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Mail Call - Feb. 5

February 05, 2013

“Just see where all these oversized loads are using Route 40 West, are putting large potholes in the concrete bridge on Route 40. The bridge is already deteriorated. This should be fixed immediately.”
— Clear Spring

“I never did see a response to a caller’s question as to why we cannot fill out our tax returns until after the end of January. The tax changes that occurred at the beginning of this year should have absolutely no effect on 2012 taxes. Why is the IRS making everybody wait? I really would like someone to reply to this.”
— Hagerstown

“I wish that all the people getting upset about the gun laws would be that upset about health care, people without food and homes in this country. That seems more important to me at this time.”
— Hagerstown

“Our president truly believes in compromise. He thinks as long as everyone compromises what they believe to what he believes, the world would be a better place.”
— Hagerstown

“The ridiculous 25-mph speed camera would not be necessary if people such as the Waynesboro resident obeyed the laws. The 25 mph has been the speed limit on Northern Avenue long before the cameras came on the scene. Think before you hit the gas pedal. Oh, and by the way, the speed limit is 35 mph on Longmeadow. Where are most of the offenders from? Yes, Pennsylvania. If you don’t believe me, just park your car along the road and see for yourself.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to thank the gentleman who was so kind and helped me, when a car backed up and knocked me down on the ... parking lot. He was so kind, and walked me to the store to make sure I was OK. He was so thoughtful, and I appreciated it. Thanks again for being so helpful.”
— Hagerstown

“My wife is in Reeders Nursing Home in Boonsboro, and I know this is a little bit late, but I would just like to say thank you to Joel and Lulu. They were the Santa Claus and helper elf for the Christmas at Reeders, and it gave a lot of happiness to a lot of the residents.”
— Boonsboro

“Would someone please explain how a department of corrections did not have money to give officers the equipment or the pay raises that they well deserve, but yet has the money to change every patch on every officer’s jacket, shirt, hat, and any other parts of the uniform and vehicles, for a name change that is worthless and senseless?”
— Hagerstown

“This is in response to the lady who said the insurance company wouldn’t take cash, they wanted a check. What I would think that is is robbery protection. If people know you don’t have cash on hand, you’re not going to get robbed.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, the GOP did it again, they embarrassed themselves today, trying to badoodle Hillary Clinton at the Senate hearings. She made them look like punks. When you all going to give up? She’s way above you all ... more intelligent, more savvy, and just a pure lady. You all need to grow up, act like men, and do your jobs to help America.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about these nutty people calling in wanting to take firearms from people and have gun control. I remember a song that Merle Haggard had out many years ago, called, ‘If you don’t love it, leave it.’ If you don’t love this country, leave it. This country is founded on God, the principles, and they had guns when it all started. It’s not guns that’s killing people. How many times do I have to tell people that? It’s the person behind the gun. ... So don’t take the guns, deal with the people, that’s all I have to say.”
— Boonsboro

“I cannot understand how elected officials can give other elected officials pay raises, by, you know, just voting on it and giving it to them, without going to county residents or city residents who voted for these people. Like the sheriff’s department or county department, or you know, people working for the city. ... Well, they ought to put it before the people, instead of these organizations.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in reference to the Mail Call Thursday, Jan. 24, about this person paying $239.87 for Potomac Edison. I’ve got one better than that. Mine was almost $900, and it was never over $200. So I think something should be done. I’m a widow. I can’t afford bills like this.”
— Smithsburg

“To the lady in today’s paper who had the electric bill that was $240: She should call the electric company and tell them that she wants to be on the budget plan. That way every month your bill will be the same. That way you won’t have sticker shock every time you pick up your bill.”
— Hagerstown

“To Fayetteville, who says Obama’s administration has taken away his rights by all these executive orders: Tell me one of your rights he has taken away, if you can. He does want to take away your right to own guns that have been used for mass murder. Do you object to this?”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“To the Hagerstown caller who says I got my facts wrong about unemployment: The fact is, your employer pays toward your unemployment, not you with unemployment insurance. The fact is it’s easier to sit and do nothing for 99 weeks than to look for another job that may not pay as much. Many won’t take a lesser-paying job. I’m sorry you lost your job, but many more will join you, with the implementation of Obamacare. You can thank the 47 percent for that.”
— Boonsboro

“Much thanks to Volunteer Washington County, Freedom Electronics Recycling, Horizon Goodwill Industries, WCPS, Penske Truck Rental, Washington County government, and sponsors (Columbia Bank and Grease Monkey) for the 2013 Martin Luther King Day E-Recycling Program on Jan. 21, 2013. My husband and I took advantage of this opportunity to dispose of outdated electronics that had accumulated in our house. Last year we also took advantage of this program. Please continue your efforts for January 2014. Perhaps more advertising will bring even greater results. We are grateful Hagerstown residents.”
— Hagerstown

“The Hagerstown person who said he paid in to unemployment for 30 years needs to get it right. Only employers pay unemployment taxes to the state, which in turn pays the unemployed worker. Not one cent comes out of the pocket of the employee for unemployment compensation.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I read in yesterday’s paper, Jan. 22, Tuesday, that (former) Mayor Bruchey is now going to work for the Hagerstown Suns. First of all, I’d like to say I’m not being derogatory, but what a coincidence. The whole time he was there, was mayor, evidently he was working on this project. And why he thinks this is a laughing matter, no one understands. It isn’t. Just as everyone feels, we’re glad that Mr. Bruchey is gone, and now we have a new mayor and we’ll get the ballpark down where it was, and revitalize.”
— North End

“No one needs to make a study about why these girls are having babies. They’re smart girls. They get a medical card, a free apartment with utilities, WIC, food stamps, and money to go with it. So why not? It’s a start of a good life of never having to work.”
— Hagerstown

“Anyone who phones in to Mail Call should be required to pass a second-grade English test.”
— Hagerstown

“Those who have seen Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony in the Congress on the 23rd, saw nothing but a bunch of speeches and praises from the Democratic side of the aisle. But thank goodness Sen. Paul from Kentucky told her like it should have been told. If he had been president, she would have been fired, because Secretary of State Clinton, you were wrong.”
— Hagerstown

“How does a person who worked in health care their whole life start over, when the so-called health care system burns them out and throws them away?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m not a gun owner, but I want some of you experts who are so much against guns to explain this to me: Why, when I went to school 50 years ago, every little kid had a gun and holster set, and most boys carried a pocketknife, none of us turned into killers. None of us ever got in any trouble that I can recall. So if guns and playing with guns make you bad people, what has changed? I would say it’s the way the kids are brought up. Most parents aren’t taking the time to bring the kids up right, to show them love, to get them in church.”
— Sharpsburg

“Too many people on disability. A lot of them are able to work. Stop their check. Put them to work. Their nerves are shot, or are depressed, or too fat, or pregnant and no father of a child. Taxpayers pay for this. Stop it. The government is broke.”
— Boonsboro

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