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Mail call

August 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 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 square being torn up. There's no reason for all this. You could have used this money for the elderly, the schools and lots of other things. It's all for the rich. You're wasting our money for nothing. I just don't know what's wrong with Hagerstown anymore."

"When I moved to my present home there were four mailboxes within walking distance and now there is none. The mail was delivered between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and now it's delivered between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Is this what they call streamline service?"

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"I just wanted to say that I read the Mail Call all the time and I thought that I'd never be calling in here but I just like to read all these whiners calling in all the time. These people complaining about the mail routes being changed. If that's all they got better to do is sit around and wait for their mail, then they need to get a life. And these people complaining about the Little League coaches letting their kids play all the time. If you can't beat them, join them. Somebody's got to coach the teams. Women can coach, too."

"I'd like to know why you haven't printed anything about the UPS strike? You keep putting stuff in about the greedy workers, well, why don't you put something in about the greedy company that those people work for that made $2 billion, that's right, $2 billion dollars profit last year? Check it out and don't be so one-sided."

"How can a man convicted of murder in the first degree be living in a halfway house?"

"Every time I read the Mail Call I see a lot of people complaining about the petty little stuff. If they want to complain about something I think they ought to complain about the YMCA. The `C' in YMCA stands for Christian and it's a pretty poor example that they're setting by having young kids, boys and girls, playing on Sundays in all these soccer leagues and stuff instead of going to church. I believe we need to call it YMA."

"I, too read with interest the story on the convicted murderer being out on a pass and was totally amazed at such ignorance of the justice system. Why in the world would anyone allow such a thing to happen and how can they say that they don't feel he will do it again? If I was a member of this man's family, I'd be more than a little worried about him coming back, too. Charles Manson, start complaining. If he can get out on a pass, then why not you? A man convicted of murder is just that, a murderer. He has a life sentence so what's he got to lose if he chooses to kill again? What are they going to do, lock him up? What a joke. Anyone that takes a shotgun at close range and shoots his grandmother of all people, is not someone I want walking into my local Sheetz and standing beside me. How about you? I find this an injustice to all the petty thieves, rapists and whatever else you have sitting in the prisons. Why not let them have passes, too? Is this ridiculous or what? Why give a killer a life sentence if someone's going to give him weekend passes to run loose? Charlie, start complaining. You just might have a case if you find the right lawyer. I heard Johnny Cochran is still out there somewhere. Check it out and good luck."

"The president won't be doing anything about the UPS strike because he has no legal right to. This is a democracy and the president can not just tell workers in America what to do. Check your facts Mail Caller."

"The Division of Corrections has stopped giving any work release or parole to lifers. Shouldn't it be investigated that all prisons should stop giving these privileges to lifers? I think it's something the legislators should look into before someone does get seriously hurt by a murderer who has escaped."

"It's awfully nice that we have a convicted killer running around Williamsport. Why don't they keep these guys in jail? Why do they let them out like that? This is ridiculous."

"I'd like to make a comment on the new mail routes. I think that they are ridiculous. It's pretty bad when you used to get your mail between 12 and 1 and now you don't get it until 5 or 6. If you're waiting on something and you have something to do, you have to wait until the next day to do it because of the mail that comes late."

"These people who are on welfare and disability get more than a working person does. My husband wants to retire but he can't because of health insurance. He would have to pay between $400 and $500 a month for the both of us for insurance. What does that tell you? They don't have anything for the working person."

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