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Mail Call - Aug. 30

August 29, 2011

“I have a suggestion as to how to get more acceptable candidates to run for office. Let’s all stop contributing to these huge multimillion-dollar ‘campaign fund treasuries’ that politicians typically accumulate. Why should it take that much money to run for office? It shouldn’t, really. These huge ‘contributions’ are just another way of buying a politician, and it seems most of them are for sale, to one extent or another. If we could cut out that nonsense, then perhaps more open, honest and upright citizens could seriously run for office, based on their own merits, actual accomplishments and real qualifications, rather than who collected the most money.”
— Hagerstown

“I find it discouraging to see all the comments blaming the tea party for the situation with the debt-ceiling issues and the S&P downgrade. In reality, the U.S. should have been degraded long ago, due to reckless fiscal policy. If any citizen went to apply for credit with financials like the U.S. government, we would be immediately denied. Sorry, folks, we will not be borrowing and spending our way out of this one. It will not work. If you are not ready to tighten up your belt, then you need a reality check.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to thank all the callers blaming us tea partiers for the downgrade in the stock market debacle, because for the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve been depressed of the outrageous deficit spending and other Obama administration policies I think are doing great harm to our country, because especially since the debt-ceiling charade, I’ve felt powerless to stop them, but now, thanks to you, I realize that even though we don’t control even one branch of Congress, we have the power to destroy our country, our economy and your pension investments. So, now I feel great ... because of all the incredible power we, according to you, actually have.”
— Frederick, Md.

“You know the dollar isn’t what it used to be. All over the world, it’s down so low it isn’t funny. The economy isn’t any good. Our unemployment is at 9.1, but people say it’s really 17 percent, because a lot of people just gave up hope for looking for jobs. And where’s our president at? Martha’s Vineyard, one of the ritziest places in America.”
— Williamsport

“I just would like to let everybody know that if they go to the local big, big store, they will find rubber bands made in the good ol’ USA. Let’s go shopping, folks, and buy out the rubber bands and keep one of our companies in business.”
— Hagerstown

“On July 4, during Longmeadow area yard sales, we allowed a gentleman to sell items on our property. If you purchased from him a paintball gun set, you were short three cartridges. We still have them, if you wish to come by and pick them up. We are south of Longmeadow Road, in Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“Maybe I’m a grinch, but it seems to me that these 9/11 motorcycle people, instead of wasting all that gas, closing highways, holding up other people, could have spent that time and money volunteering for a worthy cause. I just think it was a complete waste of time.”
— Hagerstown

“In regards to the recent comment or epitaph for George Bushey, I feel that the fact that it was reiterated about his past was completely inappropriate. George did a lot of good things for the community and was a great citizen, a great father and a great husband, and it was very unfortunate, the article that was published that brought up some of his missteps in the past. We should remember our folks that passed as good people, instead of dredging up bad comments from the past.”
— Hagerstown

“Today was the first payday for Washington County public school teachers. Those teachers who have 20 years or more experience perhaps got a small stipend; however, we really did get a pay cut, because our paychecks were less than they were last year. So when people think Washington County public schoolteachers make a lot of money, they all should know that we basically got a pay cut.”
— Smithsburg

“You liberal parrots that repeat what is said to you by your socialist heroes currently in power, hear this: The most evil rich, that is, the top 2 percent, pay 40 percent of all income taxes. Fifty-one percent pay no — I repeat, no income taxes. Yet these bottom feeders feel that the rich don’t pay enough? I bet the ones who talk the most about the rich Republicans are the very ones who pay nothing. But they’ll jump on the socialist bandwagon, so that the handouts will keep flowing their way.”
— Hagerstown

“When these police officers see kids — or for that matter, anyone — riding through stop signs and red lights, etc., they should confiscate the bicycles and resell them at an auction, and use that money in their operating budget.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to know why there are kids on the street from 3:30, 4:00, 5:00 in the morning, sometimes all night long. Where are the parents? Where are the cops? Where is the curfew? I don’t understand. This town is just letting kids take over, and parents don’t give a you-know-what. And one more thing, if I have time. There’s a guy that delivers the newspaper in Boonsboro. He goes from North Main Street to South Main Street on the wrong side of the road. You’ve got to go out around him, into the traffic. He goes up and down the street, one street off the other, never stops. He’s going to cause an accident.”
— Boonsboro

