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Mail call

September 10, 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:

"Can any Mail Caller think of any reason whatsoever that any of the incumbent Washington County Commissioners should be returned to office? I have racked my brain and can't think of any."

"I'm calling about the gentleman who called in about the truck parked at Antietam and Poplar streets in Funkstown. I'm a police officer and what I'd like to say is that I don't believe that trooper was filling his quota and also if that gentleman drives that street every day and every evening on his way home from work, he should know that there's a stop sign there. Quit whining about it, you got caught."

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"This is to the great white hunter off of Eastern Boulevard who found it necessary to shoot groundhogs in a residential area on Sunday evening. The quiet tranquility of our weekends is always ruined by your shooting. Eventually they will catch up to you because it is against the law."

"I was wondering who's going to pay the deputies that spent most of their days Saturday and Sunday browsing around Boonesborough Days?"

"I'm white and I'm not prejudiced. I have some good black friends. The only problem that I can see with the power being cut off at the armory is that it should have been done sooner. Frankly, I'm getting sick and tired of some people always using the discrimination bull when they are completely wrong. This is causing a lot of people to have hard feelings against blacks. Just remember, all the races are just as good as my race but you're no better. You have to play by the same rules and go by the same rules."

"What a joke the great Hagerstown Air Show was on Saturday. Some of the stuff that they were supposed to have there, they didn't even have. And the parking - what a joke!"

"If anyone out there knows the phone number of Glen Campbell's fan club or how to get in touch with him, would you please call Mail Call?"

"This is for the poor soul who got a ticket from a trooper who lives in Funkstown for running a stop sign. By his own admission he drives it every day to work and every day on his way home. I think by now he probably knew the stop sign was there. Just another person that doesn't want to take responsibility. He wants to blame it on the poor trooper. If somebody runs a stop sign in front of my house every night I'd be writing a ticket, too. Blame it on the truck, blame it on the fire hydrant, blame it on the troopers. You're the one that knew the stop sign was there."

"Hello Mail Call. This is to the lady who was worried about the bus drivers' attitudes. If she'd walk a mile in their shoes and do the job that they do, and deal with the traffic and motorists who aren't paying attention to what they are doing, to children who aren't always polite, they don't always respect the driver that they are riding with, to irate parents, I really don't have time to be bothered with a whole lot of things, you might understand more why a driver has any kind of attitude. And if her call is any indication maybe her child is one of the reasons why the driver doesn't smile."

"I'd really like to respond to all this controversy over Tommy Bowers in Smithsburg. There are many, many of us that don't want Tommy back and that's not getting expressed and people are upset because they've called and written letters and that doesn't seem to be picked. I'd like to find out why Mail Call. For everyone's information out there, Tommy Bowers is not welcome back and we want to have a voice, too. He's done a lot of things wrong and he got fired for a reason which there were many of. Thank you."

"Would the person that found my scarab bracelet watch on Saturday, Sept. 6, going to Hagerstown right outside of Boonsboro at a yard sale, I stopped at three, please call Mail Call and leave their phone number. There will be a reward given. Thank you."

"There's a law against blowing your horn, your car horn and there is this woman who blows her car horn up the road, down the road, all the time. If she'd have a shape or a brain she'd think she was the first lady. Thank you."

"Yeah. This is to all you people that's worried about the tabloids and Miss Diana. Let me tell you something. You explain to me what that lady did for the United States of America and then I could understand why you people made such a big thing out of it and hardly uttered two words about Mother Teresa. So you people that are talking about the tabloids better talk about your own systems and put what's first that should be first. A Christian, not a woman in power. Thank you."

"Hi Mail Call. I'm a resident of Sharpsburg, Md. Why does Hagerstown want to take the battlefield away from Sharpsburg where the battle was fought? I was born and raised down there and I think the closing of the Sharpsburg Pike when they are having an event in Sharpsburg those two days is terrible. Just terrible. Thank you."

"In memory of my mother Anna Blanche Neil who passed away Sept. 8, 1967. Sadly missed, your daughter, Jan."

"Thanks for the charming picture of the three little girls titled, `Young Stylists.' front page, Tuesday's Daily Mail. Please, more pictures like this. Such a lovely change from all the negative press and pictures. Thank you."

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