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Mail Call - Sept. 9

September 08, 2011

“What a wonderful event the humane society put on for our dogs, with the Pooch Plunge. Such great work, done by such wonderful people.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the lady in Hancock complaining about people driving while texting, and she’s saying about their cops need to stop and give them a ticket, then and there. Well, I’m not for sure, but ... of people I’ve seen on cellphones, it’s cops, too.”
— Sharpsburg

“We are not a nation of haves and have-nots. There are people who take responsibility for their lives, and there are those who want a free ride. We have become a nation of the productive and the unproductive.”
— Hagerstown

“Wednesday, Aug. 31, (someone wrote in) about a man with a pickup truck full of gas cans, waiting for the hurricane. Well, he put it in the bed with a bed liner. Does that person even know when the electrical current goes through, if they’re enclosed in plastic, it doesn’t conduct electricity? That was brought about when the gas cans were metal. Tell that person they need to (be updated) on electricity and how it gets conducted.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“I have called before. I am calling again to complain about the (David) Limbaugh column. Every time I’ve read his column there is no substance in the column, except for his obsession and his hatred for President Obama. He uses Obama 100 times in his column, and it’s always the same rhetoric and the same story.”
— Hagerstown

“Two stories in The Herald-Mail; one, the young man that may have pointed a gun at the head of a convenience store clerk, to steal money, and another, a correctional officer smuggling in cellphones to an inmate — both placed on probation. Where’s the deterrent to crime, if they get probation? This is ridiculous.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“The Democrat president, House and Senate failed to pass a budget for 2010, for political reasons. The Republican House passed a 2011 budget, that was blocked by the Democratic president and Senate. The Democrats are to blame for this economic crisis, and they are the party of ‘no;’ no jobs, no spending cuts, no budget and no debt reduction.”
— Hagerstown

“I cannot believe that former Vice President Dick Cheney actually got on national TV and said that it is OK for Americans to torture or waterboard people of interest, when it is not OK for other countries to waterboard or torture American people of interest. So basically he’s saying what’s good for us is not good for anybody else. Waterboarding is torture, therefore, Dick Cheney is once again wrong. I hope that he can come to his senses and realize that he has done America a great disservice.”
— Keedysville

“Washington County public schoolteachers still make a lot of money. They weren’t the only ones ... to basically get a pay cut. Teachers did not deserve the pay raise if others are getting a pay cut. Health insurance premiums increased, but at least they have it. They are not paying more into the pension fund.”
— Hagerstown

“Fairplay caller, the facts don’t back up your opinion, because you completely ignored my point, and the fact that Standard & Poor has warned of a downgrade if the significant spending cuts we tea partiers wanted weren’t made, and they weren’t. And your attempt to exonerate President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate, who knew this but ignored it; we tea partiers who don’t even control the House, are ‘100 percent responsible,’ is nonsense. And you claim that because we stand on principle against raising taxes and couldn’t care less if you think we need to support tax increases, we are ‘playing chicken’ and only have ‘an agenda,’ only shows your prejudice.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I’m calling about this person from Hagerstown (who) said that President Obama was in Martha’s Vineyard playing golf. He was probably playing putt-putt golf, because I don’t think he knows how to play golf, and he probably is not good at putt-putt golf either, because he’s not good at anything else.”
— Washington County

“I want to thank The Herald-Mail for being such an educational source. Every week it puts in articles by Leonard Pitts, who’s probably the biggest racist I’ve ever seen, and allows us to renew our knowledge on what racism really is. Mr. Pitts is a prime example of someone who wants to stir the pot consistently, every week, and show us ... how bad things are for blacks. It’s a wonderful thing that you’re doing, Herald-Mail. I want to thank you.”
— Washington County

“The individual that has a fox, possum, groundhog and skunks and everything else under a shed, and the individual from Fairplay, this call’s for you. I think if there’s a fox under the shed, you need glasses or something, because I don’t think the other animals would be around, because the fox would probably eat them. And just think, you got your own private zoo.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, the greatest country in the world, America, is slowly becoming a Third World country. It’s in worse shape than I’ve ever seen it, thanks to our idiotic politicians, most of them. They’ve given everything away to everybody else. We can’t even take care of our older people, but we can take care of everybody else in the world. We’ll (let) people come into this country, we’ll set them up so they’re financially secure. We (let) ... illegal immigrants come in. We take care of them. Our older people can’t get much, and they’re the ones who made this country.”
— Sharpsburg

“It’d really be nice if they could clean up the trash on the Dual Highway by the municipal golf course. It needs to be cleaned at least twice a week, if not more. Let’s have a bit of pride for the community.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the practices of the road construction in West Virginia. It seems that OSHA has no jurisdiction over it, and West Virginia has no OSHA department anymore. They’re weaving public cars through moving construction equipment at nighttime in Martinsburg. An unsafe practice, and there’s nothing anyone can do. So drive at your own risk in West Virginia.”
— Sharpsburg

“To the caller from Fairplay, concerning Rick, Gov. Perry from Texas, creating jobs, and about an oil well on every corner: I’ve never been to Texas, so I don’t know how many oil wells are out there, and I do know a lot of states have Army bases and government bases. But one thing about it is, he has been governor of the state for 10 years, compared to our president, who was a senator for one year and a half, and voted (in as) president. Gov. Perry sounds pretty good to me, with the experience that he (has), considering what we have now.”
— Rohrersville

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