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Mail Call - Sept. 22

September 22, 2011

 “About Gov. Perry and those fires that are outside his state capital, about, maybe, to enter the state capital, I really think it behooves Gov. Perry to be down in the state of Texas leading his prayer sessions, instead of running all over the nation, from California to Maine, doing his prayer sessions, which are most inappropriate in a straight-up-and-down democracy. In any case, Gov. Perry doesn’t seem to get it, that his people are in trouble.”

— Hagerstown



“I also agree and think it’s contradictory to use bonanzas and wine benefits and things like that, for nonprofit groups such as Girls Inc. and CASA. I think it shows bad taste, and it’s not teaching our youth, who this is for, that it’s the right path to go down.”

— Washington County



“Frederick caller, just because the Fairplay caller doesn’t agree with your position on the tea party doesn’t mean he’s prejudiced. Prejudiced means that you have ignorance of a subject. I’m well-versed on what the tea party does and what it stands for, and I don’t agree with any of their principles either, other than to cut taxes. But to sit there and hold the nation hostage on the debt ceiling was ridiculous. And to the Hagerstown caller who thinks Bush had everything so great while he was in, he must have rose-colored glasses on, because under the Bush years, we didn’t have that many jobs, except for — because there was a lot of housing starts, which was part of the housing crisis. That’s why we got a glut today.”

— Hagerstown



“I wonder if all the hurricanes, tornados and floods in our country today is a sign that God is telling President Obama not to run in 2012.”

— Hagerstown



“It saddens me to think that after 20-some years, some people are still believing that there is a distinction between the civil rights call and the homosexual movement. God help us.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I am calling to find out why our light bills in Williamsport are so late that we are getting. This doesn’t make sense. Today is the 12th, and no light bill. But I bet if we owed one, they’d be here the next day to turn them off. I can’t understand what’s wrong with the people in Williamsport that don’t get their bills out so we can pay them.”

— Williamsport



“I see where they’re going to extend unemployment benefits again. We all agree they should help people in need, with these and other programs, but there are way too many people taking advantage of them ... I’d say at least 80 percent of these people, instead of going out and looking for a job, say ‘Oh, good, I can kick back and get all these benefits again for six more months.’ Some of the people, the more they get, the more they want.”

— Hagerstown



“There’s a young man who walks up and down Virginia Avenue every Sept. 11. He’s been doing it for several years. I’m just calling in to tell him thank you. He remembers, and we will never forget.”

— Hagerstown



“For the caller on Monday, Sept. 12, about saving money cutting state and federal employees’ pay. State and federal employees haven’t got a raise, county employees haven’t got a raise, so I don’t know where you work, but maybe you shouldn’t get a raise, and freeze your retirement, and see whether you can help Americans get back to work. Americans don’t want to work. That’s why the country’s in the state that it is.”

— Clear Spring



“I saw in the paper where they have first day of school photos, and to submit photos, and the child’s name, grade and school. I don’t think that’s very wise, in this day and age, with predators around and the world that we live in today. I don’t think that’s a very safe thing to be doing, to give the school and child’s name.”

— Hagerstown



“This is on the tea party movement. I agree with Nancy Allen. We need the tea party. She put a thing in the letter to the editor. I’d also like to know, tell everybody, that everybody should try to get with the tea party. They’re going to Annapolis, I don’t know if it’s Sept. 18 or Oct. 18, I forget, to protest what Gov. O’Malley wants to do. The state wants to add 10 cents to a gallon of gas, which is stupid and ignorant. I don’t understand this. They need to cut spending, and for all I see, all these state workers, and just like the county ...”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling about President Obama making the speech yesterday. The president said all this, and he said all that, and he’s going to do this and he’s going to do that, and he wants to blame Congress if they don’t do it. Let me tell you, this is a time of re-election, and they make all kinds of promises and never fulfill them. And what is he going to do for the senior citizens? What is he going to do for them? You won’t print this, I know.”

— Hagerstown



“How can anybody deny that President Obama is an economic genius? A jobs recovery program featuring tax relief, to be paid for by tax increases. Wonderful.”

— Smithsburg



 “I’d like to respond to the two writers from Boonsboro regarding their neighbor who moved here from a community long committed to recycling. I think perhaps the person who said recycling had become second nature was saying that once you get in the habit of separating your trash, it’s very easy and becomes second nature. We, too, will quickly get into a routine of separating our trash, if we can only commit to it. It’s not a new idea. In the long run, recycling our resources will save money, because our landfills will fill more slowly and last longer. New landfills cost a fortune to build, both in money and in valuable land. Reusing plastics, glass, and paper saves money.”

— Washington County

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