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Mail Call - Aug. 29

August 29, 2011

“Since you have allotted a lot of column space to Allan Powell, to unload a ton of dirt on the Republicans and the Koch brothers, I would like to request that Allan Powell or one of the Herald-Mail editors do the same thing with the Democrats and George Soros. He is a billion — multibillionaire that supplies them with lots of money.”

— Boonsboro



“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.

     

“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



“Michele Bachmann got up in an assembly in Spartanburg, S.C., on Aug. 16 and said ‘Let’s wish Elvis a happy birthday.’ Elvis Presley died 34 years ago, on Aug. 16, 1977. Lots of hot air and no knowledge — none. A perfect teapot candidate.”

— Hagerstown



“I have nothing against Harriet Tubman. She was a true heroine in her efforts to free slaves back 100 ago. However, to build a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Dorchester County with $8.5 million of federal funding, to me is just another waste of government money. Thank you, Gov. O’Malley.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“This is to all the readers of Mail Call. I wonder if you all are ready to confront our flash mob of destructive, rampant running teenagers, like they’re doing way down 270, not too far from here. When I drive around Hagerstown and see these groups of teenagers running around wildly, I think the next thing might be to be a flash mob at a store. I hope the police are prepared, too.”

— Washington County



“When will President Obama, as the leader of the free world, admit that what he has done the last 2 1/2 years is not working, instead of blaming the Republicans, the tea party, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis and anything else he can think of? I think it’s time for him to admit, ‘my policies aren’t working and we need to change.’”

— Boonsboro



“This is in answer to the new Clear Spring resident, about the sirens. The long siren is for ambulance volunteer help, and the short sirens in a row, four consecutive in a row, is for a fire call. And that’s for the volunteers to come from their homes to get to the station to be able to go out on a call.”

— Clear Spring



“I just wanted to recommend to everybody the sheriff’s, Washington County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement awareness program. It’s like a citizens police academy. I went through it last year, and it was great, and I see they’re starting a new one on Sept. 6. So I would highly recommend that to any of the citizens of Washington County.”

— Hagerstown



“I’ve noticed the only time people want to get together and be ‘united we stand’ is whenever something horrible happens, such as 9/11. Concerning the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, I was just wondering, are we still ‘united we stand,’ as one? I don’t think so. Yeah, most people went along with their own lives. I realize we need to live our lives, I mean, accordingly, I mean. We can let things bother us, but still I don’t feel that we’re united, as we were on the horrible 9/11 day.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“Once again, our Congress has passed the buck by forming a supercommittee, a committee made up of the unfit, by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary. It is time to remove these corrupt-icians we have in Washington.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“Consider opening up your heart and your home to a homeless animal. Your generosity will be repaid with never-ending love.”

— Clear Spring



“I got one thing to say about these kids riding bicycles right in the middle of the street, and these kids that are walking in the middle of the street, like they have no fear of anything. If you want to suffer the consequences, just keep on doing what you’re doing.”

— Hagerstown



“To the caller that wanted some advice about a burial, because Social Security only contributes $250: Well, most people get, have life insurance, or if they don’t, they have enough savings to bury, put away to bury themselves or their loved one. In my case, my brother passed away, he had no insurance or money, and I had to pay the funeral home, and what was left over, the balance, I paid him monthly until the debt was satisfied. So I guess that’s why life insurance comes in handy.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I would like to hear from other callers, if they wondered why the comic strip called ‘The Piranha Club’ is buried back in the classified ads, instead of being in the comics section, to replace some of the other so-called comics.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in regard to let the people of Hagerstown know that when you hear an ambulance or a siren, they need to pull over. I was on Dual Highway ... and the ambulance was trying to get through and they ... still don’t let the ambulance get through. You have to remember, a loved one could have been hurt, it could’ve been your loved one hurt. So remember, you need to pull over when there’s an ambulance, a siren of any kind.”

— Hagerstown



“I’d just like to comment on the person who was grumbling about the tea partiers holding back decisions of the Democrats and Republicans. The tea partiers are Republicans.”

