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Mail Call - Aug. 1

August 01, 2013

“I’m retired Army, and I have an ID card, you know, it has an indefinite date, you know, for expiration, right, but my wife has to redo hers every four years. So we drive down to (Fort) Detrick every four years. We went down today, she got an ID card, and I said let’s go to the commissary. Now today’s Tuesday, and I went to the commissary, and it’s closed. So I asked the woman, what’s the commissary closed for? Well, it used to be closed on Mondays and Tuesday, but due to the sequester, it’s closed now — I mean, it was closed on Sundays, it was always closed Sunday and Monday, but due to the sequester, it is now closed on Tuesdays. Thanks, President Obama, for thinking about us veterans and active duty personnel. Keep taking your vacations.”

— Williamsport


“You know, some things never change: Former county Commissioner Ron Bowers weighing in on the proposed stadium. I suggest Mr. Bowers stay active. If he thinks that he can be of influence, Ron, run for something again. You’ll find out just what people think of you.”

— Hagerstown


“Hard to believe, I got a Herald-Mail the other day that didn’t have Ron Bowers’ picture or name in it.”

— Lappans


“I am not questioning the verdict or trial of George Zimmerman. I am bringing into question those callers that continue to call Trayvon a ‘boy’ or ‘child.’ Did you not watch the trial when the defense used cardboard silhouettes of Trayvon and George? This was a court of law and not media hype, so it had to be factual. I assume you are still basing your opinion on the picture of a 12-year-old Trayvon in his hoodie that the media insists on airing instead of what he actually looked like. Trayvon was a strapping, muscular, 6-foot-2, 170-pound plus 17-year-old young man. I emphasize ‘man,’ as I’m sure if he were alive today, Trayvon would deeply resent being called a boy or child. Yes, everyone is someone’s child regardless of age.”

— Kearneysville, W.Va.


“Answers to two articles in the July 24 Mail Call: The news about the baby that was killed and mother injured was on the Internet, and to date there has been nothing further, but I am sure our reporters could have followed up on this. Also, I had little respect for some ... Hagerstown officials, and for them to stop the gentleman that was serving meals to the poor, denying the use of the market lot. I do not go downtown unless it is positively something I cannot take care of by another method. The last time I was down there I was very uncomfortable, with the filth and people loafing around on benches, etc. Maybe if the city was cleaned up and had more officers, people would visit downtown.”

— Hagerstown


“Congressman Lamar Smith complained the new detention center built for illegals cost $32 million. It’s 608 beds, houses eight detainees per suite, indoor gym, cable TV, soccer fields, Internet, sand and nets for beach volleyball. The Obama administration did this without Congress’ approval. Yet Democrats bellyache they need more money for school lunch, Meals on Wheels.”

— Sharpsburg


“I would just like to comment on ‘Do not use my tax dollars to build a stadium,’ in the letters to the editor in July 23 paper. I totally agree. I don’t think so many people are opposed to having the stadium, they just do not want our tax dollars to be used to build this. The company I work for, if they were to build a new building, they’re certainly not going to expect the taxpayers of Maryland to finance it for them.”

— Hagerstown


“Would you all please reprint all of the different articles on the scams, the telephone scams that are going around? My husband and I have received four phone calls concerning this bogus medical piece of equipment or something, that supposedly has already been paid for (by) somebody else. One of my neighbors also received four calls, and then there was another one about a Medicare card. Would you please reprint these things, so that seniors can see them and be aware of them, please?”

— Hagerstown


“George Zimmerman was declared not guilty. I think people should get over it, and leave the man and his family alone. If he would come to Hagerstown, I’d take him out for a big steak dinner. He was found not guilty.”

— Hagerstown


“I’m reading the July 25 paper, and the caller from Greencastle talking about George Zimmerman, as far as I’m concerned, the man is guilty. Once he got out of that car and started following (Trayvon Martin) after the 911 operator told him to stay in the car, he is responsible for everything that happened.”

— Falling Waters, W.Va.


“Stink bugs are gone for the summer. They are probably now in your attic and your trees and your siding. But you won’t see many of them at this time. You will see them again probably in September and October, when it starts getting cold.”

— Hagerstown


“Here we go again. It’s summertime, everybody’s having their yard sales. They’re letting their yard sale signs up, and the trash is blowing all over the roads.”

— Hagerstown


“They should make Mr. Weiner president, and that way everyone in Washington would be equal.”

