5:16 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
“To you people in Maryland, the gambling group wants more gambling, so you can have more money for your schools and such: That is the same thing they told us in West Virginia and here in Jefferson County, and guess what? Where is the money for my schools? And I’ll guarantee you I’m paying the same taxes as I’ve paid over the years, every year.”
— Charles Town, W.Va.
“The city is building a park on a vacant apartment building lot on the corner of East Avenue and North Locust Street, where there have been a number of accidents recently. To allow your children to go there would be a terrible idea. It’s another example of the narrow-minded decisions that our city officials make in wasting our tax dollars on stupid stuff like that. Also like the downtown stadium.”
“Yes, I just saw in the paper recently where they had a crackdown on underage drinking in bar establishments. And I believe one of the bars is recently new opening and this is their second strike. How many strikes does it take to take their liquor license away?”
“Everyone should drive out to the Elks Lodge to see the sea of pink in memory of those breast cancer nonsurvivors. It is just beautiful and it took a lot of effort.”
“This is reference to the 25th of October in section B in reference to the school dress program about the stripes, hooded shirts, cut-offs, pajama bottoms, flip flops, T-shirts, tank tops and all that at Chambersburg. Step up to the plate School Board, look what’s happening to your school and probably to ours here in Washington County. These kids and teachers need to dress appropriately.”
“I mailed my absentee ballot from Funkstown 10 days ago. It’s still has not been received in Hagerstown. What’s going on here?”
“Often we hear President Obama and others claim that we should return to the tax rates of the Clinton era. I would gladly do that, if we also had gasoline at $1.15 a gallon, heating oil at 70 cents a gallon, and my health insurance was 25 percent of what it is now. Since those things won’t happen under Obama, it would be stupid to do so. Vote Romney/Ryan and we might have a chance.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.
“Mitt Romney says he will make 12 million jobs. As of this moment, he is shipping the jobs of a business he owns ... in Freeport, Ill., to China. What a hypocrite. And he cares about the American people and their jobs. What a joke he is.”
“I don’t think that anybody who walked into the situation that President Obama walked into, that Bush had us in, can do anything to really straighten all of it out in four years. I think the man should be given the chance to finish what he started, and don’t keep running him down and building Mitt Romney up, because Romney’s just going to put us back, Romney’s going to put us right back into the situation where Obama’s trying to get us out of. So please give him another chance.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“This is to the caller from Hagerstown who is comparing what Richard Nixon did with Watergate to the Benghazi tragedy under President Obama. I mean, you Republican partisans are really stretching it, when you think a president that ordered a criminal act, a burglary, to break in somewhere and get data and cover it up for a year is the same as Obama’s team not coming out right away with the real facts on Benghazi.”
“To all you voters out there who think Mitt Romney is the answer: Just remember, this guy was governor of Massachusetts, and told everybody he was for gun control, for a woman’s right to choose, and health care, and for legislation for all three of these. Now he’s trying to act like a conservative. He’ll do anything to get your vote. ... Romney is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and he’ll keep pandering to the far-right tea party.”
“On the summary of question seven that’s coming up on the ballot about gambling, it says it’s supposed to be used for schools; but, the state board, the delegates and everything else says there’s nothing in the law that says it has to be used only for schools. It means that they can borrow the money for other projects. Therefore, I think every citizen in Washington County, Md., in Hagerstown especially, that’s going to vote for that law should not vote for it.”
— Washington County
“Once again the Chambersburg area school board has slithered out of the meeting without having the gumption to make a decision on the dress code.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“Watching all the debates has given me a clear choice for who to vote for for president. Someone with leadership and character, jobs and taxes ... Let’s all get out to vote on Nov. 6. And get our country back.”
“Let’s clear up a couple of things. President Obama got bin Laden due to George Bush’s policies that he put into effect. So that’s why he got Bin Laden. Secondly, due to Obama’s policies and the way he messed around when our four people got killed here a few weeks back in Libya, we got four dead people. I certainly don’t want him protecting me and my country.”
“Based on an extensive career in corporate management, I shake my head when Gov. Romney says he knows how to create jobs because he has been a businessman. At Bain Capital, his performance, salary and bonuses were based on creating profit. ... Corporate bosses are judged on their return on investment to their shareholders and investors. ... In many cases their strategy eliminates jobs, or outsources them overseas. Our nation does not need a boss. We need an experienced president.”
— Fayetteville, Pa.
We have many kind thoughtful people in Hagerstown. I would like to thank the young man who helped me into (the store) Wednedsay morning after I had fallen outside. He stayed with me and was very concerned how I was. The pharmacist and safety manager at (the store) were very, very helpful. Men and women came up to me and were very concerned how I was. I am OK, please do not ever stop being kind and showing your concern for other people.”
“We have to watch for motorcycles and everything when we’re driving, I understand that, and I do that. I respect motorcycles, but I recently passed someone on a motorcycle texting. I’ve seen motorcycles when they pass on the right when a car’s waiting to turn and it’s on a busy road. I mean they don’t just pass one car they pass two or three cars on the right. How are we to respect them.”
“About abortion issues in the election: I was impressed with VP candidate Paul Ryan’s debate answer that one reason he was pro-life was from hearing his son’s heart beat at seven weeks in a sonogram. If the baby is alive at seven weeks, isn’t it alive the day before that? And the day before that? Don’t let the pro-abortion cartel fool you — abortion causes lifelong heartache. ... Ryan is correct. He’s got my vote.”
“I just read two articles pertaining to the Washington County Commissioners’ hesitancy in building the new Senior Citizens Center at HCC and the rental of property on West Franklin Street to house the Washington County Commission on Aging. If I owned an underutilized building in downtown Hagerstown as I understand the Washington County Commissioners do, why is there no discussion of using the old PNC Bank Building even if it needs renovation as a viable alternative to building a new structure?”
“Hey senior citizens, how do you like that big raise we’re going to get? That’ll almost buy a pound of hot dogs a week. My Lord, that is really great. Do you know I wouldn’t vote for any ... in this country for anything. You couldn’t pay me to vote.”
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