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Mail Call - Dec. 21

December 21, 2011

“A recent Mail Call entry stated that federal employees work 20 years and can then retire. I was very pleased to read this; apparently, I could have retired four years ago. Actually, federal employees can’t retire until they are, at a minimum, 57. So if you start working for the federal government when you graduate (from) college (most federal employees are college graduates), you would have to work about 35 years before you can retire. We also pay taxes, and pay health and medical insurance premiums, just like everyone else. So please know your facts before slinging mud at federal employees.”

— Fairfield, Pa.



“I just want you to know, Daily Mail or Herald-Mail, on Saturday morning, the Opinion page, thank you for putting David Limbaugh on there, because I just skip the page completely, because all he is is ... propaganda, so I don’t understand why you keep letting him put articles in your paper. He’s anti-American, anti-Obama, anti-Democrat, and he’s for the rich.”

— Hagerstown



“Let me get this straight. The Republicans don’t want to raise taxes on the billionaires by 0.2 percent, but they want to make well-to-do seniors pay more for Medicare. They love the billionaires, and they hate old people and children. That’s what it amounts to. That’s your Republican Party of today.”

— Hagerstown



“Here’s the latest on the mail delivery. My publisher clearance sweepstake form just came Dec. 8. It was due back on Nov. 14, and the money was awarded on Nov. 30. I’m really irked. I could have won that million bucks and used it for Christmas. The financial woes in the post office probably (are) the same as the banks and auto industry. Some big-wig is getting all of the money.”

— Hagerstown



“To the people who are so offended by the dead deer pictures: Are you equally offended when you see a dead deer along the highway? At least the ones the hunters killed didn’t damage a car or endanger a human life.”

— Boonsboro



“I still think that the city should collect trash twice weekly. In homes where there are babies or frail, sickly adults, there will be disposable items used that need to be picked up more often than once a week. Think of the smell this summer when the temperatures rise to 90 or 100.”

— Hagerstown



“Community organizer, senator for two years, and now the leader of the free world. Oh boy, what have we done?”

— Williamsport



“How wonderful it was to hear the Mennonite youth choir deliver the word of God in music, at the ... mall tonight, Dec. 10. They shared with shoppers the real reason for the season of Christmas, and that is the birth of Jesus Christ.”

— Hagerstown



“This is on the GOP candidates debate. I didn’t hear any of them say about drilling oil in the U.S., which concerns me, and refining oil here. And as far as New Gingrich is a smart man, but he looks to me like he’s more on the Democrat side. He’s voted for the tax, the trading tax bill, Romney’s voted for tax. I still have to go with Michele Bachmann or Ron Paul. People aren’t giving Michele Bachmann the credit she should have. At least she says we should drill oil here in the U.S., and take care of the people here in the U.S.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m a 74-year-old woman. I have been a Republican most of my life, but I will not be a party to the Republican Party any more. I have changed my affiliation to independent. I have never in my 74 years seen a group of men act like 2-year-olds because they don’t want that president in there again. I must admit, I don’t want him in there either, but they do not have the right to do what they’re — they do not have the right. The right of the people of the U.S. is what puts the president in there and keeps him out, not the Republican Party, and I’m tired of them acting like 2-year-olds.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.



“Just a suggestion, but rather than ballots counting which comics people read most often, why not ask your readers to vote on which comics they’d most like to get rid of, and which ones they’d most like to keep? The results of this vote would be very interesting, and more indicative of readers’ preferences than the ballot format you used, and also easier to fill out.”

— Frederick, Md.



“I was wondering if anyone else has experienced Allegheny Power/Potomac Edison only estimating your bill. I’ve had this occur three months straight. Any comments?”

— Clear Spring



“If Civil War re-enactors are not allowed to use park land like Antietam Battlefield for their events, because they may cause damage, then why should the JFK 50 commercial event, which does cause damage and trash, be allowed to use the Appalachian Trail?”

— Rohrersville



“I have no problem with pictures of dead animals as long as they are alongside a happy hunter. Pictures of road kill I might object to.”

— Hagerstown

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