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Mail Call - Aug. 20

August 20, 2012



“I’m concerned about the BOE’s cuts. They want to make some cuts in some programs and positions that directly impact the students. Another suggestion might be eliminating the two glorified administrative positions at North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools that are titled ‘business managers.’ If they are that important, why doesn’t every school have one? Why do we need a business manager in any school? We’re not businesses.”
— Hagerstown


“If the American government would give each taxpayer $10,000, the middle-income person would put the money back into the economy within 90 days. The millionaire would either put the money into an investment, or they would spend it on a vacation to a place like Europe. The ‘trickle-down’ position has never worked.”
— Halfway


“Almost daily, someone calls Mail Call about gun control. They say outlaw guns and only the outlaws will have guns. That’s the most effective way to bring about gun control. Outlaw guns, and then arrest anyone who has a gun. That way we can catch all the outlaws.”
— Halfway


“Hagerstown caller, apparently you don’t know that the states that passed voter ID laws included provisions providing free photo IDs to people who need them. And while of course people can get around in major cities without a car or driver’s license, it’s difficult to believe so many citizens — note, citizens — who have lived their entire lives without some form of ID, especially photo ID, which is required in modern life to do nearly everything. And if they don’t have it, they should be helped to get it, which these laws do provide it, of course. They’re legally entitled to get it, and vote.”
— Frederick, Md.


“Let the NBA playoff finals begin, Heat versus the Lakers. Why would anybody in their right mind in those other NBA cities attend any regular- season game? This only helps contribute money to these already overpaid players ... trying to justify why they need this type of money, like, ‘I have a family to feed.’ Well, what are they eating, cars?”
— Hagerstown


“By Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan for vice president just proves one thing to me: He’s scared of the tea party. He bowed down to them, and all they want to do, the tea party wants to do, is take your Medicare about half away from you, your Social Security, fool with that, and a couple of other things for the poor.”
— Hagerstown


“I agree with the person who commented about people who don’t yield on the highway. People who fail to yield coming onto the highway off of exit ramps are much (more) hazardous than people who go 10 or 15 mph over the speed limit, and the police should sit at the exit ramps and ticket all those who don’t yield.”
— State Line, Pa.


“If you’re satisfied with the decline of America and if you’re satisfied with the moral decay in America, you’ll vote for President Obama this election, because America is at the lowest point that it’s ever been.”
— Sharpsburg


“I’m calling in reference to the David Limbaugh column on Aug. 11. I’m calling to complain about the column, once again, because it lacks substance, and it just is a forum for David Limbaugh to spew out his hatred ... of President Obama. I don’t understand why you all continue to allow him to write ... printing it.”
— Hagerstown


“With the choice for vice president of Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney could have not made choices easier in this election. If you want to do away with Medicare, vote for Romney. If you want to keep Medicare, vote for President Obama.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“So the Romney/Ryan team is going to make the tough choices. It is easy, when you’re independently wealthy, to cut Medicare and Social Security. It is easy, when you’re independently wealthy, to raise taxes on the middle class, and cut them on the wealthy, all of which is in the Ryan budget plan which Romney endorses. Everyone is in big trouble if these two win.”
— Hagerstown


“This is in regard to the letter from the person who was trying to explain about the teachers getting more money. They said it wasn’t from the taxpayers, it was from a grant. Attention: It didn’t come from Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. It’s all taxpayers’ money. Please bring back civics to the classrooms and colleges.”
— Maugansville


“Why is everyone complaining about the cameras in the school zones? The speed limit has been posted as 25 mph since 1972 when we moved to this area. If everyone would have obeyed the speed limit as posted, there would not have been any need for the cameras. Those of you who are getting tickets are only getting what you deserve.”
— Hagerstown


“I’d like to know why these universities are picking on Chick-fil-A, just because one man gives his personal opinion about gay rights and everything else. What happened to freedom of speech in the U.S.? We’re supposed to have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. Come on, people, get behind this. This is getting ridiculous and out of hand.”
— Hancock


“Less than two weeks ago, I paid quite a lot of money to a body shop, where I just had the dents fixed, rust spots fixed, and an entire new paint job. Now one of the doors has another dent in it, caused by someone hitting it when opening their car door. Please, people, can’t you show a little consideration and respect for other people’s property?”
— Hagerstown


“In reference to the article in the paper about people coming to church in certain attire, unacceptable attire, Jesus said, ‘Come to me as you are.’ Not everybody can come to church in shiny shoes, and nice big hats and suits. People ought to be thankful that at least they are coming to church.”
— Maugansville


“If the federal government could put back the money they borrowed out of Social Security, Social Security would be strong. And at one time of day it was the strongest financial plan there was. Our government has destroyed Social Security, just like they’re destroying the U.S.”
— Hagerstown


“We have given President Obama a chance to help the country. He has not, so it’s time to move on to someone else, period.”
— Washington County


“I see where our Social Security surplus is dwindling down. How about President Obama and Congress paying us back the money that they stole from us over the years? Obama gave $150 million to the poor countries. How about $150 million for our Social Security?”
— Charles Town, W.Va.


“If the people in Hagerstown are smart, intelligent and caring, Dave Gysberts for mayor would be an excellent choice.”
— Hagerstown


“Regarding the U.S. government and Social Security, that the surplus is shrinking, bull. Quit borrowing to fund wars and whatever, from Social Security.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“Hagerstown caller, you accuse me of saying what I’ve never said, the old straw man ploy, because I’ve never said all my opinions are calm and reasonable, nor have I ever claimed all disagreeing opinions are merely leftist rhetoric. I have said repeatedly that my political views are based on facts and logic, and that’s how I debate issues, while you leftists frequently seem unable or unwilling to do so, and instead engage in name-calling and insults, like asking me why I hate the poor, for instance, or straw man arguments like you just used, thus proving my point yet again.”
— Frederick, Md

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