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Mail Call - June 11

June 10, 2013

“This is to all the conservative callers who keep calling in trying to justify the invasion of Iraq. They use the inspectors going in, not being let in, as the reason. Conservatives don’t even like the (United Nations), so don’t use the U.N. resolutions as a reason to go to war and justify it. Second of all, Reagan did not conquer Russia. Russia was in a decline economically. That’s what conquered Russia. The people of Russia conquered Russia. Just because Ronald Reagan made a speech and put us in debt ... doesn’t mean he conquered them.”
— Hagerstown

“Rules, regulations, restrictions and all the taxes are keeping jobs out of Maryland, and they don’t care. They got jobs.”
— Clear Spring

“We are losing our country, company by company by company. By selling out to foreign investors, we’re selling all our prized possessions to them. ... I’m getting to the point where I don’t even want to buy any clothes from anybody. I think I’ll start making my own.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“If you’re thinking of selling your home via auction, think again. We believed ... a certain auctioneer, and let (him) offer our house for auction. The highest bid was less than half the appraisal. And to make it worse, we now have to pay the auctioneer for his expenses. Sellers, beware. Auctions are good for buyers, not for sellers.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“This is about people who walk their dogs on this hot (asphalt). That stuff gets really hot, and the dogs’ feet are somewhat tough, but not that tough. Their feet are burning, whether you know it or not. So please try and walk them in the grass, or even on the sidewalk, which isn’t quite as hot. But on the blacktop, asphalt, that stuff gets really hot. So please think about that, people.”
— Hagerstown

“To the person who said that the stock market is up, the gas prices are down, and the housing market is stabilizing: Is this Jay Carney, telling us those three lies? When President Obama took office, gas prices were $1.62; (it’s) nowhere close to that now. They’re still double that. Stabilizing of the housing market, not true. And the only reason why the stock market is pumped up is because your man Obama pumped billions of dollars into the stock market. If you would look into that and had the sense to look into it instead of spouting off.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“A few weeks ago someone called in to Mail Call about the roads out here on Downsville Pike, and the fact that they repaved them, and he or she said they did a lousy job. I live out here, and the roads are smooth. Those men did a wonderful job. I don’t know what he’s talking about.”
— Williamsport

“About the IRS tax-exempt political campaign money, I believe it’s a perfect place for money laundering. The whole idea sounds corrupt. No one is watching.”
— Hagerstown

“To the Greencastle caller, concerning Whitetail: I read your article, and you stated, ‘Look into the future and realize if we don’t have alcohol for Whitetail, we will pick it up.’ When I read this, my impression was that alcohol is the answer to everything. It came across to me that if alcohol isn’t included in the economy’s growth, there will be no growth. I praise the decision they made. They were considering the dangers ... that’s what matters, not alcohol.”
— Hagerstown

“Why does The Herald-Mail newspaper have single pages in it, instead of flipping over? I’m sitting on my porch reading the newspaper, not doing anything all day long, and it’s a pain when the wind blows, and blows my paper off.”
— Halfway

“I enjoyed the article Monday about the cancer survivors’ picnic. I have a question about why there was not a picture of Hazel Neibert and the quilt she made and donated to this good cause. No doubt she spent many hours making this.”
— Hagerstown

“Maybe I missed it, but last Friday night, State Circle had a good article on this rain tax that is going to take effect next year for all of us business and property owners, on our concrete, our blacktop and our roofs of our barns and houses. We’re going to be taxed separately on our tax bill next year. Why doesn’t this illustrious bunch that we have elected down in Annapolis put something in the paper about it and tell us how we’re going to get taxed?”
— Hagerstown

“Marriage equality is not about who can be the most miserable, or divorced. It is about reciprocity, fairness in taxes, inheritance, federal benefits, health insurance, car and home insurance, and protections. It means over 1,000 benefits that opposite-sex couples get, that same-sex couples do not, regardless of time in relationship. ... This is only fair.”
— Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

“To the Kearneysville caller who intimated that FDR entered World War II without provocation: Have you heard of a little thing called Pearl Harbor? Unlike W, FDR didn’t have to make up weapons of mass destruction. They were dropped on a U.S.-held port. If you criticize others for failing to get the facts right, shouldn’t you follow the same rules?”
— Williamsport

“I believe the Suns’ owners would be fools if they didn’t relocate to Fredericksburg. It’s a great location with good people, and they would probably get the attendance numbers that are in comparison to the other teams in the South Atlantic League.”
— Hagerstown

“Who do those people think they are, that they should have to live in tax-free haven? They’re nothing but a bunch of cheapos. Pay the 15 percent like everybody else and be part of the human race.”
— Hagerstown

“To Hagerstown, who wants us Republicans to let the president pass the infrastructure bill: Why don’t you ask why the president and his family have to take all these vacation trips? The money they spend on flying Air Force One could fix a lot of highways and lots of other things. Also, why doesn’t anyone — on TV or in print — ever ask the president to cut down on the money we give to other countries, some of which aren’t even our friends?”
— Frederick, Md.
 
“When these people, say, 18 to 23 years of age, get in trouble with the law, why doesn’t the judge prorate the sentence to, say, either four years in jail, or two years in the armed services? Let them have a choice.”
— Hagerstown

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