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Mail Call - Oct. 12

October 11, 2012

“I wonder if people have actually looked at the news and really studied what’s going in the world at this point. Everything is centered around religion. There are wars everywhere. Thank goodness it’s in the other part of the world, but it centers around religious beliefs. I’m not an atheist, but then again, you couldn’t really label me as being a religious person, but I just can’t believe people get upset if someone wants to pray before a public meeting ... these idiotic laws and regulations, but they don’t even look at the real problems in the world.”
— Hagerstown


“This is kudos to the owners of the house on Downsville Pike who have the Mitt Romney sign out, with the empty chair that says, ‘Thanks, Clint,’ and for people to vote. Kudos to them ... I am glad to see their spirit that they have, to get people out to vote, and to do the right thing for our country. Again, bravo to the people on Downsville Pike for what they have done.”
— Bakersville


“When these people try to get government assistance, does anyone do a background check on them? Their predicament may be of their own doing and their choice. Does anyone check the last employer, to see if they were laid off, or they just quit? If you get more on assistance and/or unemployment, why work? We need to increase the minimum wage by at least $1. Some people are working two jobs just to try to get by, and if they are working two jobs, it means someone who really wants the job can’t get one.”
 — Hagerstown


“Regarding the upcoming Hagerstown city election, who is opposing our current mayor, and what is his or her position on the ball stadium, and the proposed location downtown? Also, where I do get yard signs and three bumper stickers?”
— Hagerstown


“In response to the obvious Christian on Oct. 2: We don’t spend our life fighting a god that doesn’t exist, we are fighting people like you who can’t accept the fact that we do not believe in a god, because we know better, to believe in something that does not exist. So sincerely, another fellow atheist.”
— Hagerstown


“I am a consumer. I buy school lunch items at the grocery stores for my child’s lunch. I’m finding that so many companies are using marketing to package smaller amounts, but charging the same price. They’re saying that it’s portion control, making it more nutritious and less fattening. It’s not that you’re getting a bigger bargain, it’s just that they’re taking away, but charging a bigger price. So consumers, beware. Do your marketing cautiously.”
— Smithsburg


“I want to mention one thing, every day I open up my pages for The Herald-Mail, and I’m a fan of the photographer who does all the action shots of the sports events, and I mean, he’s, whoever it is, they’re fantastic. I just love The Herald-Mail and the photographer’s shots, and I save a lot of them, but whoever is the person is, say thank you. That’s one of my coffee breaks in the morning. I love looking and reading it.”
— Hagerstown


“I just want to say congratulations to Doris Ellis for being such a good American citizen, for helping clean up the streets, and helping her health as well. Too bad we don’t have a lot of other people in the Hagerstown area like her. Of course, I live in Hancock, above Hancock, which doesn’t really help much. I try to keep the road clean up here, but it doesn’t always help. More people need to have a trash bag in their vehicles and put their trash in the trash bag, and take it. Good work, Doris.”
— Hancock


 “I’ve been a mother of four. I was married for many years. After that, I became what they call now a single mom. Why is it nowadays all these women have to refer to themselves as a single mom, instead of ‘I’m a mom.’? I never, in all those years after my marriage dissolved, did I consider myself a single mom. I was a mom. Do they do this to get attention, or what is it? I can never understand. Even the commercials on TV, you see ‘I’m a single mom.’ I mean, they should be ashamed.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m all for this no texting and no talking on the phone while you’re driving, but what gets me is, it’s really sad, because it’s not enforceable, and the majority of the people don’t really care. And just for proof of that, I can go out any time during the day when the people are leaving their place of work near where I live, morning or afternoon, it doesn’t matter. They run the stop sign, and I’d say at least 75 percent of these people that are going through that stop sign are on their cellphones. I can see it any time of the day, Monday through Friday. Just more proof it’s not working.”
— Hagerstown


“Does free health care mean I do not have to pay for my second insurance policy anymore, and I do not have to pay for Medicare insurance from my Social Security anymore? If not, what is free about it?”
— Hagerstown


“On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Jim Rosko’s letter to the editor was the most truthful and factual letter I have ever read. Also, ACORN is not dead. In Pennsylvania, they are now Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice, in the Philadelphia area.”
— Washington County


“I’m calling to remind all politicians to please make sure that they are checking the boundaries of where they can place signs. I notice that I’m receiving signs put on my property, and they need to ask permission, unless it’s a right-of-way with the state.”
— Hagerstown


“This is in response to the letters to the editor, Opinion section, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, by Jim Rosko, ‘This president has had his chance.’ All I can say about that is, amen, brother. You said it all.”
— Williamsport


“I think the city of Hagerstown needs to change people completely. They tear down new buildings, not very old, 40 years old, every schoolhouse that they’ve changed and said they needed a new one is still in occupation by somebody’s renting it. And I believe ... I think the only people that we should vote for is Aleshire, Penny Nigh. So let’s get rid of these people in there that like to tear down buildings and build new ones.”
— Hagerstown


“I think Terry Baker was absolutely correct on his assessment of the recent purchase of property for the new school. All he did was state the fact that no one is selling property for three times its assessed value. But I personally think there might be a select few that do. Now I know for sure the two commissioners that I will vote for, because I have a problem voting for big spenders.”
— Hagerstown


“I want to thank Mr. Jim Rosko for his letter to the editor. It made me realize that I am not alone in feeling frustrated with this administration and all the hype they keep spinning. Thank you, sir, for speaking up for the rest of us, and how so many Americans feel this way. Time for a change at the top of our government. Clint Eastwood had it right: If someone can’t do the job, it’s time for him to go. Wake up, America. The clock is ticking. They are not the party you think they are.”
 — Waynesboro, Pa.


“This is for the proposed dog park in Hagerstown. The people complaining from the American Little League, since they use it so much, so they say, and they’re afraid that dogs are going to be hit by balls, which is a joke, how about if they go over and they start cutting the grass, and save the city money and help maintain the park? I’m sure they don’t. I’m also a taxpayer and I have a right to say, and I think it would be a nice, good spot for a dog park, being a voter and a taxpayer. But if not there, hopefully we can get one somewhere else.”
— Hagerstown


“In reference to all this, the best school systems, Mitt Romney keeps saying Massachusetts is No. 1. Gov. O’Malley and the State of Maryland says we’re No. 1. Really, who is No. 1, and how, who evaluates them? I’d like to know that, please. I’m a taxpayer, and if we’re No. 1, I’d like to find out how we made it.”
— Leitersburg


“I hope all you Yankees fans who live in Maryland are happy about your rich Yankees. I would be ashamed of being an out-of-state fan. You just jumped on the bandwagon. You like New York, move there, the only thing I can tell you: Watch out for the Ravens.”
— Sharpsburg

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