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Mail call

July 29, 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:

"I'm calling about the spray painting vandals that defaced the car of the West End Boys. Well, I'd like to ask how come when the Young Ruthless Soldiers defaced and spray painted the corner of George Street and Church that it wasn't printed in the paper? I'd like to say, get off our backs!"

"This is in response to the local activist for People Eating Tasty Animals. First of all, before projecting your verbal spew onto the Mail Call readers, please make sure you know what you are talking about. The organization you spoke of is called The Animal Liberation Front. Second, consuming the flesh of animals contributes to environmental destruction, starvation in the U.S. and other countries and health problems such as heart disease, colon cancer and breast cancer. Finally, why do I belong behind bars for defending a living being? You are the one with blood on your hands. One month, one year or even ten years in jail could in no way be as terrible as one day in a slaughter house, lab or factory farm."

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"It is now 4:25 p.m. on Monday, July 28 and it's trying to rain. Thundering for 10 minutes now, lightening and ear splitting claps of thunder overhead, but no rain. An airplane flew around, no mistaking it. I heard it at 4:15 p.m. Someone is seeding the clouds. Why isn't this practice stopped? We need the rain."

"To the caller who complained about smokers rights being infringed upon. You don't seem to get the point. You don't have any right to force others to ingest the by-product of your habit. "

"This is to the lady who is calling about smoking and how it's a free country and her husband died in World War II to protect that. I'm very sorry that her husband died and I appreciate him fighting for our freedom, however, I think she's missing the point. Your smoking is a direct health risk to nonsmokers. No one is trying to stop you from smoking. Go smoke somewhere where it's not bothering nonsmokers but smoking in public still gets down in nonsmokers lungs. Think about that."

"I hate to bring up the emissions testing again but the other day I took my new car in to be tested. I've only had it for four months and already received a notice to be tested. This was the third car that I've had to have tested while I know of others who have never had to have this done as of yet. Well, this is the dumbest thing that I ever saw and totally true. I took my car in and there was just one other car there. They told me to pull forward and I paid my fee and was told to pull up again. They wrote on the computer for a couple of seconds and told me to again pull up. I did so and after about two more seconds this guy hands me a paper and said my car passed. They did absolutely nothing to my car. They did not do the treadmill test nor any other test. They didn't even look under my car with their little mirror like they did my other two cars. I was not there even five minutes. Now my question. If they weren't going to do anything at all to my car, why did I have to take it in to be tested at all and why have I received three notices and my sister hasn't received any and she has a new car, too, along with two other vehicles? Could someone please explain this to me because I sure don't understand it?"

"Requiring Americans to junk all their TVs and VCRs to accommodate the new digital technology is outrageously high handed and wasteful."

"Correction - it's not the flowers growing in the park, it's the pink flowers growing across from the park that we get so much enjoyment from. They are lovely. Thank you."

"Mail Call, I'd like to wish my niece Wanda a happy 15th birthday on July 30. Mail Call please print this. Better late than never."

"The Hagerstown area does not need anymore shopping centers. It seems that for every new store that opens, two older stores close."

"I'd like to send this out to Ralph and Barb. Happy 25th anniversary. Love, Ralph and Kay."

"I'm calling in response to the woman who said that her husband fought for the freedom of all Americans including smokers. I believe the argument to her statement can be found in her own words. She declared that he also fought for the freedom of people not to smoke. It is an undeniable fact that breathing in second hand smoke can cause as many health problems as actively smoking. Smoking is also foul smelling and the odor permeates the clothes of anybody in close proximity to the smoker. Since being around nonsmokers doesn't affect your health, while you're smoking affects all of those around you, the only solution is to ban smoking in all public places."

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