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Mail Call - July 13

July 12, 2012

“I was listening to the news, and they said that the average person on welfare, gets welfare benefits, is $3,500. I worked 60 years, and I only collect $3,300, and I paid in my whole life, and these other people don’t pay in at all and they get all the benefits and food stamps. So I hope we put Mitt Romney in there, somebody who has some smarts, because I tell you one thing, President Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He had no experience, and he still shows that he has no experience in running a country.”
— Hagerstown

“President Obama wants to tax the rich people more and more and more. Well, they’re the ones who put people back to work. If you tax them more, then they’re going to hire less people. I mean, that’s only normal.”
— Williamsport

“Page A3, Friday, July 6, city crew workers pick up after the Fourth. Nice picture of the trash that was left at the fairgrounds. I’m calling basically because of the meeting in Boonsboro on the 21st, that the pros for this rail for trails said that the public would not leave trash, or would at least help with volunteers to clean up. Looks like we’re paying the City of Hagerstown crews to pick up after this mess.”
— Washington County

“I hope people are reading the real facts, and not just what they’re hearing in the liberal media. These jobs that are being filled and created, well, they’re being created because people that are working 36 or 38 hours a week, their hours are being cut, so that these businesses can hire more part-timers, and right there you go. Right there’s the numbers. They’re hiring more part-timers but they’re cutting the hours ... it’s a simple game — yes, it is a game — of adding and subtracting hours, so that it looks like they’re creating jobs.”
— Hagerstown

“Early in American history, our leaders decided that a primary education was necessary for the economy to grow. That was good enough for our grandfathers. Next came the high school, and it served its purpose. To get us out of the present economic woes, our government needs to spend money. I would suggest that we pay the tuition of all qualified students.”
— Halfway    

“Hey, I know what we can all do. Let’s just sign over our paychecks to the government, etc.; that is, what is left of it. Then we can all try to go on welfare. We already give them our hard-earned money that supports them and their frivolous wants and rich lifestyle. This isn’t the way our forefathers meant it to be. Greed has taken over and it looks like we’re the losers. We are working to support them and they just don’t get it.”
— Hagerstown

“When George Bush left office and President Obama took charge, crude oil was $140 per barrel and we paid $4-plus for a gallon of gas. Now that the price of crude oil is down to $82 per barrel, the price of gasoline should be near $2.25 per gallon, not $3.25, as it is. When I went to school, the price of $140 a barrel equaled $4 per gallon. Half of that price is $70 a barrel, equaling $2 per gallon. Price of $82 a barrel should equal $2.35 per gallon. The price of oil is down 58 percent. Why do we pay this price? The answer is oil company greed.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“Fast and Furious program started by Bush was totally different than the one President Obama has been running. The guns under Bush actually were tracked. The Mexican government was apprised of the program, and no American was killed. If Eric Holder could release documents to Congress that would sully the way Bush handled this brief program, you can bet your bippy he would.”
— Hagerstown

“How come whenever an ambulance or a police car has room to pull over and actually park, why do they still sit in the middle of the street? I would really like an answer to that question. It’s not fair at all.”
— Hagerstown

“Senior citizens: Your senior center hasn’t been built yet. Write or call the county commissioners and your state senators and delegates, and tell them you want it downtown where it’s convenient. Tear down some old buildings and make Hagerstown better at the same time.”
— Hagerstown

“What would it take to expand the legislative session 30 more days, so that there is never any need for a special session in the summertime? Seems to me that we would actually save money if it was expanded those extra 30 days.”
— Williamsport

“Thought for the day: With all the downed power lines in Washington, D.C., caused by falling trees, perhaps President Obama and the Supreme Court will pass a law making tree trimmer insurance mandatory. And if people can’t afford this insurance, they’ll have to pay a big fine, which they also can’t afford. Sound familiar?”
— Hagerstown

“Tom Wilhelm: Wonderful column in the July 6 paper. Hats off to you. I would just like to know if anybody out there would happen to know just what this has cost the taxpayers, and also like to know just how many of these kids that are standing in line to receive this food are standing there with their cell phones or iPods in their hands, and a pack of cigarettes in their back pocket. If anybody would have the answers to those questions ... again, a wonderful article, well-written, and I think maybe you should run for public office.”
— Mapleville

“To all you callers who keep complaining about Obamacare, how it’s going to raise our taxes and fine us: If you already have insurance coverage, you’re not going to have to pay a fine, or any more taxes. You already have coverage. It’s for people who don’t have coverage and make over $10,000 a year — and a lot of them can even get waivers. For all you people who think that insurance isn’t going to keep bilking Americans and raising prices, even with or without Obamacare, are crazy.”
— Hagerstown

“There is all kinds of help out there for someone with an alcohol addiction, all kinds of treatments. But what about help for family members who are being very abused, because of an alcoholic in their family? Where is their help?”
— Clear Spring

“I just finished reading Lloyd Waters’ column on Sunday, July 8. I only have one word to say: Exactly.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a response to the Frederick, Md., caller, with ‘Drill, baby, drill.’ He says that President Obama cannot obstruct drilling on private land. He can obstruct that. If Obama wants to, he can stop all permits being given to anybody on private land. I can’t put an oil rig in my backyard. This Frederick caller thinks that we don’t have a brain. And also, when they drill, they sell the stuff to China and other countries. Unless you mandate to keep it in the U.S. ... and I know the oil companies are not going to be mandating keeping it in the U.S.”
— Hagerstown

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