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Mail Call - June 4

June 03, 2013

“Thank you to The Herald-Mail for printing the beautiful Memorial Day photos. Those photos were powerful, emotional and made me proud to be an American.”
— Boonsboro

“I’d like to applaud The Herald-Mail for its Tuesday coverage of the Memorial Day events, especially on the one for Martinsburg. That was great, and plus all the other editorials about Memorial Day. I want to thank you.”
— A Marine in Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I see another bridge collapsed in Washington state. Thankfully, nobody died. When are you Republicans gonna let the president pass the infrastructure bill, so we could fix these highways? You realize half the bridges in the U.S. are obsolete? What are you waiting for, someone in your family to die before you decide, well, you know what, maybe we should fix these? ... They won’t release the money to save people’s lives and give Americans jobs.”
— Hagerstown

“This is in reference to A3 in the paper on May 29 about the adequate public facilities ordinance. They want to cut the cost from $6,800 per home to $3,000 per home for a developer. These developers are making a lot of money. ... It’s gonna be passed on to the regular property tax owners. These guys are making a ton of money, and here we go again, in the housing.”
— Hagerstown

“People that want to kill stink bugs without getting that smell on their fingers, if you take a tissue, fold it in half, fold it in half again and grab it, and then fold it up, make it wet before you squish, and you won’t get the smell on your fingers. Trust me, I’ve killed anywhere from 50 to 100 a day. So that’s a good way to do it without the stinky.”
— Hagerstown

“To The Herald-Mail: Don’t fall for the request to know who printed the excellent article, ‘Government is trampling upon our right to freedom.’ The author would likely have his taxes audited the very next week.”
— Hagerstown

“U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has announced that she’s not going to run for Congress in 2014. She said eight years is enough. Amen, congresswoman. Why don’t you tell that to these other senators and congressmen who’ve been there for years on end? That’s the problem in Washington. We need new blood, and it’s time for these people, these lifers, to go.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the person who found $400 in cash at last Thursday’s baseball game at the Suns stadium. You know the person was disabled, because you also stole his Veterans Administration ID card. This gentleman is a disabled veteran. He served for his country, which is probably something you have not done. He does not deserve to have that needed cash taken. Shame on you.”
— Hagerstown

“I have wondered for many years why, when people mow their grass, do they throw the cuttings on the road and leave them there. It’s the height of laziness, not to mention it looks bad. You should have lived in an apartment, so you don’t have to mow grass.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“Williamsport caller, just because The Herald-Mail doesn’t print all your conservative manufactured scandals doesn’t mean they are a liberal newspaper. They print plenty of conservative material. The difference is they’re a local newspaper, not a national paper. You get enough of that kind of stuff on Fox News, National Review, and all these other talk radio shows. You don’t read it in your paper that is unbiased. As usual, all conservatives think if they don’t print what they want to hear or see, then the papers are liberal or biased.”
— Hagerstown

“Me and my hubby rent a nice home in Clear Spring. When you rent a home, you should treat it as if you own it. Be respectful of your landlord, by doing no harm to the home or to the property. After all, it was entrusted to you. A renter is not a dirty word. Not everyone wants to be a home owner. By taking good care of your landlord’s property, you teach people who you are. If you move from the property, leave it better than you found it.”
— Clear Spring

“Sorry, Hagerstown caller, but this is a scandal. Many groups ask for tax exemptions; church groups, charities, groups helping people. This included Democrats, atheists, gays, etc. The tea party only believes in following our Constitution. The Democrats have a problem with this, starting with President Obama. I listened to some of the folks who the IRS targeted unfairly, asking questions they had no business asking.”
— Funkstown

“I usually don’t rebuke any comments to my calls/emails, but the Greencastle caller either ignores the facts or believes the left-wing media as being truthful and factual. Bush I stopped the invasion of Iraq because he knew the coalition forces, that included many Muslim countries, would not continue to Baghdad. Gen. Swartzkopf wanted to march on to Baghdad. ... If you want to point fingers at our presidents that have entered war, look back at Wilson, World War I; FDR, World War II; JFK, Vietnam; and continued by LBJ. History is what it is.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.

“I’m calling to add to two statements in May 29. One gentleman said they got a Republican Congress that won’t help the president. It’s not Republican Congress, it’s Republican House of Representatives. ... The other one asked why they’re not investigating Republican presidents. If you look back, they got Nixon and forced him to resign. And this gentleman puts in about the Republican Congress can’t work with ... he got two major highways built. Reagan had two Democratic Congresses against him, and he conquered Russia.”
— Williamsport

“Williamsport caller, you hit the nail on the head about President Obama not taking responsibility for the scandals the liberal, biased, mainstream media keeps hush-hush. ... The four people in the Libya Embassy bombing were two (former) Navy SEALs, one American government worker, and Chris Stevens, ambassador. These weren’t regular citizens. Hillary said she has kept in touch with the families every week, yet the families of Navy SEALs said on TV they never heard from Obama, Hillary, since.”
— Sharpsburg

“This is to Greencastle. You have it wrong. Your memory is wrong. After the first Gulf war, Saddam Hussein was supposed to let the U.N. inspectors in to see if he had weapons of mass destruction. He wouldn’t let them do it. He kept fighting them every step of the way, and he was not truthful with us. If he would have let them in, then we wouldn’t have had to go to war the second term. He would not be truthful, so Saddam Hussein is responsible for his own downfall.”
— Hagerstown

“This is concerning all the comments in The Herald-Mail concerning the speed cameras — or as they call them, speed traps. The speed limit posted in these areas where these cameras are is the speed limit, and that was there long before the cameras were. So if you can’t do the speed limit, then you have to pay the fine. Obviously, we don’t have enough police officers to enforce every school or every street in town, to enforce the speed limits. So you just have to deal with it.”
— Hagerstown

“Forget the IRS scandal, forget the Fox News reporter and the AP reporter scandal. Forget the talking points. We need to find out who gave the stand-down order, so that our people in Benghazi who were waiting for help died. That’s the only thing that’s important. Who gave that order? Do not stop until you find out. Call your congressman. See what he or she is doing. Who gave the stand-down order?”
— Boonsboro

“To the individual from Fairplay giving accolades to the Fairplay fire engines being out training: That is the first time in almost a year that those firetrucks have been out training. They have not turned a wheel. ... They are not training, just putting on a show.”
— Fairplay

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