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Mail Call - Jan. 3

January 02, 2013

“I have to agree 100 percent with the Washington County caller, about the 3-month-old puppy being shot. It seemed a little hard to believe, that a 3-month-old puppy would be vicious.”
— Smithsburg

“Suggestion for next Christmas: You have had butterflies and hot air balloons in downtown Hagerstown. Why not have some decorations made to hang from the light poles, like we had years ago? This could be done in the same manner as the butterflies and balloons. It sure would beat the advertising signs hung on the poles now. While I’m at it, why not add some color lights instead of all white lights? A small parade would be nice. I remember seeing the parade, then going to The Maryland Theatre to see some Christmas cartoons.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller complaining about the delivery person leaving packages without getting a signature: You need to specify signature required when you order the product. Otherwise, they can leave it on your doorstep.”
— Hagerstown

“Last week at the takeout order place ...  I started to talk to the couple seated next to me. We talked about the new stadium, and how Hagerstown used to be at Christmas. They told me that my order would be ready in about 30 minutes, so I went over to  store to look around. I always need something. When I got back and asked what my tab was, I was told that Santa Claus said to tell me ‘Merry Christmas,’ and that the couple seated next to me had paid my bill. Thank you, and Merry Christmas.”
— Washington County

“All of us could do better this Christmas season and put the interests of others over the interests of ourselves.”
— Hagerstown

“Again, stop beating up on senior citizens who are getting their Social Security checks. They worked for every dime of it. It is an entitlement, absolutely.”
— Clear Spring

“Everybody wants to blame President Obama for everything that’s wrong in this country. I think you’d better start looking at Rep. Boehner and his cronies. They’re going to take us God knows where.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“About the gun law: Guns don’t kill. It’s the people that carry the guns that kill.”
— Hagerstown

“I just want to express my thoughts and prayers to all those in Newtown, Conn., who had the horrible tragedy happen there, especially to the families of those beautiful little children, and the teachers who gave their lives to save them. I will keep you in my thoughts and I’ll keep you in my prayers. God bless you all.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to comment on the lady or man from Smithsburg who has a problem with the motor vehicle administration having Christmas decorations. I would like to know what their problem is.”
— Hagerstown

“I wondered why, in all of your foreclosure notices, you never put the bank. Why don’t you put the bank’s name that’s foreclosing on people, so that the public knows which one of these banks are foreclosing on people? I think that would be much smarter than just putting a trustee’s name, that no one even knows who the bank is. The public needs to know who these banks are that are aggressive, and doing this to people.”
— Hagerstown

“There is evil in the world and there always will be. The recent massacre at Sandy Hook was horrible. However, more laws are not the answer. There must be checks and balances. Think about the past, like Hitler, who after taking the people’s weapons, went on to slaughter millions and millions. Many other dictators also did the same thing. Also ... think about how many countries went to sleep and woke up with their own army ruling them. We as citizens must be able to keep our government in check.”
— Keedysville

“If you’re a gun owner or if you’re not a gun owner, here’s what I have to say. Watch the newspapers. Watch the court proceedings. It won’t take long at all for you to realize, it doesn’t matter what laws are on the books, it’s the courts that are at fault for a lot of things. You’ll see someone arrested for numerous offenses, one of which might be a gun violation. Well, in a plea agreement, the judge many times will drop the gun offense to get some kind of a small sentence. It lies in the criminal justice system and the judges.”
— Hagerstown

“I was watching an old episode of ‘All in the Family’ the other day. Then it just dawned on me, I’ve heard these words before. My God, it’s the tea party. The tea party fashioned themselves out of a fictional character, Archie Bunker. What he said on this episode about guns is word for words. ... And they’re in Congress, trying to lead our nation.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in about the stadium. I hope we don’t let that die, because that would really spruce up Hagerstown, and open a lot of stores, and be a lot of traffic, people walking around, and more restaurants, a lot of nice stores and stuff. I’m sure that would really help. I would hope they don’t kill that bill.”
— Hagerstown

“I just wanted to say that I am offended by all those people saying they are offended by Christmas decorations.”
— Funkstown

“In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, I was touched today by ... acts of kindness. While shopping for a few vegetables to complete my family dinner, I noticed the woman in front of me paying for my groceries. She then handed me a note saying I was a recipient of the random act of kindness, in remembrance of Olivia Engel, age 6.”
— Chewsville

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