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Mail Call - Sept. 18

September 17, 2012

“Art Callaham’s Sept. 9 editorial, ‘Leadership, personified,’ is a must-read. In it, Mr. Callaham uses an example of local politicians meeting in secret, each given the opportunity to espouse their pet project. There is then agreement from all members of this political body not to do anything detrimental to any individual’s proposal. Mr. Callaham sees this as an example of leadership. I see this as elected officials using taxpayer money to enrich themselves and their friends. Once again, Mr. Callaham inadvertently blows the door off the ‘behind closed door’ strategy of our local elected officials.”
— Washington County

“Thank you, Herald-Mail, for printing National Votes. All Senate Republicans representing you voted ‘no’ on a Democratic bill to bring overseas jobs home, and not send them abroad in the first place. It did not pass. Republican blockage of a Democrat bill requiring prompt public ID of wealthy interests that anonymously send tens of thousands of millions to influence U.S. elections. Republican Congress voted ‘no’ to a Democrat motion to preserve home mortgage and charitable tax deductions. ... All Republicans voted ‘yes’ for lowering top corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent.”
— Hagerstown

“This call is in reference to a Williamsport caller complaining that Fact Check 2012 is left of center. He has no way to know that. It’s the same old tired Republican theme, that if they don’t report something they agree with or like, the media is liberal and biased. The media is not liberal and biased, you just don’t want to hear the truth. So you’re always saying it’s slanted. But when they say something bad about a Democrat, they are truthful and honest. And then you quote The New York Times.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about Lloyd Waters’ column in the paper Sunday. It was a very interesting story. I like all of his stories. He’s a very good columnist.”
— Hagerstown

“Mitt Romney was on ‘Meet the Press.’ When pressed for specifics, he failed to give any. He kept saying the American workers’ wages haven’t gone up under President Obama. If he’d check the facts, he’d know the American wages for most workers have not gone up significantly over the last 40 years, while people like him, with all the money, their wages have gone up more than 100 percent. Romney is so out of touch with America that he doesn’t even know the truth.”
— Sharpsburg

“I attend a church in the Hagerstown area, and there are people who have young babies and young children, and the kindest thing and courteous thing to do is when they’re fussing, especially if the church has a private room, is to please take your crying, screaming child out of the area where prayer is going on. OK, a child does not know, but you should know, and it’s polite and just respectful to people who are trying to worship God. Please ... out of respect and courteousness, not only to other people in the church but to yourself and to your children, take them out of the church briefly until they quiet down.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the Sept. 9 article, Art Callaham, in the Hagerstown paper. I think he should look at the Constitution. It says, ‘Of the people and by the people and for the people,’ and it’s not for the politicians or their special interests or their puppetmasters.”
— Hancock

“Art Callaham’s Sept. 9 article only reinforces my belief that all the backroom, secret deals and meetings are hijacking our democratic process, and circumventing the will and rights of the citizens. This is why the taxpayers are forced to foot the bills for projects they overwhelmingly oppose. Decisions made that will enrich the few have replaced those that are for the good of all. We must join forces and take our county back.”
— Williamsport

“I’m a great-grandmother, and my granddaughter lives many miles away, and I have a suggestion, and this may be applied to a lot of other grandparents in Hagerstown and the area. I suggested to my granddaughter yesterday, I said why don’t we become pen pals, and she said, oh, granny, that sounds fantastic. So my granddaughter and I are going to become pen pals.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want the people to know that I am a Republican, my great-grandfather was a Republican, my grandfather was a Republican, my father was a Republican, and I’m a Republican. And I vote Republican, and I do not cross the party line to vote for someone.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to this law regulating mopeds and scooters, if I’ve got to pay a titling fee and taxes, and get a sticker, and have to pay $170 a year to have insurance on my little 50cc scooter, I no longer will be riding along the side of the road, dodging potholes and riding on the gravel. I’ll be riding in the middle of the road like everybody else does, at 25 mph ... because then I have a right to be there, if I’m paying all this money.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Hagerstown grandmother who called in and said her kids can’t find jobs, she’s got to get a bigger house now, because they’re all moving back in with her, thanks to President Obama. She can’t blame the president for her kids’ lack of initiative. My son graduated from college, now has a great job, and started his own small business as well. A lot of people just don’t want to work, or they don’t want to lower their self to the standards they need to get a job. You need to stop blaming the president. ... Quit coddling them and put them to work.”
— Hagerstown

“Washington County’s median family income is just under $53,000. With this fact in mind, I can’t understand why we have so many Republican supporters. Wake up, people. If you aren’t making $250,000 or more a year, the Republicans have nothing to offer. Sure, they act like social conservatives, but that’s just to draw you in. They really don’t want you in their elite club. They just want your votes ... that will allow them to continue amassing great wealth, with little or no risk.”
— Boonsboro

“I’m calling about the insurance companies, our house insurance and car insurance. If we pay by check, it’s $5 fee, if we pay by the quarter. If we pay by the year, they get to use our money all year, for interest-free. I want to know who we contact to complain. Insurance companies make plenty of money, they’re privatized, and they’re trying to do this with our health care. We need to stand up as Americans and fight this.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a response to the Hagerstown caller who said that he has to have his driver’s license to go to the doctor, to show his driver’s license to go to the doctor he has been seeing for 30 years. Honestly, you need to find a new doctor. I have never had to show my driver’s license to receive medical care. I really, truly don’t understand what you’re talking about.”
— Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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