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 agree with the article about this rape on the Dual Highway. I think something sounds pretty fishy, too. I work on the Dual Highway and that's one of the safest places, I feel. I'm sorry if you really got raped and a lot us are having our doubts but you have to understand from woman to woman, that you know, I just don't believe your story. I'm sorry."

"I see where Pete Rose has applied for reinstatement. He made a mistake and who hasn't? The greatest in my time and he earned it on the field. He should be in the Hall of Fame."


"To the caller putting down Clear Spring people. At least we have a police officer if something happens up here and what's this we've been reading about all the thefts down there in Whispering Hills area? That's not good old Clear Spring you're reading about. "

"I just wanted to say to the person that was at Sheetz on Huyetts that stole the Pepsi because they wouldn't take her Independence Card. You were seen and your tag number was taken and turned in to Sheetz. They have it and God has it so just because they wouldn't take your card for one reason or another, doesn't mean that you had to steal. That was very wrong."

"I'm calling in about the street up here in the West End, Park Avenue. I was wondering if anyone has any information about when they are going to be finished working on this street? It's been torn up now for two weeks and when people work night work and have to sleep during the day, there's no way they can sleep with all those dump trucks and all those diggers and everything. I'm wondering when it's going to be finished?"

Does anyone out there have any Daisy Girl Scout uniforms that they would like to get rid of reasonably? My little 4-year-old girl needs a uniform and if you have one could you please call Mail Call and let me know? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time."

"John Donoghue must be defeated in the next election. Look at some of the things he voted for. He voted for money for the new football stadium, the seat belt law, and he voted to reinstate the union. This man is only out for special interest groups and he must be defeated."

"I'm sitting here reading your article and this is to the person in Smithsburg talking about the Clear Spring people. Well, I live in Clear Spring and let me tell you, I have been in the courthouse on different times to listen to court cases and there are more kids and I mean kids, coming to court from Smithsburg than there is in Clear Spring. So before you start criticizing us here in Clear Spring, you better go and check the court records with the addresses of the kids coming to court from Smithsburg."

"I'd like to respond to the person who worries about lottery winners that don't want their names advertised. That is their choice. Don't judge everybody by yourself as to deadbeats and criminals. Also you don't pay back unemployment benefits, this is insurance that you and your employer pay. P.S. Maybe you would like to find out who this winner is so you can put the arm on them yourself."

"I'd like to wish my nanny Viola Chaney a happy birthday. Love you, Anna, Bud and Wendy."

"This is in response to the person about the mums. They should be cut back in the fall as soon as they are dead and then they need to be cut back to ground level in May and then cut back about half way in mid-July and that will make them pretty for the fall."

"I would like to thank the Wells Fargo guard for changing my flat tire. Being an elderly man, you came in really handy. Thank you again Wells Fargo."

"This is in response to the caller who called in about Clear Spring and all the people killing each other and all that. My boyfriend is from Clear Spring and I love him dearly. He may be a nut but he doesn't have sex with his kin, kill people or any of that. He may talk about killing them all the time but he doesn't so everyone from Clear Spring's not like you called in about."

"I doubt if you will print this but now we see why The Herald-Mail does so much coverage for the Antietam Battlefield and its 135th anniversary. So they could sell the photographs of it and make money. They were only out to make more money from the start. Hagerstown tried to take the battle for themselves and now The Herald-Mail wants to make money."

"In response to the person who called in about the Country Music Association forgetting one award, the Best Country Music Radio of WAYZ. Well, you might want to try the areas newest radio station - the new KISS Country 94.3."

"Happy birthday to Sharon S. Big 43 today. Guess who?"

"I just finished reading the letter to the editor about Mosby's store on Jonathan Street where he refused to sell cigarettes and alcohol and I believe everyone should commit themselves to purchasing something from his store every week. He's about to lose his home because his income has dropped due to taking a stand for what is right and as a son of an alcoholic father, I know that alcoholism can truly nip the bloom of childhood at an early age and wreck many people's lives and I think everyone should be committed to supporting this store."

"Yeah, congratulations to the South High Rebels in their victory over the Brunswick Railroaders on Friday night. I do have one thing to say, though, that a school of 900-plus students is only capable of having 22 players on their varsity team and not one of these players is black. I don't understand that. Is something wrong with recruiting?"

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