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Mail Call - April 17

April 16, 2013

“I just can’t understand the Hagerstown City Council. They say they need more money to operate, but they just keep on spending the taxpayers’ money and then talk about raising taxes. This mayor and council is the worst that I can recall, and I have seen a lot of them; I am 80 years old.”
— Hagerstown

“When it comes to Civil War history, all you see in the media is Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and slavery — which was, of course, a huge issue — but what they fail to mention is the Democrats — that’s right, the Democrats — they wanted to compromise with the Confederacy, allow them to continue slavery, and still run the nation, as one nation. They wanted to compromise during the Civil War.”
— Hagerstown

“People who have handguns, for the most part — repeat, the most part — are for egos and bragging. Handguns are not used for hunting. Handguns are nothing but for shooting other human beings, period.”
— Hagerstown

“Here’s a thought, on the gun debate and background checks. If anybody thinks they’re coming to take their guns because of background checks, then maybe you really shouldn’t have a gun anyway. That’s just food for thought.”
— Hagerstown

“Maybe Tom Firey thinks it’s a good idea, with the earned income tax credit. I guess he doesn’t understand how it works, because these mothers go to work at McDonald’s for two months, and then end up getting $6,000 or $7,000 a year back, along with their welfare and everything else they get free, while some of us have to hold two jobs to make it, and pay taxes on all of it. They get it all back free.”
— Hagerstown

“Illegal means not authorized. Illegal aliens do not belong in this country illegally. They can be criminals or what have you. If I go to Mexico or any other country, I have to be there legally. Well, this is the United States of America. Our fathers fought for our rights, and certain laws in this country, and they need to be followed.”
— Hagerstown

“How about our governor saying he’s going to take the rest of the year to ponder what he’s going to do — about running for president, and see what he has to offer as a presidential candidate. Governor, we know what you have to offer: Some more of your left-wing radical policies that you rammed down the Maryland voters for the last seven years, more tax, more spending. No, thanks, Governor. I wouldn’t vote for you for dog catcher.”
— Hagerstown

“I would love to see Hagerstown change for the better; that’s including getting employment here and building the new stadium. That’s the only way this so-called dead town is going to change.”
— Hagerstown

“Two comments for the new resident of Hagerstown who was discouraged about the interactions he has had with the community so far: Fifty percent of the people walking their dogs past my house do not clean up their dog’s waste, so the person who commented to you was probably very tired of cleaning up after other people’s dogs. And I agree with you that the trash problem is terrible. It has escalated out of control, with the recycling containers being left on the sidewalks, and the once-a-week trash pickup.”
— Hagerstown  

“For the Clear Spring caller who is thanking God for U-Haul: See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.”
— Funkstown

“I see where the city provides interest-free loans for a business, but will gladly provide loans for homeowners to replace public sidewalks, at 5 percent interest. Go figure.”
— Hagerstown

“Del. Parrott needs a lesson in politics. He recently stated that people deserve a voice, and he reasons that the petition is the resolution to the lack of voices in Annapolis. Did he miss the fact that there are lots of voices in Annapolis? ... just because they don’t agree with him doesn’t mean there are no voices. They’re just in disagreement with him. ... Mr. Parrott, if you want to live in a more conservative state, move to West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Maryland will never be your dream state. Try Idaho.”
— Sharpsburg

“The ‘Alternative detention center funding in question:’ The speed camera money should be used to help the schools. We need new buildings built for new schools. We are going to have overcrowding. We’re going to need new high schools built. That revenue around the schools to protect the schoolchildren, to keep speeding from around the schools, should be strictly kept to help schools and the funding for the schools. And that’s where that money ... We don’t need another day program to try to teach people to refrain from alcohol and drugs. It doesn’t work.”
— Hagerstown

“Does anyone know what can be done with neighbors that let their paper and plastic and junk go all over the neighborhood? It’s an eyesore. They live close to a nursing home, too. We try to keep our lawns cleaned up and our house and everything, but they don’t care. It is a health hazard, I know that.”
— Mapleville

“Kudos to the sports department. Great coverage on our local kids’ sports involvement. We need more of this good stuff. Makes the kids feel good, and the parents and grandparents, too.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

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