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Mail Call - May 3

May 03, 2012

“I’d like to say that I congratulate the city of Hagerstown on the new recycling bins. They have reduced my trash output by at least two-thirds. It’s great.”

— Hagerstown



“I see in the newspaper, (Mitt) Romney standing in front of a sign saying, ‘A Better America.’ Seeing as how they destroyed ... it the last time. Anyhow, it took them eight years, and it was coming apart at the seams in Bush’s last year. President Obama’s only had 3 1/2 years, and that was without loyal Americans called Republicans. And you want to give it back? By the way, who’s Romney going to make a pledge to, Cantor?”

— Hagerstown



“I have some family and friends who are in their middle to late 80s, and believe me, are they competent. It’s a delight to talk with them, because they have a lot to say. We live in a youth-oriented society where the old many times are overlooked and dismissed because of their age. Incompetence comes in all ages, and by the way, when you go after someone because of their age, it’s called ageism, which is just another type of discrimination.”

— Clear Spring



“To the Clear Spring resident who reported the damage done by a helicopter pilot: All pilots are required to log in and out at the airport. Therefore, it is on record who was flying that day. I hope you report them. This isn’t the first time they’ve had trouble with certain rich men in helicopters thinking they are above the law.”

— Hancock



“As a veteran, and as millions of others, we raised our right hand to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, speaking in Egypt, stated, as quoted, ‘I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa.’”

— Martinsburg, W.Va.



“This is a message to Gov. O’Malley. Why can’t you put a freeze on everything, like they did back in Harry Truman’s day? Food and everything else is going up, up, up, and most people can’t afford it anymore. It’s not just the gas prices. Plus we don’t need a new stadium. The old stadium is good. All we have to do is renovate it. Why can’t we use the fairgrounds for multiple-purpose activities, like they did years ago? We had a fair and everything else out there. Think this over, O’Malley. We don’t need a new stadium.”

— Hancock



“I hope everybody read in the Sunday paper on A10, opinions, ‘The surrender of space,’ by Charles Krauthammer. It’s a very good article, and it’s another good example of how President Obama and his administration are slowly taking us down the road to disaster. The Russians will continue ... it will only cost us $55.8 million to go up and return. What a gross waste of time and money. Amen.”

— Hagerstown



“I really wish they would have spent this much time as they’re spending on the baseball as they kicked out the Hagerstown fair that had horse racing years ago, which I’m sure none of you all are old enough to remember it, but the horse — that fair every year brought in hundreds of people. Now they’re all going to Frederick, other places, because there’s nothing here anymore for the people who enjoyed inexpensive things.”

— Washington County



“If the city, county and state want to do something for downtown, let them buy or lease all the vacant properties, offer them free or cheap to small business, restaurants, offices; run a circulating free shuttle bus through the business area connecting parking garages and bus terminal, put the seniors in a rehabbed YMCA, and do something for everybody, all year, all day and evening. Don’t put $30 million in one basket of dreams for one part-time company.”

— Boonsboro



“This is regarding Tuesday, April 24’s Mail Call, and the person who’s asking people to please stop putting crosses, flowers, etc., on the sites where your loved ones were killed. You have a lot of nerve — a lot of nerve. Those people don’t have anything left. You don’t have to be so nosey and cause another accident by looking.”

— Boonsboro



“If, when you go in the voting booth Nov. 6, you want to say to yourself, do I want to keep my Social Security the way it is, my Medicare and other benefits, and benefits to help the poor kids in school and the food lunch program for the kids, do some thinking before you pull the lever.”

— Hagerstown



“In regards to the urgent care in the South End, yes, we need one. I for one can’t handle all the traffic in the North End and hospital area. I’m sure there are many people that feel the same way. Health@Work’s area would be great. Give it some thought.”

— Halfway



“We are local from Hagerstown, and we had a chance to go down through the city center, and we were stuck in traffic for a little while. We decided to take a view like someone who was visiting our city center, and the sad part of it is, there’s trees planted, and I don’t know if there’s supposed to be flowers around them at the bottom, but they’re also full of weeds, and it looks horrible. Is there any way this could be cleaned up to make our city center look at least nicer around the bottom of the trees?”

— Hagerstown



“I’m calling in to answer this man who’s 84 years old, the Korean veteran, saying, because I put in and said 1950 Korean veteran, I’m not talking about giving people something because they’re poor. I’m talking about the rich people quit taxing everybody so heavy, on the gas and everything. I’m not asking that somebody give somebody something.”

— Hagerstown



“I have about 15-gallon paint cans with varying amounts of paint in them, and I do not know what to do with them. Can someone please tell me where I can put them? The landfill will not take them.”

— Williamsport



“We need government like we need food, but too little of either can be destructive. To see the results of too little government, just check out the Republican budget plan and all the negative repercussions that would result if it was implemented.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.



“Baseball players do not need batting gloves. If I see one more baseball player readjusting his batting gloves after every pitch, or if I see one more girl tucking her hair behind her ear, I’m going to scream bloody murder.”

— Monrovia, Md.



“Strange request of the day: A gas pump that says, ‘Please, no $50 or $100 bills.’ There is no longer a good reason for this. They take the complete $50 and most of a $100 bill. I hope we will survive energy theft.”

— Boonsboro                                             



“I need some help from a mathematician, somebody that can tell me the monetary figures for the working poor and the working class. How much money do me and my wife have to make to become middle class? I’m looking for an answer from somebody.”

— Hagerstown



“I never got an answer when I asked if charities call cellphones. I get a lot on a landline phone, and all are worthy, but I can’t help all. I get $68 a month for working 20 years, plus Social Security. I want to say our health care in the U.S. is terrible. It is good for the rich. It is not President Obama’s fault. It is Congress and ... insurance premiums are so high, many cannot afford it.”

— Williamsport



“This is for the re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam. I hope all you re-enactors have fun, because when you get shot re-enacting, you can get up and go home and lead a life, lead your life, but the real ... when they got shot, they didn’t get up. If they did, they were wounded, and many of them didn’t get up. I think the war should be, you should leave it alone. That’s really all I have to say.”

— Hagerstown



“I don’t know why everybody complains about do-nothing lawmakers. I like do-nothing lawmakers. At least they aren’t passing laws to do more to regulate our lives and businesses, and to raise our taxes.”

— Hagerstown

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