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Mail Call - Jan. 24

January 24, 2013

“In today’s Herald-Mail (Jan. 16), three letters appeared on the Opinion page that everyone should take the time to read. One was written by Gina Anders of Shepherdstown, W.Va., one by Michael Karn of Hagerstown, and one by Ned A. Garrett of Hagerstown. I just wanted to commend these three writers on their excellent letters. Truer words were never spoken. It’s not very often you find three excellent letters in the same issue, and if you haven’t already read these letters, go back and take the time to read them.”

— Hagerstown


“I was just reading the Wednesday, Jan. 16, paper, and quite frankly, I am shocked that the BOE is shocked by the teen pregnancy rate, and that kids are sexually active as young as 8 years old. I know the BOE members come and go, but come on, you would have had to have your head in the sand not to have seen this coming. The warning signs have been obvious for years, but most people choose not to see them.”

— Hagerstown


“God not in school: He is there. We are not listening to Him. God is everywhere. Parents need to teach their children right from wrong. It goes back to the parents. We have so much mean going on. God is there, always has been. We need to be teaching and praying at home as a family, and then it goes back to the school.”

— Williamsport


“Concerning the redevelopment of downtown Hagerstown, just exactly what do the current city property taxpayers get for their money? Urban sprawl has gone on for 50-plus years. Get over it. Downtown Hagerstown will never be what it was 60 or 70 years ago.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m reading the paper this morning, about President Obama’s gun laws, and I tell you, these Maryland legislators down there, what’s here in the paper this morning, I’ll guarantee you, if they vote against that bill, I’ll guarantee you one thing, I’ll do my best to go out there and get people to vote against them and get somebody to run against them. ... If they can’t see that these little kids got killed, it’s a problem.”

— Hagerstown


“Over 200 years ago, our ancestors came to this land for freedom. The lawyers and politicians willed it away, and now there is no new land to go to.”

— Pondsville


“To the Mercersburg caller who is complaining that the average person’s taxes have gone up by $50 to $60 more: That is not true. Taxes have not gone up. There was the Social Security amount, had been 6 percent, it was temporarily dropped to 4 percent, as part of the stimulus, and it has gone back up to 6 percent, where it always was before. Taxes have not gone up for the average worker.”

— Chambersburg, Pa.


“In the Jan. 15 Mail Call, a person from Leitersburg began his comment with the statement, ‘This is to all anti-gun people.’ He goes on to relate a story about a woman who shot an intruder, to save herself and her two children. She used a .38-caliber handgun. His last call was, ‘Now, comment on that.’ I’d like to comment. I’m not anti-gun, but the one thing I noticed, she got the job done very nicely with a small-caliber handgun.”

— Williamsport


“Gabby Giffords’ husband says there were several people in the crowd carrying guns the day Gabby and others were shot in Arizona. The one person who did use his gun almost shot the person who tackled and stopped him. More guns is not the answer, and the NRA is not the answer. It is well-known that the gun manufacturers control the NRA. Use your brain, it could be your child.”

— Waynesboro, Pa.


“In response to the Boonsboro person who was commenting on ‘the freebies;’ namely, unemployment: I worked 30 years and paid in to unemployment. Today I find myself unemployed and drawing unemployment. Do I like it? No, but it is reality. I worked all those years and paid in to unemployment through payroll taxes. It wasn’t free. It is a benefit I contributed to. So get it right, Boonsboro.”

— Hagerstown


“Has anybody read The Herald-Mail paper today, the 17th? They talk about guns. Now they’re even showing you how to load guns in the comic strip. What is this world coming to? Violence, I don’t know, I am amazed. And they say that there’s going to be a gun law. Well, they should have a comic strip law too, then.”

— Clear Spring


“I was just wondering if anybody in the Halfway area was having trouble with their mail. I had trouble last January, and I’m having trouble this January. Is anyone else having trouble?”

— Halfway


“Wouldn’t it be nice to know how much was spent planting, watering, staking and mulching trees along Interstate 70 since spring? What program is paying for this?”

— Warfordsburg, Pa.


“Just a question. I’m kind of curious. When a president is re-elected for a second term, without any break in between, just like President Obama and Franklin Roosevelt, and several others, is it in the Constitution where they have to take the oath of office again? If the president already took the oath of office for his first term, wouldn’t that automatically carry over to his second term in office? I’m just thinking it’s such a waste of time and money to have another inauguration, to be sworn in again. Just curious.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m calling in reference to two different people who called in, it was Monday’s paper, Jan. 15, about Potomac Edison. Well, I’ll go a little deeper than that. I’m a senior citizen, I’m in bad health, I’ll soon be 75, and I have all my receipts for the past 2 1/2 years that I have lived in Hagerstown, almost to the city line. I live on Downsville Pike in Hagerstown. And anyway, my bill that I got that was due in January is $239.87, and the highest, any bill that I have had was $90 when I first moved ... in the summer, to cool the apartment down, and no more than $51. Something has got to be done.”

— Hagerstown

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