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Mail Call - Oct. 11

October 10, 2011

“You know, in the last few months, I’ve been observing people. I think some of them, especially young people, are trying to see how weird they can make themselves look. You might just see any kind of a sight out there in public anymore. Something that people would never have dreamed of 15, 20 years ago. They’re absolutely weird-looking.”
— Sharpsburg

“Glad to see someone else in Hagerstown knows how to enjoy good football. Go Cardinals, and the best of luck In Atlanta.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“The county is putting in a $112,000 roundabout at Hagerstown Community College, to save $5,000 a year on traffic light maintenance. So that means it takes 22 1/2 years to recoup that money. Seems like another government waste to me.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m responding to the caller about when you’re a single person. When you’re a woman, and you’re single and you’re trying to make ends meet, whether it’s to pay your rent, or anything these days, and you’re even a working woman like myself and you only have one income, you don’t have anyone else to depend on, that’s even hard in general, and it’s a shame. I just hope this economy shapes up for all people, working and not working, and the people in Congress ... and in the offices need to be aware of the working middle class, because we’re somehow forgotten.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to call about the ‘Many a man has died for things they didn’t do, just like Jesus, when He died for you.’ Have a good day.”
— Sabillasville

“Flintstone caller, for the 14-trillionth time, most of the middle class and the poor already do not pay income taxes; 47 percent, to be exact. You may have taxes taken out of your pay, but how much do you get back at the end of the year? The wealthy most often live off of capital gains on their investments. If this tax increases, they would invest elsewhere. The top 2 percent of income earners pay 40 percent of all income taxes. They already pay their fair share. Taxing them will not fix this. Just stop the spending.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I think President Obama is fantastic, getting rid of all the key members of this al-Qaida terrorist association, bin Laden and this one here today. I don’t know their names but — I do, but I can’t pronounce them. But he’s done more in his term than the Bush administration did the whole eight years they were in there. He didn’t do the talking, he did the talking and the walking, too ... as far as getting rid of the terrorists. And look what he did when the pirates captured that captain off that ship, and he got rid of them, too. So he’s doing a fantastic job. Thank you, Mr. President.”
— Hagerstown

“Flintstone caller, contrary to your claim, nearly half the wage earners in this country — the bottom half — pay no federal income tax. Social Security withdrawing and no taxes, yes, federal income tax, no. In fact, many pay nothing, but get money back due to the earned income tax credit, while the top 10 percent of earners — yes, your ‘evil’ ... of the economy pay 70 percent of all federal income taxes. So your claim that unless taxes are raised on your list of villains, the burden of balancing the budget ‘remains on the backs of the middle class and the poor’ is pure salacious left-wing class warfare propaganda nonsense.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I would like to thank the person who found my husband’s wallet at the Smithsburg Food Lion and turned it in. God bless you.”
— Smithsburg

“The picture on the front page of The Herald-Mail on Friday, Sept. 30 shows a couple of geese flying. You called them Canadian geese, and that is wrong. They’re Canada geese.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the caller who thinks that we shouldn’t give breaks to people who smoke. Well, breaks are the law. Whether you smoke or eat on your break is your own business. So maybe they shouldn’t give breaks to people who are overweight, so they can’t eat. Think about that.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the woman who was asking if there’s drone planes taking pictures of her at night. I believe that she needs to go to a psychotic home, and lay off the drugs. They are bad.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to all you stink bug haters. You have to love the starling birds. I got a big flock in my yard, and they’re eating all my stink bugs.”
— Hagerstown

“This call is in response to the caller saying how low of an income do you have to have not to pay federal taxes. It really isn’t your income. A lot of times it’s based on how many children you have. A lot of these people with a lot of children get plenty of tax write-offs for child deductions, even though it’s their choice to keep having these children. Even people with $100,000 incomes pay less tax than a single person that makes $30,000. The tax system is unfair, and they need to stop giving ... both the Republicans and Democrats cater to the people with children, because they are the voters. They really need to stop giving these tax deductions for having a child.”
— Hagerstown

“This is on taxes. As far as federal taxes and state taxes, I think the mega-rich churches ought to be starting to pay their share of taxes, too. They’ve been tax-free for so long that most of them are beginning to stink. And as far as the teachers and their 2 percent raise in their pay and their pensions ... and their 2 percent raise in their health care, they’re still better off than most Americans who have to work by the sweat of their brow.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about I’d like to see Mr. Aleshire run for mayor of Hagerstown, and I’ll support him. This mayor we have now, got rid of four policemen to save money, then hired people for other jobs which don’t amount to nothing, and crime in the city of Hagerstown’s bad. You don’t know whether if you go to bed at night, if somebody’s going to break into your garage, or rob you in broad daylight. My wife doesn’t even like to go outside after dark. All the stealing and crime going on in the city of Hagerstown  has to be worse than what Chicago is.”
— Hagerstown

“On Sept. 13, I fell, walking on the sidewalk in Clear Spring, and broke my elbow. A big thank you to the people who made the 911 call for my husband, and the Clear Spring ambulance workers on that night, Priscilla and Brian. You were all very kind to me. And a reminder to everyone to pay your dues to the local fire and ambulance clubs, because when you need them, they will come.”
— Clear Spring

“The sunflowers on St. Paul’s, Barnhart Road, and National Pike are beautiful again this year. Hope everyone gets to see them.”
— Clear Spring

“First of all, I think we need to do anything it takes to get these terrorists, whether we have to waterboard them, or what President Obama’s doing to them. My question is to some of you who called President Bush a torturer because he waterboarded a few of the terrorists, what is your opinion on President Obama sending these drone missile attacks on these terrorists, in their homes and in their cars? Remember, there could be women and children in those cars when they are being attacked. At least when they tortured those few terrorists, it was only them. What would you sooner have done to you?”
— Rohrersville

“I’ve called in several times about that new light that they put up on the road there at Salem Avenue, coming from Cearfoss, going back to where the new Walmart is, that I come through there on the way from work in the mornings, and people always cutting me off. It was better before they had the light up. Before the light was up, people knew to yield. They know not to cut in front of you and cut you off. I think the best thing would be to remove the light ... there was an accident there Friday evening when I was on my way to work at 8:15. So something has got to be done before — I don’t know how bad the accident was — before someone does get killed there. I come through there every day and every evening.”
— Hagerstown

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