Mail call

August 26, 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:

"In last Sunday's paper there was a person offering a reward for a diamond ring lost at Washington County Hospital. I hate to disappoint her but my sister was in the hospital in a coma and her ring was taken off her finger sometime in the late hours of the night. We left at 10 o'clock and when we went back at 8 a.m. the ring was gone. Such trash, stealing off of a person in a coma. I think the Washington County Hospital should be responsible for these things and know who they have working for them. I hope you have good luck finding your ring because we never got her's back. God bless you"


"I think that it's very good that Hagerstown Councilman Lewis Metzner did speak up in support of the Hagerstown Police Department. We do have a very good police department and they should receive an increase in pay in accordance with the other accomplishments of the civil servants. They do a good job, so let's support them."

"I bet those fat cat Teamsters drew their full salaries while urging the UPS men and women to strike."

"I just want you to know that we're trying to organize a union also at Central Coca-Cola located here on Jonathan Street. Our main concerns are our wages. I mean, we're so below our competitor and all their benefits like insurance and pensions. That's our main concerns."

"Mail Call, you didn't publish my last call wherein I answered the person who said I should consider the fact that the airport was near here and sometimes the planes have to circle to land. Well, if they do they have never circled over my home before. I am not a farmer but I have lived for 85 years and I know when there is a cloud burst above my house. No rain falls, just a few drops of dry ice I believe. If U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett wants proof of cloud seeding, tell him to find out where the air strip is that the planes are taking off from. With the job he has, that shouldn't be hard for him to do. Bartlett has a good paying job and he doesn't have to make a living farming. With some rain we could grow some food that is fit to eat. Those shipped in peaches, etc. are expensive and tasteless and like chewing gum if you can get them peeled and cut up at all. Guess I really have a complaint about cloud seeding. Congress doesn't enforce all weather modification programs in this area. Next year, don't wait until the growing season is over before you publish your articles on cloud seeding I beg you."

"To the man at County Market this morning that tried to be macho and called his wife a dirty name in front of all the people there to embarrass her, I think it's ridiculous and I think he'd better get a life."

"Tuesday night on TV there were two families in the 500 block of West Franklin Street who complained about speeding traffic on that street. Well, my response to you is this, if you are so worried about your children getting hurt by a car on West Franklin, then why do you permit 8 to 10 children every day to play on the front sidewalk and in the street where cars park when they have a perfectly nice yard in the rear to play in and they also have the Salvation Army playground to play on? And it also includes playground equipment. Next time when you have a really valid complaint, make sure you've lived here a number of years before you open your mouth."

"I was calling to see if any of the readers have any solutions to bats in the basement? I don't know if there is some kind of poison or anything else that you could use or do to get rid to them."

"I see in the paper where some of our local officials have retired after 20 years so why can't the police retire after 25 years?"

"Hello Mail Call. I'm complaining because there needs to be a lot more places for gay people to go in Hagerstown. I am gay and most of my friends are gay, too, and we have no place to go and hang out."

"My border collie will volunteer to chase all the geese in City Park."

"Yes, I'd like to wish Tyler Charles Nichols a very happy 1st birthday. Love Aunt Linda and Uncle Bill."

"Yes, I'm calling about the UPS people that got laid off. They deserve what they get! The bunch of greedy people, they wouldn't work and now there's some 300 people out of work in the Hagerstown area. I hope they're all happy."

"I'm calling about all these articles about people complaining about mail delivery. There's nothing that states anywhere what time you're supposed to get your mail as long as you get it. And I'll tell you something, if I was getting paid what these carriers were getting paid, I'd be walking these streets all day and night long. They have nothing to complain about."

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