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Mail Call - Aug. 20

August 19, 2013

“I’m calling to reply to the person who called in to Mail Call about the ‘recipe’ for getting rid of ants, and I have a 100 percent guaranteed solution, and there is no recipe, it is just cornstarch. Anywhere you see an ant in your house, put a quarter teaspoon of cornstarch down, and it’ll get rid of them overnight. Anywhere outside, scatter it. I’ve been doing it for 20 years. Works every time.”
— Boonsboro

“Mr. Myers, I think your idea is good, but I think what we really need is the state of West Virginia or Pennsylvania to take over Western Maryland, and we would end up a heck of a lot better than we are now.”
— Hagerstown

“To the caller from Boonsboro who says no one can blame the Republicans for anything: The loss of jobs and increase in welfare started under Bush and the Republicans’ watch. The government has nothing to do with gas prices. There were seven embassies attacked under the Bush administration. The Republicans have voted down everything that would have gotten this country back on its feet in the last six or seven years. ... The Republicans were at fault then, and they’re at fault now.”
— Smithsburg

 “Analysis paralysis: The state of overthinking a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, thereby paralyzing the outcome. Sound familiar?”
— Hagerstown

“I wonder if the American people will ever find out where President Obama was the night that four Americans died in Benghazi. I’ll bet one thing, I’ll bet you Ronald Reagan, you’d have known where he was, and I bet there wouldn’t have been orders to stand down while four Americans died. Mr. President, you keep calling these, some of these things phony scandals. The only thing phony about it is that your administration is phony.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a sister who all she does is whine, whine and whine about President Obama and his economy. She has to realize he’s in there for another three years, and the economy is not all his fault. The economy’s not that bad in a lot of sectors. I’ve been pretty much gainfully employed throughout this whole time. A lot of the people who whine, I notice, just think things should be handed to them and come to them. She’s like that with her business.”
— Hagerstown

“You know, it was once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again with the same results. Look at the Republicans in Congress; 40 times trying to repeal Obamacare, when there’s no chance, it’s law. Understand this, Mr. Republican, Mrs. Republican, it’s law. You can’t repeal it. You’re paying them $175,000 a year to basically do nothing. Like I said, the definition of insanity. Two words: tea party.”
— Hagerstown

“As a Vietnam-era vet, I want to say I do not think it’s OK to casually call all our military persons ‘heroes,’ as they do a lot in the media. The true fact is, less than 5 percent are true heroes. The military is just a job. Been there, done that.”
— Hagerstown

“To the gentleman from Williamsport who took his wife and children to the Williamsport pool, and didn’t appreciate the inmates down there: I live in Funkstown, and they come down and do some trim work on the right-of-ways that Funkstown has on my property, and it upsets me very, very much. There’s like 100 feet of property that’s 5 feet wide, and they bring three of them down, and they’re always down there casing the place. ... I don’t approve of it. I’d rather do the mowing myself.”
— Funkstown

“To the Smithsburg caller commenting about barking dogs and their nonhearing owners: Dogs bark for a reason. They want inside, with their so-called family. How would you like to be living 24/7 with a collar and chain around your neck? Dogs want to be loved and cared for, not neglected on the end of a chain. It’s not the dogs’ fault. They are lonely. Report the owners. Better yet, protest for the right to have a no-tethering law.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

“I see where now the liberals all have their panties in a bunch over a rodeo clown dressing up like President Obama and acting a fool. Looks like a plain-cut case of art imitating life, to me. Nothing to see here.”
— Hancock

“‘Federal cuts hit Head Start at home.’ We knew this was coming. Here it says in a paragraph, ‘because all sides thought it’d never come to this.’ That’s not true. The Democrats tried to stop it, but as usual, there’s not enough people in the House. So it was the Republicans. You know it, I know it. It was the ‘Grand Old No Party.’ This is why your kids are not going to Head Start, because you voted ... you got more A-men congressmen than people that actually care about you. Sorry.”
— Hagerstown

“On Sunday morning, Aug. 11, reading ‘Our broken legal system needs to be fixed,’ by a good, decent World War II veteran, Jack Myers. Congratulations, Jack, for staying on top of issues. Your question needs to be answered. Just look across the page and read Charles Krauthammer, ‘A penchant for word play.’ He summarizes it all very well. Leadership is a cover-up today, and this isn’t the way you like America to be, nor do I, but I’m going to church today to pray for God.”
— Washington County

“I read the article where we’re thinking about putting a Walmart up along Sharpsburg Pike. I am a citizen of Washington County, and I would love to see a Walmart go there. It would create jobs, and it would save the people in southern Washington County a lot of running and a lot of traffic, especially with the price of gas — mainly because of creating jobs, and I don’t see a thing wrong with a Walmart going up there. All the other businesses do real well, and I think a Walmart would do this end of the county a great cause.”
— Washington County

“To Mail Callers who continually complain about the ‘lamestream media:’ By substituting that name for ‘mainstream media,’ you are only bringing attention to your own ignorance and prejudiced thinking. If you actually pay attention and care about knowing the truth, you should easily understand that newspapers and network TV news provide the real news, while the left- and right-biased TV talk shows and bloggers only repeat bits and pieces of news that would seem to support their own and your preconceived opinions.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to make a nice suggestion for the new mayor and city council. I was riding by Fountainhead Plaza and noticed the waterfalls that are oblong. I think they should consider putting one on each side of the square downtown. That way, they’re oblong and the water shoots up, and it’s not like a whirlpool like they had before. And they also should plant some perennials. They should beautify the downtown of Hagerstown, and start working also on the potholes, the city of Hagerstown. Winter will be here soon.”
— North End

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