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Mail Call - Aug. 18

August 17, 2011

“I see old John Boehner did it again. He’s getting rid of an institution down in Congress, the page program. Said he’s going to save $5 million a year — a whole $5 million. Wow, John, you’re supposed to save jobs, not eliminate them. Yet he won’t tax his rich buddies, where you’d get probably $600 billion in tax revenue, but he’ll get rid of the page program, which has been around 175 years. John, I’ve asked this before, but you’re supposed to create jobs, not get rid of them. John, where’s the jobs?”
— Hagerstown

“President Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa, to combat worsening drought and famine. What about the drought and famine right here in your own country, Mr. President? Also, Freddie Mac posts $4.7 billion loss and seeks $1.5 billion in additional aid. Time to cut the purse strings from Freddie Mac.”
— Sharpsburg

“Will one of the people President Obama calls the wealthy that aren’t paying their share, please give Tim Geithner a job, so we can get him out of Washington? Perhaps others will be able to make some money for a change. P.S.: Make sure he pays his taxes.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just wondering, all the people who have been killed over in Syria — 1,700, I heard on the news today — where’s President Obama, that he’s not interfering? He was quick to go over in Libya and mess with Moammar Gadhafi, and had no business over there. So why aren’t they over there in Syria, dealing with that dictator over there?”
— Funkstown

“I wonder where the story is in the local media. What I’m talking about is the landfill stickers. I was told I had to wait about six weeks to get mine. Now, what’s going on here? There’s got to be a lot of money being lost, because somebody didn’t get the right stickers, or the stickers just didn’t get here to the people who want them. I hope somebody has contacted ... and the county commissioners, other than myself, because I haven’t gotten an answer. I wanted to know whose responsibility it was, and nobody would tell me. I think that should be public information.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the man from Sharpsburg, saying he didn’t understand double standards. There’s nothing wrong with being a gentleman and opening doors for ladies, but you said you got up — key words — and opened the door for the young girl, taking away time that you were spending with your wife, which most likely hurt your wife’s feelings. You heard about it for a couple of hours, but she’ll feel the hurt forever. Were you being a gentleman for real, or did you just want a closer look?”
— Keedysville

“We’re constantly bombarded with people telling us if you don’t like what the politicians are doing, go to the next election and elect somebody else. Trouble is, all the candidates are the same ... what we should do, on all elections, for every position, in addition to the candidates, there should be another option: ‘None of the above.’ And ‘none of the above’ wins, they get to rerun the election two months later, with entirely new candidates. Do that a few times, and then the party people will get the idea, realize what’s going on and give us decent candidates. We can’t do it with the candidates we get now.”
— Hagerstown

“This for ‘double standard,’ from Sharpsburg. The older lady had a walker and her hands were filled, and it would have been hard for her to handle a door also. He was right. The younger lady, if she was equally burdened with packages and could not handle the door, he was again right. If not, he was just being a show-off.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to let all the senior citizens who are on Medicare or subsidized insurance, to let you know, check your bills carefully. My mom had to go to a local hospital for a stent operation. She had to be transported to Baltimore. Medicare paid for $1,500 for transportation. ... She was sent a registered letter that she had to sign for, that she had to appear in Baltimore court for a court date, and she would be charged $150 more. And my mom is 82 years old. Can’t transportation for ambulance and hospitals expect that Medicare pays? And these people are on a fixed income.”
— Hagerstown

“According to AARP, taxing all income an employee earns, including that over $106,800, would solve 99 percent of Social Security’s insolvency problems. I think most people would not even miss that, because they’re used to getting it taken out. It seems like a simple enough solution to me.”
— Hagerstown

“Thumbs up to the past assistant mayor of Williamsport, Jimmy Black, and his wife, Pam, for making the first-of-the-month Friday night cruise-ins a success. This past Friday, there were over a hundred cars, a band, great food, kettle corn and ice cream. Keep up the good work. You two are very special people. The residents of Williamsport love you.”
— Williamsport

“Recently my wife passed away. Now I receive junk mail from (auction, real estate and memorial companies) trying to sell me services and headstones. These companies show little compassion for grieving families. How would they like to receive unrequested junk mail ... reminding them of their loss? Stop reading obituaries looking for new business.”
— Washington County

“Hey, you Democrats, have you forgot that you still own two-thirds of the government? You have a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president, so anything that’s sent before Harry Reid, he already said is dead in the water, from Congress. Quit blaming them. They still don’t have the power. And as far as Roosevelt starting Social Security, that Social Security was kicked around about 10 to 15 years before he became president. He just happened to be sitting there when it was dropped in his lap, and he signed it. It could’ve, it would’ve happened anyway by some president eventually.”
— Hancock

“Hagerstown caller, are you actually claiming the country’s in the worst shape it’s ever been, worse even than in the Great Depression, and double-digit unemployment, inflation, interest rates, and gas lines under Carter, and it’s all due solely to Republicans controlling the House for seven months? Nonsense. And if President Obama and the congressional Democrats had all those great jobs, great bills to create all those jobs, why didn’t they pass them in the past two years and raise the debt ceiling in December as well, just like they did with Obamacare and the stimulus, when they controlled the presidency and Congress?”
— Frederick, Md.

“President Obama’s blaming the tea party, which is 14 percent of the American population, on the downgrade from AAA to AA. Obama, face responsibilities. It’s your fault. And Bush had some problems, you know, to do with it, too.”
— Funkstown

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