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Mail Call - Jan. 8

January 07, 2013

“Concerning the issue of right to work, I am a proud union member who doesn’t mind paying union dues. This small amount of money ensures that I have a living wage, health care benefits, safety improvements, and workplace equality. I wouldn’t mind if a coworker didn’t have to pay these dues, as long as he or she didn’t receive the same benefits.”
— Clear Spring

“On CNN, Wolf Blitzer just made a great statement. He said he doesn’t care how much the government raises the taxes on the 109 million people that work; they still can’t support the 87 million people who don’t want to work or who only work part time.”
— Williamsport

“Yeah, just because Maryland put, legalized same-sex marriage doesn’t mean they have to keep putting it all over the news and putting it in the newspapers, because I don’t want to read about it or see it. It’s wrong. Get saved. Get Jesus.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“My comment is about, or to, all these gun control nuts who say that armed people at our schools won’t work. Then answer one question: Why is there a county sheriff or a state police car sitting at all these schools all over the country, if an armed person at a school isn’t what’s going to deter people from doing stupid things like what happened up in Connecticut? Simple answer: They go into a place that’s not armed. They won’t go into a place where they know someone is going to be there that can shoot back. End of story.”
— Huyetts

“I’d just like to ask these gun lovers who want all these weapons like the Army uses, whether they’d sooner have a grandchild, hold a grandchild on their lap, or have one of their guns on their lap. So think about it a little bit. We don’t need all the guns on the market.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to a lady who had a piece in Mail Call, this was in Wednesday morning’s paper, Jan. 2. She’s willing to pay more taxes to have police officers put in schools because she’s a mother, an aunt and a grandparent and everything, and she thinks it’s a good idea to have cops in schools to watch the kids. Well, ma’am, I’m a taxpayer, too. I’m not willing to pay more taxes. Let them take some of that $540,000 they got off the speed cameras around the school, and let them take that money and put cops in the schools.”
— Hagerstown

“Couple of decades ago, a notorious international gang held a summit meeting in the Tri-State area, endangering the local citizens. Government and the media looked the other way. This is one good reason why we need a strong Second Amendment.”
— Hagerstown

“How dare the president of the U.S. blame people who are on retirement and getting Medicare for being the problem of the deficit. It’s all these federal, state, county and city office buildings that have way too many people sitting around all day, not doing anything. About every office in the U.S. could have at least one person removed from the office, and the office would still function just fine. This is what we did back in the ’80s, and the country didn’t shut down. Just makes people who are getting all the benefits and good money working for the county and the federal government to actually do some work. Cut those jobs, not the old people.”
— Hagerstown

“I am sick and tired of this argument that guns don’t kill, people do. If there were no guns or if the guns were controlled, people couldn’t kill. The finger couldn’t pull the trigger without a gun.”
— Hagerstown

“If the gun had been banned during colonial times, we would still be bowing and kissing the hand of the king and queen of England. If we ban guns now, we will bowing to kiss the hand of President Obama. Not something this American will ever do.”
— Washington County

“Last year in December, or first of this year, Art Callaham made 12 predictions that were going to happen in 2012. I hope he’s better this year because he had nine wrong and only three right.”
— Sharpsburg

“My husband and I just returned from Connecticut for our cousin’s funeral. All the way down, we saw gas 79, 89, 94. Why is it so much here? And I just read your column in the paper about the violence on TV. If you would print more of this, maybe someone would get the message and the movie theaters would stop making these violent movies, there wouldn’t be so many killings. P.S., I hope you publish this because you already put something in there about violent movies.”
— Maugansville

“This one will never make it to print. I’ll still give it a try. Our president goes on national TV, crying about the murder of little children in Connecticut. He also goes on national TV telling Americans he believes in abortion because he doesn’t want his daughters to be burdened with an unwanted pregnancy. What about a late-term abortion? That’s an abortion done late in pregnancy, sometimes seven months ... Our president also quietly says he believes in late-term abortion. If you want to see carnage, attend one of these abortions. How can we choose one child over another, to be sad for?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the Potomac Edison reading ... that they’re doing the estimated billing. The customer has an option of calling in his own reading. On your bill, it gives you the date that you have to provide that reading. So therefore you don’t have to live in the dark on what your estimated bill’s going to be. You do have that option to call your meter reading in each month.”
— Washington County

“Did you hear about the new program at the Greensburg transfer station? It’s the ‘dump anything’ day. If there is no vehicle or there is a maroon/red Ford vehicle there, then it is ‘dump anything’ day.”
— Smithsburg

“We’ve all heard the following NRA talking points ad nauseum: ‘Guns don’t kill, people do.’ ‘Guns can’t load themselves and then pull the trigger’ — as though the rest of us were believing otherwise. Here are a couple of facts for everyone to ponder. A human cannot shoot other humans unless he has access to a gun. No militia has been raised or needed to defend our country since the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution 200- plus years ago.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about our Gov. Corbett’s attempt to save Penn State football. He failed, as an attorney general, to save the children. He has failed as a Pennsylvania governor. He now wants to waste more Pennsylvania tax dollars. He should stop trying to save Penn State football. They got off very easy, in most people’s opinion.”
— Fayetteville, Pa.

“All this, items in the paper last couple of weeks about putting cops in the schools, to fight terrorists, no one has mentioned anything yet about the Catholic, parochial and other private schools. I mean, you know the trouble, they can’t give bus service or something to ... so what are they going to do with that, are they going to cut the private and parochial schools from any protection like that, or what? That could be a really big mess.”
— Hagerstown

“Concerning laws out there over texting and talking on your cell- phone, how can lawmakers feel that everyone should follow those laws or rules, when in fact they don’t? I mean, they should set a good example. I’m sure they do it themselves, when they’re out driving. Besides, I just don’t get it anyway, of this texting bit. People, you people spend all that time and effort putting in letters, words to that person. Why don’t you just call that person direct, when you know their phone number anyway? I just don’t get it.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I haven’t seen this in your newspaper. I heard it on the radio, but this is like a bad April Fool’s joke. President Obama, without even the request of Congress, he signed an executive order to give Congress a raise. I’m not making this up. I guess I would have to ask the president. This is just unreal.”
— Boonsboro

“I’m a Herald-Mail carrier, and I’d like to thank everyone in the Williams-port, Downsville, and surrounding areas for all the Christmas gifts. Happy New Year.”
— Hagerstown

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