“I’d like to respond to a person from Martinsburg, W.Va. This is on tax cuts. They responded that Clinton left office with a budget in the black, and Bush got in office, we were in the red because he ordered all the tax cuts, and there was no money coming in from taxes. You don’t need to raise taxes. The government needs to quit spending. I don’t know why you people think that raising taxes always brings more revenue in. It brings more revenue in, but it also hurts people who can’t afford it.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for ‘Double Standard’ from Sharpsburg. It is very hurtful and humiliating for a lady when her man shows undue attention to other women, or girls, in her presence. So if you must engage in this behavior, don’t disrespect your wife by doing it in front of her.”
— Hagerstown

“Our government is becoming more and more a plutocracy than a democracy. Lincoln was concerned about it in 1864. T. Roosevelt, Wilson and F. Roosevelt voiced their opinion on the uncontrollable concentration of wealth. For a democracy to operate efficiently, the middle class has to be twice as large and politically strong as the class above and below it, together. Something is in the wind when the largest corporations in the U.S. have eliminated thousands of jobs, tripled their assets, profits and enlarged their market value eight-fold. They have increased their foreign labor and hoarded their money, tax-free, overseas. Money buys politics.”
— Hagerstown
       
“Big Pool, thanks, for doing the math for those who cannot believe our president is less than perfect. What they don’t understand, they criticize. Average person couldn’t buy a home, interest rates were too high, 18 percent unemployment. Reagan raised taxes, by lowering capital gains tax, businesses hired, one million jobs were created in one month. This is what made America great, the free enterprise system.  President Obama admitted this, but control is what the left want. Taxing rich, give to poor, work, tax the middle class and the government will spend your money their way.”
— Hagerstown

“I read with great interest the letter from the Franklin County Republican Committee. In the past, a ‘gotcha’ question was one that required a depth of knowledge on a particular subject or required a committed answer. When Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what she read, that was deemed a ‘gotcha’ question. I suppose other than asking the candidates’ favorite color, pretty much any qualifies as a ‘gotcha’ now.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“Another thanks to President Obama for his leadership in the Libyan situation. We just got rid of one of world’s worst dictators and terrorist sponsors without one U.S. serviceman being killed. Thanks, Mr. President.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Hey, county commissioners, is it possible for me to get a $300,000 loan for the next 100 years to pay my county real estate taxes? I promise that I will (eventually) pay it back.”
— Hagerstown

“A teacher who I know just received the first paycheck of the school year. The net pay increased about $1.30 from the net pay last year.  Wow. With that kind of additional income, this teacher should be able to retire next year. With approximately $30 more in net pay each year, (he/she) could afford a half of a tank of gas, or take a trip to the Caribbean on a luxury liner. Teachers see little of the pay raise that most of the public feel that they do not deserve. Health insurance premiums increased, teachers are now paying an additional 2 percent into the pension fund, and part of that money is going to the Maryland General Fund, not in the pension fund.”
— Hagerstown

“It was reported today that President Obama still exists, setting off a firestorm of criticism among conservative commentators. The president’s use of oxygen and food were cited among the many complaints. But seriously, the latest criticism concerns the president taking a vacation. By this point in his term, President Bush had taken 160 days of vacation; President Obama has taken closer to 80. I suppose when you can’t find something legitimate to complain about, you criticize nonissues and hope people have a short memory.”
— Fairfield, Pa.

“Fact: Bill Clinton created 23 million jobs after NAFTA trade deal. How did he do it? He raised taxes on everybody. Get educated, Washington County residents.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to know what the tea party favorites, Shank and Parrott, think of Volvo Mack Trucks getting $19 million to study the new engine — fuel efficiency of tractor-trailer engines. You know, don’t they think this is corporate welfare, or do they only complain when there are solar farms or social programs being given money to? So I’d like to know what they think. If the tea party really had any credibility, they’d be upset about Volvo Mack Trucks getting that kind of money from the government. This proves that investment by the government is needed. Private enterprise does not do this type thing.”
— Hagerstown

“To the people of Jefferson County, and the area: The Jefferson County fair was started by the Charles Town Lions Club, and was at the Charles Town Races. Also, the Jefferson County Arts and Crafts was started by the Charles Town Lions Club. I know; I was a member.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.

