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Mail Call - Jan. 18

January 17, 2013

“You know, I get tired of these here Benghazi accusations from these Republicans and right-wing talk show hosts. Does anybody know who protects the embassies of foreign countries in our own country? We do. We protect all these embassies, all of them. So that’s what should have been over there in Benghazi, and the government over there should have ... protected them. So I get tired of hearing those guys. Nobody said a word about George Bush lying to get our sons and daughters into a war and getting them killed and maimed, and plus the civilians. Nobody even questioned him about that. So I don’t want to hear it.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where the government is going to make the banks give money back to some people who are homeowners. I just hope you people learned your lesson. I mean, if you’re bringing home $1,500 a month, a $1,300 mortgage is out of your league. I mean, we’re acting like, you know, people took these mortgages out didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Well, if they lack the intelligence to understand a mortgage, they shouldn’t have a mortgage to begin with. All these people saying, yay, I get money back, well, you know what, it’s just ... finances. You don’t have the intelligence to live within your means, so you expect somebody else to take care of it for you.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to express my opinion on the assault rifles and the semiautomatic weapons. I know there’s a lot to think about it, and I’ll tell you what. Reading a lot on the NRA, what they believe in, what they stand for, I’m 100 percent in favor of people having assault rifles — only certain people, though. But I think if you have an assault rifle, you should have some kind of proof that you’re mentally stable ... In our nation, our leaders have been stripping our military. So there may come a day when the people in this country might love people to have an assault rifle or semiautomatic. We need this, and I think we may need this for a defense.”
— Hagerstown

“There’s something truly sick about a country whose population rushes out to buy weapons, after a tragedy like small children getting shot in school, where they should be safe and sound, or people going to a movie theater. And please don’t give me this stuff about the Second Amendment. There aren’t any Indians attacking my house, and I’m not going out to shoot buffalo. I’m not against guns, but use some sense, people. You don’t need automatic weapons.”
— Hagerstown

“It was with great interest and delight that I read the outstanding tribute to Coach Bo Myers, in his retirement from Hagerstown Community College. What a tremendous loss to the community, and in particular, to Hagerstown Community College, and his efforts to put back again HCC athletics in the national spotlight. Again, what a loss. His retirement, coupled with the departure of many outstanding people from HCC ... his retirement, with so many other great people leaving, makes me ask, why are so many great people leaving HCC?”
— Hagerstown

“In Monday morning’s Herald-Mail there are a couple of call-ins about the baseball stadium again. Why don’t people give this issue up and quit complaining about it? Under the current council, the stadium is a dead issue. It is never going to be built anywhere, so I would appreciate — that is a nonissue.”
— Hagerstown

“The only significant growth that has occurred in downtown Hagerstown in the past 20 years has been with the size of the city government. They’re constantly creating new salaried positions that seem to have much redundancy in duties. I wish that your paper would do an exposé on the increases in city payroll, especially after the study that pumped their wages up a few years ago.”
— Hagerstown

“I started my day off with a laugh, after reading where someone called in about Christmas being 348 days away and your lights are out way too early. I enjoyed the humor. We could use a little bit more of that in Mail Call. Thanks, caller, for the chuckle.”
— Clear Spring

“I am distressed at the level of absolute hate of President Obama which comes through in some of Mail Call’s messages. It is scary and sickening.”
— Halfway

“Monday’s paper, Jan. 14, another person killed in a head-on collision. I’d like to know how well the police investigate these head-on collisions. Are the people having a medical problem, or are they texting, or answering their cell phone, or some other thing that they’re not paying attention and they cross the center line? Anybody have any comments on this? I’d like to hear it.”
— Hancock

“I’m calling to help people understand what a semiautomatic firearm really does. I want everybody to think about their stapler. When you squeeze the stapler, a staple comes out. With a semi-automatic rifle or handgun, when you pull the trigger, a bullet comes out. Each time you pull the trigger, one bullet is fired. A semiautomatic is the fact that the next bullet comes up into the chamber just like your stapler loads the next staple. Maybe if people understood how things worked, there would be less bad information, and they would understand better.”
— Smithsburg

“Many years ago, a well-known minister from Pennsylvania of German descent said that what happened in Germany will happen in the U.S. The first thing Hitler did when he became chancellor was to seize privately owned firearms.”
— Hagerstown

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