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Mail Call - Jan. 9

January 08, 2012

“Oh, Lord, Professor Allan Powell has read another book, and has given his usual slanted book report. This time he claims that you have to be crazy in order to be a good leader. Wow.”
— Smithsburg


“How soon we forget. It wasn’t too long ago that Texas wanted to secede from the Union — you know, the United States of America. Now they have the nerve to run three candidates for president. Said that the government interfered too much, but when they had drought and firestorms, they weren’t too shy about asking the U.S. government for help.”
— Hagerstown


“I was wondering if there’s anything anybody can do about people across the street parking the wrong way. They almost pulled out in front of me and almost hit me. They’re always parked on the wrong side of the street, in the wrong direction.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m tired of reading people commenting about Tim Tebow, and how the jokes about him are tasteless and disrespectful. I disagree with that. I think that Christians force their religion on others, as do other people who are weak-minded, and they just need to grow up and have a sense of humor.”
— Hagerstown


“To the person from Sharpsburg: You must be blind if you can’t see who’s brought this country down. President Obama had all the ideas to fix the country, that have worked in the past. The Republican Congress voted them all down. Wake up, friend. Vote a Democratic Congress in, and you will see things get better fast.”
— Smithsburg


“Today is Thursday, Dec. 29. I see in the paper that they’re going to reassess the taxes on some houses in certain areas. Well, if they make them any lower, we’re paying more taxes than what our house is worth. If they would assess it, our taxes are higher than what we had built the house for. This isn’t fair. So, you know, people thinking about building a house, forget it.”
— Sharpsburg


“This is to the person who called in about the fake grenade. It’s not illegal to have a fake grenade. It’s illegal to threaten people with a fake grenade.”
— Funkstown


“Thursday, Dec. 29, paper, Hagerstown person, I don’t know where they get some of their information. It said with the discussion about the senior center and spending money for it, the county already has lots of senior centers, places where older people and some young can go on a regular basis, and said that they often have meals and many other activities. ‘These places are called churches, and in one case, a synagogue.’ That is not true. We have senior centers. So you do have senior centers. It doesn’t have to be that you have to go to church. And it says seniors, you just have to continue going to church. That is not true. Everybody should go to church, but we do have senior centers.”
— Smithsburg


“On Allan Powell’s opinion page article, ‘Leadership and mental illness,’ maybe he’d be enthusiastic if ... handed him a copy of ‘The Three Stooges,’ and then he could babble on endlessly about their mental illness. P.S. Thanks, Herald-Mail, for keeping left-wing Leonard Pitts off for the holidays. Very refreshing.”
— Hancock


“I was watching a show on TV the other evening that wanted to know why people were so blasé about voting, and I think I know the answer. We get so tired of hearing what’s going on, what they’re going to do, how they’re going to do, why they’re going to do it, and attacks on everybody. They start so early, we get so tired of hearing it for ... before it’s really time to vote. We hear so much that we get so tired and so bored, we don’t bother about voting.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.


“Greencastle caller, if you find out PETA’s location’s headquarters, even though I don’t wear fur, I’ll gladly join you in protesting their assault on our freedom of choice. And also protesting the fact that PETA has killed — sorry, ‘euthanized,’ at their so-called shelter, over 25,000 adoptable dogs and cats they took on pretext of saving them and finding them good homes. Rather than saving these actual homeless, suffering animals, they used the tens of millions of dollars they raised for their disgusting publicity campaigns and to fund their loathsome, hypocritical organization.”
— Frederick, Md.


“I’m reading the Morning Herald where this little boy, sixth-grader, he give his Christmas money and his gifts to the animal shelter. I think that’s a nice gesture on his part, so he’s going to wind up being a good fellow one of these days, going to be a good fellow the rest of his life. And also, would be nice if these people running for these offices such as president would donate their wasteful money to these kind of ... like the animal shelter or the poor people in this world, country. And it’s an awful waste, the way they waste this money, these campaign trails.”
— Hagerstown


“What’s so difficult about getting a photo ID to vote? I don’t care if you’re black, white, green, red or blue, if you have the gumption to get out and vote, then you should have the gumption to get a photo ID.”
— Brightwood Acres East


“I was just sitting here reading the paper about what they’re going to do with the old hospital property. Well, I think what they ought to do is make another parking lot. And as far as the ball team needing money to do, redo the stadium, I say make a parking lot out of that. The Chamber of Commerce better wake up and try to keep jobs in this town, and bring jobs to this town for the people who aren’t working. They got jobs, so they don’t have to worry. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had jobs all my life.”
— Maugansville


“Well, surprise, surprise. Here come the Hagerstown Suns again, for more money from the county commissioners. Let’s just hope our commissioners tell them ‘no more taxpayer money.’ Enough is enough. To the Suns: Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out of Washington County.”
— Williamsport


“This is for the caller in Wednesday, Dec. 28, Herald-Mail about the duplex house with roaches, mice, trash and leaking roofs. I have the same problem; maybe even worse. I’ve called the police, the city, the SPCA and even the health department. They keep passing the buck. ... They suggest you see a mediator. Mediators just make the situation worse than what they were. Good luck on getting help. Something needs to be done about this situation. Our city’s starting to look like the slum district.”
— Hagerstown


“Here’s something for the city and the county this year. The city, did that local developer and that one school downtown ever pay the parking deck money that they owed? Also, did the county ever get the money from the ‘Gods and Generals,’ and the developer down off the Sharpsburg Pike for building that road? Let’s start the new year off and get our money.”
— Hagerstown

“If you voted for President Obama in the last election, or plan to vote for him again, you fall into one of three categories. You’re hooked on government entitlements, or you live in a vacuum, or you hate this country so much you’re willing to sacrifice the best place on earth to live, America, for Obama’s hope and change. Think about it.”
— Clear Spring


“The owners of the Suns have a concept that a stadium renovation for $9 million to $10 million should be paid? Ridiculous. Na na na na, na na na na, hey, hey, goodbye. Go to Winchester.”
— Hagerstown


“Just wondering whether postal vehicles are supposed to adhere to motor vehicle laws. I live in Cearfoss, and I just watched a postal vehicle drive through two stop signs without hardly slowing down. Just wondering.”
— Cearfoss


“Frederick caller, just because Congress did not build the Boeing plant in South Carolina does not mean that it wasn’t paid for by government tax dollars. South Carolina has offered them free land, free taxes and all kinds of other government incentives, which the taxpayers paid for, to lure them to South Carolina. They tried to do the same thing with Mack Trucks. ... Concerning the unemployment rate, you only believe it when they print it the conservative agenda way. If the news reports the facts and you don’t believe them, they don’t fit your agenda, you think that they’re untrue or unfair to you.”
— Hagerstown

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