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Mail Call - June 10

June 10, 2013

“I was just reading the marriage licenses in the newspaper, and I’m curious to find out, when a woman and a woman get married, how do they decide which name to take? And the same thing with a man, when two men get married, how do they decide which name, which last name to take as their main name?”
— Clear Spring

“Restaurant and children: Unfortunately, we can only observe parents with their children, and set your own example to your children. Show them good manners and respect, and how to clean up after themselves. Otherwise, be glad they are not your neighbors.”
— Hagerstown

“It was horrible to see four firefighters killed in Houston this week, but that’s what happens when you have limited government. In Texas, if you didn’t know, there are no state fire regulations. I’m sure there were no sprinklers in that restaurant, just like there were no sprinklers in that ... factory that blew up and wiped out part of that small Texas town. Republicans, and especially those in Texas, believe in limited government and no government regulation.”
— Sharpsburg

“Another Sunday gone by, no calls, no visits. When you become elderly, the visits and the calls are fewer and farther between, when you have a family. The older you get, the worse it gets. And also, I would say I probably had maybe about 25 calls or visits in the last couple of years on Sunday. I don’t have time when I die.”
— Mount Lena

“This is on Monday morning’s paper, on ‘Police target landlords of drug dealers.’ Police chief Mark Holtzman, you know something, if you people would break up these gangs in Hagerstown, and get these people for walking the streets with their pants down over their butts like they do. ... To me, all the police department wants to do is sit around in a car or something like that there.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m new to Funks-town, but I don’t have to get up to go to work until 8 in the morning, but there’s a neighbor who decides that he wants to go outside at 6:30 and start using noisy lawn trimming and mowing and hammering, and stuff like that. Isn’t there some kind of noise law, that, like, 7 or something like that?”
— Funkstown

“IRS line dancing: I was enlightened, when I heard this and saw the video on TV. Do you think the IRS is the only ones enjoying the taxpayers’ money? Wake up. The IRS just got caught. Like criminals, some get caught, some do not. Meetings and line dancing are mild compared to using our money for drugs, alcohol and paid sex. Wake up, citizens of the U.S.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the, I guess, citizens of Washington County, Md. When are we ever going to wake up? I’m an ex-military. We cannot fight the world’s battle. McCain and that gang wants to do it again. When are those Arabs who are supposed to be good Arabs going to step up and take care of Mali, or the Syrian mess, and Iran and Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s not our battle. We can’t fight their fights.”
— Hagerstown

“Last week a left-wing liberal called in about these scandals that are facing President Obama and Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, are all made up and there’s no truth to them. You know, sometimes I believe that these left-wingers live in a world of denial. These scandals are for real. And they talked about Slick Willie, he had his share of them.”
— Hagerstown

“Funkstown caller, what a bunch of conservative baloney, that there’s no jobs because of all these laws that President Obama’s enacted. When CEOs are making millions and millions of dollars every year and taking more and more from the employee, and making us contribute more and more to our health care, do not blame Obamacare. It’s already been happening for years. Also ... I think we needed laws like Dodd-Frank to help stem the tide of bank collapses.”
— Hagerstown

“Where were all these Republican deficit hawks during eight long years of Dubya’s tax giveaways and two unfunded wars? Drinking their bitter tea and vowing to impose severe austerity as soon as the inevitable backlash brought a Democrat into the White house to blame it on.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“Good news. President Obama is no longer being compared to Carter. The bad news, he is now being compared to Nixon. To those who think the current scandals are nothing more than a witch hunt, when you have that one question or thought not preauthorized and approved by the administration, particularly if it concerns national security, a smaller government, free speech or your God-given rights, you too will be targeted. Let’s hope there are enough unintimidated Americans left to speak up on your behalf.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“PFC Bradley Manning’s trial began today. I encourage everyone to pay attention to the exposure of truth.”
— Hagerstown

“Tragedy: Connecticut, Oklahoma, California, Colorado and other states; mass shooting of schoolchildren; wild fires, flooding, tornadoes. Results: Loss of loved ones, ruined lives, homes and property destroyed, businesses gone and whole towns devastated. Tragedy: Hagerstown, Md., speed cameras. Results: Weeping, wailing, whining and gnashing of teeth over being limited to going only 12 mph over posted speed limits in school zones. Things are tough everywhere.”
— Washington County

“I’m calling about John Delaney’s town hall meeting on the telephone, for veterans. I was calling because I’m a veteran, and I started listening, and he took a couple calls, from veterans, but I am very disappointed in Mr. Delaney, because all he did was give speeches, and nothing really for the veterans.”
— Sharpsburg

“In response to the caller concerning William Jefferson Clinton being the best president ever: From your perspective, maybe; however, Clinton is the reason why bin Laden obtained so much influence, as Clinton failed to act upon the al-Qaida problem, when doing so would have been less complicated and shown the world that America is no one’s fool. He failed to act decisively in Somalia, where I lost brethren, Black Hawk Down. He failed ... after two American embassy bombings.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I live near Salem Avenue school, and I just love the speed zone up here at the far west end of Salem Avenue. Thing works great. It’s not too hard to get out on Salem Avenue anymore because people aren’t speeding like they used to. And as far as kids playing on the school grounds after hours and on the weekends, come on up to Salem Avenue school, like I said, evenings or weekends. There’s families over there with their children, people walking their dogs.”
— Hagerstown

