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Mail call

May 23, 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 301-791-6236.

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 to Zeek from parts unknown again on the subject of blondes. I happen to be a blonde and I wouldn't give you the time of day. I'm an intelligent, witty, educated blonde and you're from unknown parts. I wouldn't waste my time. See ya!"

"God is not dead. Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day and is alive forever more. The same Jesus will one day judge the world in righteousness, this sayeth the Lord."

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"You know being a prostitute is just as bad as someone distributing drugs because being a prostitute you distribute disease."

"I was just wondering how the house on Jefferson Boulevard can have all that stuff sitting in the yard especially those air conditioners with Freon in them since it's to be done under such strict rules now? I'm afraid someone is going to get hurt or sick or maybe both. I wish someone would check this out."

"Hi Mail Call. I'm calling about Elgin Park on the West End. I was wondering how someone could go about getting that park cleaned up and getting some of the traffic that goes through there directed away from there? This could really be a nice park but the way things are going you can't even let your children play back there anymore because there's so much glass and debris. So if anyone else is concerned, I wish that they'd call Mail Call, too."

"Yes. I love Mail Call and I don't like to complain but I was just wondering why the man or woman the other day put a message in Mail Call saying not to steal their newspaper for they were going to call the law? It's not me, I'm not stealing your paper. Why don't you go ahead and confront this person and tell them not to do it or go ahead and call the law? Why do you feel it's necessary to put it in the paper for everybody else to see or do you just like blabbing a lot and then running and hiding behind a mask?"

"Congratulations Mayor Bruchey. Let's see if you can bring Hagerstown back to life again. Downtown sure does need it. We're dying. Good luck."

"Does Gov. Glendening think that he's going to ruin all our cars? I hope not."

"Now our taxes, lights, and sewer will be going up since we have a new mayor. Am I right or am I wrong?"

"Hey, thanks Mail Call. I just wanted to give a message to the Foes of the O's president or whatever. I just wanted to inquire about how I can join his fine establishment? I just wanted to know how you can get a free T-shirt and a free hat because I just ran out of toilet paper. Go Baltimore Orioles."

"I want to congratulate Mayor Bruchey. I hope he does a great job. Thank you."

"I just want to say that the new Mountain Gate is open and the food is delicious and very reasonable. Try it out."

"Mail Call, I can't believe that somebody called in and was talking about our congressman telling the Armed Forces how to conduct their training and where they say he was a draft dodger in WWII. How can this Democrat, and I know it's a Democrat, call in and talk about Congressman Bartlett when he voted for a man that is not only a draft dodger but also an enemy sympathizer? Thank you."

"Quite a number of Mail Callers have recently commented on the power of unions in the local area. In the recent city election Mayor Steve Sager and city council candidate Larry Vaughn were both endorsed by unions. I wonder what happened?"

"This is to the lady who's calling in about some of her call-ins not being printed. I know exactly how you feel because I've been through the same thing. I've called in about child abuse, child molesting, child support, welfare fraud, neglect and different kinds if things and none of it ever gets printed and I, too, mention no names. So yes Mail Call, we would like an answer about these things."

"Yes. To the person who thinks that only North and South High schools should be in the paper. This is Washington County, wake up. All the schools belong in the paper."

"This is to the person who put in something in Wednesday night's paper about the WWII veterans. Believe me, you'd better be thankful that we had such men in WWII or you wouldn't even have the right to pick up a pencil or send anything to the paper or complain about anything at all. You'd better get your facts straight before you go around saying this or that. It hurts everybody."

"Hi Mail Call. I'm just calling to thank you for all the information that I get from Mail Call. I'd also like to call in about the person who called in about the vegetables and things being on the front page. I'd much rather see all those succulent vegetables on the front page than that terrible accident."

"Since Steve Sager was an integral part of the hostile takeover of the city and county's Convention and Visitors Bureau I wonder if he will apply for the executive director's position of the new group heading the CVB? And on the matter of more and more businesses leaving Hagerstown, I think it's just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, I think it will get so bad that someone will eventually say, `Will the last person to leave Hagerstown please turn out the lights?'"

"Yes. This is for the `former' Mayor Steve Sager. Just think Mr. Sager, if the turnout would have been higher in the election, you would have gotten beat by more votes but luckily it was so low you only got beat by 550. Huh - tough luck anyway."

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