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Mail Call - Nov. 29

November 28, 2011

“If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor. If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely. If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot. If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed. If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again. If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be ... if you cross the Cuban border illegally, you’ll be thrown into political prison to rot. If you cross the U.S. border, you get a job, a driver’s license, Social Security, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent, or a loan to buy a house.”
— Hagerstown

“I wish they would take the commercialization out of Christmas. Every year they’re rushing Christmas. Christmas is a beautiful, spiritual holiday, and the true meaning behind Christmas, it’s not about the receiving, it’s about giving, and these car commercials like the Honda commercial, using that Christmas song, ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,’ just to pitch a sale, it’s disgusting. Let’s show some decent Christmas commercials, and remember that the season is meant for giving, not receiving, and it’s just, that’s not what any holiday is about.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s almost worth voting and getting a Republican elected president, just to get rid of David Limbaugh’s column, and all the whining he does. I said, ‘almost.’”
— Hagerstown

“I’m just calling to thank everybody who helped my husband after his rollover accident on Boonsboro Mountain Road last Tuesday. Everybody was great. They got him out, kept me calm, and just want to let everybody know that he’s fine, and thanks again for all your help. Everybody was great. I can’t thank you guys enough.”
— Myersville, Md.

“It’s no wonder the Republicans don’t want to raise taxes on the wealthy, despite the urging of not only most of the population, but over 20 millionaires who appealed to them last week to raise their taxes. Based on the ‘60 Minutes’ report on Nov. 13, they may go into Congress not being very wealthy, but based on the insider information they get, they certainly leave worth millions and millions of dollars. So certainly they aren’t going to tax themselves. It’s about time ... making more than $1 million a year. They want their taxes raised. They’re asking for it. Why doesn’t Congress listen?”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the Morning Herald, Nov. 21, on A11, everybody should read that, what those young people from Heritage Academy did for the Funkstown Legion, and the restoration of that tank. That is wonderful what the kids did. I’m not a member of that church or don’t have affiliation with that Legion, but thank you for what you’re doing for the community, kids. You’re doing a great job. That’s history, and thank God for community service.”
— Leitersburg

“This message is for all the Republicans, Democrats, independents, tea partiers, or whoever. The U.S. people are getting tired of all this fooling around. I never remember, ever, them having to work out a budget and going down to the last minute or all that stuff, the debt ceiling. We need to have them agree on stuff and quit arguing and all the fighting to try to get some accolades. We just need them to do what’s best for the people.”
— Williamsport

“I agree with the caller that someone needs to look into the pricing of home heating oil. When I first moved to my house — and it’s an average-size house — I paid about $350 a year for heating oil. Last year I paid $4,784. It’s becoming an out-of-control outrage.”
— Hagerstown

“Monday the 21st, I see where the mayor and council, or the mayor, rather, and the council, and the chief of police of Hagerstown and the sheriff of Washington County says the crime is down. Front page, stabbing. It’s in the county, not in Hagerstown, but what part of the state are they talking about when they say the crime is down?”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading the paper where (someone) said the Cearfoss roundabout is working well. That does not mean it’s going to work well at HCC. HCC has the busiest road, Robinwood, where everything in Washington County is put on Robinwood; the hospital, everything. You have all the young drivers at HCC, and you’re going to put a bunch of seniors, 60, 70, 80 years old, driving, with all these young kids driving, too.”
— Smithsburg

“Newt said of the Occupy Wall Street movement on national TV, ‘Go get a job right after you take a bath.’ What compassion, for someone who wants to be president of the USA. If you can find a job that will give over 20 hours a week at minimum wage of $7.25 ($145), that will just pay my water and sewer for the quarter. We all can’t be consultants for the rich and fortunates.”
— Hagerstown

“The trouble with downtown is that it’s too expensive. It’s a government subsidized clip-joint. Three governments, federal, state and local, allot money to keep an out-of-date Mecca alive. This is all the workings of the real estate syndicate. It feeds on government money. Anything that is nonessential that feeds on government money is socialism. So the very people who complain about socialism get rich by hooking on to a nonessential socialist program. Boy, do we abound in hypocrites.”
— Hagerstown

“I noticed there have been a few comments both for and against roundabouts. A lot of it seems to be personal opinions. Here is a website from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. I thought I would share it with anyone who wants to learn about what their research has found: www.iihs.org/research/qanda/roundabouts.html.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about the person who wrote in and said people don’t have any common sense, because they think the mail carriers should be at their house, at everyone’s house at the same time. Well, that’s not even what was said. That’s not even possible. What they’re saying is, like, I get my mail at 1 o’clock. Some days here of late, it has been 4:30. Now that’s what we’re talking about. And like the people who were getting it at 12 o’clock are getting it like at 3 o’clock. So now do you understand? It wasn’t anything like you said.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling regarding the Monday, Nov. 21. Mail Call comments regarding the U.S. mail being delivered later in the day. I don’t have a problem with it being delivered later in the day. My problem is not getting my mail in a timely manner. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had at least three to four coupons mailed to me from local businesses, that were for the previous week. Now, I’d like to think that maybe they’re ... if they’re sending them on the wrong date, then I apologize to the U.S. mail, but I find it very strange that three different companies sent me coupons that took over three weeks to deliver.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. Gingrich calling the protesters scruffy and homeless and all this, that’s, they called us the same thing when we protested the Vietnam War back in the late ’60s, early ’70s. I guess old Newt just doesn’t get it, does he? Maybe he should maybe pick a wife and stay with her, instead of getting married every five or six years, instead of worrying about us taking a bath. Without us protesting, the war probably would have never stopped.”
— Hagerstown

“We see what hypocrites the tea partiers are, by the things they are calling in about the Occupy movement, when you would think they would really be supporting them, because they are doing nothing but exercising their constitutional rights, and if these tea partiers are such strong constitutionalists, shouldn’t they be out there backing them up?”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I’m calling about the person from Hagerstown who said that people who are complaining about their mail being late should find something else to complain about. It’s not so much that our mail is late, it’s that we’re only getting it once or twice a week, in large amounts, and most of the time our mail is completely outdated, and it’s just outrageous.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“This is to the ... in Monday’s paper, about the traditional values; ‘Forty percent of our babies born in America are born outside of marriage, headed by unmarried women.’ Please let me correct you, because surely you have no idea what you’re talking about. My son is raising his son by himself, because the child’s mother wants to have nothing ... you are mistaken. Get your facts straight.”
— Hagerstown

“Congress makes me sick. If our representatives were employees working in private industry, they would have been fired, or its company executives would have been forced out by the shareholders for poor performance. It’s time for Congress to be fired, or resign. It’s time to elect representatives who serve the people and not the political party. Isn’t it time for America to wake up and throw out the incumbents?”
— Halfway

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