Mail call

May 28, 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:

"Well, Steve Sager is done and we have a new mayor. Hopefully this new mayor will realize that we don't need a clock tower downtown. We need a grocery store and businesses downtown and we need jobs downtown. I don't care how beautiful the public square is. That doesn't pay the rent or get groceries on the table. Hopefully the new mayor and council will see things the way the working people that live downtown without vehicles see it."

"This is for the parents who have been taking their small children to see the new Jurassic Park movie. If your kids can't sleep at night for having nightmares about being eaten by dinosaurs, you'll have no one to blame but yourselves."


"Yeah Mail Call, whatever happened to Blue Ribbon cigars? Do they still make them or what? You can find other brands but I can't find these. What happened to them?"

"Maybe if the people around George Street cleaned up their street and took pride in it, the human trash that they complain about, wouldn't hang out there so often. I know it has to be kept up and it can gripe you, but a clean street helps show pride in your area."

"I'm calling in about the response about prostitutes distributing disease. Well, I think that other people can give out diseases just as well as prostitutes can."

"Thanks to whomever found my husband's wallet in Beaver Creek Cemetery and sent it back to us. Thanks a lot."

"Once and for all, The Daily Mail, which is on the cover of the newspaper, read people, is a Hagerstown, Maryland paper. It's not a Washington County newspaper, it's a Hagerstown, Maryland paper. I feel that if Williamsport, Smithsburg, Clear Spring and all those others want their schools in the paper so much, then let them print their own."

"Mail Call, I was just wondering if there's anyone out there formerly from Frederick County that knows whether or not T.J. High School is having a 10-year reunion for the class of '87 at Thomas Johnson High School? If you do, would you please leave the information in Mail Call because I've been trying to find out. Thank you."

"Hi Mail Call. This is to all the workers out there in Maryland. I think that they should check with their employers about the new workman's compensation laws. Basically workman's compensation doesn't cover a darn thing anymore and they might just want to check it out. Thank you."

"I'd like to respond to the person who called in about caterpillars in their trees. You can buy a substance called "Tangle Foot" at Southern States. It comes in a pint container or in tube that you can put in a caulking gun and you can apply it maybe two or three feet above the trunk of the tree, just a small bead around the tree, and the caterpillars when they crawl over that bead of stuff, they get caught. I've been using it for a couple of years now and it has been very effective. Again, it's called `Tangle Foot' and you can get it at Southern States. Thank you."

"This is to the caller who called in about the lady whose newspaper was being stolen. Why are you coming down so hard on her? She's the victim and you're treating her like the criminal. In fact, you sound awful guilty yourself. Are you sure you don't have a problem?"

"Yes. I'm calling to say thank you once again to Terry Castle and his family for returning my purse to me. It just goes to prove that there are honest people still out there in this world. Thank you very much, we appreciate it."

"This is a warning to all the people out there that are answering these personal ads out of the paper. Be careful when you answer any of these ads. You never know what kind of person you are really dealing with. You don't know if they are telling you the truth or not in these ads. Some of these people may be violent and very controlling. They may be just out after your money or other property. Don't ever meet them at your home or place of business and don't ever meet them in an isolated place alone. After a very bad experience with one of these ads, please take my advice and be very careful. Thank you."

"This is to all those women out there who think they have to go after someone else's man, husband or boyfriend. Get a life and leave these guys alone. We don't need you interfering in our lives and trying to cause trouble. Get a life and don't try to ruin someone else's just because you don't have a life or man to call your own."

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