5:17 PM EST, January 2, 2012
“You should ask your readers how many believe in the daily horoscope. What a waste of space.”
“I’m calling because my granddaughter ... had layaway, and she works very hard at her job, she helps children with disability, and a stranger came up to her and went on and paid her $40 for her layaway, which I think this is just a wonderful thing here at the holidays. We all need to reach out and touch people like this, and with our hearts and souls. So I just wanted to put this in the Mail Call and let people know there are kind people out there.”
— McConnellsburg, Pa., area
“I was wondering if there’s a program for older people to get hearing aids. I know people donate glasses. I was wondering if they have anything for the hearing.”
“I just want to say thanks to Pete Waters for the piece he put in the paper about men having forgotten God. It is so true. And the second thing is, on Mail Calls, senior center, there are a lot of empty buildings. Someone’s got to make sense and use them. You don’t need it out at Robinwood. And finally, people, please slow down when you’re driving, and have a little respect and consideration.”
“Just responding to a call here in Mail Call about the GOP not wanting to raise taxes on billionaires. One of the reasons is that our Congress has more millionaires in at any time than we ever have, and they don’t want to raise taxes on themselves. And I was glad to see that the person, the 74-year-old woman from Falling Waters, has changed her affiliate to an independent. I was also once a Republican. I cannot buy into their propaganda, so I too am turning to an independent.”
“I would like to know, these bright lights that are on these cars, if they’re legal. I was driving on Nottingham Road last evening, and it was a car across, coming north, and had the bright lights up on his — and I flipped my high beams on, thinking he’d take the hint, but these lights that are so, they’re blinding, and I just would like to know if you can give them a citation. There’s another thing, too. I’ve never seen so many cars and trucks without a headlight, or without the backup lights. Don’t they give orders to have this repaired?”
“In regard to the people complaining about the trash pickup being set back to once a week, they, half the people on my street don’t set it out on Wednesday night anyway, so I think it’ll probably be just as well.”
“If you are drawing less money next year, I want you to remember, when you go to vote, that it’s the fault of the Republicans. They don’t care anything about you. The only thing they care about is their billionaire buddies. So read how they vote. They don’t want to vote to help us with less tax. They tack stuff on to the bills. So just remember that when you go in the voting booth.”
“I’d just like to say that my cousin is a re-enactor for the war, and I don’t believe in re-enacting. He was never in a war. He doesn’t even know what the war was really like, unless you’re a real soldier. To me, all those people that re-enact those events, it’s just like kids playing Army. Leave the war alone.”
“I’d just like to say that I enjoyed the pictures of this year’s deer harvest. I’m only sorry I don’t have one of my own to send in. As far as the young hunters, there’s an old saying, that if you hunt with your kids, you won’t have to hunt for them.”
“Hagerstown caller, in a typical leftist tactic, you can’t win a debate on the facts, so you defame your opponent. You claim many tea partiers were ‘obviously racist.’ Says who? You’re entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts. Those charges are repeatedly made and discredited. No evidence ... was ever produced that your vile slander is true, whereas thousands of Occupy protesters have been arrested for crimes ranging from violent felonies on down, and most, if not all, are guilty of violating the rights of all other citizens, to use public spaces by occupying — in fact, stealing them — for their own use, with their filthy, dangerous tent cities.”
— Frederick, Md.
“To the Hagerstown caller saying that they skip the Saturday morning Opinion page completely because of David Limbaugh: If you skip it, then how do you know what he’s saying and what he’s up to? Herald-Mail, you’re doing a good job. Keep David Limbaugh in there. He keeps us informed of what President Obama’s up to, and that’s what I look forward to.”
— Big Pool
“I’m a waitress in a restaurant in the area, and I have to say that I find it very frustrating, the fact that we don’t even make minimum wage, and I just wish the people would learn to tip 15 to 20 percent when they come out to eat. It’s very frustrating. We work extremely hard, we’re tired when we go home, there’s a lot of work involved in waiting tables, and I really wish that people would learn how to tip appropriately.”
“Why doesn’t your paper look into gaming activities of the local clubs, instead of beating up on the fire departments all the time? One club had nine complaints called in in two weeks but nothing happened.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Good for you, Arnold, stirring the pot to cause more controversy and trouble for the fire companies. Another invitation for the government to control more gambling earnings, to give to their favorites. So what if all the money did not stay at the fire house? It appears from your article, the payments were made to do good for kids who might otherwise have missed an opportunity to be involved. Certainly there are more pressing (issues) in Hagerstown for you to investigate. Better yet, why not write a positive article, praising the good works of these organizations?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“Concerning the JFK 50 and the Hagerstown Suns, I just don’t get the message or see the big picture of how they benefit the average citizen who doesn’t have an interest in either. And matter of fact, seems more of an inconvenience to a lot of people. Could be some businesses may benefit, but owners and organizers are the biggest reapers of harvest. Let both move on.”
