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Mail Call - Sept. 6

September 05, 2011

 “I thought that Hagerstown had leash laws. People ride their bicycles while their dogs run free, and they potty in everyone’s yard. I think that responsible dog owners should not allow their animals to mess up someone else’s yard while they keep their own yards nice and clean. I have a dog, and I make sure that my dog goes to the bathroom in my yard, and not somebody else’s.”
— North Hagerstown

“It is nice to see Route 63, going south from I-70 to Williamsport, is now open. Good job on the bridge.”
— Huyetts

“I consider myself to be above-average intelligence, and I could not even begin to tell you the date of Elvis Presley’s birth, nor the date of his death — except that I’ve read it in Mail Call about 15 times. I tend to spend my time worrying about things like the state of the economy. But that’s just me.”
— Knoxville, Md.

“The latest trend, to save space in the landfills, is to get a barrel or some other receptacle and burn your household garbage at night, to irritate people’s sinuses, that they can’t open their windows. Seems to be the latest thing. Everyone’s doing it. Jump on the bandwagon.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the article that you had in the paper about the young girl with the protection order, and then she had gotten beaten up. You know, this protection order is just a piece of paper that these girls are getting, and it’s of no use to them and no help. And my thought was that they could put one of those lifelines things that, you know, that the elderly have, these lifelines. I don’t know what they’re called, but they hit that when they fall, and it calls 911 immediately. I just thought this would be a good idea for these people to have these when they’re on protection.”
— Hagerstown

“Thirty-some ads in Mail Call you put in today, and not one of them is mine. Is it because I speak the truth and you don’t want to print it? It’s because I say what I think or how I say it? Anyway, you have never put in there how much expense account that Congress and the senators get.”
— Hagerstown

“According to a recent Associated Press article, Congress budgeted $100 billion for the International Monetary Fund. About half of this amount will be used for special drawing rights, which the IMF allocates for foreign claims against U.S. currency. How long will we, the taxpayers and voters, put up with the insanity?”
— Hagerstown

“Route 63 has been open since Aug. 21, when all the signs were taken down.”
— Williamsport

“In 2 1/2 years, the gas prices have come down, the housing market is stabilizing, there are 200,000 new jobs nationwide, and we have defeated two despot leaders, and yet they say President Obama isn’t doing anything. This is so hard to believe.”
— Hagerstown

“This is concerning the congressional page program. What they ought to do is not pay them, but have the pages use that as an internship program and earn credits toward college degree, and get the experience, so that they have it for future use.”
— Hagerstown

“I like the idea of the caller from Washington County, to turn the old fairgrounds in Hagerstown back into a real fairgrounds, instead of the expo center on the Sharpsburg Pike. Hagerstown’s big on history, so let’s turn it into a historic fairground. Have fairs like we used to years ago.”
— Boonsboro

“I can’t believe that the people in Maugansville are complaining about the airplanes, and they want mufflers on them. What do you want, mufflers on them that sound ... (like) the mufflers on vehicles, where they’re so loud that it makes the windows rattle and the ground shake? I don’t live in Hagerstown, but these mufflers are everywhere. So think about it.”
— Chambersburg, Pa

“I live on Howell Road, and once again, the road department has screwed up here. You cannot turn onto Howell Road if you’re coming from Funkstown. You have to go up to the light on Dual Highway and come the whole way around to Mount Aetna Road, which is totally stupid. But the bad thing is, people turn into (a car dealership) ... using their parking lot as a thoroughfare to go on Howell Road and the banks there. ... This is a real joke.”
— Hagerstown

“I saw Gov. Perry today speaking about the jobs he created in Texas. But many of those jobs he didn’t create. Companies moved from other states to Texas because of lower taxes and less regulation. So the jobs that are now in Texas came from other states, and those states now have higher unemployment because of it. Gov. Perry hasn’t done that great a job. He took the $17 billion stimulus to pass two years’ budgets. He hasn’t done a very good job.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’d like to respond to the gentleman from Frederick who said about Roosevelt, about Social Security being kicked around, dropped in Roosevelt’s lap. Roosevelt is the one that set up the Social Security system, and at the time that he set it up, it was supposed to be put in a lockbox and never be touched for anything, except to give it back to the people who would deserve it. But they have stolen from Social Security, and that’s why it’s in the shape it’s in, if it’s in the shape they say.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“We live on Salem Avenue, and cannot believe the cigarette butts that people throw out the windows. Smokers give themselves a bad name. We can’t clean up the grass clippings on our own property, because there’s a good chance that when we scoop up the grass clippings, we’ve scooped up someone’s hot, lit cigarette, which then goes into a bag and then gets stored in our yard. This is very dangerous. It can cause a fire. So it would be greatly appreciated if smokers would keep their cigarettes to themselves.”
— Hagerstown

“Since you guys only seem to publish arguments between Republicans and Democrats, I doubt you’ll publish this, but I thought I’d call in anyway. Hope this isn’t too controversial for you. Crime does pay: Michael Vick, $100 million. Sad.”
— Hagerstown

“Couple of weeks ago, one of my neighbors was firing their gun all day Saturday and all day Sunday. I couldn’t get any response from them, so I called the police to see if they would just drive up their driveway and ask them what they were doing and why they were doing it. Police told me no, they didn’t have time to do that. They would not do it. But yet how many police did they have for this biker motorcade? All of a sudden, they can find all these policemen to block off roads and tie everybody up for this motorcade, but they can’t do what a citizen asks.”
— Monrovia, Md.

“I’m not a tea partier, but I keep thinking that they are for major changes in a system that doesn’t want to change. Obama promised big changes which he couldn’’t produce. Maybe the tea party can. We keep hearing how Washington has to change for the good of the country, but neither party in power is willing to do it.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

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