— Hagerstown



“This is directed to the Hagerstown city council and mayor. As I was coming down through Hagerstown, going west on Franklin Street the other day, I noticed a young man standing down on Franklin Street on the corner, with his pants halfway down over his behind, his underwear halfway up his back. Why doesn’t the city council pass a law ... this riff-raff on the streets?”

— Hagerstown



“I came home from work, got something to drink, sat out in my lawn chair. My doorbell started ringing. I could hear it from outside. Walked around the front of the house, people there ringing my doorbell, right where my ‘No soliciting’ sign is. So I told them to read the sign and leave my property. Well, they’re not soliciting. I suggest you are, if you’re going door to door. Well, we’re from a religious group, whatever it was. I said ‘Doesn’t matter. You’re still soliciting. Let me see your permit. You’re in city limits.’ ‘We don’t need a permit.’ ... Does this happen to anybody else?”

— Hagerstown



“Wow, a little knowledge is very dangerous in this neighborhood of Hagerstown. Regarding the page program, those were teenagers, whose fathers — or mothers, or both — were fat-cat donors. They had a life of luxury on Capitol Hill, with free room and board and tutoring. Jobs? Ha. They ran around like they owned the city — when I lived there, anyway. That is not getting rid of jobs. Did you ever hear of electronic mail, sir?”

— Hagerstown



“This is for the Hagerstown caller thanking the tea party for not getting anybody’s taxes raised. Don’t believe the propaganda. The taxes on my pension went up 88 percent in January, thanks to their demand that the rich didn’t have to pay more taxes.”

— Hagerstown



“Why doesn’t Allan Powell look out of both eyes, instead of keeping one covered all the time? He speaks about the Kochs and their contribution to the Republicans. What happened to George Soros and his millions that go to the Democrats? Let’s hear a little bit of both from Mr. Powell.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“The picture in Thursday’s newspaper of Rep. Capito touring Macy’s fulfillment center in West Virginia could have been a picture of Roscoe Bartlett touring a site in Washington County. What does he do for our county, and why do people vote for him?”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know, the road, Route 63, the railroad bridge that’s being redone over, I’d like to know when that will be open. Does anybody know how long that’s going to be closed? Because it’s so inconvenient.”

— Williamsport



“The economy shows signs of slow, but sure, recovery. We have 200,000 new jobs nationwide, gas prices have leveled off, home sales are improving, slowly, and so is unemployment — and I have to wonder, there, how many people just plain don’t want to work. And still, President Obama gets blamed for everything. I can’t believe it.”

— Washington County



“I would like to know if anybody would know the next rabies clinic being held by the Health Department and/or the Washington County animal society. I would like to know that, please.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in response to the Frederick caller who says Social Security was kicked around 10 to 15 years, and just dropped in Roosevelt’s lap. He is so blinded by his partisan politics, it is ridiculous. He can’t even give credit where credit is due. He shows a real, real dislike of Democrats, no matter if they do anything good — including killing Osama bin Laden — he finds something bad with it. This caller really needs to look at things ... I am a Democrat, but if a Republican has a good idea, I am all for it. I don’t understand why he has to just disparage Democrats every day in this paper.”

— Hagerstown



“I am a conservative Christian and a tea party supporter, and I vote for Republicans because there are no Independents or Democrats who are worth voting for anymore. It is interesting that President Obama said it was an emergency to pass his stimulus bill and his Obamacare bill, but jobs for Americans can wait until sometime in the fall, after he comes home from his super-rich posh vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. And waiting is good for Obama because more people will die, so jobs will go to others. And someone asks in Mail Call, how do the tea party people sleep at night? The tea party is for less government, low taxes and fiscal responsibility.”

— Hagerstown



“In response to the vehicle emissions Mail Call on Aug.15: Did you look at the surrounding states and their laws to create a cleaner environment? Having lived in Pennsylvania for seven years, I would much rather pay $14 every two years than to pay for a full inspection of my vehicle that costs approximately $70 (if they don’t find anything wrong,) and if you are lucky enough to live in a county that requires emissions testing, you also have to pay for that as needed. As for needing to drive around for 20 minutes before getting to the station, unless you live right next to the station, I am fairly certain your drive to the location will suffice.”

— Hagerstown

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