“OK, it’s time to turn back the clock. The new expo area between Hagerstown and Sharpsburg is a nice facility, but it does not hold the allure of the old fair that used to be held in Hagerstown. Let’s turn the clock back, let’s change the old fairgrounds back into a real fairground, and have the fair there.”
— Washington County

“My comment concerns Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road. I was traveling last week, three days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, across there, and there were chickens in the roadway below the old school in Leitersburg, and I was wondering, if I see these chickens again, if anyone can tell me who I could call concerning this.”
— Wolfsville

“I can’t help but wonder why the Republican Party and the news media is so afraid of presidential candidate Ron Paul. Is it because he’s too honest? He’s my favorite choice.”
— Hagerstown

“People around Maugansville can’t even sleep because of the planes at the airport. It’s about time the Washington County government require these airplanes that land and take off here have mufflers on their engines. If they can’t do that, close the airport down. We don’t need it.”
— Maugansville

“I’m calling in regards to the great performances that our local Hagerstown municipal band has been putting on out at City Park. It has really been very enjoyable. All of those folks deserve a great, you know, appreciation. They do a wonderful job, and it’s just a shame more people don’t turn out to hear them. So my congratulations to all of them, and we look forward to having them back again another year. Again, congratulations to all of the players, and the director.”
— West Hagerstown

“Hagerstown caller, I think eliminating the congressional page program was an excellent idea. In this day of texting, emails, Blackberrys, etc., this was just another needless perk for politicians to use to reward, at taxpayers’ expense, the children of favorite supporters. Who do you think got those temporary jobs, anyway? And have you forgotten all the scandals through the years connected with this program? I just wish we could eliminate all the rest of their costly special privileges that they’ve awarded themselves over the years as well.”
— Hagerstown

“I only really see one drawback to all that intersection work out there at the Dual Highway and Edgewood, and I’m sure a lot of other people have seen it, too, and that is the racing. When the light turns green, people going east or west, it doesn’t matter, in the right-hand lane where it merges over back into a dual lane, they just floor it, squeal the tires, and get ahead of everybody ... and of course, there’s always somebody in the straight-through lanes that want to be competitive with these idiots, and then they get into a race with them. I’ve seen that quite a few times. Just thought I’d mention it. Maybe somebody else has seen it, too.”
— Hagerstown

“Once again, this year I’m watching the Little League World Series, and I’m calling in to express my frustration. As a former manager, I’m all about moving the game along, with calling borderline pitches strikes, but come on, umpires. These pitches are 8 inches to a foot outside, and every umpire does the same thing. They’re not giving the hitters a chance. The pitchers get all the breaks. So come on, you know, borderline pitches, sure. Three, four inches outside, yeah, give it to the pitcher. On the black, certainly. But not 8 to 12 inches outside. You’re hurting the kids.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to congratulate The Herald-Mail on the article on ‘Gods and Generals,’ and Ron Maxwell not paying back what’s owed. My prediction — and see how many callers agree with this — had The Herald-Mail not brought this to light, we’d have never heard anything more about it. I was wondering when this was going to come up again. And I will make another prediction, that we will never see another red dime, because nobody’ll follow through with it.”
— Hagerstown

“Nice article in the morning paper on the 23rd, about the Meals on Wheels. Just for curiosity, are they not free to people, or is by donation? We have to remember, you know, you need volunteers and everything, everybody’s complaining about Fed Exing the meals, but if they’re free, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, as far as I’m concerned. And have we ever reached 10,000 passengers at the Hagerstown airport, yearly? Good articles.”
— Leitersburg

“Hurray to the Boonsboro Town Council for not instituting curbside recycling at an additional cost to the taxpayer. We are taxed enough. We do not need further taxes on us, especially for curbside recycling.”
— Boonsboro

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