Mail Call - Sept. 2

September 02, 2011

“I am a first-time visitor to the C&O Canal towpath at Williamsport, and spent two hours jogging. I give your park a ‘two thumbs up.’”

— Greencastle, Pa.

“I am not sure that I understand what ‘Washington County’ is saying about federal retirees not getting Social Security. But they can draw Social Security if they have enough ‘quarters’ as a non-federal worker. This can be done before they become federal workers or after they retire from federal work. Note: People on Social Security who work part time or full time still pay Social Security, but receive no benefit from it in their Social Security check. Everyone who works in non-federal fields must pay Social Security from their earnings, including federal retirees.”

— South Hagerstown

“Well, you can tell school’s back in session. You can’t get down the first block of South Potomac Street at 4:30, because all of  the parents picking up their children at the school of the arts are double-parked. When will the police make these people move their vehicles? It is a street, not a parking lot.”

— Hagerstown

“I was watching Sean Hannity tonight, and he said that President Obama, in just a little over 2 1/2 years, has added $4.2 trillion to our deficit. Can we really afford another four more years of him? I really hope not.”

— Williamsport

“To all the men, worldwide, who are out in the streets daily, shooting guns at one another, killing each other by the thousands: My message to you is get out of the streets, throw your guns away and get a day job.”

— Clear Spring

“This is on Congress favorability. I see in the newspaper on Friday where only 12 percent of the people rate Congress favorably. And then down, it says about the election hinges on independent voters. They’re saying that we need to cut spending and raise taxes ... raising taxes don’t help. That’s what they’ve been doing, the government’s been doing for years. Spend more, raise taxes. Spend more, raise taxes. It doesn’t work. Raising taxes, independent voters, don’t help.”

— Hagerstown

“I think it’s a shame the city put all this tar on the streets, and now, I ran my car, I didn’t know that it was getting on my tires, and it got on both of my front tires, and if you’re out on 81, it’ll shake the front end off, about 50 mph. And nobody’s done anything about it. I’ve never heard anything about it. Something isn’t right, and ... so I think the city should be letting people know ... about it. I went to a tire company, but they said they couldn’t do anything about it.”

— Hagerstown

“It is no wonder we do not have any jobs in the U.S. I just went in my closet — and I buy all my clothing, shoes, at local department stores, they’re name brands — every one of my pieces of clothing and my shoes were made outside of the U.S. It’s terrible.”

— Hagerstown

“I was in Maryland yesterday — I live in West Virginia — but I was on the Sharpsburg Pike, and a state trooper in front of me changed lanes two times without using his signal. My granddaughter was with me, who will be applying for a driver’s license soon, questioned why he never used his turn signal, when you’re supposed to. And I feel this is setting a poor example.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Yeah, I was sitting here laughing about a week or two back, when Allan Powell had a piece in the paper about all the fat-cat Republicans getting money from the rich for their re-elections. He failed to mention President Obama’s $35,800-a-dinner plate in Chicago. Also the same thing in New York. And then here I find out Warren Buffett is having a fundraiser for Obama, at $10,000 a pop. So Mr. Powell, the pendulum swings both ways.”

— Hancock

“The interest on the national debt is $700 billion a year, times three, equals $2.1 trillion. This is the interest charges on the debt that George W. Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress spent during fiscal years 2001 to 2008. Get educated, Washington County residents. When presidents leave office, the debt clock doesn’t go back to zero. President Obama will get the U.S. back on track. Keep tuned in.”

— Hagerstown

“A good friend once gifted me with one of Tim Rowland’s books, personally delivered to my workplace by Tim himself. Still a loyal fan, I’ve enjoyed all of his work, but a comment in today’s column about our reaction to the earthquake was a gem: ‘No one gets greater returns of trouble on a more trivial investment of circumstance than us.’ I hope you can claim it as your own, Tim, ’cause it’s a beauty.”

— Fountain Head

“I’ve been watching a program called ‘Extreme Makeovers,’ and I’ve been wondering why, if these people can go in there in a week and put these kind of houses up and build these baseball fields for these kids, and build these churches back up, and then there’s Brad Pitt doing what he’s doing, and then there’s the other guy, I can’t think of his name — if they’re all going down there to all these places where the hurricane hit and get these people out of these stupid little trailers, why can’t our government go in there and do the same thing?”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I’m sure most local Republicans are against the governor’s plan to allow children of illegal immigrants who have attended Maryland schools to get in-state tuition. But I’m sure those same Republicans wouldn’t have any problem with Gov. Perry of Texas doing it, because that’s exactly what he did; allowed illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition. Doesn’t sound very conservative to me.”

— Sharpsburg

“I remember in 2008 — and I’m not going to mention any names — there was a guy running all over the country saying, ‘Yes, we can.’ Well, how about today? He’s probably saying, ‘Man, I don’t have a plan.’”

— Williamsport

“If Warren Buffett is afraid that he’s not paying enough taxes, there’s no law saying he can’t pay more. There’s a website out there that says anybody that wants to contribute to the national debt can go ahead and make a donation. He could donate $5 billion a year, or whatever he wants to additionally pay. Nothing’s preventing him from doing that. Plenty of people on TV have told him that, so he knows that. So that’ll solve maybe a lot of our problems. Go ahead, Warren.”

“Stop welfare fraud.”

— Halfway

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