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Mail Call - June 20

June 19, 2013

“When is Greencastle going to get finished with the mess on Route 11 and Baltimore Street? Get it done.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“This is Wednesday, June 12, and everyone should read David Hanlin’s article on the Opinion page, ‘Downtown stadium site still is the best.’ I was so sorry (when) our mayor was voted out, and he had it right all along, we needed the stadium over here, and ... Mr. Bruchey worked very, very hard. ... Please, everybody read David Hanlin’s article in the paper Wednesday. And when Don Munson and Penny Nigh were elected on the council, I said ... that was it. None of them, David Gysberts, they have no idea what they’re doing.”
— Hagerstown

“I’m responding to the article in the paper about archery, in the ’60s at North High. We also had them in the ’50s, and Miss Shank and Miss Lewis were our teachers, too, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”
— Hagerstown

“OK, people, it’s planting time on the farm. Flashing lights on a truck or a tractor mean to slow down or stop, not run the tractor off the road. Pull over. Retake your driver’s test, whatever it takes. Someone is going to be hurt.”
— Fairplay

“This is about the current presidency, that from the beginning of the last four years, and seeing in the next four years, we’re supposed to have transparency. Where’s the transparency of the IRS, and the Obama administration, and all the corruption? The transparency looks like the word is ‘impeach,’ because you impeach people who don’t have transparency, and all this that is coming out that has been hidden, that’s not transparency at all.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t want to come off as a cheapskate or a hard-hearted, uncaring person, but everywhere I shop — the grocery store, ... the vet, the gas station, the cleaners, and all restaurants — upon paying my check, I’m asked if I would like to donate to someone or some organization in need. Isn’t it enough that I’m spending all of my pittance of an income at these places? But they want more. Why don’t these businesses take a dollar off of what I’m paying them, to make their donations? ... Why do I have to be put on the spot? Enough is enough.”
— Hagerstown

“The American people should be protesting in the streets. The NSA program is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Big companies are making billions from you, the taxpayer, running this program. They will abuse this program for other things and allow these companies to sell your information for billions, and you get nothing. Americans will never stand up to their government, only the Founding Fathers stood up to a government. Cowards today.”
— Hagerstown

“Our present government, Democrats and Republicans combined, are emphasizing risk taking (buying stocks) by people as the means to support themselves in their old age. Traditionally, old age was expected to be secured by having a compounded-interest saving account. This shift is indisputably corrupt. Old age should not be subject to gambling, which is what buying stocks is all about. Is the government going to guarantee that the stock price of all companies will always rise?”
— Hagerstown

“I would like to thank the person from Washington County for their post about the tragedies in Connecticut, Oklahoma, California, etc., about the loss of life, devastation of property, etc., and the big tragedy in Hagerstown is speed cameras. That is probably the greatest post of all time in Mail Call.”
— Funkstown

“‘60 Minutes’ used to chase people down, with their cameras and recorders. The media used to grill President Bush, and even President Clinton. What happened to investigative journalism? It’s a very good question, indeed.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“I thank God every day that we have President Obama in office. If (Sen. John) McCain was in office, we’d have World War III going on in the Middle East, because he never met a war he did not like. Plus he’d be drafting our young. Also, if (Mit) Romney would have been elected, the retirement age would be 80, and the Social Security benefits would be cut way back. So Obama, whether you like him or not, he’s helped us in those ways.”
— Hagerstown

“I want to thank the lady ... on Wednesday, who gave me six coupons amounting to $5.40 off my cottage cheese. I had just come from a caregiver’s meeting, which I attend due to my husband’s Alzheimer’s. It really made my day.”
— Hagerstown

“This is to the Hagerstown caller on June 13, regarding the difference between President Obama and President George W. Bush. In my view, the only people laughing to the bank are the ones getting everything free from the Obama administration. The rest of us are the working class who are paying for everything. Everything costs more; groceries, utility bills, gas going up and down like a yo-yo. As a retired couple, we used to be able to save some money every month.”
— Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

“You know, the sad part of all these things ... happening in the Obama administration, all these scandals, the sad part of it all is, when it’s all said and done, he’s still president for three more years, and the country’s at its lowest point ever. And then he’ll be rich, he’ll be running around making speeches and all that, but he’s just ruined our country.”
— Sharpsburg

“I grew up going to the Baptist Church on the corner of Washington and High Street. I went there all my life, just about, and I’m kind of ashamed of the Baptists, and all other people who claim to be Christians. If you are a true Christian, you will live by the rule of the book. The book says forget the sin, but forgive the sinner. That means if you don’t like the gay people, forgive them.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“You’ll probably put this comment in, because it’s praising Bill Kohler’s column today, concerning about anyone can be a dad, but it takes a man to be a father — which that is very true. I heard that line of words before. I’m also a father of three children, and I would like to say also that fathers, parents out there should display a little more attention to their children than they do today.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I can’t believe the Band-Aid that they put down on Sharpsburg Pike that they’re calling asphalt in front of the Food Lion. This is pathetic.”
— Hagerstown

“This is about cellphones and callers texting and/or talking while they’re driving. When you’re behind these drivers, it’s like they’re drunk, because they’re all over the road, and they’re over the lines and everything. You have to watch out for them. I think a good thing to do would be to actually stop them and take the phones and have the phones, and they pay a fine to get the phones back, because this is absolutely ridiculous. And if you look at the phone, you’ll be able to tell if they were texting or talking while driving.”
— Hagerstown

“I totally agree with the Sharpsburg caller who said you cannot judge interest in the Hagerstown Suns baseball by their attendance, because of the stadium being in such unbelievably poor condition. It’s like a restaurant that would have excellent food, but if the building is old and rundown, dilapidated and dirty and unsanitary, people aren’t going to go there. Take that same good food ... and people will be glad to come. Councilman Aleshire and anybody that uses the attendance to measure interest is not thinking straight.”
— Hagerstown

“I just saw an interesting article ... about these charitable organizations seeking your donations, and how much of your donation actually goes to the ones who need it. Some organizations only give 2 percent — that’s 2 cents of every dollar — to a charity that you have worked to earn that dollar for. So please, when you have a telemarketer calling asking for donations, ask them how much of your dollar actually goes to the organization. Or just say ‘No, thanks, give me a child that needs something, and I will take care of them.’”
— Smithsburg

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