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Mail Call - March 11

March 10, 2013

“In answer to the caller saying Maryland’s murder rate is 47 percent higher than in Pennsylvania: Just wait until the passage of the bill to legalize marijuana, which was introduced in the House, Maryland House, by Del. Anderson of Baltimore. Then see what the percentage is.”
— Smithsburg

“I’m referring to the Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, Mail Call from Williamsport, about local eateries, for coupons. You have to present the coupon first because most eateries have a point-of-sale system that doesn’t allow you to take the discount after the fact.”
— Hagerstown

“In response to the gentleman who said his wife is related to Mary Todd Lincoln through the Todd family: While it’s a great family history, I don’t think she would have Lincoln blood. I’m no expert, but I think she would have to either be a descendant of Mary Todd and Lincoln, or related to Lincoln, not the Todd side of the family.”
— Hagerstown

“OK, we have had two guest columns on the Democrats’ view of the sequestration. Is The Herald-Mail planning to have a Republican guest columnist on this issue?”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“So Bob Bruchey was hired by the Hagerstown Suns. Would you rather he stay home and collect unemployment? The man is willing to work, and has the required skills in sales and public relations. I doubt that he is getting rich. Yes, he pushed hard for a new stadium downtown, but so did almost every businessman in Hagerstown. If game attendance doesn’t increase under Bruchey’s watch, I expect he will be shown the door, same as anyone else who fails to produce. Can we just move on to a real problem?”
— Hagerstown

“Hey, America, it’s time to get serious. We’re $16.5 trillion in the hole. We want to cut the deficit, we want to slow down spending, I can tell you one way to do it. Stop giving all these countries billions of dollars every year. Start thinking about our children, our grandchildren, and in my case, my great-grandchildren.”
— Williamsport

“I am calling about the publishing of the salary of the new principal of South High in the newspaper. I was told that that is being done as, because it is public knowledge, and if they want to put on display the salary requirements for county or state or any other employees, then they should also have to be required to do that same thing with the names and the amount that each welfare person or temporary cash assistance, food assistance, any kind of state-funded money, how much they receive each month.”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to say if they want to save money in Congress, cut the expense accounts of Congress and senators and the president, and take some of the secretaries and remove them. A secretary shouldn’t have to have a secretary.”
— Hagerstown

“If we really want to save money, why don’t we just fire Congress, and save all that money?”
— Hagerstown

“People say that cars kill people, so shouldn’t they be banned, also? I don’t think anyone gets in a car with the express purpose of going to a movie theater and shooting up the audience, or going to an elementary school and shooting 5- and 6-year-olds. ... Banning clips that hold more than 10 rounds, and semiautomatic weapons, will save lives, as they won’t be available. An even better choice is start taxing bullets and guns. A box of bullets costs less than a carton of cigarettes.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to make a statement about the mayor of Hagerstown and the ex-mayor of Hagerstown. I think they’re walking hand in hand on this here stadium ordeal, because one mayor isn’t any different than the other one, when they talk about a stadium, where they want to put it. ... And also I think the money that the county and city’s buying up all these properties should be put to use on the roads and bridges and stuff in Washington County.”
— Hagerstown

“A few days ago, you got a call ... complaining about women’s cleavage. The problem is not the cleavage of the women that the women have exposed, but the corruption of the mind of the person viewing it. Women, do not let these people intimidate you. Wear the dress you feel comfortable. Don’t let them make you wear a burka.”
— Halfway

“I’m replying to the caller from Williamsport. They called about the coupons having to be presented before you order. I agree with them. I think it’s done so you get a smaller portion or less of something, and a thing that is famous for this, a tidbit you may not know and I’d like to add, a friend of mine works in a carryout place, and eat-in, and any order that’s carryout, be it Chinese, be it sandwiches, whatever, you get less portion when you carry out than you do if you eat it in.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“Don’t blame me. I didn’t vote for the super-rich Republican.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in reference to David Gysberts. I hope that he and the city councilmen will start cleaning up the streets of Hagerstown, especially Mulberry Street, from the North End to the South End, all the bumps in the streets, and the surrounding areas. There should be some kind of fund that should be set to be — take care of this. ... They need to get on the ball and take care of all these potholes in Hagerstown.”
— North End

“I’d like to respond to a piece in the paper, somebody in Hagerstown, that they’re blaming the Republicans for what’s going on with this debt thing and everything. My point is it’s not the Republicans, it’s not the Democrats, it’s both. For one thing is, the Democrats want to raise taxes and spend more money. That doesn’t solve anything. You have to quit spending money.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m a senior, and I’d like to say if this Congress doesn’t get off their butts and do something right for a change, I think that if people are going to get laid off, the first people who should be laid off are the congressmen. They’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in regard to the comments about taxi drivers. I’ve been a taxi driver in Hagerstown for 30 years. They want to complain about picking up two or three fares going to the same direction, when gas is at $4 a gallon. I’d like to say, if you’d like a personal cab, just to pick you up and take you directly, maybe your fare should be double. ... If they’re so (unsatisfied) with the cab service in Hagerstown, take a bus.”
— Hagerstown

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