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Mail call

April 15, 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:

"Mail Call, will you print this for the preachers. Keep the churches open. I wanted to pray and I went to a church and it was locked. You say it's because people steal, so what? You can replace material things but you can't replace a lost soul. Afraid in Hagerstown."

"I'm replying to the person that says because of NAFTA and GATT our economy is very strong and our employment is rising in this country. I want them to give me the names of the companies that have caused the employment to rise and where they are located because I know several people that would like to have jobs."

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"Well, now you have featured South Hagerstown High's greenhouse. Smithsburg High School has had one for the last five years and nothing has been said in the paper about that. People are wondering why don't you do that?"

"I'm totally confused. My wife just bought an ironing board cover from a national chain store at the Valley Mall. The name of the item was 'The One Piece Ironing Board Cover.' I thought, well, that has to be an import. Not so and this is not a lie. On a small piece of removable paper on the cover it says, and I quote, 'Cover assembled in Mexico of U.S. components.' My question is, if it's only one piece, and it is, what's to be assembled and why was it sent to Mexico for assembly? Ahhhhh - I guess I just don't understand modern-day manufacturing or maybe modern-day corporate policies. I suppose it's another one of those oxymorons like 'government intelligence'."

"This is my third time that I've called Mail Call and I guess the paper must be very pro-Sager because I'm taking issue with his statement in Sunday's paper that he reduced the number of supervisors on the police force. Again it is very easy for the newspaper to check. He didn't reduce the number of supervisors, he just promoted the corporals to sergeants therefore, keeping the exact number. There's nothing reduced. If the paper along with Mail Call does what it should be doing, they would be questioning him on this here or at least putting my response or question in to him so that he can respond as to how he reduced the number of supervisors. I don't know what else to do. After three calls I guess like I said the last time, since I don't talk about UFO's or race car drivers or anything else like that, that doesn't get printed. So the paper must be very pro-Sager because they don't want to put anything in there against him."

"This is regarding the article on the family fund-raiser to help Pennsylvania firefighters purchase the thermal imaging camera. Shame, shame, shame once again Herald-Mail, on failing to name the local radio station which promoted this purchase - 101.5 WAYZ."

"To the caller that called in about the weeds at the corner of Franklin and Cannon Avenues. If you think that's an ugly sight you should come out to Salem Avenue extended and look at the beautiful garbage collection of mattresses that our respectful neighbors left when they moved away and also the empty silo that harbors bats and birds and what-have-you."

"I have a gay child and I tolerate his sexual orientation but I don't approve of it and he knows it. Tolerating and approving something are two totally different things."

"I do and I would tolerate my child if their sexual orientation were gay or lesbian. They are, after all, my children."

"I've been so frustrated with the way some of these rocket scientists in Washington County drive that I just have to vent. First of all I'm appalled at how many drivers don't use their turn signals. Not just for turning left or right but how they refuse to use them when changing lanes or upon entering or exiting major interstate highways. Secondly, it takes some of these drivers forever to accelerate from a standing or stopped position. It's like if they press down too hard on that pedal, it might break. And lastly, hey Einstein, how about traveling somewhere near the speed limit. I'm referring to those drivers that are traveling so much under the speed limit that I feel like I'm in a funeral procession."

"It would be nice to see that the banks around would stop charging so much for the use of their ATM machines because what's the convenience of having a ATM card if you're getting charged almost as much as you're taking out."

"I'm calling about a lost 1974 high school ring that was lost approximately around 1981. It's a Boonsboro High School ring that has BHS on the top and the initials on the inside are D.R.E. If anyone would know what happened to this ring or where it might be I would be willing to pay to have my ring back or a small reward."

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