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Mail Call - Aug. 24

August 24, 2012

“Presidential candidate Mitt Romney asks, are you better off today than you were four years ago? For the past 58 years, my wife and I have lived a frugal lifestyle. We saved enough money so that we could live comfortably until our death. During the Clinton years, we earned a modest 6 percent on our investments. During the George Bush presidency, we lost 40 percent of our savings. With Obama as president, we are making about 2 percent on that which was left. We are not doing as well as we should, but we sure are doing a lot better than with the last Republican president.”

— Halfway



“Readers, be alert. My husband received a letter in the mail Tuesday, with a check for $4,685, to be deposited in our account, claiming we had won $250,000 in a lottery. The check was on a bank in Fresno, California. There was a processing fee of $3,940. We called the bank in California, and the account was closed. Claim agent was David Morgan.”

— Hagerstown



“Please inform your caller about unions giving all kind of money to campaigns, and why blame the Citizens United. Would you please correct them, that I am a union official. We have to account for every penny and have full disclosure, and Citizens United, as everyone in the world knows, is given, by foreign and domestic corporations hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars, and no accountability at all — none. If I give $100, it must be recorded.”

— Boonsboro



“‘Would you please advise who I need to contact about resolving the Social Security shortage?’ It’s fairly simple. Reduce welfare. A co-worker saw a statement on Facebook the other day that somewhat expresses our sentiments: ‘I go to work every day, because millions on welfare depend on me.’ It’s rather difficult to take, when you’re standing in a grocery line, trying to make your money count, and someone on welfare is in front of you with food such as shrimp and steak.”

— Clear Spring

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“I’m responding to the person who called that had to swerve to miss a cat, and hit the curb. You’re more dangerous than the cat running loose. What if a child was standing on that curb you hit? I love animals as much as everybody, but hit your brakes. If you have to swerve, you just have to hit the cat, I’m sorry. But you don’t lose control of your car to miss the cat, and go bouncing up on curbs, and whoever happens to be standing there.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in reference to the article in Mail Call about the property tax credit. First of all, you cannot make over a certain amount of money. Just like everything else in this town, there is no relief for seniors if you make too much income.”

— Hagerstown



“This is in regards to the flush tax. My house is 160 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, and I’m forced to clean it up because I am helping to pollute it. My septic system is 100 feet from my well, from which I’ve been drinking for the past 43 years, and I’m in perfect health. Can anyone out there agree with me that there is something else that should be flushed?”

— Washington County



“I thought that was really stupid and ridiculous of that incident with the Chick-fil-A restaurant, just because the president of the Chick-fil-A chain restaurant, of his belief. I mean, aren’t we allowed to our own beliefs in this country? Apparently not, to some of you people out there. But as I said before, your beliefs are OK, it’s all fine and dandy, as long as your belief is the same as theirs, which that’s not going to cut it because we all have our own opinions and beliefs.”

— Greencastle, Pa.



“My call is to the letter to the editor. I want to say to the guy who wrote the piece about the Chick-fil-A, I want to say, ‘Amen, brother. Amen.’ Let’s move on.”

— Hagerstown



“Frederick caller, your right-wing extremist thinking again has clouded your view. In the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, just because other people would have had guns on their hips doesn’t mean they would have been able to stop the killer, who had an element of surprise in a dark theater. The last thing you needed was other people taking shots in a dark theater, hitting innocent bystanders. Policemen have a right to carry guns, and they get killed all the time.”

— Hagerstown



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