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Mail Call - Jan. 30

January 29, 2012

“People are complaining about homeless people at the post office. I heard the shelter makes them leave the shelter at 7 a.m., and then return at 7 p.m. My husband and I have often thought about this. Where do the people go for 12 hours? Where do you go if you’re homeless and you just don’t feel good, or sick? I know the shelter doesn’t want them to stay there all day and not look for jobs. The other day it was so cold and windy ... you have to go to the bathroom. Then in the spring, the shelter closes. Where do you go, in the woods? We need to help people in the U.S. What can we do, as individuals?”
— Hagerstown

“I would just like to thank Sen. Shank and Del. Parrott for what I considered an excellent article, on The Herald-Mail Opinion page, Monday, Jan. 16. This article hit the nail right on the head, squarely, perfectly. Thank you both for writing such an excellent article.”
— Hagerstown

“Hey, I sure hope that the Suns do go elsewhere because this stadium has not made a nickel for Hagerstown. I would like somebody to investigate how much money the city has lost on the ball stadium in the last 10 years. We have to supply all the electricity.”
— Washington County

“Who is wiser, in choosing a Republican presidential nominee, the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, or a Las Vegas casino owner named Adelson?”
— Berkeley County, W.Va.

“Just a reminder to all newspaper carriers: Thank your customers for any Christmas gifts you received. Even a note written on the paper you deliver would be nice. We wonder if our carrier received the money we mailed.”
— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

“To Sharpsburg senior: You got a raise in Social Security because the government wants to be sure insurance companies will get the premiums you owe them.”
— Williamsport

“Halfway caller, after criticizing the grammar of Mail Call callers and editorial writers, yours, of course, is always flawless. You imply that the decision to keep ‘Snuffy Smith’ proves most if not all of us locals are ignorant hillbillies. You can see that urban dwellers really ought to get some new insults. My father was subjected to the same name-calling, and worse, by your fellow urbanites many years ago when he got his history BA at University of Maryland at College Park. And caller, what does it prove that the paper also kept, for example, ‘Dilbert?’ Probably nothing either way. Some people are so egotistical they think everyone should share their taste, and those who don’t are inferior and ignorant.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I just finished reading Jan. 17, Tuesday’s Mail Call, from a woman who had gone to the market and had to get a bite to eat, and was missing her mom so much, who went to be with the Lord 10 years ago, when an 83-year-old lady began chatting with her and made her day. Well, I wanted to thank her for the sweet letter that she posted. It’s very refreshing to read a letter with no complaints like most of Mail Call is, and I’m sure that this lady made that elderly woman’s day, too. Thank you so much for your letter.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I see where Mitt Romney said that he earned a small amount of his money from speaking engagements, and this small amount was almost $375,000. To me personally, I don’t care how much Mr. Romney makes, but statements such as this show just how out of touch he is with the people.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“There have been so many comments on our postal delivery, all negative, that I have a positive. I placed a letter, with check, in my mailbox on Tuesday after Christmas, with a note asking to let me know when it is received. I received a call from Towson on Wednesday, saying it was received, and she would mail out a receipt. On Thursday, I received the receipt in my mailbox at home. Kudos to the Smithsburg post office.”
— Smithsburg

“If you’re tired of the inefficiency of the post office, which is atrocious, go to the bank, have them automatically take out your car payments, your house loan or anything else that could be automatically deducted from your checking account. You save a stamp, don’t have to worry about late delivery and your bills are paid on time.”
— Hagerstown

“I thought it was nice that the Warfordsburg caller chimed in about our flush tax, knowing that A., most of Pennsylvania’s waters feed into the Chesapeake Bay, and B., that the majority of the addresses in the Warfordsburg ZIP code are on septic tanks. That means that his partially treated — to use the sewage business term — effluent, is directly coming into our bay. So guess what, buddy? Thanks for helping with our flush tax.”
— Hagerstown

“Facts from D. Hineman’s letter to the editor of 1/17/12 need to be repeated: ‘The State of Maryland, with a land mass of 7,500 square miles and 5.7 million residents, has a $34 billion budget. The State of Pennsylvania, with a land mass of 45,000 square miles and 13 million residents, has a $27 billion budget.’ Draw your own conclusions.”
— Hagerstown

“With all respects due to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who rightly deserves the honors bestowed by the students at Greencastle-Antrim High School, I would hope that similar photos are published next month honoring Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and all of our presidents.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“To the city council: It doesn’t matter which way you go about nonpartisan elections. Even if you do vote for nonpartisan elections, The Herald-Mail is going to print in the paper which party the people running are associated with anyway, like they did last election time.”
— Washington County

“I was watching the news the other night, and believe it or not, one politician finally spoke the truth. He said President Obama promised to be the president to create jobs. Instead, he’s going to be known as the food stamp president.”
— Williamsport

“I received my calendar from a local oil company today, Jan. 18, 2012. I’d like to thank them very much, but the post office didn’t do too good a job, because it was mailed from ZIP code 21740 on Dec. 15, 2011, and I live within two miles of the oil company. Talk about service.”
— Williamsport

“I have a question. Awhile back, there was a group downtown called Consumer Credit Counseling Services. It was a nonprofit organization that gave you counseling for your finances, and it was, again, nonprofit, and I was wondering if anybody knows where that has located or if there’s still such a nonprofit group in town.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to make a comment about the news I just heard ... about Gov. O’Malley. He wants us to raise the income tax. He wants to raise this, and he wants to have people who have four children doubly who make a combined of $150,000 to pay $191 more a year. But what does he pay? Ask you that. I’d like to see that put in the newspaper.”
— Hagerstown

“Once again, it’s award time in Hollywood. It seems Meryl Streep is always a nominee or a winner. She probably is the best actress, but a lot of her movies are boring. The main problem here is she doesn’t have much competition. In my opinion, the best movies and actors were back in the ’30s and ’40s. Even movies that weren’t nominated for awards are much better than the trash Hollywood produces today.”
— Hagerstown

“Finally, a word to describe our current political situation: Ineptocracy  (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) — a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.”
 — Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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