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Mail Call - April 26

April 25, 2013

“I want to thank Gov. O’Malley and the Maryland legislature for having the courage to pass a law placing reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. Long guns are for hunting, handguns are for killing people. When anyone buys a gun designed specifically for shooting people, I believe a higher level of scrutiny is warranted, and that is exactly what I think SB 281 accomplishes. I believe it provides greater protection of my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, by denying handgun ownership to mentally unstable people.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m unhappy about downtown Hagerstown’s government persistent policy of building a new expensive baseball stadium, which will prolong mind-debilitating events completely at odds with the BOE trying to make intelligent human beings, supposedly. Ball games are for kids. All grownups are doing are prolonging their juvenile status. You’re being fooled by self-interest groups if you believe otherwise.”
— Hagerstown

“Del. LeRoy Myers’ comments in the newspaper on April 17 are very disturbing, in his suggestion that, as I quote, Democrats don’t seem to support the Second Amendment. That’s nonsense. As a Democrat, a gun owner, and somebody who supports all 27 of the amendments to the Constitution, his statement is outrageous. I understand all rights are limited, which he should remember, and he should apologize for his insult to the Democratic Party.”
— Boonsboro

“I think that building a stadium at the old Washington County hospital site is a terrible idea. The only thing that would fit the location would be another hospital or a medical facility. The population is growing, and the need for two hospitals should be considered.”
— Hagerstown

“I see where the Senate and Congress, jellyfish again. See, here’s the problem. Somebody questioned the 90 percent that I put in Mail Call the other day. Well, even Fox News says 80 percent. But they’re only listening to 30,000 or 40,000 people in their district. They’re worried about re-election. They’re not worried about the other, over 300 million people. They’re worried about 30,000 to 40,000. I don’t want people like that representing me. You’re cowards. Cowards.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller from Hagerstown who states that handguns are not used for hunting, they are only used for killing human beings: Handguns are legal hunting devices, and many hunters across the nation legally use them to take multiple game animals, as well as competition shooting and recreational shooting — not to mention home defense, against those who do not have any right owning a handgun.”
— Smithsburg

“The Senate rejected background checks, in spite of the fact that most of the population of the U.S., almost 90 percent, want them. So is the Senate representing the people, or the NRA? If you’re a responsible gun owner, you shouldn’t fear a background check.”
— Hagerstown

“If you have witnessed animal abuse, or you know about it, don’t hesitate to report the abuse to your local humane society. We can’t save them all, but one at a time is better than nothing at all. Be the hero in your own life. Stand up for defenseless animals, by being their voice.”
— Clear Spring

“I would like to thank my paper carrier. He is really looking out for my well-being. He has made sure that I am getting my agility training, because I have to dodge the traffic to pick up the paper he sometimes throws on the road. I get my cardio training, because I get to climb up on my stepladder to get the paper off the roof, once in a while. And he always worries about my mental wellness, because he hides my paper for me ... so just thank you so much.”
— McConnellsburg, Pa.

“This Neil Parrott, I read in the paper this morning, wants to repeal the Maryland gun law, wants to take it to court and get a petition. He gets more petitions, stupid petitions going than any man I ever want to know. I’d like for somebody to retire him at his term when it ends. Get him out of there, because all he is is a troublemaker, and anybody who wants to repeal gun laws is, far as I’m concerned, don’t belong in office.”
— Hagerstown

“This is a sad day for America if the U.S. Senate can be bought off by the gun industry and the NRA and will not protect the children and the citizens of this country.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling in response to Tim Rowland’s column, ‘My stadium study sees baseball fans, synergism in a small city.’ Well, Tim, my stadium study, as a taxpayer, sees a big money pit. And it’s very empty.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t care for Barack Obama’s policies and the way he’s running this country, but make no mistake about it, he is one sharp cookie. He lost this thing on gun control here recently, but believe me, he will find a way to circumvent the system so that he gets what he wants, whether it’s legal or not, he’ll do it, and he’ll just keep going. He knows ways to get around the system. He’s done it before, and it’s got to be his way or no way. Anyway, before you guys vote the next time, please make sure you understand who you’re voting for.”
— Sharpsburg

“Here we go again. The City of Hagerstown wants to spend $30 million on a baseball stadium, at the same time that 20 percent of the utility bills due to the City of Hagerstown are overdue.”
— Halfway

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