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Mail Call - Sept. 23

September 23, 2011

“I’m finally beginning to see what’s the problem with this area. We’re too urban for chickens, but we’re too rural for recycling. What a dilemma.”

— Hagerstown



“You know, I get tired of these people complaining about the schoolteachers and these children going to school, and we went to Grandparents Day, (for) our grandson, and I’m amazed at how nice and how hard these teachers work and how the students were. If you think their job is so easy, just go to school and walk in their shoes for a day or so. You’ll see how easy it is. So I compliment them. I wish you guys would quit ... complaining about them all the time.”

— Hagerstown



“I see Hagerstown’s getting a new store. Franklin County’s getting a distribution center. We have enough stores. We need jobs. We need the distribution center.”

— Hagerstown



“My Mail Call message is that I think that the unemployment in the state of Maryland and across the U.S. if a person is on unemployment, he or she should work for the state, federal or county parks, or county roads, etc., or nursing homes or whatever, 40 hours a week, in order to draw their unemployment check, because so many of these people are milking the system.”

— Rohrersville



“I live on the North End of town, and my family and I are very concerned, because we are seeing graffiti in ... areas around us, and we’re wanting to make sure that our community is aware that there may be some connection with gangs.”

— Hagerstown



“I am tired of President Obama being blamed for the hiring program, not hiring program, in this country. I travel, and I see signs everywhere, ‘For hire,’ ‘Help wanted’. I am convinced that these people just plain don’t want to work. They just want to sit around, get their unemployment benefits and every other free program that’s available. This 9.1 (percent) is — it is probably a lot lower, and just like any other situation, it can be taken one way or another, and made to look the way the people want it to look.”

— Washington County



“I’d like the person that put the seafoam recipe in Mail Call, if they would please put it back in there so I can get it, I sure would appreciate it.”

— Hagerstown



“It really amazes me that these politicians, both Democrat and Republican, when they talk about balancing the budget and what terrible shape we’re in, they talk about cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, but they never talk about cutting foreign aid, and these monetary gifts that they give to the other countries. They always talk about things that hurt the taxpayers.”

— Williamsport



“Hagerstown caller, now that you brought it up, I wonder if the recent heat wave, earthquake and massive flooding from Irene and Lee in the D.C. area are signs from God that President Obama and Vice President Biden should resign. So, see how easy it is to throw that kind of stuff back at you? But it proves nothing either way, except that you leftists will politicize everything, in order to use it for your extreme partisan ranting.”

— Frederick, Md.



“This is to the uninformed person calling from Cearfoss, about money given to the humane society for fundraising events. You must not know how this organization works. They need these funds to operate on a daily basis, and they’re a nonprofit organization. We have called them on several occasions, and they are the only ones to respond when an animal is injured, lost or homeless. If you cannot afford to feed and give medical care to an animal, then you should not have one.”

— North End



“Someone in the Sept. 12 Mail Call indicated there were no terrorist attacks under the Bush administration. I’m sorry to differ with you, but 9/11 occurred during the Bush administration, and I have to hold Bush responsible. This week on NPR, Richard Clarke said he spent the entire month of August trying to get a meeting with Bush, to tell him of the upcoming ... information on al-Qaida ... I’m sorry, I hold Bush completely responsible for the 9/11 attacks.”

— Hagerstown



“To Hagerstown comment about Bush keeping us safe. When planes hit the towers, Condoleezza Rice was carrying around memos for three weeks before, about planes being used as weapons. Instead of her getting that translated, she was off to New York, buying shoes and going to plays. So that wasn’t keeping us very safe.”

— Cearfoss



“I’m reading in Mail Call today, the caller from Hancock who was saying about people crossing the center line, they’re having head-on collisions. I totally agree with you. I agree, I think it’s texting, and I also think it’s prescription drug use and heroin. I think they’re nodding and they’re falling asleep crossing the center lines. Police ought to check their phones and — when this happens and they cross the line, check their phone and also check them for drugs.”

— Hancock



“I have a suggestion. It might make some people angry, it might make some people glad. All our directors and their staffs, for anything in county and city government, my suggestion is this. Describe their job duties here in the paper, even make a special section in the newspaper for this. Describe their job duties and how many executive assistants these people have. It seems like for every director, there’s a deputy director or executive assistants, and these jobs have to overlap. They have to overlap. There’s no two ways around it. Why do we need all these jobs?”

— Hagerstown



“Must be really hard to be a conservative. All’s they do is think everybody’s out to get them. The people that recycle are all Nazis, the union is trying to take over the world, with a worldwide union, and President Obama, he’s just trying to make the country socialist. It must be hard to sleep at night when you got all those worries on your mind. It’s really ridiculous that they just say all these words like ‘Nazi’ and don’t think about what the Nazis really did. I’m proud to be a liberal. I’m glad I care about my earth and environment by recycling, and I respect people’s rights to bargain. I respect people’s rights, other than just the right to own guns.”

— Hagerstown



“How will President Obama spin the deal that he made with that solar company called (Solyndra) in California? We loaned them $528 million from his administration. President Bush administration said they needed to check into it more, but President Obama put it on the fast track. And now we find out that some of the people who were donors to his administration were leaders of that. Sounds like President Obama’s just another politician. They laid off 1,100 employees and went bankrupt, and our money, $528 million, is lost.”

— Boonsboro



“How very refreshing to read the account of the young man from Clear Spring, having hiked the Appalachian Trail in 4 1/2 months. That is amazing. I’m familiar with the advanced planning involved in such a feat, and he certainly is due a ‘thumbs up’ for his success.”

— Hagerstown

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