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Mail Call - Oct. 30

October 29, 2012

“In response to your Oct. 23 Hagerstown woman dies in motorcycle crash on Halfway Boulevard. I’m forever baffled as to why we have to think that the crash was the motorcycle’s fault as the headline indicates. The motorcycle was sitting at a stop light and everything was legal. They were waiting on the light to turn green and a car rear ends them and kills the woman and puts the husband in the hospital. The motorcycle had nothing to do in the crash. ... Please be more specific in your headlines.”
— Clear Spring

“I was wondering if anybody else had noticed, when you’re driving up I-81 north and you’re around the west Hagerstown exit, close to where the General Dynamic building is and all those buildings if anybody else has noticed a fruity-smelling fume and it’s there all the time and I just wondered what it is.”
— Hagerstown

“Candidate Mitt Romney says President Obama did not do everything he said he was. Well, he got the troops out of Iraq, he has a plan for getting them out of Afghanistan. He got health care passed, which, despite the Republican hype, a lot of people are pleased about. He killed more terrorists than George W. Bush ever did. Quite frankly, he only had to deal with the Republican Congress saying no all the time, or he would have accomplished more.”
— Hagerstown

“Mr. Romney declared that on his first day in office, ‘I will act to repeal Obamacare.’ ‘Act’ is the operative word, because no president has the sole authority to repeal a federal law. Acting is a useful trade for politicians who have no specific plans.”
— Rohrersville   

“The government is facing a fiscal cliff, which is happening because of spiraling debt which is being caused because more money is going to public and private causes than is coming in on revenue sources, but the Hagerstown city government is acting completely ignorant or unconscious of all this, and is continuing along with building a $40 million baseball stadium, which is a stellar example of the causes of the fiscal cliff in the first place.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to give the voters of Hagerstown some advice. This is your chance to clean house and get some people in office who care about the city. ... I grew up in Hagerstown in the 1960s and ’70s, and it makes me sad to see what people like this mayor and council has done to the city. It’s quite obvious that they care more about themselves than the people who live there. This is your big chance. Clean house.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I wish people, such as when they go to (a store), be more respectful of the scooters. They are meant for people with physical disabilities. They are not toys, and I see sometimes people thinking that they’re toys, and people with special assistance need the scooters. And also please be respectful of handicapped parking. It’s not meant for lazy people. ... Unless you have a dire emergency, the handicapped bathrooms are made big enough for handicapped people.”
— Hagerstown

“Vote ‘yes’ on Question 1: Do you know Jesus as your personal savior? My name is Someone Who Cares. And I approve this message.”
— Hagerstown

“The exit ramps on I-81 south, at the Salem Avenue extended bridge: There is going to be a fatal accident or fatal road rage, if it hasn’t happened yet. Drivers coming off the ramp do not look to see if vehicles are in the right and even left lanes, coming behind them. I have almost been hit several times because drivers want to get in the far-left lane from the ramp. ... They cut right over, and they will wreck their vehicles and yours.”
— Hagerstown

“I urge everybody to vote Romney/Ryan. I’m really concerned about the country if Barack Obama wins the presidency again. We do not want socialistic health care in this country.”
— Funkstown

“We would like to give you our special thanks, to a young gentleman who was following our car near Leitersburg Saturday, for quite some distance, then at a stop sign, he blew his horn to let us know and get our attention. He got out of his car at a stop sign, and got the keys out of our trunk and gave them to our husband. We thank him. We are forever grateful to you, sir.”
— State Line, Pa.

“Well, you can tell that President Obama’s not for the military. I did 20 years in the Navy, and we still need the Navy. He said since we have modern equipment, well, every other country has modern equipment, too, so we have to stay up with them. Plus the Marine Corps still carries bayonets. I know a lot of Marines still in the military. Obama’s not too much up for the military. ... So best choice would be Mitt Romney.”
— Berkeley Springs

“The ‘Born Loser’ comic on Oct. 19 hit the nail on the head. He says, ‘I know how the politicians can solve the economic crisis. Just take all the money they plan to spend on advertising for their campaigns, and donate it to pay down the debt. We’d be solvent in no time at all.’”
— Hagerstown

“Does anyone know if it’s a scam when someone calls and wants to reduce your credit card payments to your credit card companies, and they say that if you let them get it reduced, then you pay them less than what you’re paying your credit card companies? I’d just like to know if that’s on the level, or if that’s some kind of scam.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about the article on Oct. 21, ‘Journey’s End,’ about the Pangborn estate. I would really love to see more articles done like that in The Herald-Mail, about Hagerstown’s history, and how people prospered in times gone past. It was very enlightening. Good job, Herald-Mail.”
— Washington County

“Just heard John McCain say he’s never seen anything so mismanaged as Presiden Obama’s economy. McCain should harken back to his selection of vice president, to name just one bad example of choice.”
— Hagerstown

“Again I say there’s nobody, not even Mitt Romney can get us out of the mess in four years that George Bush left us with. So give the president another chance. And then on top of that if there are 23 million people out of work why does Romney only want to put 12 million back to work. And I remember when my dad worked on the CCC rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and stuff like that and the world bounced back then, so give the president another chance. He’ll make it.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Well I see old Etch-a-Sketch Mitt is now no longer the severe conservative, he’s moving to the center once again showing the man has no convictions at all.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

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