July 5, 2012
“Thumbs up toThe Herald-Mailfor warning me that Gov. O’Malley would be in attendance at Antietam’s Salute to Independence on July 7. I would rather take a stick in the eye than listen to him narrate Copland’s orchestral work. Again, thank you for saving my evening.”
“This is for the caller from Halfway who is a state employee. You are not getting a $750 pay cut. Beginning in July of 2011, you received a $750 bonus, which was spread out over the course of one year, that ends at the end of this June. Beginning in January of 2013, you will receive a pay raise of 2 percent, which we know is much-deserved, and has been approved by our state legislature. Misinformed state employees like you contribute to an already bad working environment. Perhaps you should be better informed before you call the newspaper complaining.”
“Concerning cleaning up the bay, well, first of all, instead of everybody having to keep paying and paying for flushing their commode, they need to severely fine all the companies you see on the computer that are dumping stuff into the tributaries that contribute to the Chesapeake Bay. You’d be shocked, if you go on the computer and find how many companies are still continuing to dump into the bay. They’re catching them, but the fines are minimal, compared to the money these companies make. Get the companies and fine them.”
“Just wondering why, in the last six months or longer, there have been no advertisements for golden retrievers. Has something happened to the breed, or are they being downplayed? There for a while, every paper you picked up had three or four ads for goldens, and now there are none. I wonder if somebody could tell me why they’ve dropped out of the picture.”
— Clear Spring area
“I’m calling about the recycling bins at Maugansville Ruritan. I was on my way to my son-in-law’s, to keep my two grandchildren, thought I’d take my recycling bags with me and drop them off. According to the sign, it was to be removed June 30. It’s cleaner than a whistle. Guess I brought my five bags home when I brought my grandkids home, and guess where they’re going.”
— Washington County
“June 28, 2012, 10:15 a.m., a great day to be American. The Supreme Court has made it possible that people won’t die because of having pre-existing illness.”
— Clear Spring
“My prediction on the senior center, to be located at HCC, will not be patronized by seniors, and will eventually wind up being a free gift to HCC.”
“Please tell me why I would want to pay for a permit to recycle. Now all I have to do is not use my water to rinse the cans and bottles, and I will just throw my recycling in my trash and fill up the landfill, along with all my newspapers. I think our county commissioners and county administrator. ... This county is really changing.”
“The story on the proposed senior center at HCC confirmed most seniors will not travel out there. The commissioners should have used one of the many empty buildings that have ample parking, and not spend millions. I will not vote for anyone who is in favor of HCC site for seniors, or the downtown stadium.”
“A Mail Caller wrote, ‘How would you feel if you had a child born with diabetes, asthma, or a heart problem, and needed medication on a daily basis?’ Well, I would take responsibility for my child, make sure that they were receiving the inoculations or medication that they needed, without asking other taxpayers. I would find someone who would go there and give the medicine.”
— Washington County
“What I’m calling in about today is, the health care bill has been passed by the Supreme Court. What I would like to know is, everybody has to buy insurance now. Suppose there is a poor person out there who cannot afford it, and then they get a hefty fine. What good does it do to put people in jail because they can’t buy health insurance?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“Well, I just saw where the Supreme Court passed Obamacare, which is fine with me, because I have Medicare, I have my secondary; it’s Tri-Care, because I’m retired military. But it says everyone is going to have to pay. Does that mean the 49 percent of the people who don’t pay any taxes at all, are they’re going to have to start chipping in to help? And the people on welfare, are they going to have to start chipping in to help? If anyone knows the answer, could you please call Mail Call and leave a response.”
“I’d just like to welcome everyone to the new affordable health care tax act, as now promoted by the Democratic government.”
— Hedgesville, W.Va.
“What a wonderful decision by the Supreme Court ... It is now clear that the individual mandate is a tax. It will be the largest tax increase in U.S. history. President Obama and all Democrats will need to defend this in November. Today’s decision has almost assured Mitt Romney the election day.”
“The Affordable Health Care Act: What a great day for the USA. Now can we just all please move on?”
“Hip, hip, hooray, we’re all going to have Obamacare now, I see. I heard, anyway. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I guess it is, because I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about it. So he has two things going good for him. They got bin Laden, and now if they get the health care through, shame on you Republicans out there. People don’t care if any American has anything in life.”
— Greencastle, Pa.
“Hagerstown caller, we’re drilling more oil, but it’s no thanks to President Obama or his policies, because we’re drilling more on private land, where he can’t obstruct it. Drilling on public land is way down, thanks to his ... the oil companies environmental extremist policies. So drill, baby, drill, especially on public land, including offshore, ANWR, etc. It is both intelligent and necessary for our country’s economic recovery and future prosperity.”
— Frederick, Md.
“No thanks, Washington County Commissioners. Money for unwanted stadium, but tar and stone for county roads. Yuck.”
“Now, I know you Republicans won’t — you’ll read this and still won’t believe it, because facts, facts never get in the way with you, facts and truth never get in the way, but, ‘Meritus chief: Health care changes will bring better access to care,’ I’m telling you, this Obamacare, how you all call it, is going to be great for the country and great for kids and old people. But we don’t want you get all upset about that. Republicans lost something and they are crying like babies. I never heard such contempt in my life.”
“I’ve tried hard for the last few years to get my family to recycle. I’m constantly picking recyclables out of the trash and putting them in the recycle bin. But now that there’s an additional fee charged for it, my husband says everything goes to the dump. The fee discourages people from recycling. I mean, it’s good for the environment, yes, but it’s bad, it’s bad for families that are already paying for a dump sticker. It’s more work, you know, more effort, and now an additional charge? People will stop recycling.”
“I am very concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision to mandate health care. I do not have health care, because I simply cannot afford it. I would like The Herald-Mail to do an investigative story and let people know more about the particulars, and the future of this program.”
“I got my county tax bill today. My taxes went up $50, but my house assessment went down $40,000. Go figure. Alas, I won’t be able to afford to go to a Suns game in the downtown money pit.”
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