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Mail Call - Aug. 26

August 26, 2011

“To the Pleasant Valley caller: I am sorry you received such an unpleasant response to your question regarding local activities. In fact, you’ll find a reading club both in Pleasant Valley and at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro. A call to the helpful staff at Turn the Page will provide you with the Pleasant Valley contact. In addition, you’ll meet friendly people in the local Body & Soul exercise classes. Master gardeners abound in this area; you can get connected with them by calling the Washington County Agricultural Center. ... Although there are many kind and generous people in this area, know that there are some who would like nothing more than for you to go back where you came from. ... I suggest that you ignore them.”

— Boonsboro



“It just amazes me that people still put in the paper that the top 5 percent of the wealthiest Americans pay 95 percent of all federal taxes. Forget it. Warren Buffett, the richest man in the world, was on TV the other day, saying he doesn’t pay enough taxes, and he’s willing to pay much more. He says he’s ashamed that he only pays 17 percent of his income in taxes, while people that work for him pay 32 percent of their income.”

— Washington County



“My comment is this. My family and I enjoyed the Ag Expo so much, that was in Washington County, and we especially liked seeing the goats and the cows; the free talk by the park rangers, on the farmers and families in the area of Sharpsburg, after the Battle of Antietam, the beautiful display of photographs.”

— Kearneysville, W.Va.



“President Obama is getting a bad rep. He inherited a lot of problems. He inherited a 7.6 percent unemployment. It’s now 9.2. He inherited 46 percent of the 67 percent unemployed that are without work six months or longer. It’s the highest percentage — he inherited a gas price of $1.80 a gallon. My goodness, it’s — he inherited a federal debt which was 36 percent of gross domestic product, and now it’s 70 percent. And the people on food stamps, he inherited 10.5 percent of the population. It’s now 14.”

— Hagerstown



“I reside at Potomac Towers. I’m 77 years old, and the reason I’m calling, I think the American people better wake up. They see what’s been going on for the last two years with the Republicans saying no, no, no. How do they think the president can do anything if the Congress isn’t going to work with him? And they want another George Bush in office, and if they elect Rick Perry they’re going to have another George Bush. I’m sorry to say that, but that’s my view. I hope the American people can see what’s going on, and listen to it instead of just voting.”

— Hagerstown



“President Obama has talked endlessly about shared sacrifice and a supposed need to increase taxes on the rich, claiming they don’t need all that income. Talk is cheap. Obama is a wealthy man. Yes, he is, and he and his family receive free government-provided housing, food, transportation and health care, etc., so he obviously doesn’t need his salary, so why doesn’t he set a example of real shared sacrifice, and give it back to the taxpayers? And this goes for all those wealthy politicians ... hello, Warren Buffett — also calling for higher taxes. There’s a Treasury Department website where you can donate your own money to the government.”

— Frederick, Md.



“Somebody called in about the new state police barracks (saying it) is a Taj Mahal. The state fire marshal and a crime lab are also included in this building. I do not have a problem with the building.”

— Halfway

     

“To all those who are blaming the Republicans and Bush for not creating jobs, etc., since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives: Remember that after the House votes on these bills it goes to the Senate, in which the Democrats block the changes. When is your president going to realize that he is a failure and has to quit blaming everyone else for his failures? He is the one that promised in his campaign changes for this country. The only change we got went from bad to worse. President Obama, keep your change and get out of office. You had 2 1/2 years and everything has gotten worse. How many years do you need? Sorry, I can’t wait that long.”

— Smithsburg



“Maybe Michele Bachmann was not entirely wrong in wanting to wish Elvis Presley a happy birthday on Aug. 16, the anniversary of his death. After all, there is an element of Christian doctrine, believed by many to be true, that death is one’s ‘birthday into eternity.’”

— Halfway

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