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Mail Call - April 8

April 07, 2013

“Here’s a question for all the Mail Call readers. Why does our country, being $16.5 trillion in the hole, keep giving all these other countries money? And they’re giving Egypt tanks, planes and $1.5 billion this year. It doesn’t make any sense. We can’t afford it. Let other countries help other countries, not us all the time. And one more thing, I have two pensions, I work part time, my wife works full time, and we go on one vacation a year. Our president goes on three or four vacations a year.”
— Williamsport

“It wouldn’t be surprising to me that the majority of the people that John Donoghue represents in Hagerstown are against this gas tax. Yet Mr. Donoghue decided to vote for it, and he gave the lame excuse, because it was going to pass, I voted for it anyway. Mr. Donoghue, you and your Democratic cohorts are the reason why we’re in this mess, because of your mismanagement and your raiding of the transportation fund.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, I myself get food stamps and cash assistance ... anyways, I worked since I was 15 years old. I am now 30. I cannot work right now because of medical problems, but I will, because I paid into the state for those many years. ... If I feel the need to be able to go in there and get food stamps and welfare, well, I’m entitled to it. I paid my taxes to the state. I need it right now. And you know, sometimes, yeah, women are just popping baby after baby after baby to get all that assistance, and they should screen the women who go in there and get that.”
— Hagerstown

“Someone called in Mail Call saying to put bread crumbs in the blender to break them down for birds. They should not feed birds bread. It has empty calories. Just like the people at City Park who feed the ducks and swans and all bread, they ask you not to do that. It is just empty calories. It fills their belly up and doesn’t give them anything. So please stop feeding the birds bread.”
— Hagerstown

“Just wanted to pass on a thank you to the young father whose little girl was told to put her candy wrapper in the trash receptacle in the parking lot by CVS Saturday. That was really nice to see. You did a good job, and I just wish some of the older people who are pitching their cigarettes out and everything else on the street could learn from this little girl, and you.”
— Big Pool

“I’m calling to those people who think machine guns should be legal, and that they must be afraid of somebody, that they have to have a machine gun to defend themselves. If they’d stop and think, any criminal with a pistol would put them out of service so fast they’d never have a chance to run their 30-bullet magazine down. Another comment is that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. You can put that another way. If guns are outlawed, people with guns will be outlaws.”
— South County

“I’m calling about the lady who was complaining about people getting food stamps and all the money, and she also had a couple of friends who are not working. But I’d like to know one thing, how they got $7,000 income taxes back, if they’re not working. I’d like to get some of that money.”
— Hagerstown

“Reading Tuesday’s paper, about Anthony Brown — he’s the lieutenant governor in 2006, and re-elected in 2010 — saying ‘death penalty must be abolished.’ That may be true, but our government and our court system is still wrong. They do not make strong enough penalties for the people that kill, especially deliberate(ly) killing someone. It’s wrong. They should be punished, in one way or another.”
— Hancock

“To the person who’s been going to church since 1978, and doesn’t understand why people don’t go to the altar and pray like they used to, and seek God: Maybe you’re in the wrong church ... There’s churches out there that still seek God. You just have to find the right one.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a commentary on the commentary on page A3 of the Tuesday, March 26, paper. Mr. Rowland makes a comment about Mississippi. I just wanted to point out, Mississippi in times past has led the country in most giving state to charity, not in dollars but in percentage, I think, of income, and I think that’s very telling of the state. I just wanted to speak in their behalf.”
— Shepherdstown, W.Va.

“Gov. O’Malley needs more money. Tax the poor old working man. Gas tax to double in three years. Where does he think people are going to get the money to go to work? It’s time that the people in this state wake up and stop letting Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County run this state. Maybe the western part of the state should secede to West Virginia, where we could not have so many taxes all the time.”
— Hagerstown

“The city wants to bring people downtown. Just opening up businesses isn’t the answer. They have to make Hagerstown a destination point. Take advantage of what we have: Beautiful architecture, the college and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. I believe making the town a small college town, along with the quaintness of a small town, would bring people in, just for the experience of life in the ’40s and ’50s. Look to Shepherdstown and Williamsburg. Build some dorms for the college, and along with that, some stores ... coffee- houses.”
— Hagerstown

“I think it’s ironic and funny ... the Republicans say they don’t like the government telling them what to do. Government’s tyrants, and everything else. Yet in all these Republican-run states, governors and state houses, they’re trying to ban abortion. It’s the law of the land. You don’t want the government telling you what to do, but it’s all right if the state governments tell you what to do. Quit being hypocritical. ... You either don’t want the government to tell you what to do or you do want the government to tell those people what to do.”
— Hagerstown

“Concerning the one-time pay raise for the City of Hagerstown: Do we really need 450 employees to run a city the size of Hagerstown? Hagerstown’s going down the tubes anyway.”
— Brightwood Acres East

“I just read in the morning paper that they are going to give city employees a one-time payment of $1,000. If the city can pay out that kind of money, they don’t need to raise the water, sewer and trash rates.”
— Hagerstown

“I like the idea of the Monday morning Mail Call club at McDonald’s. If Pickles from Funks-town is still around, maybe they can be the president.”
— Hagerstown

“This thing with the president and our economy, all these jobs that he is phasing out everything because of the military budget, I mean, the budget cuts and all, we’re losing more people, we’re losing more jobs, and I don’t see where that’s helping the economy at all.”
— Fulton County, Pa.

“Mr. Obama, according to past practices, charity begins at home. You can’t go to the Far East and give millions and millions of dollars away, and balance a budget.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to tell people to be very, very cautious. I got a ‘Hi, Grandma’ call, and please, please do not send them any money.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m reading the paper on Monday, March 25, and there’s two things in there that I disagree with. The first one is the BOE superintendent Wilcox says the schools invest $700,000 in downtown Hagerstown. First of all, they don’t invest anything. The taxpayers invest it. The school does not make money, they get money from the taxpayers. Secondly, these people saying they’re protesting the six days. Where are all these protesters when businesses shut down and people get laid off? They don’t protest for them.”
— Hagerstown

“I think the Orioles fans should boycott the Orioles game on Sept. 5. If they already have a ticket for that game, exchange it for another ticket for another day. I bet the Ravens would have given them the day they needed for their opener. If the Orioles need something in the future from the Ravens, I hope the Ravens say no.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

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