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Mail Call - Feb. 25

February 24, 2013

“Here are the facts: Germany was completely disarmed in 1919 as punishment for World War I. No manufacture, sales, possession of guns or ammunition were permitted. By 1928, Germany had rearmed, with registration required. By 1938, the only changes in Hitler’s gun laws were that 18-year-olds could possess arms and that a three-year hunting permit was all that was required to register guns. Only the Jews were then completely disarmed, including their knives and bats. The NRA quotes Hitler with statements that have never been authenticated. The NRA misquotes Hitler so often that the statements are now known as urban legends.”
— Williamsport


“Those following the ... assertions about the Dick Act seem to be misinformed. The Act of 1903 basically divided the state militias into three categories, has nothing particular to say about ‘gun control,’ and (as subsequently amended) provided authority for the feds to take over state militias under certain circumstances ... a power that has subsequently been confirmed by rulings of the Supreme Court. The 1903 Act amended several previous ‘militia’ acts and has been subsequently amended by acts of 1908, 1916, 1920, 1933 and 1952, the latter of which provided for the federal right to nationalize state militias, even in peacetime. No act of Congress ‘can’t be repealed.’”
— Brownsville


“To the BOE: Please don’t move to downtown Hagerstown. For years, other counties made negative comments about our rundown BOE. We don’t need to still look tacky, and be in downtown Hagerstown. Buy the Potomac Edison building on Downsville Pike. It’s beautiful, and something Washington County can be proud of. It’s also big enough to house all departments of the BOE, plus room for the grounds to be. ... Please make the right choice and do not buy downtown. Please do Downsville Pike.”
— Williamsport


“I would just like to say congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, and I think that Ray Lewis is a stand-up guy. He did retire, and a lot of attention was focused on him, but he gave a lot of credit to his team, and he talked about how well the team worked together and everything. And I’d just like to say congratulations to Joe Flacco, the MVP. It might have taken him five years to get there, but he deserved it. He played great games all season.”
— Cascade


“This is about the gun problem, that people keep saying, well, they’ll go buy guns on the black market. You know, I just laugh at that because the criminals already get their guns on the so-called black market. But people who are decent people and don’t have hooligans for friends wouldn’t begin to know where to go to get guns illegally. I wouldn’t.”
— Hagerstown


“I like the idea I heard about the arboretum at the old hospital site. I think it would be good for the area, and attract some good attention to that part of Hagerstown.”
— Williamsport


“Gov. O’Malley is wanting to do away with the death penalty. Well, that’s just like saying go ahead and kill somebody because we’ll put you in bed, feed you three meals a day and keep you the rest of your life. He’s probably never lost a loved one by someone killing them, or he would want the death penalty instated. And that’s the only way you’re going to stop these ...”
— Hagerstown


“Just wondering how death penalty opponents can say it is not a deterrent to crime. Of course, no. It’s never been used with any regularity, to get a fair assessment.”
— Williamsport


“My dear Lioness friends, thank you for the opportunity to enjoy the barbershop quartet’s singing, along with the cute valentine card and ‘teddy bear.’ Your kindness and thoughtfulness enabled me to have a happy Valentine’s Day.”
— Williamsport


“I’d like for The Herald-Mail to start printing every day in the newspaper, the robberies that are occurring in Washington County and the surrounding counties, if they would please. I know of at least 10 robberies in the Clear Spring area that have never been published in the newspaper, and people don’t know about what’s going on in their area. I think it’d really help out, and maybe the citizens would be able to catch these people or help out a little bit.”
— Clear Spring


“Eyesores: The dilapidated properties in the county, with vines and weeds growing up to the roof, and broken-out windows, are an eyesore to the neighbors that live around them, and also lower their value of their homes. These houses should be torn or burned down; experience for new firemen. Some properties in mind are on Junction 144 to 1700 block of West Washington Street extended, another on Cearfoss Fairview Road. ... These properties have been like this for more than 25 years.”
— Washington County


“The Hagerstown caller on Feb. 15 credited armed air marshals ‘on every flight’ for preventing hijackings since 9/11, and then used this evidence as an argument against gun control. The caller unknowingly presents a good case for gun control. In addition to marshals on some, but not nearly all flights, the FAA, a federal agency authorized to regulate air safety, instituted rigorous procedure to prevent any weapon being carried on commercial airplanes. Thus only the marshals are armed, and the system has worked for 11 years now. Strict weapons control, with only law enforcement agents carrying weapons, has resulted in no more hijackings.”
— Keedysville


“Safety in our schools is the most important thing anyone can hope for these days, and the fact that Maugansville Elementary has Mr. Dave is great. I cannot tell you how much I (we) appreciate the fact that our grandson and his friends are safe and that he is always there to monitor the entrance. His kindness and assistance cannot be compared to any other school that I have been in. Please keep Mr. Dave. We love him.”
— Hagerstown


“I’m one taxpayer who supports the speed cameras 100 percent. And for the people who are complaining about them, well, sorry about your luck. The speed limits are out there because it’s the law. If it says 30 mph, that’s what the law says it’s supposed to be in that area. Doesn’t matter whether it’s 50 mph or 25 mph. My comment is this. If you don’t ... maybe after you get through the speed zone and then take off like a maniac on a NASCAR track, maybe if the police start sitting at the end, then you’ll get an official ticket.”
— Hagerstown


“If the governor and the lieutenant governor of Maryland want to repeal the death penalty, give me their names and addresses where I can send them the bill, what it costs to keep the prisoner per year.”
— Clear Spring


“The city council and mayor and the city staff of Hagerstown wants the BOE to move downtown. Do they realize that the BOE taxpayers of Washington County are currently maintaining 45 schools and the BOE property in Washington County? If they move downtown, that makes it 46 properties they’re maintaining because they cannot move the garage for the buses and the BOE cars downtown, and they can’t park the 100 buses that’s currently ... taxpayers, get after them. Don’t let them do this, or you’re going to be paying through the nose.”
— Maugansville


“I have a question. Today’s paper is Feb. 15, on a Friday. It’s about the death penalty. I have a question. If you’re a high-ranking official, and a member of your family got killed, how would you feel about the death penalty? I mean, pro or con. You know, it would affect your family, then how would you feel if somebody, you know? Does it matter where your rank, or personal?”
— Hagerstown


“I have no dental insurance. Like so many, I can’t afford it. Recently, I had no choice but to go to a dentist. I had just one tooth X-rayed for a cavity, and then I had it filled. It cost me $407.”
— Clear Spring


“Has anyone else noticed that the lesser Limbaugh’s Saturday morning articles are always the same story, only with a different set of adjectives? Would the man even have a job had President Obama not been re-elected? I guess his career is based on the recognition he gets as the little brother of Rush the magnificent.”
— Hagerstown

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