“Why does Washington County’s school system transfer coaches to a school where a vacancy occurs? Now there are two schools looking for coaches. Bringing in an outside coach brings new ideas, new coaching skills, along with different experiences. This also cuts back on player favoritism. Whenever parents are involved in a coach’s selection, a payback usually happens. Have experienced this.”
— Washington County

“I’d like to know what kind of a system that we have here, when a judge orders someone to pay child support to a known drug dealer.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller from Halfway: I don’t know the exact date of the last snow of this year, but I would say there’s a good chance it’ll be in December. You’re welcome, no charge.”
— Williamsport

“I see in the paper today where Commissioner Baker has agreed to support the new fire organization in Fairplay. I wonder if it’s time for the fire association also to support that initiative for a new fire association in Fairplay.”
— Williamsport

“I’m calling about a comment someone made the other day about ‘Look, see what Obama is doing for our country.’ He’s giving power back to we, the people, all Americans, not just your kind. It’s called compromise. Be a good citizen.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a concern about a neighbor of mine going around asking local churches to help pay her $2,100 light bill, when she has a gambling problem, and I have a problem with that. I don’t think it’s right, and the Lord sees everything that goes on.”
— Sharpsburg

“I have two big bags of pill bottles. Someone said that someone takes them and then sends them overseas. I don’t know, but if you’d just put that in the paper and then I always read Mail Call, I will check it out.”
— Williamsport

“Calling regarding the Potomac Edison comments in the May 30 paper. I totally concur with the views of the caller. We’ve got an estimated bill for as low as $5, and then received an exorbitant bill because they actually came and read the meter. And Potomac Edison ... when called, made it sound as though it was customer neglect, when in fact it was Potomac Edison’s laziness.”
— Brownsville, Md.

“I watched the Memorial Day program from our nation’s capital, and I was appalled because of the way it was all about the Korean War veterans and how they suffered, how many were killed and didn’t come back, and then Afghanistan and all, but not one word was mentioned about the Vietnam veterans, not one word. If I’m not mistaken, there were more killed there than there were in Korea, and they suffered, too, and I’m ashamed that they didn’t even mention the veterans from Vietnam.”
— Williamsport

“I’m a big sports fan, so here’s a question for all the other big sports fans. I think the worst thing in baseball is a walk-off home run. If a guy is at bat in the ninth inning ... and he hits a home run, if he doesn’t run the bases, they don’t win. If he hits it and walks into the dugout, like they’re saying, a walk-off home run, they don’t win. I mean, that’s the stupidest expression, ‘walk off.’”
— Williamsport

“I’m calling in regard to the article in Mail Call on Monday, June 3, from Hagerstown, talking about politics in the carnival at Boonsboro and the Sharpsburg parade. Where has this person been for the last 50 years? Somebody needs to pinch them and wake them up. This has been going on for years. As far as Neil Parrott, I’m glad we have somebody who lets the people in Maryland have some say on some of these stupid laws they pass. As far as Chris Shank, politicians have been throwing candy for folks ...”
— Hagerstown

“I also love animals, but why don’t more families suggest that memorial contributions be given to agencies benefiting humans? To name a few: Hospice, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Community Free Clinic, etc.”
— Hagerstown

“We live in the South End. Our neighbors moved out and left a mountain of trash on the curb. Scavengers picked through it and made it an even bigger mess, but this morning I watched as two dedicated sanitation workers cleaned it up. Great work, guys. I know you weren’t happy about it, but our neighborhood thanks you.”
— Hagerstown

“The Hagerstown caller blaming Republicans for our bad infrastructure needs to be reminded, when President Obama needed $787 billion stimulus in ’09, there were funds for infrastructure. What little was done went to his pet unions, who are paid higher wage than Six-Pack Joe. The balance of the funds for infrastructure went to teachers’ unions, grants to his campaign contributors who were in the solar panel (Solyndra scandal) business, only to declare bankruptcy, which taxpayers picked up the tab.”
— Funkstown

“Déjà vu all over again. Hagerstown wants Congress to pass a bill to repair bridges and work on improving our infrastructure. This will also create jobs, they claim. We did this before, to the tune of $800 billion. It was called the stimulus. Worked well, didn’t it? Most of the money was wasted or disappeared on meaningless projects. ... The simple truth is that we are broke. I applaud the Republicans for trying to rein in spending, but that makes them the bogey man.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“The latest concerning the Internal Revenue Service and their line dance videos, staying in presidential suites for training, is ludicrous. I agree with the line dance part; they should all be in the unemployment line.”
— Hagerstown

“Just in reading Tuesday’s paper, it says the IRS is no longer trusted by the Congress. Well, guess what? The taxpayers never did trust the IRS or Congress.”
— Hancock

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