Mail call

March 14, 1997

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 791-6236.

Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"This is in reference to the biggest scam that ever hit the State of Maryland - the emissions testing program. Will somebody tell Mr. Glendening and the legislators that the ozone level is less polluted now than it was 50 years ago? The cars of today with fuel injection and all the other modern parts, the only thing that passes out the tail pipe is a very small amount of carbon and a little bit of water. This doesn't hurt pollution at all. To operate this emissions and whoever operates it will generate $9 million plus in the next year. Boy, will this pad somebody's pockets and who might it be? Come on people, let's get together and get rid of this thing."


"Congratulations to The Morning Herald for the nice print up they had on the, `Tire fire darkens the sky.' It was a very nice photo on the front also but I have a question: Shouldn't the firefighter be wearing a mask?"

"This is to the three boys there on Madison Avenue that shot out my window on Monday night. I just want to let them know that I saw them. I came up the alley and I was standing on the porch watching them. Especially the one in the middle with the BB gun rifle. Well, I know that you probably live down the street there in that rowhouse and if your parents had any decency about them, they'd bring you up here and have you replace my window."

"Hey, if anyone has a friend out there that needed Mazda tail lights and couldn't afford them but now have them, call the police. They probably stole them off my Mazda pickup truck."

"I'm calling about the article in Tuesday's paper about the correctional officer's request for a pay raise and not needing it for sitting on their behinds. I don't want to get a complaint contest started but I just welcome these people that want to put these comments out, to take and apply for a state position and hopefully they'll get hired and then they can experience first hand what we go through and then maybe they'll have a second thought or two about how easy a job we have."

"This is a suggestion to the prison complex and all the correctional officers. Why not do like the high schools do and have an open day for on the job training. Instead of having smart students coming in to experience on the job fun at the prison, have these so-called smart adults come in and see what really goes on in the prisons and let them experience it first hand and when an inmate spits on them or cusses them out or tries to harm them in some way, let the real officers just stand back and watch (or sit on their butts as the case may be) and see how excited these people get when they realize it's for real. It would serve these holier-than-thou people right. Thank you and I hope someone would consider my suggestion."

"The reason they call the guards at MCI officers is because they are correctional officers and they go from majors, captains, sergeants, lieutenants on down to CO-2's and they all answer to Lloyd T. Waters who is the warden of the institution and a powerful man."

"This is in answer to the person who criticized the prison correctional officers about their so-called creamy jobs that they have. If that's true why don't you apply for work at the prison? I hope not though. Boy, an unenlightened person like you would be chewed up by the inmates and spit out. "

"Congratulations to the winners of the primary but they'll have to come up with something better than a slogan like `government of the people, by the people and for the people' to give us information to vote on."

"This is to the so-called human that said that the people who watch NASCAR racing are the lowest form of life. Well, I'm a grandmother of four who likes to watch these races. I have a job and I babysit my grandchildren while their parents work and I take care of my handicapped child, too. The only thing I have to say to you is, God bless your sanctimonious soul."

"I want to thank the lady off of Crystal Falls Drive who found my husband's eye glasses Sunday evening. There's still some very nice people in this crazy old world. From two very thankful people."

"Mail Call, I just wondered if anyone knows where I can buy plain beet juice to make pickled eggs? I make quite a few for my kids and there isn't much of it in a can and I have a lot of red beets to throw away."

"To the person who wants to know why they call guards at MCI officers. Well, why do you call a policeman officer? Thank you very much and by the way, if you'd like to come out and come down and have dinner with us, we can arrange for you to sit with your local neighborhood rapist or murderer."

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