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Mail Call - July 8

July 07, 2013

“As Maryland leads the way with taxation without representation for its citizens, the other states will follow. They tax a tax on nature, rain tax. The government is not hearing the cries of the people. No more taxes.”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.

“Other than at a job, I would like to know if there’s anywhere to purchase affordable health care in Washington County. If one takes out President Obama’s Medicaid, then one loses their property upon death.”
— Funkstown

“To the person calling in about their father’s headstone: They need to contact the church. It is probably lack of funds. When was the last time you sent money in? The church is not responsible. It’s up to the families who have loved ones buried there to give money to mow the grass. The church needs to send out letters. And people still respect the church.”
— Hagerstown


“Well, July 1, we get more gas taxes, higher tolls. Special thanks to our illustrious governor and the wonderful people who run this government in Maryland, the Maryland legislature, for voting to raise taxes on everything. Thanks to your mismanagement, governor, you’ve done a wonderful job. You couldn’t operate a snowball stand right.”
— Hagerstown

“I was just at a Hagerstown Suns baseball game, on a Friday night in summer. The stands were about 25 percent full, and most of them had no idea what the game was about. It’s sad. I’m a big baseball fan, living here in Hagerstown, but I believe it’s time for the team to move on to somebody who can appreciate what baseball brings. Some of this is on — the fault of the Hagerstown Suns organization because of the silliness and the sound bites ... it’s just silly. They’ve lost all track of what really entertains fans, and it’s the game itself.”
— Hagerstown

“This flush tax is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard of here in Maryland. And one of the reasons that it’s totally 100 percent unfair and poorly written is (because) I know of people who are living alone in their homes — widows, widowers, whatnot — they might have a pet or two with them, but they’re paying a flush tax, while, say, down the street or around the block there are homes with ... but with these single families are other families that have moved in, and there might be eight, 10, 12 people living in one house, yet they’re paying the same as one individual. Just unbelievable.”
— Hagerstown

“The government should pass a law making 3 percent the minimum amount of interest a bank must give to savings account depositors, and the Federal Reserve must then operate its monetary policy around the law. As it is now, depositors are getting no money for the use of their money, and that is called stealing in everyone’s language.”
— Hagerstown

“I have read in this paper that West Virginia has removed its sales tax on food purchases at the grocery store. This means they will lose the top spot for stupid taxes. That honor will now fall to Maryland, for flush taxes, rain taxes and a whole host of other assorted fee increases.”
— Boonsboro

“I guess I’m like most people and only ‘get’ about one-tenth of the ‘Brevity’ cartoons. Unfortunately, cartoonist Gary Larson is no longer creating ‘The Far Side,’ which lightened my day every day. If reruns are possible, I would prefer to see them again over ‘Brevity.’ Another absolutely hilarious comic strip that would be preferred over ‘Brevity’ is ‘Calvin and Hobbes.’ I think some papers are still printing reruns of this strip.”
— Hagerstown

“Why are the wealthiest and most politically connected residents jumping on the fourth bandwagon for charter home rule, before the fourth attempt at writing an acceptable charter has even begun?”
— Rohrersville

“Just a warning to all in the panhandle of West Virginia, to watch carefully your due dates on bills, including credit cards. I used to remit payment seven days before the due date to one of my credit cards, and it was usually received in three to five days. With the mail now going to Baltimore for sorting, it took 10 days, and as such was billed for a late fee. I know you Maryland residents have already experienced this inefficiency of the Baltimore sorting facility. I’ll pay by phone or online all future bills when I can, so the post office has just lost another customer.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.

“With all the drugs, gangs, robberies, thefts and the high crime rate in Hagerstown, the police department must become proactive instead of reactive.”
— Hagerstown

“I just recently read a paper that I was behind on, getting my papers read, and about stink bugs, and this person used a tissue and folded it many times, and to wet it and then kill the stink bug. But my solution is, just take a plastic container or an old empty pill bottle and put a little grease in it, something they can’t ... with a lid.”
— Mount Lena

“I’ve noticed a lot of negative comments about our current city government, which is the mayor and the city council. Well, people evidently have an awfully short memory because these problems that our city council and mayor are facing, they were there from the last city council. They’re what you call inherited problems. Give them some time to get some stuff worked out, my golly. I mean, read the national news. Everybody’s still blaming Bush for all the problems that we’ve had over the last five to six years. Well, President Obama has had plenty of time to get some things straightened out, at least get on the right track. Give our city council some time.”
— Hagerstown

“Whatever happened to, names, you know, everybody’s calling everybody, name this, name this. Whatever happened to ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me’? But all of a sudden they hurt now? I must have missed the note.”
— Day Road

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