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Mail Call - Aug. 5

August 04, 2013

“Today’s Herald-Mail, July 29, I get up and read the paper, and first thing I see, in bold headlines, ‘Local man’s sentencing postponed’ to get married. And he sells drugs to NTF informants. Is this our wedding gift to him and his bride? Why don’t we just give them a paid honeymoon to the Bahamas, too? ... Then when he gets back, he can be sentenced. This is outrageous. Law-abiding citizens and their families don’t have a chance in this town.”
— Hagerstown 


“About the weatherman being the best job, and being wrong 60 percent of the time and getting paid for it, how about your senators and congressmen, who are wrong like 95 percent of the time? And believe me, they get paid very handsomely for it.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.


“The bankruptcy of the city of Detroit, Michigan, should be an eye-opener, particularly to the state of Maryland and the many municipalities connected to the state of Maryland. Why should a dedicated public servant such as a firefighter, a police officer, a schoolteacher, and those who put their life on the line every day, lose their pension, because of debt? Think about it, taxpayers.”
— Hagerstown              


“Looking at Wednesday’s paper, and somebody wants to know, speaking of weathermen, where else could you be wrong 60 percent of the time and still get paid for it? How about major league baseball, where you can be wrong 70 percent of the time, make hundreds of millions of dollars and end up in the Hall of Fame for being wrong 70 percent of the time?”
— Hagerstown 


“Have Hagerstown residents forgotten that they are responsible for removing the weeds from the sidewalks in front of their houses? Has the city given up on code enforcement in the process? With the amount of undesired plant life along the streets, I now realize why it’s called an urban jungle.”
— Hagerstown  


“To the anonymous editor of The Herald-Mail who wrote the headline op-ed July 24 : If you don’t bother to be informed about the facts in the Zimmerman case, you should refrain from stating that it merited the national spotlight. It never was about race and it never should have gone to trial. Honest journalism is a dying art, and you have made a contribution to that.”
— Hagerstown 


“The letter to the editor in the July 24 issue of The Herald-Mail, titled, ‘Why save Suns when other businesses have been let go?’ is an excellent article. It deals with the $30 (million) to $37 million that they’re talking about spending on the Suns, when they could have been spending their money to save the businesses that have left this county over the last 20 years.”
— Hagerstown 


“I’m watching the old ‘Manchurian Candidate.’ My God, I know where the tea party has got their sound bites from. They watched this movie over and over again. Angela Lansbury and James Gregory sound exactly, word for word, all the stuff they spieled in this movie, what the tea party says today. They must watch this movie over and over again, to get it down. That’s scary.”
— Hagerstown


“I bet I really get some comments out of this one from some of you people, but anyway, I have seen some very, very nice-looking people, men and women, who, for whatever reason it is, get tattoos smeared all over their body, up their arms, down their legs. Some of them have them completely over their body, and what I’d like to know is what are they trying to prove by making themselves ugly? I hear so many comments from people about these tattoos and how absolutely terrible they look on people, so why would a nice-looking person want to do that to themselves? What is their point?”
— Sharpsburg


“As a U.S. citizen my whole life, I can’t understand why, when there comes up a question about voting laws — which we should have tighter voting laws — I can’t understand why the word ‘discrimination’ comes into the discussion. I know people, I worked with people, I went to school with people of different national origins. They are American citizens, they’ve voted over the years, no problem. So that’s my main question. What’s discrimination got to do with whether you’re legally allowed to vote in the U.S., at any one of the different states that we live in?”
— Hagerstown 


“The Republicans are forever quoting Ronald Reagan when he said, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ But they turn around and insist that we spend billions of dollars building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico.”
— Halfway


“The city should be embarrassed, but not because of the food distribution in public view. They should be embarrassed by the dirty streets, bad roads, empty and rundown storefronts, foreclosures, no jobs. Their priority is keeping the Suns, that’s all. No one can afford the Suns.”
— Hagerstown 


“I just got my open enrollment form for my health insurance for next year, for 2014, and thanks to Obamacare, my health insurance went up 17 percent. It’s now up to $153 a week. That’s what I pay for my family, $153 a week. So all you people out there who voted for Mr. Obama and who don’t have insurance, or are looking for Obamacare insurance, thank you very much.”
— Hagerstown 


“Why do we put up with it? The motivation of the Republican Congress is to accomplish nothing. They tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 39 times. Nothing constructive. It’s like a child having a hissy fit.”
— Hagerstown 


“I was wondering if anybody was as (upset) about these fuel costs. Seems like when President Bush was in, price went up, everybody was on his back. President Obama is in, nobody says a word. What’s going on?”
— Smithsburg


“Nobody, including the media, is interested in being fair to George Zimmerman. Regardless of the evidence, all they want is a conviction.”
— Hagerstown 


“The new dog park over at the Fairgrounds Park seems to be very nice, and the rules and regulations seem to cover just about everything. But unfortunately, as usual, there’s no one around to enforce these rules and regulations.”
— Hagerstown 


“In May, President Obama said he was going to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal. Now he’s calling it, it’s phony. You just can’t keep sweeping everything under the table that doesn’t go your way, Mr. President. American people want answers, and they want them now. Take responsibilities. You’re the one that wanted the job. If you can’t do the job, resign. Or are you just phony from the beginning?”
— Williamsport


“I’d like to respond to Mayor David Gysberts’ thing, it says ‘City eyes change to 75-seat rule’ to liquor board license. First thing the mayor, David Gysberts, needs to do is crack down on the liquor board and the city police department. It seems like the liquor board and the police department want to shut down all the small-business people in Hagerstown. The police department seems like they’re supposed to be there to help the people, but if they get a call from a small establishment, has it counts against them, and then all they want to do is put them out of business.”
— Hagerstown 


“It’s a nice try there, Mr. Callaham, but it just doesn’t go, for those of us can think for ourselves. You see, 90, 95 to 98 percent of all taxpayers and voters are just cattle that listen to the sound bites and vote with the party line. There’s still some of us out here that can think for ourselves. Your article about the stadium, comparing it to a public road. ... That’s ridiculous. I don’t even know what to say.”
— Hagerstown 


“I am tired of hearing racism. Whites are killing whites, blacks are killing blacks. What do you call whites killing whites, racism? Come on, it’s called evil, or godlessness.”
— Williamsport


“I can tell you exactly why ‘Duck Dynasty’ is a top-rated reality show. It’s a good, clean show, it’s a show that you’d watch with your pastor, your religious leaders, your kids, your parents. Most of us people are tired of trash on TV. We’ve heard it all, we’re just tired of it. So that’s why the show is so popular, and also, at the end of the show, almost every show, the family gets together and they pray over their food, so as I said, most people are tired of the junk and trash on the reality shows. We’re just sick of it.”
— Sharpsburg


“George Zimmerman brought it on himself. He was told repeatedly not to get out of his car. He did, and found he’d bit off more than he could chew. He found he was up against a 17-year-old buzz saw. Why not show a picture of a muscular 17-year-old Trayvon Martin instead of a 12-year-old child?”
— Hagerstown 


“I’m calling about the caller from Mount Lena Road, said they were happy their road got tar-and-chipped. Just because of the sports cars zooming by at 70 mph, and now they’re going 5 mph. Well ... I live on Resh Road, and two weeks later, they take the stones off and your race cars will be back on your road. So I guess you can enjoy it for two weeks, but after that, you’re going to have ... to enjoy a tar-and-chip road. Sorry about your luck.”
— Cearfoss

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