“I see the top tax rate has now climbed to 39.5 percent. The 1913 federal tax rate (adjusted for inflation) was 1 percent for citizens earning zero to $453,000. The top rate was 7 percent for those making over $11 million. Of course, this was when individuals took personal responsibility with their situation and didn’t have entitlements and freebies to bail them out, which is a big reason why the U.S. is in the shape it’s in. The U.S. is on the brink of disaster. Wake up, folks.”
“People who do not have the right to defend themselves or defend their rights are not citizens. They are called slaves. A government that takes guns away from its citizens doesn’t have to fear those citizens. It’s time we forget about taking guns from citizens. Concentrate on the real problem. It’s people, not guns.”
“You Republicans have a short memory. I remember the vacation the Bushes went on, especially the Carnival Cruise, where all the Bushes went. Jets flying over, 24/7, guards everywhere. Even Cheney and his wife were there, spending taxpayers’ money. And who could forget Bush with his oil friends in Saudi Arabia, holding their hands and dancing.”
— Clear Spring
“After the fiasco in Washington this past New Year’s, with the fiscal cliff, the American people should be outraged at the way the president and the Congress handled this thing. This should have been done, taken care of weeks or even months ago. It looks like the only ones who are going to coming out smelling pretty good are the ones with their hands out, that’ll be on the government handout list.”
“I live within the city limits of Hagerstown. Now, my question’s this. I live in a neighborhood where there are children who play after school, and of course, in the summertime. There’s a schoolground close by, so they’re always going back and forth to the schoolground to play. The people that speed through my neighborhood, I wonder if they speed around like that in their own neighborhood, when their own children are out playing. Now, don’t get me wrong, the kids aren’t playing in the street, but they have to cross the street to get to the schoolground. These people that go, I’ll just say, flying through my neighborhood, if a kid ran out in front of them, or somebody’s pet, unfortunately, if it’s running loose, they’d be a goner.”
“In reference to the caller who travels Pennsylvania Avenue daily and thinks they need to enforce the speed limits, they are. It’s called those stupid cameras they put up. They think that’s going to take place of actual cops out there doing their job. All it’s going to do is make money, like it’s already done. They do need the officers out there patrolling, like they should be.”
“When are the people from Hagerstown going to quit throwing all their fast food containers, wrappers and cups all over the streets of Hagerstown? It’s disgusting. And to you cigarette smokers: Besides throwing your butts all over the place, must you also throw your empty cigarette wrappers, containers? I guess you’re ashamed to be seen with them, because of that nasty habit.”
“To all (those) who voted for President Obama and the congressional Democrats: They should have gone ahead and let us go over the fiscal cliff, because they will bankrupt us anyway, trying to pass out all of the money to the ones who pay no taxes. They flat-out lie, because they know that Democrat supporters will vote Democrat and believe whatever they say. We are low- to middle-class people and I have already found out that we will be paying more taxes this coming year. To all the elderly who would not listen and voted for Obama: Doctors are already refusing to take new Medicare patients. When they give you a sugar pill and send you home, I don’t want to hear any whining. Mitt Romney was exactly right, 47 percent pay no taxes, and the votes he got was just little more than that. The political correct people cannot stand the truth. Sen. Rockefeller makes fools of West Virginians.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“This is to acknowledge the new mayor and council that was voted in. But they need to step up and start watching the running of the city. You know, the city’s saying they don’t have money for anything, OK, but it needs to be treated equally across the board. They want to save pennies, nickels and dimes on the labor side, but yet they spend dollars, $5 bills and $10 bills on the management side. There’s no training across the board. Don’t tell one group there’s no training, but yet spend all kinds of money to train ... the council needs to be more involved in looking into this, instead of just approving things outright, just because a manager says we need this.”
“I’d like that guy that — or woman, whoever it was that sent it in, I think it was on Friday, Dec. 28, and they said ... they want President Obama to run for a third term, that person needs to show up at Meritus hospital in Hagerstown or some hospital, have his head examined. What in the world planet is he from?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“It is true that the person using a gun is the killer and can’t be blamed on the gun, but a gun is the weapon of choice. The killer is not going to commit mass murder if he has to use a knife or a rock or something else. Fewer guns means fewer murders.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Bring back Leonard Pitts’ column.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.