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Mail Call - Jan. 16

January 15, 2012

“In reference to the article about the Tower Bank and Susquehanna merging, I think the words were poor in choice, when they said ‘I don’t see this as a blow to the local economy.’ Yeah, the banks are getting stronger, but when you lose, 62 people lose their jobs and these buildings go up for sale or for rent or foreclosure, I think that does affect the economy. What are we going to say when Good Humor closes and dumps about 400 people on the street?”
— Leitersburg

“After reading the contents of the editorials, and the grammar used in the Mail Call columns for years, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the paper chose Snuffy Smith’s cartoon over some of the more urban-themed cartoon strips. How disappointing.”
— Halfway

“I’m calling to object to the new meaner, leaner, slimmer newspaper that’s been issued so far this January, and I wonder if it’s because of lack of news, or if you’re just cutting down on the quality. All the good comics are missing, and that was the only part of the newspaper that my husband enjoyed anyway.”
— Hagerstown

“Just to point out that people are real quick to complain and slow to compliment: Everyone complaining about the photos of the deer in the paper, but no one called in, as I am doing right now, to thank The Herald-Mail for putting the beautiful Christmas lights up and telling us where to go to see this beautiful light, this yard that people had lit up. Our little one just loved it. It is amazing. Thank you, Herald-Mail.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m just calling about you taking some of the comics out of the paper. I am a senior citizen, and I’ve been reading these three all my life, practically, and I just think you all went toward the younger generation, when you took out ‘Apartment 3-G,’ ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Rex Morgan.’ Those are my three favorites, and I’m just really upset about it.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the comics. You should have left out ‘Tundra,’ ‘Dilbert’ and ‘The Born Loser,’ and left in ‘Apartment 3-G,’ ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Rex Morgan.’ I appreciate them more than any of the rest of them in the whole comics. I’d rather see them than anything else. My sister also believes in the same thing.”
— Smithsburg area

“I’m calling in regard to the person who wanted to know what to do or who to call in regard to a lady picking over an old gentleman’s money. She should contact adult protective services, the Commission on Aging or the Department of Social Services. And this is for the lady in the Boonsboro area.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a friend and her husband who lost a son to a tragic car accident. I would like to know if anybody in Mail Call could maybe know a bereavement class, where people are going through the same thing, and maybe a phone number. It would be greatly appreciated, and the sooner the better.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“This is to the Frederick caller who calls in Mail Call and says that nobody wants him to be printed. That’s not true. You say you’re telling the truth, but right there’s a lie, right off the bat. If you want the EPA done away with, so you can drink dirty water and breathe dirty air, I guess it is the truth. If you want seniors just to have $15,000 a year to spend for medical services. But sir, that’s not the American way and that’s not the Christian way. So sir, we’re not saying you’re a liar, we’re just saying you’re wrong.”
— Hagerstown

“So Hagerstown’s considering installing speed cameras, but strictly for safety reasons, not to raise revenue. Nonsense. Especially since camera companies — did you know this? — get a bounty for every driver they catch. So ... in Prince George’s County, cameras caught invisible cars going 76 mph, and bicycles doing 57 mph. And in one recent Frederick incident, a camera was ticketing every car, and it was — surprise — a driver who noticed and reported it. Left up to the government and the camera company, it’d probably still be going on. So who knows how many drivers get erroneous tickets and just pay up.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I think the one who killed that little girl and dismembered her body should be given the same treatment, only kept alive while doing it. Maybe if these butchers got the same treatment as they hand out, maybe some of this crime would stop.”
— Hagerstown

“Hello, senior citizens. I’ve just been going over my big increase in Social Security, and after the raise in Medicare insurance, supplemental insurance and prescription insurance, I am now drawing less Social Security than I was before the raise. Any comments out there?”
— Sharpsburg

“This is for the caller from Hancock, wondering if the state was hiring. Well, yes, the state runs a help-wanted ad about every other month for correction officers. Go ahead and apply, and see how easy it is to get those couple days off at the holidays.”
— Washington County

