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Mail Call - Dec. 27

December 26, 2011

“A reduced federal budget would be easy to achieve. Find the right percentage amount and cut everyone that amount. The Republicans, however, are pursuing the route of using their hit list. Do you like clean air and water? They don’t. Do you think certain business elements require oversight? They don’t. Their financing overlords are playing the tune they dance to. The party of Richard Nixon lives.”
— Boonsboro

“What is with all these Christmas lights this year? Don’t get me wrong, I really like to see them, but since they were put up at Halloween, I’m kind of tired of looking at them now. The ones at City Park are beautiful. But let’s get back to where Christmas was thought about after Thanksgiving and could be enjoyed.”
— Hagerstown

“You PETA people, go ahead and eat your grass, I’m going to eat meat!”
— Washington County

“I see where the police are vowing a holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged drivers. Well, come on, guys and girls, let’s get out there and do that seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, and while you’re out there doing that, crack down on these aggressive drivers and speeding drivers, too.”
— Hagerstown

“This is on unemployment benefits. I’d like to know why some people can’t qualify for unemployment and others can go and get it with just a phone call. How can a guy be on it for three years and then goes to work a few days and decides he’s too lazy to get up and go back to work, and qualify again for benefits, and someone who’s worked for seven or eight years gets denied. I thought you had to have so many quarters in to qualify. Am I wrong about that or what?”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“OK, enough about deer hunting in Mail Call. The subject is being overkilled. Sometimes enough is too much.”
— Clear Spring

“I hope the government cuts out welfare and gives the elderly a big fat raise that they deserve. Social service agrees that 95 percent of people don’t belong on welfare, but they give it to them anyway. Cut out welfare and help out our elderly.”
— Washington County

“I made my hubby a big fat deer steak the other day. He wore his deerskin jacket and gloves to work, and came home and killed another deer. Gotta love the hunting season.”
— Clear Spring

“President Obama says he wants us independent of Mideast oil and wants to create jobs, but he threatens to veto the pipeline from Canada to U.S., and blocks any attempt to use our own oil, which is plentiful. I don’t think he means what he says. It’s all about votes, and not what’s right.”
— Hagerstown

“Ditto to the Mail Call from Keedysville regarding the noncoverage of the Middletown High School state class 2-A football champs. You have printed on the front page of your newspaper, just above ‘The Herald-Mail,’ the words, ‘Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.’ The last time I looked, Frederick County was still in Maryland. I have noticed that you take advertising money from businesses in Frederick County, so you must know they exist. ... Please give our neighboring young athletes the recognition they deserve.”
— Hagerstown

“Can anyone tell me where the PETA headquarters is so that I can rally a couple of groups in their furs to go protest in front of their building to have the right to wear whatever we want to and not to dictate by others?”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Gov. O’Malley wants Montgomery County in (the) Washington County district because he did for them before, and now with the change, he will have more power to do for them, for they are his baby.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d just like to thank the person on Mount Carmel Church Road off of 67 outside of Boonsboro, for forwarding our mail to us on Red Hill Road at Keedysville. Merry Christmas, happy new year, and have a safe, safe holiday.”
— Keedysville

“What is wrong with you people in Maugansville? You constantly complain about the airport, and now you’ve seen fit to complain enough about a proposed community rescue service ambulance station there. We live in a new development off of Eastern Boulevard, and we hear sirens on and off, 24 hours a day, and we always say God bless them.”
— Hagerstown

“I tried both cookies; the first one, which was a winner, and this pineapple cookie. I could not believe how my family loved the pineapple cookies. They already ate up the cookies, and they want me to make more. The lady who made the pineapple cookies, congratulations. It may not be the winner, but it’s still top gun.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading Daniel Moeller’s letter to the editor about how the JFK 50 Mile entry fees are spent, and I’ve often wondered that myself. I know that’s a lot of money that they are — somebody’s taking in, and I just wonder what happens to it, what they do with the money. I know it costs a few things to put it on, but that’s a lot of money they’re taking in. Somebody’s getting it somewhere.”
— Williamsport

“I want to know why every time I pick up the sports page for South Hagerstown High School, there’s nothing in there but North. North is not the only school in Hagerstown. I think you ought to give the credit to also South. This is, to me, discriminating, and you don’t do enough write-ups from the kids at South for their activities that they do in sports.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“OK, once again, I am a genius. Here we go. The JFK 50-miler, the dispute about how the revenue is spent, it’s simple. I would say take 90 percent of the revenue and donate it back to the Appalachian Trail. So let’s just go to the head of the snake, get 90 percent of the revenue, kick it back to the trail. We’ll all be happy.”
— Sharpsburg

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