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Mail Call - Nov. 16

November 15, 2011

“I have just one question I would like to ask Joe Paterno: If somebody told you that they witnessed your son being sexually assaulted in a shower room, would you then notify the police?”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to compliment the sheriff, who this morning around 6:30, removed the dead deer from the middle of Maugans Avenue, one of the ... busiest roads in Hagerstown, removing the deer, getting it out of the traffic’s way, and very professional, and I just want to say to the sheriff’s department, thank you, and we really appreciate it.”
— Hagerstown

“I was watching ‘60 Minutes’ the other day on TV. They had an ex-lobbyist that just got out of jail, and he was saying how he used to bribe the chief of staff of the congressmen with future jobs in his company. And according to him, he more or less owned approximately 100 congressmen. I think that’s a crying shame.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in regards to the Mail Call person who said about me going down 70 in the left-hand lane. You missed my point. No. 1, the speed limit is 65. If you’re running 75 or 80, you’re breaking the law — I don’t care what lane you’re in. That’s the point I’m trying to get across. Everybody’s flying like they’re nuts. No wonder there’s so many wrecks.”
— Hancock

“To the caller who said ‘Bring your cat in at night, or I’ll run over it.’: My cats are never left out, but sadly to say, some people put their domestic cats out and endanger their lives vastly. The huge majority of cats running around in neighborhoods at night are homeless, feral cats. Feral cats come out at night to hunt for food anywhere they can find it. And if you can run over a cat on purpose, someone much bigger than you will hold you accountable.”
— Clear Spring

“I’m calling to express my thanks for (the) Rev. Don Stevenson’s excellent letter on interfaith dialogue, in Wednesday’s paper. I am a Christian, and I could not agree with him more.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to respond to the person who asked about what they might be building on the Sharpsburg Pike, next to the McDonald’s. I have heard that there is possibly going to be a hotel going in there, and I have heard that they are building a Sonic, which is a hamburger joint.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the person who called in to tell someone else who wants to know how to contact immigration, to ‘MYOB.’ Well, if you and anyone else who is here illegally and getting benefits from the government you don’t deserve, illegally, I have news for you. It is everyone’s business, and these people should be reported. Sounds like someone’s scared.”
— Hagerstown

“Let me get this straight. Sharon Bialek said she was groped by Herman Cain 14 years ago, but somehow she suppressed it until he ran for president. Oh my gosh, look out, boys, they might be coming at you from all sides.”
— Monrovia, Md.

“You know, this Congress and senators down there on the Republican side, instead of being all these Sherlock Holmes, wanting all these investigations, why don’t they try passing some work bills for jobs, instead of being Sherlock Holmes?”
— Hagerstown

“This might sound silly, but I think Friday, Veterans Day, I think the newspaper ought to put in, on the front page, sound off for the veterans. Have a certain time, people blow their horns.”
— Funkstown

“I want someone in The Herald-Mail Co. to call David Limbaugh and tell him right now — because you know he’s going to write a letter, you guys are going to print it — that it wasn’t the media that started this stuff with Cain and the sexual harassment charges. It was another Republican candidate that started it. The media went with it. So don’t be blaming the media. It wasn’t the media that started this. It was one of his buddies, OK?”
— Hagerstown

“Let’s hear it for Herman Cain. He’s changed his story so many times I can’t keep count of it, and I do know so far he has blamed Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and now he’s blaming the Democrats. Who’s next?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“The Republican candidates for president have lost their entertainment value. I’m burnt out. I vote for none of the above.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading Tuesday’s paper and I saw that ... Congress is considering cutting Social Security again, and I’m just wondering, as someone who will be turning 60 in three weeks, why the government is always looking at Social Security. Why don’t they look at other things, like welfare, unemployment, foreign aid? That’s all I have to say.”
— Halfway

“On the paper on Tuesday, Nov. 8, a Hagerstown caller said, ‘This is to the person who wants to know how to contact the immigration board. My answer to you is MYOB,’ mind your own business. Obviously this is an illegal immigrant or somebody that’s mooching off the system and doesn’t mind illegal immigrants coming in here and taking everything away from the hardworking American citizens. Immigrants are more than welcome here, but do it legal.”
— Smithsburg

“Well, here we go again. Another woman trying to bring a politician down, so she can get rich from her stories that she’s going to sell. It just goes on and on and on. Personally, I like Herman Cain. I hope he survives all this, and I hope he can win the next election if he does survive.”
— Sharpsburg

“While I agree that the alleged acts that happened at Penn State were heinous acts — and I say ‘alleged,’ because we all remember the incident with Duke lacrosse a few years ago, the people turned out to be innocent — I feel that Joe Paterno did his job. He did what he was required to do. We are now all of a sudden making moral judgments on something that allegedly happened, and about a man who did his job. That is all we ask of everybody; do your job. He reported it to the authorities, and now he is being crucified for it.”
— Hagerstown

“Del. Serafini may have been joking about seceding from the state, but one of our county commissioners seriously proposed doing this two years ago, and what with skyrocketing taxes, job-killing regulations and extreme partisan gerrymandering — yes, I said ‘gerrymandering’ in my previous call; I’d never insult a salamander by comparing it to O’Malley and the legislature, and everything else — this idea is looking better all the time. And there is precedent: Just remember how West Virginia came into existence.”
— Frederick, Md.

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