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Mail Call - Sept. 30

September 29, 2011

"I'm calling regarding the discussion of smoking at the Meritus Medical Center. It's my belief that the medical center should not support, in any way, smoking on their facility. They are a health-conscious organization, and just as they would not promote people drinking on the job or taking a break to ... take alcoholic drinks, they should not give breaks to people, to employees, to smoke during the day."

— Washington County



"The Republicans in Congress refuse to raise taxes on the millionaires, billionaires and corporations, while the burden of attempting to balance the budget remains on the backs of the middle class and the poor. I have a solution to this debate. The middle class and the poor should not pay one cent of their taxes until the hijackers of our economy step up to the plate and pay their share."

— Flintstone, Md.



"I'd like to make a comment about everything these days, whether it's from our schools to our groceries, anything in our area. I don't understand why everything has to be brand-new every single year. And the cost; in the past year, even a cup of yogurt has doubled. Nobody's salaries have doubled, nobody makes double the wages, no — everything's doubled, everything has to be new, nobody stops and respects. Respect doesn't cost anything, everybody, please."

— Hagerstown



"Does anyone out there know if we are being viewed by drone planes or helicopters? I had an experience the other night, with a bright light, real low, no strobe lights, and it was gone in about three seconds."

— Hagerstown



"On Sunday the 18th, the Children of the World choir performed at Maugansville Bible Church. It was a fantastic performance by these little children from foreign countries. You really missed something very entertaining if you were not there."

— Hagerstown



"I'm calling about the dismissal procedure of the Barbara Ingram school in downtown Hagerstown. Somebody really needs to look into that. Somebody is going to get hurt. People just pull up along the road, they double-park. Traffic downtown at 4:30 is terrible. The kids are dismissed in the back of the school, if the buses are out there, you got kids running everywhere, people trying to get out of parking spots that work downtown. I really wish somebody would look into this and get this cleared up."

— Williamsport



"Consider the health care plans and retirement plans of your elected officials. Then consider what they want to do to yours. 'Do as I say, not as I do' — the new conservative motto."

— Hagerstown


"When we had our farm, each night we put out bowls of food for the feral cats, so they could stay around and keep the mice down. Every morning I would find a present of three or four dead mice on my doorstep. One evening I noticed the cats eating, and some skunks came in and were eating in the bowls with the cats. So the next night we put out more bowls of cat food, and the skunks and the cats came together and ate together. I never saw them fight. Besides, in the spring, the mothers would bring their babies for me to see, shoving them toward me, and then all the babies would play together as the mothers watched. I don't think skunks would eat a cat."

— Hagerstown



"I was reading in the Mail Call today, someone from Martinsburg complained about the police, how unprofessional they look, with their haircuts, and I think it's more important to worry about them risking their lives every day of the week, than whether they like their haircut or not. That's why the world's in the shape that it is, people worried about silly stuff instead of the very important things of the world. So I say God bless them, no matter what type of haircuts they have."

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



"I'd just like to put (in that) your paper and sports editors are missing out on a very good local football team, the Chambersburg Cardinals, who are undefeated so far. You should inform the football fans in this area, with a story in your paper. They have good crowds, low prices, and good food, and very entertaining on Saturday nights."

— Halfway



"I wonder why every year Gov. O'Malley has to continually say we need more revenue, more revenue, more revenue in the state of Maryland. There's only one reason: He spends too much. Governor, you certainly are a disciple of Barack Obama, and neither one of you know what you're doing."

— Hagerstown



"I keep hearing a large percentage of the population are not paying federal taxes. I make less than $40,000 a year and pay a good tax amount. I pay my fair share, plus property, all my utilities have added taxes, groceries are going up and gas did not go down. How low an income do you need before you do not pay federal taxes?"

— Hagerstown



"Responding to the writer who said teachers are not paying more into the pension fund: Read the article in The Herald-Mail from 4/14/11. The contributions to the pension fund increased from 5 percent to 7 percent, with about 'two-thirds of the new revenue to go to the general fund.' The article also stated that of the $185 million new revenue, $120 million will go to the general fund (in Maryland) for fiscal year 2012. Teachers are paying more into the pension fund, but the majority of the contributions is going into Maryland's general fund."

— Hagerstown



"A Latino family of six (four small children) showed up late for Mass Sunday. They stood in the back, looking so lost and forlorn, gazing around the church. Not one person offered to scoot over to make accommodations for them. Sitting in the back pew, I got up, brought them to my seat. Finally, people (judging from their body language and expressions on their faces) moved over. Whether here legal or illegal, they had a right to worship. This is to you, Sunday morning Christians. I won't mention the parish."

— Hagerstown



"Origin of the left and the right: I have often wondered why it is that conservatives are called the 'right' and liberals are called the 'left.' By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: 'The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.' — Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV). Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen."

— Boonsboro



"Kenneth Schmidt's letter to the editor on Sept. 19 'hit the nail on the head.' Unreasonable demands by labor unions have forced companies to outsource abroad. Our country now is reaping the results."

— Hagerstown



"President Obama has preserved government jobs with the stimulus. Now it will be more government jobs saved. Most of us are saying bring back manufacturing jobs for the private sector. The rich have gotten tax breaks for 12 years. It has not produced jobs, as that John Boehner keeps saying."

— Williamsport



"This is to the Hagerstown caller. I'm sorry that I offended you, for being so nosy and complaining about the gun shooter. I'm also sorry for taking so long to apologize. I'll try to be more sensitive to your demands in the future."

— Monrovia, Md.

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