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Mail call

September 24, 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 want to salute The Herald-Mail for publishing the issue on the drowning at the YMCA and asking the questions why the delay in information. At the same time we see where a child was found on North Mountain and now today that we hear the uncle has been charged. They brought out a lot of the details on this killing much more and much faster than the YMCA did on the drowning which again shows The Herald-Mail to be correct in asking for more information."

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"I found it interesting to see a very large picture of a lone South High soccer player in Tuesday's paper when Williamsport won the game."

"On Sunday, Sept. 21, I went to the Volkswagen Show at Sharrett's. It was really impressive seeing all the old Beetles. The show was very organized and a pleasure to attend. Thanks People Car Club, see you next year."

"My son passed away a few days before his birthday and was buried at Benavola Church Road. So on his birthday we put a big blue balloon with sunflowers on it and a smaller one in the ground. Someone had the nerve to take them off in the last few days. If anyone gets them for their birthday, I hope you know where they came from - my son's grave. I hope they enjoy them very much and for the one that took them, you are about as low as they come."

"Hurrah for the person that called in about the dogs barking in their neighborhood but no place, no place is as bad as Pope Avenue where there is 15 dogs barking in one block. The neighborhood is now getting ready to go to court about these dogs."

"This is to the thief that stole the plant off my porch on Liberty Street. It was given to me by someone very special and had a lot of sentimental value to it. I just want you to know that I hope every time you look at it, it comes back and haunts you."

"Build it and they will ice skate. Build it and they will play baseball. Build it and the sewer customers will come. Build it and bilk the taxpayers out of millions."

"This is from the boy's great-grandmother that had his bicycle stolen the other night from Lakeside Park. I hope you can sleep at night knowing that little boy worked to buy that bicycle."

"I'd like to wish my wife Sylvia a happy birthday. You might be 50 but you're still pretty nifty. Love, Ray and Brian."

"This is to the people in Clear Spring. Well, now you have a convenience store, a McDonald's, and a drug store. Now all we need is a Sheetz, a Wendy's and a dry cleaners and something for these kids to do that everybody is complaining about hanging on the convenience store's parking lot. If you people would let these kids be and let them go where they're not bothering anybody, then they wouldn't be hanging out there. They go to the woods to have fun and somebody calls the law on them because their music is too loud. Well, you know what I say to you people in Clear Spring? Too bad!"

"How can a murderer get out on a weekend pass? Who in the heck came up with that intelligent idea and where in the world did they think it would lead? A drug user or dealer, a thief or carjacker, etc. can't get weekend passes so how can a convicted murderer with a life sentence get one? What's wrong with this society that we, as taxpayers would allow such a thing? This needs to be rethought and checked into and dealt with. There's something definitely wrong here."

"On Wednesday night the Country Music Association forgot one award - the best country music radio station, the Valley's hottest Country 101.5 WAYZ and Dennis Hughes rocks!"

"Hello Mail Call. I'd like to say that I share a sympathy with this woman who called in about her child support and I think it was very rude that people called in and said that she should just be grateful that she's getting any money. Well, first of all, it takes more than one person to have a child and it takes more than one person to take care of it, so it's kind of a kick in the face if you have his new wife writing her the checks. It's the ex-husband's job to write out his support check not his wife's. So I think it really is a kick in the teeth and let me say that I share the same sympathy because I have an ex-husband myself and I don't even get support from him."

"I'd like to leave a response about this Rotorex situation just to let people know that those picketers are not doing anything to anybody and if your job was stolen from you, what would you really do. Come on now."

"As a taxpayer who has helped renovate the Municipal Stadium in the vicinity of a million dollars, should I be delighted that the Hagerstown Suns are going to be staying for one more year and pay no rent?"

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