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Mail Call - April 23

April 22, 2012

“I think the city should have an electronic display next to the speed trap camera on Northern Avenue. That way, the taxpayers and the fine payers can see how much revenue the city is lining its coffers with.”
— Hagerstown

“With reference to Allan Powell’s article on the Opinion page, April 13, when the unions, made up of people, can — to donate unlimited amounts of money to political candidates, why can’t corporations made up of people do the same? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“In May 2008, this paper, in a front-page article, reported that Mayor Bruchey and Councilman Lewis Metzner promised to ‘take a stand’ on dealing with the old MELP plant. This plant is a dilapidated disgrace, to a city that boasts of smart growth. This plant cheats nearby property owners of fair market value on their own well-maintained homes and yards. Bruchey and Metzner ... and reflects a deliberate deception and indifference to this issue, and the other white elephants in our community.”
— Hagerstown

“As a senior citizen, we are now just the beginning of the new health care reform. I am paying $220 a month, so what would a family be paying in the years to come? Life as we know it will be gone forever. Companies that once paid for your health insurance now will place it back on the employee’s shoulders. If you can steal, beg or borrow a copy of the senior packet that is delivered on health care, it will answer all of your questions.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“I’m calling about the city of Hagerstown. All the businesses in the city’s area have moved out, shut down. There’s nothing left anymore to Hagerstown at all. The only people you see downtown walking around are people who work for the city or the county, and lawyers. There’s nobody left downtown. It’s a ghost town, and I don’t know why there’s no anything. So they definitely ought to change the people downtown running this city. There’s no police officers anywhere. They eliminated them.”
— Hagerstown

“I am a Christian and a Democrat, but I will vote Republican if I feel that person is better. I do not believe in abortion or gay marriage, but I believe I have no business sticking my nose into anyone else’s business, nor do I have the right to judge anyone. Only God has the right to judge, and when we die, we will all be judged. Hate the sin, not the sinner.”
— Quincy, Pa.

“It’s Friday the 13th. I’m reading Mail Call, and there’s a writer from Greencastle, Pa., says he read it on Good Friday where somebody should start thinking for himself, and you know, that he doesn’t want any more George Bushes or anything. Well, I think we had it an awful lot better with George Bush. We knew where he was coming from. He, you know, he wasn’t hiding under a rock and lying all the time.”
— Hagerstown

“Back in the 1950s, my sisters and I belonged to the Hagerstown Girls Club, located in a house on West Church Street, Hagerstown, Md. We learned how to sew, cook, etc. We went to Homewood nursing home to sing for them. My older sister even went to Massachusetts with the girls club. We walked from Church Street every Saturday evening to the old YMCA, where Mrs. King was our swimming instructor. I learned so much from her. Mrs. Sullivan was our leader at the girls club ... joining the girls club and The Salvation Army youth group, it helped my childhood to be a pleasant one. So I say thank you very much. I see your organizations are so much bigger now.”
— Hagerstown

“I cannot believe that the Republicans are so desperate to get us to vote for the Republicans and not vote President Obama back in, that they are now resorting to calling the Democrats communists. Now, that’s bad, that’s really bad. They must really be scared.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“In reference to the stadium moving to the proposed site, as a lifelong, contributing and volunteer member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, I strongly object to the location, and it might happen that we do, too.”
— Hagerstown

“What does the state have to do with where we put our baseball stadium? They can’t even run the state, let alone advise other people on what to do. Building that stadium downtown is the most stupid thing I ever heard of. You know, to be a politician or mayor here, you just have to hand over your common sense. Mayor job, common sense. Comptroller job, common sense. ... God save our Washington County.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading Mail Call, and person from Sharpsburg, Romney isn’t talking about increasing your income tax. He’s talking about increasing all other taxes, by 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 percent. Fuel, food, clothing, alcohol, cigarettes, all other taxes he’s increased fivefold.”
— Williamsport

“It’s Friday the 13th, and I’m calling to comment on a comment that was in Mail Call this morning, and I’d like to make two points. First, the man is castigating Mitt Romney for being — saying the Democrats are castigating Mitt Romney for being a Mormon. The Democrats do not have a litmus test for religion, so don’t blame that on us. And second, the point I’d like ... Mitt Romney has been running against Republicans in the primary, so at least wait until we get our shot at him before you complain.”
— Hagerstown

“To this morning’s callers, bashing Dave and Rush Limbaugh: Just as the gospel is foolishness to those that are perishing, so is conservatism and common sense viewed by those brainwashed to adhere to the liberal mindset. You folks wouldn’t recognize the truth if your life depended on it.”
— Williamsport

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