— Hagerstown


“I attended a carnival and was waiting for my food to be prepared, when I saw a worker with a sleeveless shirt on, lift his arms and put his hands on a range hood. Is that legal, by law? All I could think of was flying hair. Yes, I know it is hot in kitchens, but — gross.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“I’m reading Mail Call today, today’s July 26, it’s a beautiful Friday. I see where someone says, ‘After seeing Republican majority leader John Boehner on Sunday on TV, I fear the Republican Congress more than I do terrorists.’ You must be on welfare then.”

— Williamsport


“The political left-wing loonies of this country, like President Obama and Martin O’Malley, who make speeches and tells us how we need to invest, they’re using that word ‘invest’ to say we want more money, we want back in your pockets, to spend more. Slick Willie Clinton was a master of this, and he sold the American people a bill of goods for eight years.”

— Hagerstown


“This is to the person, they were talking about the panhandling in Greencastle, Pa.: ‘Those people are nothing but con artists.’ Maybe it’s father like son, being a con artist. They’re out to try to get the easy money, and they are getting it, from all the motorists that come by. There’s a lot of panhandling going on up here in Greencastle.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“I saw the front page with the veterans, talking of the black American veterans, fought in the Civil War. I’m a black American, a veteran, from the first Persian Gulf war, and I don’t know what happened, whether black veterans knew about that or not, the groundbreaking ... I didn’t see one black American at the groundbreaking on your front page in the newspaper. I don’t feel that’s appropriate.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“Martinsburg caller, unions have no right to take dues out of anyone’s pay if they do not belong to the union. Right To Work has gotten people’s dues back for them. Right To Work is free. Legal Defense Foundation, 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, VA 22160, 800-336-3600. Also Google ‘Right To Work.’ Good luck.”

— Hagerstown


“Hey, they’re so gung-ho about the dress code for kids; maybe they better look at some of the younger teachers, and have a little dress code for them.”

— Washington County


“To the caller from Halfway who says they don’t mind us feeding the poor, but can you please just hide them somewhere? These people are poor because they have no money. If they ever want to hide, maybe there’s room under the rock where you slithered out of.”

— Greencastle, Pa.


“I’m calling about all the comments from the elderly people. I’ve seen this myself. We’ve loaned all of our savings and retirement to grandchildren that seem to not have to pay it back, and now that we have no more to give, we don’t hear from them — not even the courtesy of a return phone call when we call for birthdays or anniversaries.”

— Hancock


“I have never heard of having to audition to give a valedictorian speech. Being named valedictorian is an honor that they’ve earned, from their grades. Giving that title doesn’t mean that then you don’t get to give a speech because you have to audition for it. That’s the honor that you get. That’s part of it, being able to give a valedictorian speech.”

— Hagerstown


“Herald-Mail, you yourself, in your editorial today on A4, which is on July 24, say the media should use restraint. You should use restraint in such editorials, because you were not Juror No. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 13 — nor was I, but I did watch the trial, and I did find out who probably hit first, who probably laid in waiting for four minutes, who probably struck a head of someone ... crimes are permitted by blacks against their attackers. So I think your liberal bias is showing, and I don’t think you’re being fair to George Zimmerman or the jurors. Let’s use a little more restraint, or a fair and balanced editorial.”

— Washington County


“If I remember correctly, at the beginning of the last school year, Hickory school was put on notice to improve. What was the outcome? Nothing has been published.”

— Hagerstown


“Hey, about the dogs left in the car, and being able to get no response, I intend to carry a ball-peen hammer in my car, for anybody who leaves their dog in their car. And I’d be willing to pay the fine, to save an animal. People are idiots.”

Martinsburg, W.Va.


“The letter by Mr. Garver on Wednesday, July 24, about Hagerstown’s obsession on saving the Suns and spending all that money when other businesses that did a lot more for us were let go, is absolutely correct. Since I moved to Hagerstown more than a decade ago, downtown has deteriorated each year. The Suns will not fix that, nor will they bring businesses to a decaying downtown.”

— Hagerstown


“I was reading the article in The Herald-Mail on Monday, July 22, and it’s about Melissa Williams and her self-appraisal policy. I agree with this 100 percent.”

— Hagerstown


“The memorial to our African-American veterans who served during the Civil War is a good thing. However, in the picture on the front page of the groundbreaking ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery for the memorial, I don’t — unless I’m colorblind — I don’t see an African-American with a shovel.”

— Brightwood Acres East


“Congress, do not enact any more laws until the current laws on the books are enforced. Immigration laws are not being enforced, firearms laws are not being enforced. We do not need more laws without the current laws being enforced. The border is not secure. It’s illegal to cross, so why isn’t it being enforced? Mr. President, enforce the law.”

— Washington County

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