“Man up and raise taxes, Chambersburg caller? Forget it. Every time Republicans have agreed to tax increases with promises of future spending cuts, those cuts never, ever happen. You want more revenue, install a corporate flat tax everybody pays, and get rid of all loopholes, special tax credits, and favoritism for politicians’ favorite industries, like GE, which paid no federal income tax last year. Raising rates on millionaires won’t change that. And get rid of the de facto Gulf drilling war ... allow drilling off our coast and approve the Keystone oil pipeline, for starters. That’d create hundreds of thousands of real, good-paying jobs.”
— Frederick, Md.
“We have a large, empty aircraft plant here in Hagerstown, Md. I see Congress wants to build a big new aircraft plant in South Carolina. Where’s our congressmen? We could save millions for the taxpayers, by putting it here.”
“Everyone should keep a diary.”
“This is in regard to the efforts to revitalize the downtown. A number of ideas have been circulating, and proposals have been made, but one major thing has been overlooked, and I feel it is a necessity, and that being the need other than parking decks, to have totally free curbside parking in all four geographic directions within a two-block radius of the center of Hagerstown.”
“In response to George Michael’s opinion column of Dec. 2: First, he criticizes the Occupy Wall Street people for their demand that the rich help the poor, citing Karl Marx and suggesting it’s communist to ask these things, yet ignoring that this is pretty much the same thing that Jesus said. Then, when it comes to the common people demanding that Social Security, which they paid into, be protected, he turns around and says that they should all share. In other words, reversing his logic. And this man was principal of a Christian school? Wow.”
“Mark Keller should not preach to the choir, unless he endorses the same attitude. There are some schools in the county that could win every game, tournament, but if it is not the team that he and the paper endorse or favors, then they might as well not expect any front-page headlines or great write-ups. Yes, you do favor certain teams, and the other schools seem to be dropped by the wayside. A Hall of Fame is a good idea, if it is done properly, and not by The Herald-Mail’s sports department.”
“I would just like to thank the person who stole my ceramic gray cat. It was a headstone, and it was put there in memory of my cat that was killed, that was a family member for 14 years, and I hope it makes you happy that you had to walk by and steal something from somebody. This happened on Summit Avenue, and I used to think Summit Avenue was a good neighborhood, but this part of Summit Avenue is a bad ... Since I’ve lived in this neighborhood, I’ve had four bicycles stolen, and now my ceramic cat.”
“To Boonsboro caller, who wants Hagerstown caller to check facts so they can talk intelligently, I suggest you check with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2001 when Bush took office, the unemployment rate was 4.2. While he was still in office in 2008, the rate took a drastic rise to 7.3, in December 2008. The rate was 7.8 when Obama took office in 2009 (not 4.9). Unemployment rates began their climb while Bush was still in office in 2008, and continued to climb as the country was headed toward the second worst depression/recession ever.”
“Reading about the Appalachian Trail race reminds me again that we don’t have to wait to be conquered. We have done it to ourselves. Our autocratic bureaucracy and suffocating regulation would make (anyone) proud.”
“How disappointing that the entire coverage of Miss Maryland, Carlie Colella’s send-off party to the Miss America pageant, was all about the PETA protest. How about how proud Hagerstown is to have a local girl representing Maryland? Or how great the preview of the wardrobe was? Or how the 2011 Miss Maryland contestants came back to wish her well? Or how hard Carlie is working on her interview skills, dance, and other preparation, while going to college full-time? Come on, Herald-Mail.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“I see that the unemployment rate dropped. I also hear that it would have dropped lower had there not been so many cuts to the government employee base. So all these people out there who sit there and say that government doesn’t create jobs, businesses create jobs, well, yes, businesses do create jobs, but obviously if the government hadn’t cut so many jobs because they didn’t have the cash flow needed to keep those jobs, the unemployment rate might have actually been lower. So sometimes there are two sides to every story. Point is, maybe we shouldn’t cut so many taxes. We should make sure we have the funds available to pay our government workers, because that’s the right thing to do.”
“The Herald-Mail had a contest recently. You could win a $500 gift certificate if you applied for a subscription to The Herald-Mail. Will there be a contest for us subscribers who have had a subscription for many years?”
“Where is the proper position to put a bow on a Christmas wreath? I see them at the top, and the bottom, and on both sides. I’m ready to hang one, and I’d like to know what the proper position is.”
“I’m calling in comment to the lady or somebody who called about the deer season, and about not liking the hunting. Well, you have to hunt. If you didn’t hunt, we’d be overrun with deer. So basically she needs to learn that. And I’m an animal lover, and it doesn’t make any sense to me that she does not understand that.”
“I can’t believe that the city employees are going to get a bonus like they’re going to get. I’m getting Social Security, and I’m lucky if I get $39 a month. Something is wrong with this picture. I think they ought to be laying some of them off. Some of them don’t do anything but lay around, and I think they should lay some of them off.”
“I agree with the caller from Clear Spring about the dead deer hunting being pictured in The Herald-Mail paper. How would the dog lovers like it if once a year they had to turn their dogs loose in the woods and let hunters shoot at them? Especially these pictures of 8- and 10-year-olds. It should be against the law.”
“Can’t you people see what the Republican Party is trying to do, getting rid of the unions that people fought and died for, over 60 years ago? They’re trying to make you work for lower minimum wages. Then and only then will they address immigration, once you’re making the same amount of money that they’re paying the illegals. They won’t need them anymore so, because you’ll be doing their jobs.”
“What a nice article on Dr. Dawson, principal of South Hagerstown High School. I know he’s going to make a positive influence on our students.”
— Washington County
“Concerning the comment by the Hagerstown caller and others complaining about Herald-Mail publishing pictures of dead deer, well, the reason why they do that is so the hunter can show off their prize deer, whether it’s a eight-point or a doe with no horns. I guess that’s the reason why they show those pictures. But you, Hagerstown caller, don’t have to look at those dead deer pictures. You could skip that page and look over it. That’s your choice, is it not?”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“On a beautiful Sunday evening last night, my family and I decided to take a ride. We rode down on Dellinger Road. On the left-hand side, this house is beautiful. If you want your children to see something beautiful, take them down to Dellinger Road. Looks like there’s some live animals and everything in there. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to all.”