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Mail call

September 18, 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:

"This is to the thing that thinks she's so impressive and walks up and down the sidewalk yelling four-lettered words at her so- called boyfriend and waking me up all the time. If you don't have anything else better to do than this, how about staying inside and letting the neighborhood sleep? Or better yet, since you have an eviction notice why not just go ahead and move out now and save me some sleep time? Think about it."

"Sunday at the church I found some car keys on a brown tag laying on the sidewalk across from the Trinity Lutheran Church. They are for a Ford car I think. My daughter and I took them over and gave them to the custodian at Trinity Lutheran. If anyone is missing their car keys, you can find them there."

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"Now the White House and Congress want to raise cigarette prices by $1.50 per pack. They knew something was wrong with cigarettes years and years and years ago and did nothing about it except a lousy warning. If cigarettes are so bad they should have outlawed them a long time ago and stop subsidizing the farmers instead of making the people who are addicted to cigarettes pay for it. The White House is completely out of its mind as usual."

"The EPA needs an overhaul from the top to the bottom."

"This is in response to all the whiners who keep calling in and saying about how poor the air show was. Well, I was there and I didn't think it was bad and I think the Chamber of Commerce put in a lot of hard work to try and do something nice. So for all you whiners that didn't think it was so good, next time just don't come. And if it still don't suit you, you can dial 1-800-Boo-Hoo."

"Hi. This is to the person that was looking for the Barney lunch box. This past weekend at the I-81 Flea Market I saw one plus a thermos for just $1."

"Yes. I'm looking to see if anyone reading Mail Call may have a copy of the Imus in the Morning Show that he did on Friday live from the Maryland Theatre? I would like to be able to borrow it if that's possible. I tried to tape it and my video camera didn't work. I'd appreciate it if you had one if you could give me a call at 717-597-2919."

"I hope that the 3,000 school children that were taken to the re-enactment are taught that war is about death and dying and not fun and games. Maybe Dennis Frye and the County Commissioners need to visit a war-torn country and see what death and dying are all about."

"I'm sure the re-enactment was a nice thing but we're sure getting tired of reading about it in the paper every day. And if it brought in so much money, then let's see it put to good use. Why not pay on the water/sewer debt?"

"Commissioners. One question - if there's over $4 million tax dollars in excess why do we need the tax increase of 10 percent?"

"I think the most intelligent letter I have ever read in your column was written by a Barbara Griffith on Friday, Sept. 12. Everybody who is employed should read it."

"I just wanted to call and say that I've lived in this town now for about a year and when I first came here I was very excited about moving to the mountains and I'm just very confused at the town itself. At that time I felt like everyone was engaged in their own business and family and they were very rude to strangers who come into Hagerstown as new residents and now that I've been here a year, I'm in the same boat. I just can't believe that people don't reach out and be more friendly. Granted, I'm new but I came from a community the same size and I'm just amazed at how people don't reach out. I just hope these readers will read this and reach out to someone and say hello the next time they see them walking down the street or in the supermarket and not make Hagerstown such an unfriendly place."

"Yes. We want to wish our son Milton and his wife Peggy a happy wedding anniversary on the 23rd."

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