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Mail Call - Jan. 24

January 23, 2012

“I know there are many senior citizens doing volunteer work and helping their communities. I’ve been retired for two years, and they have been the happiest years of my life. It costs me very little money, and I am making a difference. If you still have your health, don’t sit at your kitchen window complaining about your neighbors, but go out and help others, and this will fulfill you so much.”
— Hagerstown

“To the writer of the letter to the editor on Jan. 12, 2012, ‘Democrats are to blame for huge deficit’: It was a great article. You are dead-on. Great job again.”
— Hancock

“Boonsboro caller, as long as petition signatures have been validated, what business is it of yours who they are, and where do you get the right to know ‘everything about everyone’? Do you think people completely forfeit their right to privacy when they sign a petition? What possible legitimate reasons could you have for wanting to know everything; names, addresses, phone numbers, personal lives, medical history, etc.? Oh, to see ‘what kind of individuals’ they are. Really? Going to investigate tens of thousands of signers, are you? Are you that nosy? And again, what business is it of yours? So what do you really want to do with that information? I doubt it’s anything good.”
— Frederick, Md.

“Let’s talk about President Obama. What has he really done over three years? Well, he took down bin Laden. No, he didn’t. Actually, the CIA and the military did that. OK, he took down Gadhafi. Well, no, really, the civilian uprising took down Gadhafi. But what has he really done? Oh, he took vacations, he played a lot of golf and basketball.”
— Williamsport

“In the past couple of years of taking my children to Boonsboro schools, I’d like to say I’ve actually come to the conclusion that getting out on Mapleville Road after dropping them off or picking them up, it’s become a complete disaster. I think the school board and the county needs to step in there and maybe do something. Maybe they can figure out something to help ... get in and out of the school a little bit easier, because let me tell you, it’s a headache — more of a headache than what it’s worth. Have a nice day, and God bless you all.”
— Keedysville

“Nice article in The Herald-Mail on the 13th, about ‘County agency helps recruit volunteers.’ Everybody should read that. I could not believe when they mentioned the figure of 500 nonprofits in Washington County. That is an awful lot for one county in America. We have 3,100 counties in America. Multiply that times 500, see what you get. ... I think ... that’s why we’re in a problem.”
— Leitersburg

“I’m calling to say I am glad to see that Don Munson is running, and also that Kristin Aleshire is running for election. I’m only sorry that they’re not running for mayor, because either one of them would be one of the best.”
— Hagerstown's South End

“A big thank you to the lady in the light blue Honda Pilot in front of me at the Dunkin Donuts drive-through (Pennsylvania Avenue) Tuesday morning, who paid for my coffee. She had no idea who I was, but told the cashier she wanted to do something nice today for someone else. Amazing. Will pay it forward.”
— Clear Spring

“Do you realize there hasn’t been this much of a wealth discrepancy since the turn of the last century, early 1900s, when there was such a big gap between the poor and the rich? Do you really want the rich to run the country, to tell you what to do? But that’s what happening. They use lobbyists for the politicians — Republicans and Democrats — and they tell them what they want, and then so the rich are telling you what to do. Is that really the America you want?”
— Hagerstown

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