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Mail Call - Jan. 26

January 26, 2012

“Concerning the picture of the four Marines who supposedly were urinating on the bodies of the Taliban, just remember, this is a war we’re in. They’re not our friends, they’re not nice people. We’ve got to support our people over there, whatever they do. It’s time for our president and some of our other leaders to quit bowing down to the minority that would want you to think this is such a really, really bad thing. As I said, it’s war. It’s a war we’re in. At least we’re not cutting their heads off, like they’ve done to our people. So it’s time for our politicians to quit catering to those people. I don’t care if they urinated on them or what, personally.”

— Sharpsburg



“This is to the people complaining about Mail Call, and have it taken out of the paper. No. 1, that’s the reason I get the paper, and if they don’t want to read it, they don’t have to read it. Just skip over it. There’s a lot of things in the paper I don’t want to read, I just don’t read. Evidently they do, or they wouldn’t have a piece in Mail Call. And also, about Milestones, my little great-grandson, that just made his day. He turned 8 years old, and he called me to thank me for having his birthday put in the paper.”

— Hagerstown



“I see where there’s going to be an event focusing on the homeless. I don’t know if anyone has ever thought it, but I think it’s very cruel to have a shelter at night, and then turn these people on the streets for 12 hours with no place to go. If these organizations want shelters, let them keep them open 24 hours a day.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m the Hancock caller who called in about the state and county having two days off for Christmas and New Year’s. Well, I see this morning in Monday’s paper where evidently I offended two people about that, and the real reason I called in and made that comment was because, especially to the county workers on the roads and state, how often do you see them riding around, three and four in a pickup, three or four times a day, riding around in the truck, doing nothing? So it seems like to me you all pretty much have the day off every day.”

— Hancock



“To the caller from Falling Waters who’s calling about a bereavement class for his friend who had lost a son: Hospice of Washington County Inc., has bereavement classes for parents who have lost adult children, and counseling, open to the community at no charge. The phone number is 301-791-6360.”

— Hagerstown



“Monday the 16th, I see in Mail Call where some individual called in and complained about Nora Roberts owning half of Boonsboro. ... If she’s creating jobs for Boonsboro or anyone she hires, be thankful for her. Don’t put the woman down. Go out and get a life, or get a job, or read a paper.”

— Hagerstown



“It was good to see that Sen. Cardin was able to have a minitown hall forum with a group of seniors, without being disrupted by screaming and yelling tea partiers. When he tried having a general town hall a year and a half ago at HCC, the local tea party helped to bus in unruly actors from out of state, rudely blocking local residents from the meeting. Don’t tell me that the tea party isn’t bad news.”

— Hagerstown



“In regards to the Nora Roberts comment about her owning more businesses in Boonsboro, I think it’s great that a world-renowned author takes the time and money and puts back in the community, and saves old buildings and generates the economy here. So we should be proud and happy that Nora Roberts is taking care of her people in her area.”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in response to your Monday paper, on the 16th, of somebody from Falling Waters, W.Va. They had a friend who lost a child in a tragic accident, and they were looking for a bereavement class. Well, me and my wife went through the same thing, losing our son, and somebody bought us a book called, ‘Our Journey,’ and you can get it  in Chambersburg, Pa.”

— Fairplay



“All these fees hurt low-income people more. Raise income taxes to pay for bay cleanup. No more flush fees, no gas tax.”

— Williamsport



“It is time for us to forget about ever being able to not rely on foreign oil. It’s a political pipe dream. Energy companies have found massive amounts of natural gas, which could reduce our dependence on oil. Well, guess what, much of it is going to be exported. Government has no plans to see that it is used here. What is produced in this country is owned by the people and should stay here.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“The 1878 case of Reynolds vs. U.S has nothing to do with (separation) of (church and state). Using Jefferson’s letter on church doctrine, the court showed that while the government was not to interfere with opinions on religion, which is what frequently distinguishes one doctrine from another, it was responsible to enforce civil laws according to general Christian denominational differences, not to basic Christian principles. The court ruled that the Mormon practice of polygamy and bigamy was a violation of the Constitution, because it was a violation of basic Christian principles, i.e., the Bible, Ten Commandments, and teachings of Jesus. Separation of church and state — don’t think so.”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.

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“If the Washington County taxpayer can pony up $12 million for a building and $1 million annual operating costs that benefit 200 people, like the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, then we surely can provide $10 million for a facility we can all enjoy for activities that also include baseball.”



— Washington County

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