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Mail Call - Sept. 16

September 16, 2011

“This is in response to the callers complaining about the airplanes over Maugansville. I’ve lived in Maugansville 20-plus years, and sure, that has increased airplane routes, but that means increased income for the county. And apparently you want to close the airport, which means loss of jobs, which you have no concern for, so seems to me that you’re new to the area or you’re working the system and you don’t have a job so — and keep the jobs here in Washington County.”

— Maugansville



“This is for the Hagerstown City Light Department. From Potomac Avenue down past Doug Fiery’s funeral home, on the north and south side of Eastern Boulevard, those lights were out, and I called twice to the city light. Within a week they had the lights on. That is a very bad, bad stretch of road, and it’s good for crime prevention and everything else, walkers and bicycle riders.”

— Leitersburg



“Sharpsburg, your comment about Gov. Perry shows that you don’t understand the issue. Gov. Perry has created jobs for his state by making it business-friendly. His state is his job, and he’s doing it well. If he uses these same principles as president, jobs could return to the U.S. from other countries. Apparently, he used the stimulus as intended, and didn’t waste it.”

— Maugansville



“To the person from Hagerstown who said that in 2 1/2 years the gas prices have come down: I don’t know where they buy their gas, but where I buy it, it’s like doubled. Since President Obama has been in office, the price of gas has just about doubled. Now, another thing, he’s got in here that there’s 200,000 new jobs nationwide. Yes, and most of them work for the federal government. They’re hired by the federal government ... that’s what comes up, and he got rid of these leaders, he didn’t get rid of Gadhafi. Somebody else got rid of him, the rebels did.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“According to The Herald-Mail’s ‘Today in history,’ President McKinley was shot and mortally wounded on Sept. 6, 1901. The assassin was executed in October of 1901. Too bad our present-day legal system cannot work as swiftly. Our prisons would not be so overcrowded.”

— Boonsboro



“President Obama, in his tripping around the hurricane victims and speaking to the victims, what he wants them to hear and what they want to hear. Seems like all his speeches and TV appearances are no more than campaign speeches.”

— Downsville



“I love the Mail Call. I can’t wait to read it every day. People, some people make sense, some people don’t, and I have called it several times and you have put it in the paper, which I appreciate. But I have called in about Social Security, and I just read in the paper what you wrote, and what you wrote is not what I said. I know you have a disclaimer and you can do this and you can do that, but you shouldn’t change a person’s ... you shouldn’t use a person’s words to mean what you want it to mean and not what they want it to mean. You have misquoted me, and I really don’t like it.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“I hope you put this in the paper, because these (are) true facts. Instead of drilling for oil off the shores of the U.S., why don’t we drill in the Western part of the USA? There’s more oil there than all of the Mideast countries. This is a known fact. But the environmentalists and some politicians are stopping the drilling. A few people controlling the millions.”

— Charles Town, W.Va.



“I’m responding to the caller about not being able to turn on to Howell Road from Edgewood Drive. I completely agree. It’s bad, not only for the businesses that are on Howell Road, such as a heart building, a dentist office, and even a new neurological center that’s being built there, but also for all the residents who live back this way. I live on Beverly Drive, and just to go to the store, to Martin’s or CVS, causes such a problem to get home. It just seems like this problem could have been handled differently — but then that’s the way the state roads usually does things.”

— Hagerstown



“I have a job that requires driving around here, and there are too many people who I see in the rain with no lights on. A lot of people think that, like, the lights are so you can see. That’s not it. It’s so you’re more visible to the people, other motorists. And sometimes I don’t even see the people until the last minute and there’s almost a wreck, because it’s pouring down rain, and they don’t have their lights on.”

— Hagerstown



“To the intelligent person who called in to Mail Call and said it would be a good idea if people who had a protection order against someone had one of those lifeline things. What a great lifesaving idea. I do believe it could save lives in domestic abuse cases. A protection order is just a piece of paper. It will not save your life, as we have sadly seen many times.”

— Clear Spring



“I’m calling in regards to the fires that always seem to be in Texas and California and those places. Why do they wait until they get so out-of-hand? Why, when they are first reported, can’t they call in help from all the surrounding states, or even, you know, clear across the U.S. if necessary, to get help in there, with planes and whatever is needed to take care of these things. What a shame ... that they wait until they get so out-of-hand that they are so terribly, horribly destructive. I wish they would think about this.”

— Hagerstown



“Concerning all the squawking over the noise a few chickens make, I only wish they would give the same consideration for people, allowing people to get dogs.”

— Knoxville, Md.



“I just wish these Republican candidates running for President Obama’s office would realize that the people do realize how the country and Washington works. The party of ‘no’ wants us to swallow their hogwash and take it for the democratic process.”

— Hagerstown



“A few years ago, The Herald-Mail ran a story on the use of city and county vehicles that are taken home by employees. I think the paper should do a follow-up story, to see how many, if any, have been taken off the road.”

— Hagerstown



“I would like to know why there are so many fundraisers held for the humane society. I don’t see any held for Holly Place, where people are that can’t do for themselves. This sounds like animals are more important than people. How about doing something for Holly Place?”

— Hagerstown



“It’s about the terrorists and illegal aliens from other countries. Common sense would tell you it’s not racial profiling, it’s criminal profiling. Just wanted to get that out there.”

— Hagerstown



“The main reason we get the newspaper, we get it every day, is because I like to look for the lottery numbers. Now I have Tuesday’s paper, and it says that the lottery is late. How can a lottery for Monday not be in Tuesday’s paper?

— Hagerstown



“This is to the caller from Knoxville, Md. You’re right, average intelligence has nothing to do with knowing a birth date or a death date of Elvis Presley, but average intelligence does have everything to do with it if you’re going to use a date in a speech or some type of presentation ... my suggestion is get it right.”

— Hagerstown



“This is to the Monrovia caller. Hey, Monrovia, why don’t you mind your own business? Let the man shoot his gun on his property all he wants. It’s nosy people like you who try to tie the police up with stupid complaints. No wonder they don’t go out. Mind your own business.”

— Hagerstown



“Thank goodness for global warming, because if it weren’t for that global warming nonsense, it would probably be about 30 degrees here in September, instead of 60 degrees. What a joke.”

— Hagerstown



“The Democrats had a smokescreen while interest was on the debt ceiling. House Judiciary Committee passed (as I understand it) HR 1981. The Democrats are forcing Internet providers to keep records of all emails, even of children. Bush was criticized for wire-tapping only calls going to terrorist countries on a regular basis. This saved many lives. Democrats have always wanted control of media, speech, and President Obama lets terrorists free, so that evidently isn’t his motive.”

— Hagerstown



“Saw an appropriate bumper sticker, ‘With Reagan we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash, with Obama we have no hope and no cash.’”

— Boonsboro

 

“I don’t know Spence Perry, but his piece hit the nail directly on the head. I have a master’s degree and can’t even get called back for the numerous jobs I’ve applied for. I’ve applied to every kind of job you could think of. You’re either overqualified or underqualified. The system is a complete joke.”

— Hagerstown



“Sitting here watching the news, and the Republicans are at it again. Now, they have made the comment more than once that they’re not worried about making the things right in the country until they get Obama out. They’re not going to do anything until the 2012 election. Now, if they would straighten themselves up and do the work they have to do, the country wouldn’t be in such ... Republicans need to get their act together and run this country. Don’t worry about running Obama out of office. He’ll leave when election time comes around.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“I’m responding to a Falling Waters, W.Va., person put in here about hurricanes. They said about how the difference between the way Obama administration handled Hurricane Irene and Bush handled Katrina. Well, the president didn’t do that. Actually, the governor of each state is the one who activates the cities. So it isn’t the president of the U.S. that’s done that. I don’t know where you people come from that try to get this president that we have in there so built up. He hasn’t done anything for anybody in this country.”

— Hagerstown



“To the Democrat from Falling Waters who compares Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Irene: Hurricane Irene was a Category 1 storm. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 storm. I guess he compares the unemployment today to the Great Depression, and considers it low. The fact is our socialist president is fiddling while the country burns.”

— Hagerstown



“Says in The Morning Herald, today’s Wednesday, it says ‘Boonsboro says no chickens.’ Well, I’d like for Boonsboro to say (dog owners) to keep — don’t matter if they’re on a leash or not, the man holding the leash, they’re taking the dogs for a walk, that’s OK, but I don’t want them in my yard, and they don’t clean it up.”

— Boonsboro



“The tea party saw this economic crisis coming, and began warning everyone since 2009. The career politicians said we were crazy. Now it’s here, and they try to blame us for their S&P downgrade, and all of their country’s ills. Yes, the debt was created by Bush and the Democratic Congress, including Sen. Barack Obama. It was quadrupled by the administration of President Barack Obama. Let’s stop looking for who to blame, and start doing something to save this sinking ship.”

— Hagerstown



“Nice article on A12 about the post office. Got a good food for thought. Quit advertising on TV and paying those high costs about priority mail and everything else, the TV commercials, that the post office doesn’t ask for any money from the citizens. Close post offices, be a leader, Mr. Patrick Donahoe. That’s what you need to do. Run it like a business, and farm out priority mail to UPS and FedEx.”

— Leitersburg

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