“From the Christmas house on Salem Avenue, when you enter Salem Avenue coming from Walmart and 81. We’ve received so many thoughts of appreciation over how we decorated our home, and we’re just so grateful that people appreciate it, and we do it for the glory of God. This is Jesus’ birthday, and we just love doing it every year. And I thank you for your gifts and your cards. We’ve received many.”
“They say since our soldiers left Iraq, there’s more violence. Well, we could stay there for 100 years and there’d still be violence because there’s tribes. There’s the Shiites, the Sunnis. They hate each other. They’ve hated each for thousands of years, they’ll never get along, and if we stay or we leave, they’ll still hate each other. It’s a lost cause.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“I was reading in the paper today, the 22nd of December, about an article regarding the YMCA in Mail Call, that said why don’t the churches get together. Well, if I remember right, the YMCA means Young Men’s Christian Association. When did it ever turn into a club deal, to where only people go that can afford it? They used to take ... what happened? Why don’t they take in the homeless anymore?”
— Clear Spring
“This is to President Obama. I’d like to thank you for the $24 raise that we have in our Social Security, but the only thing about that, when we got the raise, they knocked off our food stamps. I had $11 knocked off my food stamps, and now instead of eating $3 a day, I got $2 a day to eat off of. Why couldn’t you give us the $24 raise, plus, if you can raise our food stamps a little more, I appreciate it.”
“I think it’s a great idea, putting these cameras in the school zones. That’s the smartest thing Hagerstown’s going to do in a long time. Now, my question’s this. When are they going to do the red-light cameras? I hear people are crying because somebody might get a profit off the use of the stoplight cameras. Well, whoever makes money off of it, whether it’s a local (company) or a company based in the state of Maryland, I don’t care, as long as it’s not taxpayer subsidized and they cut down on these people running red lights, I’m all for it. Let’s progress a little bit further now, Hagerstown.”
“It’s no wonder that the Suns are threatening to leave. The stadium in Hagerstown is a disgrace. It’s one of the oldest ones along the East Coast, and it is uncomfortable. The city and county wasted money on Fairgrounds Park so a bunch of grown-up little boys can play softball, which would have been a great place for a new stadium or a convention center for all.”
“Merry Christmas and happy New Year to Mitch, my soulmate, my husband, my friend. I love you always and forever. We are one, and each day is a precious gift from God, and I thank Him for us. Love always, LouAnn.”
“This for the Hagerstown caller and their comments on E-Verify that it is a Republican do-nothing bill. You obviously don’t have a clue as (to) the reason for E-Verify. Illegals use stolen Social Security numbers, nonexistent ones, and ones of the deceased. The employer has no way of knowing when they hire someone if it is a good Social Security number. You have to prove your age to get a license to drive; what’s wrong with an employer making sure your Social Security number is yours?”
“In response to an article in The Herald-Mail on ‘History comes alive,’ dated Dec. 16, 2011, I am very disturbed about teaching our (young) people about the horror of war. With all the violence that has happened in our country and all the violent crimes we read about on a daily basis, I feel it is wrong to actually teach our youth to carry out any re-enactments of a terrible civil war that happened in our country. Isn’t it enough to read about the sad event, than teaching our young people to actively participate in the actual horrors of war?”
— Warfordsburg, Pa.
“About the possible move of the baseball stadium: Well, Washington County, you may have done it now. With your ancient ways of thinking and wanting to keep Washington County the way it was back when the dinosaurs walked the earth, you have made it where no one is interested in visiting, no advancement, or bringing in new businesses. You have made it where you have no way of getting revenue to help with the improvements of the stadium. Shame on you. Advancement and progression isn’t a bad thing. It brings in tax money.”
“The best letter to the editor of The Herald-Mail for the year 2011 was ‘What constitutes a ‘fair share?’ This unusual, fact-filled analysis by Karel Henneberger of Smithsburg, Md., published Thursday, 22 Dec. 2011, made clear to all thoughtful readers the differences between ‘rich’ and ‘poor,’ as well as the role of the ‘1 percent’ versus the ‘99 percent’ in paying federal income taxes — yet without patronizing depictions of either winning or losing politicians or two major political parties. As a contribution to knowledge, Ms. Henneberger’s splendid letter lived up to the age-old letter-writing goal stated decades ago by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She stated, ‘much in few words.’”
— Hedgesville, W.Va.
“As to the Mail Call piece about animals being put on this earth for our enjoyment and not to eat, please be aware, I and many others enjoy animals by eating them.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“About every four years, the paper is flooded with suggestions on how to bring back the downtown. A lot of talk these days, while most people are starving for cash to make ends meet. I, for one, will consider voting for anyone who has the political courage to suggest not another nickel of taxpayer money should be spent on that sinkhole.”