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Mail Call - Jan. 18

January 18, 2012

“Finally, President Obama’s ideas are starting to work. Imagine if the Republicans would have not blocked all his ideas, the country would be taking off. It will start without the blocking Republicans. All they do is nothing. I thought they were going to repeal the health care law. Will not happen. Get educated, Washington County. Vote Roscoe out.”

— Hagerstown



“Regarding retirement, don’t ever believe that a company pension or Social Security will be there for your retirement. Take care of yourself with these tips. Start saving early in life, live below your means, and be disciplined in your savings. If you save $4,000 per year from years 20 through 60, at a 5 percent return, you will have a nest egg of over $500,000. When I was in my early 20s, an older co-worker gave me this advice. I followed it, and saved as much as I could, and when I turn 60 in a few years, my wife and I will have a very secure retirement.”

— Hagerstown



“What is wrong with the Maryland flush tax? Maybe $10 a month is not much for you, but for a family, that’s a gallon of milk a week. So you’re taking food out of the mouth of babes, just so the people behind the desk can have a payday. You, the paper, should check into how much of these dollars goes to the flush tax cleanup.”

— Warfordsburg, Pa.



“I’m calling to talk about the bike lanes. I wonder who’s paying for all these bike lanes and all this fancy stuff they’re putting up, and the signs they’re putting up. I guess us taxpayers are paying for all that, too. They went a hundred years, they didn’t have to have something like that, now they have to have it. And I’ve been to several places where the bike lanes ends and then they have to go back out on the roadway. So if they’re going to have bike lanes, they need to have them all over the city. And I think they’re betraying the children, that they have a right of way, and that’s bad. A lawsuit’s going to be on. Anyway, I don’t like my taxpayers’ money being wasted for foolishness such as this.”

— Hagerstown



“Well, certainly Maryland will raise the gas tax, because Western Marylanders drive all the time, and the people in the cities probably don’t drive very much, so why not hit us again.”

— Brightwood Acres East



“I was wondering if anyone had any information about any divorce support groups that are in the area of Washington County or nearby. I do live in Washington County, and I’m interested in trying to be in contact with someone, and I’m not having very good luck.”

— Washington County



“I say no, no, no to a gas tax increase of any amount. I barely got three gallons for $10 yesterday, and that’s all I could afford to put in my car. And they want to open the traffic from Robinwood over onto Eastern Boulevard — that’s two roads completely clogged up with just local stuff. You can’t get through anymore. And the idea of having the BOE downtown, with thousands of cars coming and going — they’re not going to stay to eat and shop. They’re going to do what they have to ... the whole thing is only going to benefit the developers and landowners of the buildings downtown. This is a horrible joke.”

— Hagerstown



“I am a registered Democrat and have been for 70 years; however, I vote both Democrat or Republican. I vote for the person with the ideas I most agree with, not the party. That said, politicians running for office say they are going to get this done or that done, but never say how. They are going to create jobs by cutting or increasing taxes. They are going to solve the debt problem by reducing government, but do not say where or by how much. When these people talk this way, you tend to vote for the devil that you know rather than the devil that you don’t.”

— South Hagerstown



“For the guy who said: ‘Let’s put up a parking lot where the old hospital and stadium are:’ Please tell me what kind of jobs a parking lot would bring in? Also to the people wanting the Suns to leave: Don’t you get it? Having businesses and jobs leaving here makes this place even less attractive to businesses to come here. Advancement is a good thing, not a bad thing. Old-town Hagerstown could have so much potential if someone would put money into it. This would bring in more and better places to shop, eat, and things to do and positive growth brings in tax money, people buying homes and jobs.”

— Boonsboro



“Well, we had another waa, waa, waa from Tim Rowland on Jan. 8, whining about Neil Parrott’s petition pushing from the ‘we won’t be silent conservative minority.’ Rowland, like the constitutional Luddite he is, again misinforms through his sleight of phrase. Read Amendment I about the ‘right to petition’ before you mislead readers, Rowland.”

— Washington County



“I would really appreciate it if you would put ‘Pearls Before Swine’ and ‘Grand Avenue’ back in the comics. They were humorous, they were topical, as for today, so many people, older people, are raising their grandchildren. I think these are important comics, and certainly more entertaining than ‘Snuffy Smith.’”

— Boonsboro



“Allan Powell’s latest fable, ‘Progressive Movements Improve America,’ suggests that most ‘Americans are too slow to appreciate the noble and courageous government programs that progressives enacted for the public good.’ Thanks to the progressive movement’s war on poverty, we now have more people on food stamps than ever. Thanks to the progressive movement, Maryland now has 19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Can’t afford milk because the price of gas is too high? That’s progressive improvements at work.”

— Smithsburg



“This is on ‘lawmakers gear up for 2012.’ I see where they’re going to go on this, they got some problems coming up with this gay marriage stuff, and taxes. If any delegate or anybody representing people in the state of Maryland votes for a tax increase on gas, or a flush tax on sewer and septic systems, they need to be run clear out of the state of Maryland. And if anybody puts them in, you must be dumb as everybody else is, in these politicians’ things. Donoghue, you have to go. We got rid of Munson because he’s more of a Democrat than a Republican.”

— Hagerstown



“As a city taxpayer, I am offended by our elected officials having private meetings concerning my tax dollars, out at Fountain Head Country Club. Now, if the revitalization of Hagerstown is so important, why don’t they have these so-called meetings at a restaurant in downtown Hagerstown? That is my question. Maybe somebody out there can answer that.”

— Hagerstown



“We were very disappointed to see that ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Rex Morgan’ were taken out of the comics, because to us, they represented real people doing good things, and so many of the others were kept in that really just represented nothing but it seems lightness and foolishness, and we would really appreciate if they could be put back in the paper.”

— Big Pool



“In my opinion, The Herald-Mail lost its greatest benefit when it took out ‘Pearls Before Swine.’ Give us back ‘Pearls.’”

— Sabillasville, Md.

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