“You know, in the last few months, I’ve been observing people. I think some of them, especially young people, are trying to see how weird they can make themselves look. You might just see any kind of a sight out there in public anymore. Something that people would never have dreamed of 15, 20 years ago. They’re absolutely weird-looking.”
“Glad to see someone else in Hagerstown knows how to enjoy good football. Go Cardinals, and the best of luck In Atlanta.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.
“The county is putting in a $112,000 roundabout at Hagerstown Community College, to save $5,000 a year on traffic light maintenance. So that means it takes 22 1/2 years to recoup that money. Seems like another government waste to me.”
“I’m responding to the caller about when you’re a single person. When you’re a woman, and you’re single and you’re trying to make ends meet, whether it’s to pay your rent, or anything these days, and you’re even a working woman like myself and you only have one income, you don’t have anyone else to depend on, that’s even hard in general, and it’s a shame. I just hope this economy shapes up for all people, working and not working, and the people in Congress ... and in the offices need to be aware of the working middle class, because we’re somehow forgotten.”
“I’d like to call about the ‘Many a man has died for things they didn’t do, just like Jesus, when He died for you.’ Have a good day.”
“Flintstone caller, for the 14-trillionth time, most of the middle class and the poor already do not pay income taxes; 47 percent, to be exact. You may have taxes taken out of your pay, but how much do you get back at the end of the year? The wealthy most often live off of capital gains on their investments. If this tax increases, they would invest elsewhere. The top 2 percent of income earners pay 40 percent of all income taxes. They already pay their fair share. Taxing them will not fix this. Just stop the spending.”
“You know, I think President Obama is fantastic, getting rid of all the key members of this al-Qaida terrorist association, bin Laden and this one here today. I don’t know their names but — I do, but I can’t pronounce them. But he’s done more in his term than the Bush administration did the whole eight years they were in there. He didn’t do the talking, he did the talking and the walking, too ... as far as getting rid of the terrorists. And look what he did when the pirates captured that captain off that ship, and he got rid of them, too. So he’s doing a fantastic job. Thank you, Mr. President.”
“Flintstone caller, contrary to your claim, nearly half the wage earners in this country — the bottom half — pay no federal income tax. Social Security withdrawing and no taxes, yes, federal income tax, no. In fact, many pay nothing, but get money back due to the earned income tax credit, while the top 10 percent of earners — yes, your ‘evil’ ... of the economy pay 70 percent of all federal income taxes. So your claim that unless taxes are raised on your list of villains, the burden of balancing the budget ‘remains on the backs of the middle class and the poor’ is pure salacious left-wing class warfare propaganda nonsense.”
— Frederick, Md.
“I would like to thank the person who found my husband’s wallet at the Smithsburg Food Lion and turned it in. God bless you.”
“The picture on the front page of The Herald-Mail on Friday, Sept. 30 shows a couple of geese flying. You called them Canadian geese, and that is wrong. They’re Canada geese.”