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Mail Call - Nov. 23

November 23, 2011

“You know, I’m a rabid Ravens fan, right, and I seen this guy David Reed, punt returner. Thank God he’s not an outfielder for any baseball team, because he can’t make a play.”

— Williamsport



“I think in the times that we are suffering through right now, instead of criticizing past presidents, our current president, we should be looking for someone who will unite this country and defend America’s principles. America’s principles have been timeless over the years, and we need someone to put them the No. 1 thing on the docket. Don’t worry about the other countries and what they think of us, and what their beliefs are. We need to look at America first and defend our principles. That’s who should lead our country, someone that thinks along those lines.”

— Hagerstown



“This Williamsport caller, President Obama has been a job creator. The unemployment rate has been steady or at least falling a little bit every since he’s been in office, after the initial five-month drop from the previous administration’s housing and banking collapse. If he did nothing, there could have been a 20 percent rate right now. So stop criticizing. He’s keeping jobs steady. People just don’t want to accept that 9 percent might be the new normal, without a housing start business. And also, the other caller, the caller in Hagerstown complains about $1 billion being spent to get rid of Gadhafi, but don’t complain about $30 billion a month to get rid of Saddam Hussein, like Bush did.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m commenting on Joe Paterno’s firing. I think they did him an injustice. They should have let him go out with grace and dignity, after all these years. And he really was really not the main person who should have taken care of this. The guy under him that knew it was happening and saw it happen should be the one that’s taking the fall.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“I think it’s very disrespectful and all that they don’t have close the schools in Washington County (for) Veterans Day. I have relatives such as my grandfather and uncles who served in World War I, or World War II, and I think it’s a shame that they can’t even close the schools on this very sacred holiday.”

— Hagerstown



“Greencastle, the president couldn’t get anything done when Democrats had control of the House and the Senate. The Republicans in Congress have passed 15 jobs bills, and the Democratic Senate won’t take a vote on any of them. The president’s jobs bills has been voted down by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. President Obama is the president of ‘no’; no jobs, no spending cuts, no deficit reduction, no U.S. oil, no leadership, and hopefully, no second term.”

— Hagerstown



“All the people wondering how to stop these robocalls and these calls about interest and everything, if you just get an answering machine and set your phone to ring for, oh, two or three times, and don’t answer, most of the time I hang up. I’ve only had maybe one or two callers who leave any kind of a message, and you don’t have to answer it, and they finally give up after a while. And it’s even better if you have Caller ID, because then you can see if it’s somebody you know who is calling or if it’s somebody that you don’t know or if it’s one of those robocall calls.”

— Washington County



“I see where Mr. Obama was saying on TV that his main thing now is jobs. Well, before, it was unions, Fannie Mae, and banks, and people who donated him money to get elected is what he was concentrating on. So now he’s hollering jobs, jobs, jobs. Three years he didn’t say anything. And so let’s put him in perspective. Where he comes from, I have no idea.”

— Hagerstown



“As a combat veteran, I would like to thank all the restaurants, organizations who this Veterans Day gave free meals, celebrations, to our veterans. It is just a wonderful thing. Being a veteran from the Vietnam War, what we came home to was nothing like this. It makes me so proud and happy how the American people are treating our veterans now, and thank God for that. Thank God, and God bless America.”

— Hagerstown



“Not being able to go to an outdoor Veterans Day celebration because of medical concerns, we went up to Clear Spring High School ... and it was just a wonderful experience. They greeted us at the door, they had places reserved for us to sit. It was just a wonderful program. All the patriotic music and ... the place was packed. It was respectful. You just couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”

— Cearfoss



“Monday, Nov. 7, the young lady who volunteers at the equestrian center, and I wanted to thank her and the young man in Tuesday’s paper, Nov. 8, with the 4-H livestock group. At least some of these young people are doing more with their lives than sitting around text-messaging and playing with their games and telephones and all, all this stuff. It’s good to see they’re doing good with their lives. It makes them good adults when they grow up.”

— Hancock



“My kindergartner is coming home with a lot of papers that are on paper that is 17 inches by 11 inches. If they would cut that paper in half, it sure would save on a lot of paper. I would like to know the reasoning for these large pieces of paper coming home. It’s wasteful, and it’s taxpayers’ money.”

— Funkstown



“I’d like to congratulate Penn State for the witch hunt they’re on. It surpasses the one that Maryland conducted when Lenny Bias died, and they blamed everybody but Bias. I’d like to see them get off their duffs and punish the guilty, and get on with it.”

— Mercersburg, Pa.



“While Rick Perry is getting ridiculed for missing a line, I would like to know what people think. If they would take those cue cards and those scripts away from President Obama, he doesn’t even know how to talk. If they would take that away just one time, he would be, ‘Duh.’ So you know what, Rick Perry at least has employment in his speech, which we don’t. He has the death penalty. He takes care of people when they break laws. So you better look up ... so vote for Rick Perry.”

— Hagerstown



“To the Hagerstown caller: I hate to inform you, but there were warrants for bin Laden back in the mid ’90s, and guess what, Bill Clinton was the president. Also, if you people ... calling the demonstrators on Wall Street: No, you’re right, they’re not bums, they’re criminals. They’re desecrating ... the streets, they’re ruining small businesses, and they have no agenda at all.”

— Big Pool



“I would like to thank Miss Zacher and Mrs. Redding, and the fourth grade, for their performance the other day at Winter Street Elementary School, for the veterans. It was a really nice performance, and they did a great job. Way to go, Winter Street.”

— West End



“It was always my understanding that calico cats had to be female cats, that they couldn’t be a male cat. My little one was watching a cartoon that’s supposed to be an educational channel, and they have a boy and a girl calico cat on there, and I was just wondering what’s up with that. If anybody knows, let me know.”

— Hagerstown

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