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Mail Call - July 25

July 24, 2012

“I’m reading Mail Call today, Thursday, July 19, and I see one person says ‘Where are the jobs, where are the jobs?’ Well, friend, there are jobs out there. You just have to look. Look in The Herald-Mail classified. There are lots of jobs there. Now, if you’re not qualified for them, that’s another thing. Perhaps you’re looking for a job that has too many qualifications. Look for a job that you can perform, even if it requires accepting a salary less than what you want. If you don’t have any skills, how can you get a job paying $25 an hour?”
— Washington County

“Well, I see our federal tax money, being disguised as a federal grant for this pilot program, says there’s going to be $1 million distributed to administrators and teachers in the area. My question is this: Let’s see whether they show us an itemized list, who got what, as far as bonuses, and why? My biggest question is: Who did the evaluations? If it was in-house evaluations, then the good-old-boy system kicks in. But if it was outside of the area, an independent group, I still want to see the results. There goes our tax dollars.”
— Hagerstown

“There’s an old statement, ‘You will know a person by the company he keeps.’ Rupert Murdoch, who recently was involved in a newspaper scandal in England, is now backing Mitt Romney. You can judge a person by his friends. ... Is this the kind of person that we want for president of the U.S.?”
— Halfway

“I work at a liquor store. What is the Hagerstown police department doing about those people who come in who are over the age of 21, buying liquor, walking across the street and handing it to a 13- or 14-year-old kid? I think this problem needs to be addressed.”
— Hagerstown

“The comments some folks make in Mail Call never cease to amaze me; i.e., the caller who thanked Herald-Mail for printing columns from George Michael and David Limbaugh on the same day, so one could skip that page. Well, if you skipped that page, you missed two of the best columns ever printed. And the comment criticizing Neil Parrott, calling him Neil ‘The Petition’ Parrott — don’t you realize Mr. Parrott is fighting for your rights to vote on issues that affect all of us?”
— Hagerstown

“Several weeks ago, a young man came to my door and wanted me to sign on to his company, to be my provider of electricity. While we discussed this issue and the long list of surcharges that come on every bill, I jokingly commented that it’s amazing that they don’t have a surcharge for revenue that is lost during power outages. Well, lo and behold, an article in this newspaper declared that the electric company does have this ability. Does this state have any other franchises available where I can deliver nothing and then bill for something?”
— Boonsboro

“This is my prediction for the presidential election: President Obama, 52 percent; Mitt Romney, 48 percent. This is based on a scientific survey of 10 neighbors and friends who think they know everything.”
— Fountain Head

“Finally, there’s someone that I agree with in Mail Call, and that is the person who commented about the many conservative rants. I have no objections whatsoever to legitimate comments and complaints about President Obama; however, I am amazed at how many people engage in such unbelievable, vile, ugly lies and slander. This has no place in a civilized society that is looking for answers. Please try to learn what the truth really is, and refrain from lies and slander.”
— Hagerstown

“I like how Mitt Romney keeps comparing his business experience to all of us other business owners. He acts like he started his company on his own. He has no idea what it’s like to start a business with no capital, and try to make a payroll. All his money was from investors, and everything he did was just steal companies from other people, without even using his own money, or no risk involved. ... Also, if President Obama loses and Romney wins, Obama still will not be handing over an economy to him like George Bush did to Obama. There’s no comparison.”
— Hagerstown

“The city and county economic development people should really have hanged their heads in shame today, when the headline appeared in the paper about the Macy’s warehouse and distribution center opening in West Virginia. What a disgrace that that’s not in Washington County. All you have to do is drive down 81, and you’ll know what’s wrong with the State of Maryland.”
— Hagerstown

“I received a letter after my husband’s passing, from the MVA, informing me that my tags would not be renewed until I paid a fee of $110 for removing his name from our joint title. What a slap in the face, to be penalized for losing the love of your life. The state is a dishonor to his memory. My costs will be $330 for our three vehicles that we owned together. A bill was in the Senate, but did not even reach the House. The House wouldn’t even consider it.”
— Big Pool

“I don’t think that Mr. Romney created wealth on his own. He had a lot of help from his very rich daddy, and our tax loopholes. A 13 percent tax rate for a multi-, multi-millionaire? Give me a break. It might be legal, but it’s still slimy.”
— Hagerstown

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