Mail Call - April 6

April 05, 2012

“This is a comment to the brainiac Republican in Clear Spring who thinks the Republicans are so smart. So if they’re so smart, why, when they voted in all these Republican governors in all these states that are trying to stop people from voting, and ... the people that’s in Washington right now, the Republicans, try to take away your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And they’re also trying to take away the women’s rights to vote. So how smart are you Republicans now?”
— Cearfoss

“This judge Scalia on the Supreme Court, I don’t know who he thinks he is, but he’s got a lifetime job, good salary, all kind of benefits, and he’s telling the ... lawyer (who) works for the White House, does he expect him to read this 2,700 pages for this medical law? Well, I don’t know what his job is, but I’d say yes, 2,700 pages with all the time they got on their hands is not that big a job. So I figure it this way, if he don’t want to do his job, then step down. By the way, I think he was appointed by a Republican president.”
— Hagerstown

“I double-dog dare election officials to put on the ballot, ‘Select none of the above.’ We need one more slot there.”
— Hagerstown

“Just heard on TV that there’s not enough beds for the illegals that are caught coming across the border to sleep in, so they’re releasing them, a lot of them, only keeping about 10 percent of them. That’s all the beds they have. Well, why not make them sleep on the ground in a prison camp somewhere? They slept on the ground when they were sneaking over into our country.”
— Sharpsburg

“Did anybody hear about President Obama sneaking a talk to somebody overseas, some Russian guy, telling him that if he gets elected for the next four years he’ll help out about the missiles and all that stuff? So see, he does stuff behind the U.S.’ back which people don’t hear, and you know, I did 20 years in the military, and I’m glad I didn’t have to serve under this guy. And also, everybody talks bad about the Republicans running. Right now, I’d probably vote for Pee Wee Herman just to get rid of this guy we have in there now, because he is bad. He is not for the U.S.”
— Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

“I wish that the people that are running for office, political office, would stop calling and leaving messages for me to vote for them. Who I’m gonna vote for is my choice, and quite frankly, they need to brush up and be better people running. But they should not be calling over the weekend, especially on a Sunday. That needs to stop.”
— Hagerstown

 “The district manager of the USPS wrote a letter to this paper stating the mail system is back on track. I’ll take his word for it. I ordered a package from Kentucky and got it two days later. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the mail system is fixed.”
— Halfway

“I read in the March 12 paper about the caregiver stealing money from an elderly person, and they should not be given any access to these bank accounts. This should be handled by the children, but you find today that lots of children do not want to call, visit, or take care of the elderly people and their elderly parents. There are some good caregivers, though.”
— Mount Lena

“Just for thought, maybe we should get Suze Orman and Clark Howard to make a congressional budget. I bet you that one would be a good one for everybody.”
— Hagerstown

“I’ve asked some questions of our local officials, and I can’t get any answers. Maybe someone that contributes to Mail Call can answer them. The county administrator, when was that job created, and why? I’d also like to know why, if we have these elected county commissioners, why isn’t the county administrator an elected position? I’ve asked these questions, and everybody just like turns away or ignores me. I’ve found that in this area that when you ask questions of your officials, they try to steer you away or give you somebody else to talk to. I can’t get any answers.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want to say I agree with the comment by the Washington County caller concerning welcoming home the troops and so on, with a parade in the area. ... If it weren’t for our veterans that served ... we wouldn’t have any freedoms at all in this country. A lot of Americans need to realize that.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“To the person who wanted people to sign the petition against gay marriages, so they can go onto the ballot in the November election, and he ended it with, ‘God bless all’: Believe it or not, God does bless all, even the ones that he’s judging.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the comment in Thursday’s paper, March 29. A person wrote in that they are a — having traumatic brain injury, and they think it would be nice to have a parade for the wounded warriors who served in the wars, and I agree. I think that it’s time to do something for all of our wounded warriors and our veterans, and to honor them and to make them feel that they did do — and serve our country. ... They deserve a roll call and to be honored and have a parade in their honor.”
— Hagerstown

“I feel that county police should get a 1 percent increase for every year they have not received a raise, which would bring it to a total of a 4 percent increase this fiscal year, along with the stipend, the $600 stipend.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Smithsburg caller that’s giving Obama all the accomplishments: Let’s not forget, from $1.89 a gallon to nearly $4 a gallon for gas, and it’s rising, and the billions of dollars that we lost of our money on all these green energy jobs. So let’s not forget those couple of things, and if I had time, I could think of more.”
— Boonsboro

“As a frequent traveler between Charles Town and Martinsburg, I have noticed a multiuse recreational trail in this area. Cyclists of all ages and abilities use this trail. Kids learn to ride their bikes there. Walkers include individuals, couples, and families; moms with children in strollers in hand, and in gestation, walk this trail. It is rare that I do not see this trail in use. I congratulate Washington County for pursuing.”
— Knoxville, Md.

“Nice article about the dog park here in the county. Only thing is, it was all positive. How about some negatives? I hate to think about it, but what about another dog biting somebody else’s dog, or attacking a person. And who’s gonna clean up after all this? Because you know half of these people do not clean up. And passing disease from one to another. Terrible.”
— Leitersburg

“I’m the Clear Spring caller, regarding Democrats in three categories. Those folks who responded totally missed my point. I was simply saying the voters should educate themselves about a candidate before voting, and not be led by ideology. ... I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative; also a Vietnam veteran. As far as an apology, I would like to apologize to my children and grandchildren for the government overreach and debt that this president has placed upon America.”
— Clear Spring

“Boonsboro Mail Caller has lived there 10 years, and that’s not good enough. And the city and county should take issue how much a squinting infant in a bicycle trailer has to offer, by taking it up with the Department of Social Services.”
— Rohrersville

“A right-hand salute to all veterans everywhere. Sunday, April 1, (was) 67 years (since) we hit the beaches at Okinawa.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person from Boonsboro who says we have no trails in Washington County: Did you ever hear of Greenbrier State Park, the C&O Canal, the Appalachian Trail, and Antietam Battlefield (which has many new walking trails, in addition to paved roads for walking and biking)? Lots of people lost their land in decades past so that you could take a hike, so I recommend you check those out before suggesting a new trail, where surely more property owners will lose some of their land and their privacy.”
— Keedysville

“We have the following so far during the Obama term: An increase in the cost of living, like food, clothing, shelter; a mega-increase in the national debt we will pay forever, an increase in Medicare insurance, taxes on everything went up, unemployment, going against what the majority who rule wants, the size of government, restricting laws that eat away at our freedoms, and crimes like ‘Fast and Furious’ or restricting religious freedom. That’s right, Bush made him do it.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Funkstown person: My wife and I are both past 85. We do not have enough income to pay income taxes. Our supplement to our Medicare cost us over $500 a month. I do not know much about the president’s health plan, but one thing I do know, people who have insurance do not want to pay for the 50 million who do not. I know people who do not get health insurance because they are not sick. They hope that it will not cost much if they do, and if they do, someone else will pay. When did anyone ask you if you wanted Medicare or Social Security? It comes out of your pay, doesn’t it? That’s the way health care should be. ... In fact, Medicare should be increased, and everyone would be covered now and into old age.”
— Hagerstown

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