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Mail Call - April 4

April 03, 2012

“Obamacare, otherwise known as affordable health care, can save seniors hundreds of dollars a year on prescription drugs, and gives them access to preventative care that is saving their lives. Just ask me; I was in the doughnut hole last year, and I was saved hundreds of dollars. And this health care means never having to worry about getting sick and running up against a lifetime ... It gives the parents comfort in knowing their kids can stay on their insurance until they’re 26, and this pre-existing condition, like ear infection, will never compromise their child’s coverage. So think about that.”
— Hagerstown

“Before Hagerstown commits to a downtown multiuse stadium, you should know Frederick’s already studying building a huge new downtown convention center/hotel, in one of those public-private partnerships where taxpayers usually get shafted, and favored developers and special interests make out like bandits. And since none of those pushing those projects — the usual politicians and self-anointed community leaders, always eager to spend taxpayer dollars in their favorite grandiose boondoggles — have shown any objective evidence our area needs or could even actually support one facility, it’s very hard to think it could support two.”
— Frederick, Md.

“I’d like to commend Tim Rowland for putting the belly guffaw in my coffee this morning, in his article in today’s paper about the health care for kids and other people. But I bubbled my coffee all over the newspaper, just reading that article. Good, funny article, Tim.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where they’re going to start charging a fee, I believe, to start dumping your recyclables at the Washington County landfill. If they’re going to charge a fee to dump recyclables, all of my recyclables will be going in the trash now. So now you all got a bigger problem. When everybody’s putting their recyclables in the trash, you’re going to fill it up quicker, and that’s about, get another one in.”
— Londontowne

“Evidently the citizens of the U.S. have forgotten all about Vietnam. Here we are in Afghanistan, years after we laughed at the Russians for being in there and accomplishing nothing. Well, we just replaced the Russians, just like we replaced the French in Indochina. This country needs leadership. We don’t need these fools that are down there in the metropolitan area; namely, Washington, D.C. We need people with leadership ... We need to get out of Afghanistan. And anybody running for Congress in the 6th District from the metropolitan area shouldn’t even be considered.”
— Hagerstown

“As if the taxpayers in Maryland are not currently burdened enough, our esteemed governor wants to increase the gasoline tax— on top of the local county officials adding recycling fees. Welcome to the comrade state.”
— Washington County

“I thought I would change gears for Mail Call readers today. How many remember the Great Hagerstown Fair? The big draw for this 15-year-old kid in 1968 was the girlie show tents. What was yours?”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“Mayor Bruchey is trying to create an impact with a baseball stadium downtown. It certainly will create an impact. It will impact a senior citizens complex, a landmark historic church, adjacent residences, traffic congestion, downtown merchants, pedestrian safety, noise and lighting pollution, trash accumulation, parking availability, storm drainage, and the general well-being and appropriate use of center city. How this fits in with a historic district and could possibly obtain permitting for all its requirements that downtown businesses have been denied over the years boggles the mind.”
— Hagerstown

“I would assume there are many people in the area receiving the robocalls offering reduced-interest credit cards. Has anyone figured out how to get them stopped? I tried blocking the phone numbers, but each call uses a different number. Dialing back and pushing the ‘Do not call’ number as instructed doesn’t work either. Tried talking to someone and they hung up on me. I am registered on the Do Not Call list and that doesn’t work. I am frustrated.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I see the Supreme Court’s probably gonna vote down the mandate on the health care bill, because there’s five Republican Supreme Court Justices. Now, they’re supposed to be neutral, but that ain’t so anymore. And it’s kind of funny that Republican states is mandating health care bills, because they’re forcing women to take ultrasounds and other procedures that they don’t want. Ain’t that — I don’t understand it. You tea partiers, you don’t want to be mandated or told what to do, yet your state’s gonna mandate to tell you what to do. You people make no sense to me.”
— Hagerstown

“I just seen on TV, and I think it’s sort of funny, where Hanoi Jane, Jane Fonda, is gonna play Nancy Reagan in an upcoming movie. Well, I’m a Vietnam veteran. How about if we make another Vietnam movie, can I play Ho Chi Minh?”
— Williamsport

“Hagerstown caller, if you think by voting for Obama and Obamacare, your health care will be guaranteed, the joke’s on you. What you’ll actually get will be only the care unelected, unaccountable government bureaucrats, ... etc., not you and not your doctor, decide you should get, and they, not you and not your doctor, will decide how and who money and resources will be allocated, and think that giving free birth control to 30-year-old law students for recreational sex is a better use of those resources than your chemotherapy or bypass or hip replacement, and judging by Obama’s Medicare appointee Berwick, that’s what they’ll do. Too bad, you have no guarantee and no choice, except for ...”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a Korean veteran from 1950, and I’ve been reading in the paper, everybody complaining about the ball stadium. The heck with the ball stadium. Let’s consider the veteran who’s being tried for killing these civilians, and they want to make an example out of him, just to impress the foreign country. Nobody should have to do that many tours of duty over there.”
—Hagerstown

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