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Mail call

November 04, 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:

"Why is it that so many think that the schools should give the kids free meals? I'll bet they are the ones that pay no taxes. Let the parents be responsible and see that the kids have their money before they go to school. I did."

"At times it interesting to read the responses to The Daily Mail's questions to the people on the street. I see no reason though, to include the picture and response of someone who can't speak in complete sentences or give a coherent opinion."

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"I just wanted to say that I think West Side Deli and Marlo Barnhart are doing a wonderful job for what they've done for Jeff Hasenbuhler. It takes full scum for someone to steal from someone else, especially someone in a wheelchair but thanks to all the wonderful people out there in the world, he's going to get his life back and I just think it's wonderful what everybody's done for him."

"I'd like to respond to all the petty people who are so concerned about seeing profanity on the elevator doors at the hospital. For pete's sake, if you don't want to see it the next time you get on the elevator, close your eyes."

"Hello Mail Call. I was in the CCC camp in Boonsboro during the '30s and one day a week we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they were good and no one complained. Oh, forgive me. I forgot, the kids only had peanut butter and no jelly."

"I'm calling in about the Washington County Hospital and the 4-lettered words on the elevator. Well, my little sister was in the hospital over this past week and I've been out to the hospital just about every day and I noticed the 4-lettered word on the elevator outside of the pharmacy. I just wanted to let someone know that it is there, it's true and I don't think that the housekeeping department should be brought into it because it's probably been scratched on there with a key or something and it's been there, so I wish people would stop calling each other names and stuff. It's something silly and it's there. Yes, it should be painted over or something."

"I was just wondering when the City Police were going to start monitoring the park and getting rid of the prostitution pickups up by the gazebo in the upper part of the park and down by where the trains are parked? It's not only women but it's also male gay prostitution. It's terrible when you try to take your child on a walk when it's nice out here in the fall and here all these male prostitutes are up there in the gazebo selling themselves and it's very wrong. I think the City Police need to be monitoring this and I hope Mail Call prints this because something needs to be done about this."

"Well, not that I'm sorry to see Principal Hardin go from Williamsport High School but I knew it was just a matter of time before he and others realized that people in this world are just too intelligent to put up with that kind of conservative attitude that he had. