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Mail Call - Sept. 20

September 20, 2011

“Boonsboro, President Obama doesn’t get talking points from the DNC? Obama doesn’t get huge contributions from ... Hollywood and the unions? Obama doesn’t give favors to his big union buddies? It’s not about liking Social Security. It’s about reforming it so that it’s there when the young people retire. It doesn’t affect those on it now, or those 55 and over. So be real, and stop demonizing conservatives and scaring old people. You’re not fooling anybody.”

— Hagerstown



“Since so many callers from Boonsboro seem to think recycling is akin to pledging allegiance to Satan or something, I say that when it’s time to replace our landfill, since it’s refilling so quickly, we build a new one in Boonsboro, so they can appreciate all the trash that they don’t have to recycle anymore.”

— Halfway



“Why do so many police officers today have ‘high and tight’ haircuts? I think it looks unprofessional. If you go back and look at pictures of police from 20 and 30 years ago, they had normal haircuts like the rest of us.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“I was reading in the paper here this morning about the recycling issue. I have a solution for it. Why don’t they open the recycling plant out off Eastern Boulevard, and put unemployed Washington County workers back to work?”

— Boonsboro



“The alleged Republican debate on Wednesday, Sept. 8, looked like more a feeble attempt by the moderators to toot their own horns and elect President Obama than an actual exploration of the issues. It would have been much better if the candidates would have been asked the open-ended question, ‘What would you do to fix the economy?’ and each individual given an equal amount of time to respond.”

— Hagerstown



“I have called in I don’t know how many times, and the only thing you put in the paper was that I said there were 33 Mail Calls and I wasn’t in it. Well, it’s time you put the truth in there. There’s no foreign country going to help the U.S., and we help other countries, and I think it’s time we quit. We have people here who need (help).”

— Hagerstown



“I was just remembering, on 9/11, I was in ninth grade English class, and we were talking about tragic events that changed the world. We were talking about JFK’s killing when we found about the attacks on the Twin Towers.”

— Sharpsburg



“This is to the caller from Boonsboro. There is no evidence that Smithsburg is saving money by recycling. Facts are, Smithsburg is getting less service, no businesses or apartments are offered recycling, and their trash pickup is cut to once a week. Yard waste has been cut from twice monthly to one time. At the request of council, the well-used recycling bin was removed. Citizens of Smithsburg should stay on top of this issue and get the facts about their tax dollar usage.”

— Smithsburg



“I’m calling about the article in today’s paper, Thursday, Sept. 8, about the woman or somebody wrote in about kissing your mother on the lips is nasty. Well, I think it’s very nasty. And she asked when you’ve seen your mother last. We see my mother every week at the nursing home. We give her love and affection and kisses — but not on the lips.”

— Hagerstown



“This is to the recycle group in Boonsboro. When you did the survey about curbside recycling, people were not told they would have to pay for it. This is my challenge: Do it again, and tell the truth and see how many people want it. And go to other areas in town, not just to the fancy houses.”

— Boonsboro



“Well, here we go again. Recycling’s probably dead in Washington County, because of comments in Mail Call, and the lackadaisical county commissioners won’t pay heed to those in doing the sensible, right thing by incorporating curbside recycling. Maybe our county commissioners can begin by banning barrel burning. That would be a start. Or making sure people at least pick up their trash and put it in a container, and have someone pick it up, or haul it to the dump. Let’s begin with the basics ... putting the drop boxes on school property, at least teaching the children how to take care of the environment. The older folks don’t seem to care. Throw it out, throw it away, anywhere, every day.”

— Hagerstown



“I just don’t know what is wrong with this country anymore. Everything is about the fact we have no jobs. Well, bring our jobs back. Make the companies bring the manufacturing jobs and the sewing jobs and all the jobs that have gone to other countries, bring them back to America.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, I see our great governor has attended a gay marriage fundraiser down in the Washington area. Maryland voters, it’s time to get the petition out. Don’t let Gov. O’Malley decide on gay marriage. Let the people of Maryland. Get the petition out and let’s override this guy. This happens to be his top priority for next year.”

— Hagerstown



“I  just read the morning paper, and a gentleman or lady, whichever, from Smithsburg, said the Bush fault cost us trillions of dollars and made our jobs leave, and most of our jobs. Well, evidently they don’t read too much history, because if she goes back to the Clinton administration, she’ll find out, or he will, that Mr. Clinton signed a NAFTA ... it was Mr. Clinton.”

— Hagerstown



“I very seldom agree with Leonard Pitts, but today in the paper, Sept. 8, 2011, everyone should read the article, a reprint of the article he wrote on 9/11. It is absolutely wonderful, the best he ever, ever did. Everyone should read it. It reminds you of everything that happened to us on that terrible day.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in reference to Sunday’s paper, a letter to the editor from Mr. Robert McConnell, about the turn onto Howell Road from Edgewood Drive. ... I am a patient of Hagerstown Heart, I know people who are, we are furious with this ... stupid, I will say, trick that the county pulled with this. It is unreasonable. I’m sorry, I’m just, I am furious, I think it’s just very stupid, the stunt they pulled with Howell Road off of Edgewood Drive.”

— Hagerstown

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