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Mail Call - Aug. 27

August 26, 2012

“The gentleman or lady who called in and said that they wish the paper would print more on the Ravens must not be reading the paper right, because almost every day I see something in there about the Ravens. And just now, in today’s paper, I opened to the sports section, and right there was a story that says, ‘Ravens look to make defense count in meaningless game.’”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“If all these people who complain about the jobs going overseas are willing to take $3 an hour as their pay, not have any health benefits, no sick days and no paid vacations, then — and work 12 hours a day — I’m sure we can get all those jobs back from China and India without a problem, and you’ll have plenty of work. Only you won’t be able to afford anything in this country.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Washington County caller who called in and said the grass clippings aren’t going to hurt anything on a vehicle. Yes, it does. I had a brand-new vehicle, a pearl-white, beautiful, and I had it three days, and my neighbors blew grass, it was long grass, it was wet, and it was like tar on my car, and it took two car washings, and I had to do it by hand before I could get that off.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want to make a comment about the person who called in complaining about the people wearing shorts and flip-flops to church. If that person is judging people by what they wear to church, then they’re going to church for the wrong reason. And here’s something for them to think about. If a man arrived at their church in a robe ... or would they turn him away? And you better be careful because it might be Jesus.”
— Hagerstown

“Anyone who thinks that federal, state and local governments can coordinate things and get together, like building a new baseball stadium, you’re wrong. Many years ago, there was a lot of money put forward to tear down and clear off the Central Chemical company and New York Central Iron Works building, and the ground there under. What ever happened?”
— Hagerstown

“I would rather vote for the man I’m familiar with the last four years than a man who doesn’t have enough faith in our country to put his money here. He scares me.”
— Washington County

“The David Limbaugh column on Wednesday, Aug. 15, is a must-read. Our country faces an unprecedented debt crisis, driven by our entitlement programs, $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities, putting us on a collision course with national bankruptcy. Without reforms, we are headed toward a Greek-style financial collapse. President Obama has yet to present any plan to reduce spending, restructure entitlements and bring budgets into balance.”
— Hagerstown

“Ironically, Eric Holder, President Obama, are concerned about minorities’ voting rights. With many states reporting dead people registered more than once, many registered to the same address which turned out to be a vacant lot, children registered, the Justice Department doesn’t care about this. New Mexico requires no proof at all to register. Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Florida are being sued for requiring photo ID. How do these people cash checks, apply for jobs, visit doctors, go to Social Services? If minorities can find transportation to polls, ditto for obtaining ID.”
— Hagerstown

“To anyone out there who has a parent, relative, loved one, in a home, assisted living or nursing home: Would you please go visit with them? It just breaks my heart to not see them have visitors. You can brighten their day even a little bit with just a smile or kind words. They cannot help it they are ill. Even if they can’t remember things, just please visit with them.”
— Hagerstown

 “I guess Leonard Pitts and Vice President Biden belong to the same club. Where’s your story or your AP byline from your AP reporter about the Biden comments about ‘unshackled’ and ‘chaining’? I think you owe us a right to have both sides of the story. If this had been a Republican that said those things, it would be front page. Come on now, let’s be fair and balanced.”
— Washington County

“We’ve finally arrived in 1984. Big Brother is watching us through all the security cameras, the security inspections, our cellphones, whatever you want. Big Brother can see us. And now we’re in the age of doublespeak, where the Republicans are going to save Medicare by destroying it. What? It won’t be long, it’ll be part of a large corporation.”
— Washington County

“This is about the city council. It’s a shame that Mr. Easton is not running next year for city council. Far as I’m concerned, he’d be the best mayor for the City of Hagerstown that we could get. He’s there for the people. The rest of them, as far as I’m concerned, they’re in there to spend money. ... They aren’t worried about cutting taxes. Look at houses that are up for sale in the city. And people are not staying in the city, they’re moving. ... And as far as county commissioners, Terry Baker, you and Easton would have my vote any time.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where Mayor Bruchey and Councilman Metzner don’t understand the wishes of the city residents. We do not want a stadium. Let’s hope and pray that our state delegation hears the residents of Hagerstown’s cry, and don’t approve the millions of taxpayers’ dollars that would be wasted on a new stadium.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t feel sorry for anyone who cries the poor mouth, if they’re loaded with tattoos, and smoke cigarettes and have fancy cellphones. It’s called getting your priorities straight. So don’t cry to me that you need money, when you’re paying hundreds of dollars for tattoos and cigarettes.”
— Sharpsburg

“I’m so tired of hearing Republicans say we will take back our country. It’s always been our country and their country. Take it back from who? They want to privatize everything. You see what banks did to us, but see, none of them lost their homes, so it didn’t touch them. I think I would trust the government before I would trust any one person privatizing. Remember, after all, greed has taken over our country.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to reply to the person that actually criticized the person who had earlier called in about throwing your grass clippings out in the street and into the roadways. Well, some of these people better wake up because there are ordinances and laws against doing that, and one of the main reasons for cleaning up after mowing is to keep all that stuff out of the storm drains. Now, it’s your taxes that have to pay these people to go out there and clean out those storm drains.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in reference to the Rockin’ at the River Bottom concert in Williamsport. First off, I want to know why ... good idea, wrong place. Why is this not being held at the barn, where a great deal of money has already been spent for these type of venues? Second, a license must be obtained for alcohol for these types of events. I have not seen where anyone has even applied for one. Where do you plan on parking approximately 6,000 people, and who will be covering security? I think this is a great idea and a way to raise money, but I think it’s being held totally in the wrong place.”
— Williamsport

“I live in the South End, near the railroad. I’ve complained before about the noise all night long. Why doesn’t the railroad buy my house, and then I can move someplace where you can get a decent night’s sleep? I cannot believe people in the city are that narrow-minded, to not have a sound ordinance, to stop this from happening.”
— Hagerstown

“Congratulations, Hagerstown caller, on being better off now than you were four years ago — all thanks to President Obama. I’m not. My taxes are up, my food and insurance and other costs are way up, and I’m paying twice as much for gas, while still driving my clunker. It’s too old for the Cash for Clunkers giveaway, but I can’t afford a new car anyway, and that program, which subsidized your new car with my tax dollars, destroyed so many used cars, it ruined the supply, and drove prices up.”
— Frederick, Md.

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