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Mail Call - Sept. 4

September 03, 2012

“Williamsport Days was great. However, I thought it was terrible that I had to walk up and down the street with traffic moving in both ways. Next year I think Williamsport should put the Williamsport Days back at the park, where it’s safer for everyone. I felt very unsafe, moving about the street with cars going back and forth. By the way, Councilman Green, you’re doing a great job.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“CEO salaries have increased by 70 percent in the last decade. The stock market is near record-high, and corporate profits are setting records. So the depression must be over, and everybody’s doing well. But wait, you say. Unemployment is high, salaries are low, food prices and other necessities are high, and the middle class is suffering. What greater proof do you need that trickle-down economics does not work?”
— Keedysville

“Thank you, Andrew Gay from Sharpsburg. You are, finally, the voice of reason, crying in the wilderness. A very articulate voice. I do appreciate your comments. They’re wonderful and truthful.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Since we all know that Gov. O’Malley has this state in a monumental mess, from one end of the state to the other, one has to laugh at the Democratic picnic last week, when these delegates and Democrats were up here bragging about what they’re going to do and all this kind of stuff. These are the same guys who gave you car emissions and a flush tax. Time to wake up, Marylanders, and get rid of these guys.”
— Hagerstown

“They’re stealing all this billions of dollars of Social Security, and they can’t give us a COLA increase, and now that we didn’t get that increase, I can’t pay my bills. I can’t keep them up-to-date, and I always had a good credit rating, a seven. That’s good. I don’t have anything now because I can’t pay my bills. So I’m definitely not better off than I was before.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Ever notice how the only thing Democrats create is poverty?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about Williamsport, the C&O Days that was held in Williamsport this weekend. I just wanted to say that it was very poorly laid out. It used to be everything in the park, and it was nice, and you could walk to all the vendors, and you know, when you’re walking around with a 5-year-old, it was — I didn’t even go to the vendors who were on the street because it was a very dangerous situation with cars coming through town.”
— Williamsport

“The purpose of church is not to look pretty and neat. God is not looking at your clothes. He’s looking at the state of your heart. The purpose is to save souls. If some poor man comes to your doors in rags, but God has prepared his heart, and you turn him away, shame on you. If you judge me by appearance, I keep looking for a church with his heart.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the C&O Canal Days being on the street. They need to put it all back in the park. Those sidewalks are uneven and cracked, and it’s dangerous, and that’s a long way to walk. I’m hoping that the businesses that were closed and everything object enough that it is all back in the park next year.”
— Clear Spring

“What meteorological Republican brain picked the state of Florida for the Republican National Convention, during the height of the hurricane season? Go figure.”
— Hagerstown

“Here are some suggestions for our government, if they really want to help out seniors. Don’t give seniors on Social Security a percentage pay raise, which is so small anyway it doesn’t help much. Just stop taking taxes out of their monthly checks.”
— Hagerstown

“What in the world did they do to Williamsport Days? I went over there and it was so strung out, I didn’t have time to see it all because of the weather. Had it been hot, it’d have been too hot to run and see it all. Why don’t they put it back in the park, where it has been, and it’s always successful, and the people don’t have to walk around all over town just to see what’s there?”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Frederick, Md., caller. I don’t know where you get that your taxes are up, since federal taxes are the lowest they’ve ever been. Your health insurance goes up every year, and of course your food prices are going to go up. I don’t know what year you’re living in, but I’ve talked to people in Massachusetts who had Mitt Romney as a governor, and they said they wouldn’t vote for him for dogcatcher now.”
— Washington County

“The question about local farmers using the Antietam Creek to water crops can be answered by this question: ‘Do you want to go canoeing or do you want to eat?’”
— Williamsport

“I’m calling in reference to the C&O Canal Days. I’d like to say that my husband and I went over there, and I’m not being judgmental, but I’d just like to express my opinion. I and my husband, and a lot of other people, were really disappointed because of them having it up and down the street, instead of in the park where it has always been held in the past. There was no place to sit down to eat. They didn’t have the vendors like they used to have. Hopefully, next year it does go back to the original way.”
— Hagerstown

“OK, Hagerstown, how many storms, power outages and tornadoes do we have to have before you, the city, get busy and take down trees that are endangering the power lines? And how — homeowners, if you can afford it, to trim trees on your property that are endangering the power lines. Just, I can’t imagine being out of power for a week. A little prevention will save the cost of major cleanups. So use some of that proposed stadium money.”
— Hagerstown

“This morning, Tuesday, I heard a gunshot around 5 a.m. It concerns me that someone could be firing a gun inside the city limits. We need more patrols over here, for West Wilson and Pine Street. It concerns me because I also heard gunshots before that, in the afternoon, a few days before that. I’m afraid someone will get hurt.”
— Hagerstown

“I sincerely hope anyone who voted for the stadium downtown will not get re-elected. And is Mayor Bruchey getting a commission?”
— Hagerstown

“I really appreciate your recounting our economic status. There’s one thing I do not understand. Since the wealthy are becoming more wealthy, and they claim to be the job creators, why is there an unemployment problem? Where are the jobs?”
— Cascade

“Well, you had an article in the paper, begging money for Holly Place. Well, I make a donation to a charity every month, but there’s no phone number, no address. How am I to know where to send it? You know, sometimes $500 is a pretty good donation, especially when you’re desperate.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want to say I am so disgusted with the city government and our national government and state government that I am not going to vote this election. I’m a senior citizen, and it’s just disgusting. I read in today’s, Tuesday, I read in the paper that they’re going to build that stadium downtown. Well, so be it, and I will never, ever — Bob Bruchey has done more damage to this town than good.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Washington County resident who commented, ‘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 money here. He scares me.’ I’d like to know how it affects you, where a person invests their money, and if you are so familiar with Mr. Obama for the past four years and he doesn’t scare you, nothing will ever scare you.”
— Hagerstown

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