending the page program, after 200 years, for our high school students, but yet we’re sending — right below it — $100-and-some million to Africa. Why can’t we support our own people, our own high school students, and let Africans worry about Africans?”

— Brightwood Acres East



“Response to caller about Michele Bachmann declining to discuss husband’s business: As any self-righteous person would know that marriage between a man and a woman, you become one. His business is her business ... and continues to be funded with federal money. Unfortunately, the tea party overlooked this in their budget cuts. I would say it’s time to get all steamed up and pour them out.”

— Halfway



“I’d like to thank the tea party for not getting anybody’s taxes raised, not even on millionaires. But I’d like to chide them on their irresponsibility of playing chicken with the debt ceiling. Due to that alone, I lost $10,000 in my 401(k) in the last three days. I’d rather pay the U.S. government another thousand in taxes than to lose $10,000 in three days to some Wall Street millionaire. This is ridiculous. They have to learn, the tea party has to learn, the microeconomic environment of our household is a lot different than the microeconomic environment of a complex U.S. government, where everything has a ripple effect.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling about the $250 President Obama gave us seniors one year. What else has he done?”

— Clear Spring



“I’d like to thank the tea party, Congress. They have now ruined the good-old USA. Let’s see how they can bail us out of this mess that they got us in.”

— Halfway



“How interesting it is that The Herald-Mail will not print in Mail Call anything anybody calls in about the Washington County government. It would be interesting to know what The Herald-Mail is protecting.”

— Washington County



“Yes, I know why the recycle bins were closed in the South End, because people abuse things like that. But it really hurts when I put recyclables into my garbage to be picked up. ... Isn’t there some way, maybe just one day a week, someone could be on patrol at the South End? I do like to recycle. Please come up with a clue for reopening the recycling bins in the South End.”

— Hagerstown



“All this jobs talk coming from Washington is a lot, is from a lot of the same people who voted for NAFTA. Millions of jobs lost. The jobs that went to India and China, we’ll never get back. They own too much of U.S. debt for anyone to mess with them. And technology has displaced a lot of blue-collar jobs. When workers fear losing their jobs, they work harder. Old saying is, ‘You can’t clean up the stream as long as the hogs are laying in it.’ We need to vote these bums out.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“This is in regard to Colonial Park repaving. It was really uncalled for, but they did do a good job. However, my mother lives on one of the side streets that is actually a road. She doesn’t have an assigned parking place right in front of her unit. I was under the assumption that she was supposed to have one parking place in front. Some of the people who live in those units have three and four.”

— Hagerstown



“I think the Washington County government should consider naming the pavilion or the waiting area at the new transportation center on Franklin Street, the Frank Ridenour Memorial Pavilion. Frank was a dedicated servant, as a volunteer and as a firefighter, as well as a driver for the Washington County government, for the county.”

— Boonsboro



“We never had our parents help us with our homework, ever, and we made almost all A’s. The teacher explained to me, not my parents, what to do for homework, and we did it. If today’s kids do not understand what to do, they should ask the teacher to explain it better. Our teacher had 40, and almost 50 sometimes, in a class, and she taught. Our principal removed a disruptive child, and they learned from a special teacher. Why can’t the principal or vice principal help this discipline problem today?”

— Williamsport



“I voted for President Obama, and up until recently had still approved of him. However, I don’t agree anymore. Hopefully, when this term’s up, we’ll get some changes. The war is still going on, gas prices are still outrageous, this economy is horrible and people are in bad shape. Nothing has changed in four years. It’s certainly not gotten any better. If he couldn’t make a change by now ... he talks very pretty, but he says nothing. We need to get him out of Washington, along with all his constituents.”

— Boonsboro



“To the new folks who just moved to Clear Spring and wanted to know about all the sirens going off, what the sirens mean: The sirens mean that help is on the way, and don’t worry, let us do our job and save you. There are so many of us Clear Spring citizens who are going to help you through your emergency.”

— Clear Spring



“So someone invites another person to dinner, and then expects the restaurant to provide a free meal for the guest. I’ve heard everything now. Just because someone is a veteran, you should not expect businesses that may be struggling to provide freebies. And was he in uniform? If not, how would anyone know he was a veteran? I’ve heard everything now.”

— Washington County



“Things were getting slowly better — more slow than any of us would have liked — before the 2010 elections, but since the Republicans have taken over the House, has everyone noticed how much worse things have gotten? And Rep. Shuster and Sen. Toomey, where are the jobs?”

— Waynesboro, Pa.

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