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Mail Call - Sept. 28

September 27, 2012

“As a citizen of this county for over 80 years, I find it very illuminating to know that the Republican commissioners, on a local level, are becoming the same as they accuse the Democrats of being: Spendthrifts. Grab your money and spend it. Why don’t you take issue with that?”
— Hagerstown

“What was going on on Downsville Pike last night? I looked out and I saw people running, it was late at night, with headlights on their heads, and there was sometimes two at a time, one at a time, and then I went on to bed. About 12:30 I got up again, and there was some more running by my house. Maybe somebody would call in or let us know what was going on on Downsville Pike.”
 — Williamsport

“We should make national news. Our country is in a recession, yet if you live in Washington County, you can buy land at $525,000 and a year later, sell it for $1.5 million. We must be the richest (county) in the U.S. And the taxpayers didn’t even have a chance to object.”
— Hagerstown

“I am so tired of this city and county using up money on things that few people use. The airport was expanded, we don’t have a real airport, nobody comes in and out. The MELP building is still standing, the recycling center has been there for years and not used. We’re supposed to have a senior citizens center at the college that nobody’ll go to, but it’ll give the college an extra building. We were told that North High ... a stadium in the middle of the city that only a few people will go to. There are bike trails; I haven’t seen a bike on the trail yet. Rail trails that few people use, and dog parks. Why can’t people walk their dogs in their own neighborhood?”
 — Washington County

“You know, I’m glad the elections are coming, because all I hear is, he doesn’t know this, he doesn’t know that, President Obama says Mitt Romney doesn’t know anything about foreign policy, and vice versa. But President Obama, who did you think the Muslim Brotherhood was, a bunch of Boy Scouts? When you get re-elected, which I think you will, you’re going to have to deal with them, and deal with them hard, in the next four years, so make sure you still send them that billion and a half dollars every year. I know they’re going to use it wisely.”
 — Williamsport

“Hagerstown caller, my insurance companies don’t charge a fee to pay by check, so instead of complaining in Mail Call, why don’t you do something constructive? Shop around, and check out the many companies out there, and try to get a better deal. The auto insurance market, especially, is very competitive. Besides those TV ads, there are all those mail offers we all get. That’s the best and most effective to fight this: Switch carriers and hit them in their wallet. I just wish the health insurance market was as competitive and had the same reasonable prices and choices as auto insurance does.”
— Frederick, Md.

“Nice article in the Sunday paper about this school site. This is to Mr. Baker and Mr. Cline. Thank you for what you did. Make sure we have somebody at the county looking at foreclosures, has a lot of property around. Maybe we ought to start buying it, and we won’t get all this financial problems we’re in right now.”
— Leitersburg

“The film ‘2016 Obama’s America’ was actually a well-researched and quite revealing documentary. You are known by the company you keep.”
— Hagerstown

“A recent caller who said that ‘Of the people, by the people, and for the people’ is from the U.S. Constitution, apparently skipped History 101. The phrase is part of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, not the U.S. Constitution. Another example that comments you read in this column are often distortions of the truth, and can even be blatantly false.”
— Hagerstown

“I see Mitt Romney paid 14.1 percent in taxes. I am not upset with that figure, I am upset with the middle class figure. The middle class pays too much in taxes because Congress passes laws to take more from us than themselves and their friends. It has always been this way and I’m sure will continue. I would like to add that Social Security is taxed. That went into law during Clinton administration, and is why Gore lost Florida.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who wrote that the separation between church and state is a ‘good law’: Got news for you, it isn’t a law and it’s not in the U.S. Constitution. I dare you to find it. It simply says the ‘federal government’ will not establish a religion. The states, via the Tenth Amendment, are able to establish what they wish. Most colonies were founded on religion, thus their constitutions are based on it. Please remember the U.S. Constitution is in place to limit the federal government, not the states.”
— Hagerstown

“I see some of you people out there are using good common sense, by pulling off to the side of the road when talking on the cell phone, but not many of you people do this, though. I applaud you people who do this. As far as the rest of you people, the rest of you people just don’t care, until you cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death. This is the only way you people, you other people are going to stop talking on the cell phones, is if you cause an accident or serious injury. You people shouldn’t be talking on the cell phones at all, period.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I sincerely hope that the voters remember that Commissioner McKinley thought that it was irrelevant how much money the county spent for the land at Hager’s Crossing for the new school. He’s such a good steward of taxpayers’ money, with that irrelevancy, isn’t he?”
— Hagerstown

“This is for the Convoy of Hope. We wanted to thank them very much for helping our family. We really wanted to let them know we appreciate them giving to us, and also to the community. May God bless them, and I hope that everyone had a great turnout on Saturday.”
— Sharpsburg

“Instead of all this money on a stadium, why not support some businesses like Barnes & Noble, IKEA, Trader Joe’s, Pottery Barn? Get some of that stuff downtown and I think you’ll see more people downtown. I for one wouldn’t go downtown for a stadium, but certainly would for a Barnes & Noble, or IKEA.”
— Hagerstown

“Barr, Callaham and McKinley should have been Democrats, the way they waste the taxpayers’ money, especially that school bit.”
— Williamsport

“You know, how anybody could vote for Mitt Romney for president of the U.S., after he hasn’t worked for years and he makes, every year he makes between $20 million and $60 million, doesn’t even work a lick, you tell me. Got all his money in these foreign countries earning money, and he invests in these foreign countries, but yet he criticizes it. Now how anybody could ever vote for a man like that is beyond me. I do not understand it. He does not like the lower 47 percent of this country. He treats them like dogs.”
— Hagerstown

“Sept. 28, pastors all over the U.S. are asking for a prayer day. Pray that God will lead us in the right direction this election year.”
— Williamsport

“For my most of my life, I’ve worked one day a week to pay my taxes. Although I would rather keep all my money for my family, I didn’t mind too much, because I live in a great county, state and country. But when I see what percentage of Mitt Romney’s money goes to pay his taxes, I’m concerned. If you are one of those people paying about 13 percent, then you, by all means, vote for Romney.”
— Halfway

“This is for the Hagerstown person who thinks the 2016 movie is just another movie. For the first thing, it’s a documentary. Documentaries are based on facts, not like Hollywood movies that are fiction, or not true.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“A nice lady at the dump last Friday pointed out that my license tags had expired. Motor vehicles with stickers for July and early August apparently never got renewal forms mailed out. It would be a good idea to check your tags, lest you risk being stopped by a guardian of the law.”
— Keedysville

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