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Mail Call - Jan. 7

January 06, 2013

“I just want to compliment The Herald-Mail for the wonderful Christmas ornament articles that were in the paper over the Christmas season. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each one. Thank you, Herald-Mail. I hope that this will be a yearly event.”
— Hagerstown

“So this man in New York who killed the firefighters after he set his house on fire, he was a convicted killer, having killed his grandmother about 30 years ago. How is it that a convicted killer can get a gun, using the same kind of gun that killed the 20 kids in Connecticut? This gun stuff has to be stopped. There has to be better checks to keep these idiots from getting them.”
— Hagerstown

“You anti-gunners out there: You guys don’t have a clue. I’m a woman, a veteran, a mom, a grandma. I own a gun, and I like it. I like shooting at targets, I like having that opportunity. It’s a lot of fun. So you don’t understand. ... Banning guns isn’t the solution. Getting mental health for people who have problems is.”
— Smithsburg

“The Bill of Rights is hanging on by a slender thread. If the Second Amendment goes under, it will be followed by free speech, freedom of religion and the freedom to manage your own finances. Under-the-table deals with the Bank for International Settlements and the U.N. lie in wait to annihilate the Constitution, while the news media dreams on.”
— Hagerstown

“Last night I was watching TV. I saw 43 people getting killed on one show. This is what’s causing all these people to go out here and shoot other people. There’s too much violence, and I hope the movie theaters and stuff, and the movie producers are told about this. Violence on TV is what’s causing children, and autistic children, and anybody else that goes out and kills people. They see it on TV, and that’s what they do.”
— Clear Spring

“I would just like to thank the Christian Ministries for delivering a delicious Christmas meal on Christmas Day to the C. William Brooks building. It was delicious, and thank you very much.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to thank the Russian leader, the Soviet premier or whatever his title is, for stopping adoption of Russian children by Americans. This is just a racket. What about the American children that need better homes and better upbringings? There are so many children here in our own country that need help. Stop sending our dollars overseas. And they always use the children as a leverage point ... a leverage tool. The governments don’t care about these children. They just care about the dollars — and I’m talking about the U.S. and Russia. Adopt our own.”
— Hagerstown

“Having read all the anti-gun statements in Mail Call, not once have I seen anyone acknowledge that the Second Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. It was second only to free speech, to protect the populace from a dictatorial and all-assuming government. I guess most of the opinion writers who want to repeal the Second Amendment want a complete nanny state.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.

“To the person who wrote about Potomac Edison’s ‘new customer service’ billing estimates: Potomac Edison has served our home for 33 years. For 31 years, we received an accurate bill each month and graciously paid each one. Two years ago (we were then retired 13 years), estimates came every other month. Our bills began to fluctuate higher or lower. In 2012, our meter was read twice; once in June and in December. We received our December bill that was six times higher than November, on Dec. 22, payable in 17 days. This is cruel treatment for the elderly retired.”
— Smithsburg

“Mail Call Dec. 27 article, repeal Second Amendment: OK, then post this in classified: ‘All bad guys turn in your guns, pretty please.’”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“I don’t know if this will be printed because it goes against all liberal talking points. I just saw in the news where the 500th person died from homicide in the city of Chicago, where guns are outlawed in the city, where you’re not allowed to own a gun. I’m not saying all 500 were killed by guns, but I know hundreds of them were. And if we’re just going to start outlawing everything that kills, let’s just step it up a notch. I see the average in America is 93 people die a day in a automobile accident. Let’s just outlaw automobiles, too, if we’re just going to outlaw everything. Come on, I know you liberals want to step it up. You want to get your hands in everything and control our lives, instead of controlling what the part of it is, just evil people. Learn how to control the evil people and not the good.”
— Greencastle,  Pa.

“I’d just like to say about Social Security, that if the government would put all the money back in our Social Security that they stole out of it, the American people would have plenty of money. And that money belongs to the American people, not to the federal government.”
— Hagerstown

“Gag me and make me sick. Kim Kardashian is pregnant. If I couldn’t find anymore news to put on TV than that, I’d just turn my station off. I wouldn’t have anything on. This TV is making me just about half sick, all the garbage that’s on there. Who cares about her? Not me.”
— Sharpsburg

“The fiscal cliff has not been avoided, only covered up. When the fog of perpetual rhetoric clears, the complete incompetence of Congress and the Obama administration will be exposed.”
— Hagerstown

“The other day when it was snowing so bad and it was foggy-like, all these cars driving by, no lights on, and it’s supposed to be a law. In the manual that I took my driver’s test, it said you have to have your lights on if you have to have your windshield wipers working. Why doesn’t the law do something about this, before somebody gets killed — or is that what they’re waiting on?”
— Hagerstown

“This is a new year’s resolution to our president, our Senate, our congressmen and all the Cabinet. What a joke, on financial cliff for 2013 to start the year out. Boy, did you all lose a lot of respect from us citizens in America.”
— Leitersburg

“The people who are complaining about the speed cameras should step back and think a little bit. Our county government and the BOE are bleeding the taxpayers dry here in this area. There’s no two ways around it. And a lot of times it’s always, well, we’re spending this money because it’s going to help our children and their children, and so on and so on. Now, these speed cameras are in the school zones. They’re for the safety of the children, and people are going to complain about that, but not all the thousands upon thousands of dollars that the BOE wastes. So it just doesn’t make sense.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about the picture on page A4 of New Year’s Day’s opinion page. The next time someone breaks into your house, or if they ever do, just try throwing your newspaper at them, and see if this article deters them from doing anything. If not, too bad.”
— Williamsport

“New Year’s Day, 70 east, and everybody’s just a-flying. I’m doing 68 mph, they’re doing 75, and no cops in sight. Aren’t they happy.”
— Hancock

“Hope you GOP people are happy because Rep. John Boehner and them are stopping this, from the Senate and the House, for voting this deal in. All they want to do is protect the rich person, and it’s at the middle class people’s expense. You’ll be paying higher taxes, there’ll be no more unemployment, your Social Security is going to get cut, and believe you me, you’re going to suffer for this. So be proud and happy for the tea party and the Republican Party. They ought to all be voted out.”
— Hagerstown

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