“Hey, Frederick caller, tone down the rhetoric and maybe readers won’t be offended by your views. Occasionally you make valid points, but your tone is condescending, and no one enjoys being talked down to. Stop typecasting anyone who disagrees with you and you may be surprised at the results. Remember, one man’s truth is another man’s mythology. Good luck.”
— Williamsport

“Kudos to Smithsburg councilman Troy Jernigan for pushing to get the sewer system fixed. This has been a problem for a long time, and has cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is a problem that is not going to get any better if not fixed.”
— Washington County

“Republicans, Democrats, while yes, we do need a two-party system, we need these two parties to work together. Each party is trying to work as one system. It does not, cannot, and will not work that way. Just look at the shape this country is now. You can blame some on the Republicans, you can blame some on the Democrats, blame some on President Obama, whoever. I just wish everyone could get along and get this country back to where it belongs, on top.”
— Funkstown

“President Obama, when he was then Sen. Obama, said that it was unpatriotic for President Bush to raise the debt ceiling from $4 trillion to $9 trillion in eight years. Now that he’s been president for three years, he’s raised the debt ceiling from $9 trillion and wants to make it $16 trillion. I wonder if he considers himself unpatriotic, or is he is going to still blame Bush for everything? And remember, the Democrats voted against it when President Bush was president, so what’s the difference now, when the Republicans vote against raising it now?”
— Boonsboro

“This is to the Hancock caller complaining about the county and state employees having two days off for Christmas and two days off for New Year’s. It doesn’t seem like you’re complaining about the people who work at banks and schools. My suggestion is, why don’t you get a job that has holidays, so that you can have those days off?”
— Washington County

“I don’t know if it’s some kind of scam or if it’s really happening, but I have just received a call from somebody that says that my computer is interfering with a government program, and that I need to turn my computer in to them. I don’t know what else all he was saying, but I do not ... and when I told him that, he said ‘Are you sure?’ and I said I am positive I do not own a computer, and he said ‘Well, that’s all right,’ and hung up.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I would like to respond to the comment by the Hancock caller, concerning people not having any respect for one another. Well, what’s new, caller? The only time people want to pretend that they have respect for one another is whenever a tragedy strikes in this country, and during the holiday season. Maybe a little bit of respect for one another during that time of year. Yeah, I’ve noticed most people are all out for themselves when they’re out there on the highways today. They don’t have any patience for anyone, either.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“First of all, I’d like to say, unlike griping about the fairgrounds, I agree 100 percent with the people who called in. That would make a great convention center. We could have all kinds of craft shows, a variety of music. We have the school grounds for the kids to play on. They can play baseball, their skateboards. I just think it’s a darn shame that the city doesn’t reconsider it, which I feel sure ... anyway, hopefully someday we’ll see the fair come back, and convention center at the fairgrounds off of Mulberry Street.”
— Hagerstown’s North End

“This is in response to the caller from Harpers Ferry who thinks Republicans hate the working stiffs. Republicans wanted the payroll tax cut extended for a year, instead of two months as the Democrats insisted. This tax funds Social Security, so the idea of cutting the tax at all is strange, since both parties claim Social Security is underfunded. And P.S., the rich are working stiffs, also.”
— Boonsboro

“The current administration refuses to allow the oil pipeline to be built out in the Midwest, but yet today, gas just jumped another 6 cents. He does not want us to be oil-free from the Middle East.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’m a resident at Holly Place in Hagerstown, Md., and we just wanted to thank the angels from West Virginia who came to visit us over the holidays. They brought us gifts, candy, entertainment, and we just had a wonderful time, and we certainly hope that they come back and see us sometime, and it made us feel wonderful. And would the beautiful angel who had the little dog please come back and see us. We loved you both.”
— Hagerstown

“To the mayor and city council: If they wanted to do something constructive, why don’t they pass a law that these guys that want to walk around with their pants down over their backside, with their shorts sticking out, and hit them with about a $100 fine for the first time, and then work up anything after that. As a citizen, I’m tired of seeing it, and how about getting some guts and doing it?”
— Hagerstown

“I see where Nora Roberts is opening two more businesses in Boonsboro. I believe right now the town should be called Robertsboro instead of Boonsboro. She owns more than half the town.”
— Boonsboro

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