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Mail Call - Aug. 19

August 19, 2011

“This is to the caller, Hagerstown caller, concerning the Washington County Detention Center calls to your daughter’s phone. Tell her do not answer those calls, because she will get charged on her phone. It is an inmate doing it. They get your number from the phone book, they memorize it. They just want you to do stuff for them. Do not do it. And definitely keep contacting the Washington County Detention Center about the problem. They will tell you what to do.”

— Hagerstown


“To the Hagerstown person who said that Reagan left office with a $2.4 trillion debt: Guess why? They had a Democratic Congress and a Democratic Senate. And that group also was the first to put tax on Social Security, in 1983. Reagan signed it. But check it out. It’s all true.”

— Charles Town, W.Va.


“I’d like to call out to all 401(k) owners. Do not panic. This market crisis is being instigated by the profit-taking speculators. They are the same guys who caused the gas prices to go up. They make their money by manipulating the market. They force a sell-off, then buy it back when stocks fall. I repeat, do not panic.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“I doubt if the county has ever flushed hydrants in Brightwood Acres East. The residents plant bushes around the hydrants, to obscure them from public view. Heaven help us if our house ever catches fire.”

— Hagerstown


“This is concerning the new light that was put up, coming from Cearfoss Pike and going from Salem Avenue out. I come in that way every morning from work, and the drivers cut you off. It’s like we both have a green light. And this morning, the guy — I just hope someone who reads this will know who to contact, to find out what can be done about that traffic control light before someone gets killed there. It’s very dangerous.”

— Hagerstown


“All you vehicle owners out there: Oil went down to $87 a barrel. Where is our consumer protection agency? Let’s boycott all the stations for one day, and see if the gasoline comes down.”

— Maugansville


“I’m calling about the migraine headaches that Michele Bachmann has. You know, I think there’s a double standard here, big time. They go after her for something like that, but I don’t remember Bill Clinton or even Barack Obama having to submit to any sort of a health care or any health problem thing.”

— Hagerstown


“This failed administration must stop using class warfare to promote their agenda and make excuses for their failures. It’s irresponsible, because these toxic talking points could lead us into civil unrest like England is experiencing. Tone down the inflammatory rhetoric, or you will be looking for someone to blame for its outcome.”

— Hagerstown


“Mark this day down in your record book: Thursday, Aug. 11. I’m following a truck on Dual Highway, and it is gathering up orange cones. We now have most of the lanes or all of the lanes open; all marked, and no orange cones. Thursday, Aug. 11.”

— Hagerstown


“Front page of the Sunday paper, the lady who is raising her grandson, you know what? Someone needs to contact the Commission on Aging, because they have a support group. There’s a lot of us grandparents out here raising our grandchildren ... So you know, they could do a story in every Sunday morning paper for all the grandparents who live just in Hagerstown.”

— Hagerstown


“I was reading in Thursday’s paper, a very smart article, ‘Senior center funding in limbo.’ Particularly with the economy the way it is, we do not need that senior center in Hagerstown, and particularly out at HCC. And if you have $5.85 million to build a senior center, you’re taking everything away from the seniors, why don’t you divide that up amongst the seniors in Washington County and help us buy our food and our medicine, that so many seniors have to choose between either one or the other.”

— Smithsburg


“Last full year of Bush, 2008, ... $450 billion deficit. First full year of President Obama, 2009, $1.41 trillion deficit. If you can’t do the math, I’ll do it for you. That’s exactly double. That’s with a Democrat Senate and a Democrat Congress.”

— Big Pool


“I’m calling to let the person know about the Washington County Detention Center that’s getting phone calls. All you need to do is call your phone company. Tell them that you do not want to reverse charges, you would like the block put on your phone, and they will do this for you and you will no longer get phone calls from any prison around the area.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m reading in the paper that Joni Burkhart, professional learning mentor for the Washington County school system, has said that the new group of teachers this year is smaller than in the past years, because of the county’s efforts to retain quality educators. Well, I was a quality educator and I just retired, and I feel that there is an effort to not retain quality educators who are older.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m calling concerning the garbage truck on Netz Road, and also the people who put their garbage out and leave their containers, five or six, sometimes, lay along the road until almost time for the garbage man to come again. We would like to have that stopped here on Netz Road.”

— Boonsboro


“To the (Pleasant) Valley caller: First, I’d just like to say welcome to the area. I think you’ll find most people out here are a lot friendlier and more helpful than the Boonsboro respondent. For exercise classes, I know Keedysville has yoga and aerobics, and I think Mount Nebo Church in Boonsboro has zumba classes. Check the local sections of the paper for more specific information. Also, you should check out the Boonsboro library, for information on reading clubs. Granted, not all things are as convenient here as in the city, but it sure is a lot nicer. Again, welcome, and good luck getting settled in.”

— Keedysville


“In reference to the new police barracks down off of 70, whoever isn’t happy with the way it looks: It’s going to look like Annapolis. It’s, I don’t understand people who complain all the time. That police barracks was long time coming. They used to work in a ‘Cracker Barrel,’ and still, they did their jobs in helping and keeping everybody safe. So stop your complaining and just let the police department, state police department ... I congratulate the new police barracks.”

— Washington County


“Regarding the Congressional Reform Act of 2011, individuals who favor the suggestions contained therein may want to check the following website: www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressio nal-reform-act. The Congressional Reform Act of 2011 is an email which has been circulating via the Internet since early 2011. The Constitution should be amended based on need and fact, not on emotion.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“To the person from Hagerstown (Herald-Mail, 11 August 2011): Yes, Ronald Reagan left a budget deficit. I am sure he is looking down on us today, still waiting for Congress to generate the promised spending cuts in return for the tax increase. That Congress spent every dollar of increased income and more generated by the Reagan economic revolution. The bigger issue is that Reagan understood the free enterprise system and the promise of prosperity for all Americans. He never engaged in the class warfare and Balkanization of America that our current president engages in on a daily basis.”

— Chambersburg, Pa.
       

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“We never got out of the Great Depression in a natural way. All the government programs did was help some of the people feed themselves. The Least Lent Program with the U.K. started us out, in 1941 we were in the war and business picked up because that was a thing the whole nation was involved in. Three things are killing us now, the Free Trade Agreement, foreign wars with us feeding money to our enemies, and our attempt to save the world but allowing our own people to suffer. We cannot fix it by cutting taxes for the manufacturers, since they will not hire if there is no one out there with a job to buy their products.”

— Hagerstown

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