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Mail Call - April 1

March 31, 2013

“Thank goodness they are pushing a bill through that if an officer observes someone on a cellphone, he can pull the driver over. The previous bill, that a policeman could only pull over for another offense while someone was on a cellphone was ridiculous. Why wasn’t this new bill done in the first place, to protect other drivers? From what I observe, all ages are guilty, driving while on cellphones, and are jeopardizing others’ safety and lives.”
— Hagerstown

“If these congressmen and the senators don’t have guts enough or courage enough to pass a gun law, because they’re scared of their jobs, then I think maybe what should happen is the governors of each state should pass their own gun laws, and I’m all for it. And I’ll tell you one thing, these guys that don’t pass that gun law, if I’m around, I’ll never vote for them again. My whole family won’t.”
— Hagerstown

“This is for minor people for minor offenses. Drunk drivers, people selling dope, people speeding from the police, should not be sent to prisons, which are crowded. They should set up a labor camp, a hard labor camp, where they work six 10-hour days, one TV, no cellphones, nothing. They clean up roadways, they clean up anybody’s house that wants to be cleaned up, and that includes stream beds and such. I think this would take care of a lot of it.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.

“I find it odd that there’s so many new gun control laws being proposed and stuff, when there’s already like 14,000 gun laws on the books. You know, look at Washington County, for example. Has there been one judge, even one time, that imposed the five-year mandatory sentence for using a gun in a crime? Has there been any? Every time I read something, it’s been dismissed. Current gun laws are not being enforced. It’s ridiculous. One person ... tell me how these new gun laws are going to stop crime. More guns does not mean more crime.”
— Hagerstown

“You need to examine some of the people who are abusing the system, such as the welfare system. There are some people out there who abuse it, and there are people that really need it out there. I was told a few years ago, unless I was a woman with a kid, they would not help me. Not all women that are unmarried with kids deserve to have these special aids. There are people that are struggling that need extra help, and they’re abusing the system. There shouldn’t be free handouts, and this needs to be examined, not locally but nationally.”
— Hagerstown

“About the death penalty: We don’t need new gun laws ... for everyone. We need laws to be enforced. No parole. If you murder someone, it’s an automatic death sentence. Use of gun in a robbery, or a threat, anything with a gun, automatic 50 years, no parole. Crime against children or women, 50 years, no parole. Think of the money we could save from feeding and clothing them and taking care of their health for 40 or 60 years. And they would think twice before picking up a gun to commit a crime. And states would not have the cost of trials, and crimes would go down within five years. Quit suspending sentences.”
— Hagerstown

“My house has lost $150,000 value in the city of Hagerstown, and I haven’t had a raise since 2009. The new city council wants to give city workers another $1,000 bonus this year, too. Tell them to find a private sector job that pays their wages and benefits. They better all be living in city limits, too, paying county and city property taxes.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to say ‘Help.’ We senior citizens who live in our own houses need help. As an example, my relative who lives in Georgia pays $1,700 a year in taxes. But when she reaches 65 years old, which is very soon, her taxes will be $500 a year. They must have some compassionate people in office in Georgia. Again I say, ‘help’ for Washington County.”
— Washington County

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