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Mail Call - Sept. 1

September 01, 2011

“I hear the AAUW is having a new book sale in October. So where do you drop off the books and movies, and also, will anyone be there to collect them?”

— Hagerstown



“Has anyone else received a call from the U.S. Treasury, from Washington, D.C., offering a $7,000 grant that does not have to be paid back? They want to know how you would use it. When I could not answer them, they hung up on me. Watch out.”

— Fairplay



“I attended the recycling meeting at North High the other evening, and even though there weren’t too many people there, I’d like everybody else to know that one county commissioner was at the Boonsboro recycling meeting, which was good; we had three other county commissioners there. One county commissioner didn’t even show up, which I thought was pretty poor. But the newspaper article, that was very poorly done, very poorly done. That was an interesting meeting. Some intelligent people stood up and spoke. It was a good, common-sense-type meeting, and the newspaper did not do it justice. Did not do it justice at all.”

— Hagerstown



“Someone wanted the recipe for seafoam for snowballs. Here it is: A half a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of water, one teaspoon of vanilla, one-fourth cup of light corn syrup, two egg whites. Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in saucepan. Heat to rolling boil and keep over medium heat, uncovered. Boil rapidly until candy thermometer registers 242, until a very small amount dropped into very cold water forms a firm ball that holds its shape when pressed. As mixture boils, beat egg whites until stiff peak form. Pour hot syrup very slowly into thin stream into egg whites, beating constantly, on medium speed. Add vanilla, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.”

— Maugansville



“When the county cut back on their recycling drop boxes, our family contracted with our waste hauler to pay a small fee to recycle. So you don’t have to put your recycles in the trash. You can pay a small fee and get them picked up by your trash hauler. Do that, and save our county from having all this trash.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“Today is Aug. 24, and here it is a new school year. I guess all the kids are excited, being back to school today. I ask that people out and around, please use extra caution, because the school buses are out. Some of them have new routes, so they have to be careful where they’re going. Don’t follow the buses too close. And please, please don’t try to pass a school bus when it’s letting kids off. That is very dangerous. And also I would like to say, teachers, you’re doing a great job.”

— Washington County              



“Today would be an excellent day for you to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. With the recent earthquake we had, God is trying to wake us up. Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the most important thing you will ever do. Nothing else matters as much as accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. Please do it.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I have been frugal all of my life, but because of the economic situation we have now, I had to withdraw $15,000 from my savings. To get that much money, I had to pay $4,125 in taxes.”

— Halfway



“I’m calling in reaction to the people calling in bashing President Obama about the economy, and then everything else that’s going on. Where were their mouths when Bush and Cheney were in office for eight years, spending money on two wars and creating this economy like there’s no end? And got the whole world in the economy. And where were their mouths then?”

— Cearfoss



“The most powerful earthquake to strike the East Coast in 67 years hit Tuesday, Aug. 23. The earthquake in 1944 occurred during FDR’s presidency. He was re-elected, even though there was skepticism regarding his economic and social policies. There were seven Republican candidates seeking the public nomination and presidency. Sound familiar?”

— Smithsburg



“This is to the caller who has a fox, a possum, and three groundhogs under their building, causing destruction. I suggest that they call a member of PETA. I’m sure they would be glad to relocate those animals to their own yard.”

— Fairplay



“I just wanted to respond to a caller about East Chapline Street in Sharpsburg, the amount of traffic and the speed of the traffic. I just want to say it isn’t just the east end, it’s the entire street. People show no respect for what the speed limit is, and they absolutely pay no attention to the stop signs. Please, can’t somebody do something, before someone is hurt seriously or is killed?”

— Washington County



“This is on taxes and the IRS. I’d like to respond to a person from Williamsport. I agree with you 100 percent. We need to get rid of IRS, and that would save the U.S. a lot of money, too. We need to go to a national sales tax, which would probably be a flat tax. That way everybody would pay their fair share of taxes. That’s the best thing we can do. We had a couple of politicians who said we need to get rid of the IRS, so I think that’s a good thing. We need a national sales tax. That way everybody would pay the same.”

— Fairplay



“Most states have a balanced budget amendment. Has anyone thought what would happen if, in the same period of a few months, we’d have another attack like 9/11, a Katrina, and a major earthquake? The federal government, if they are bound by a balanced budget amendment, could not provide assistance in all those disasters.”

— Fairplay



“People, please be aware of the other people taking advantage of the elderly people who don’t know exactly what they are doing, and they’re taking the money from those older people. They should call the social service or the police, and it’s a law against taking other people’s money when they don’t know.”

— Boonsboro



“When President Obama was running for president of the U.S., he made the statement that President Bush ran the debt up over $4 trillion in eight years, and that was very unpatriotic. Well, since he’s been president for 31 months, he ran the debt up over $4 trillion already. Do you think he’ll blame Bush for that?”

— Boonsboro



“I hear about all this stuff about Perry, the governor of Texas, creating all these jobs for Texas and everything. Let me tell you something. There’s an oil well on every corner in Texas, which has a lot of people, and the Army and the governments have I don’t know how many bases, Air Force bases, especially, in Texas, all over the place. So I don’t know. And I get the impression, from what I’ve seen of it, he’s just cocky, like the other George Bush was, and he’s not getting my vote, I’ll tell you that. He’s too cocky.”

— Fairplay



“Kissing your mom on the lips is nasty.”

— Cascade



“President Obama rode his new Canadian-built bus to tell the heartland this: ‘We’ve got folks in America driving Kias and Hyundais. I want to see folks in Korea driving Fords and Chevys and Chryslers.’ Made in America? His idea is America extends from Canada to Chile.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“I believe in free speech, I believe in Mail Call, but I’m getting a little bit tired of this voice in Frederick.”

— Halfway



“This is in response to the Frederick caller. The tea party is, without a doubt, 100 percent responsible for the downgrade in the credit rating. They had no business playing chicken with the debt ceiling. They could’ve ... what they wanted might have been all right, with spending cuts, but they need to be willing to also have some increased taxes on some of the wealthy, to balance the budget. They don’t care, they just have their agenda, and ... by using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip, they highlighted it to the media, and that’s how they got our credit rating destroyed.”

— Fairplay



“I’d like to send out prayers for the family of the little 2-year-old, Allison Pinieski, who’s diagnosed with cancer, and for the father who lost his job, and for the mother who had to resign from the BOE to take care of her daughter. And I just want to say how appalled I am at our Washington County Public Schools, that they found this teacher intelligent enough to take care of children in the classroom, but didn’t have the heart and be human enough to allow her to take a leave of absence.”

— Fairplay

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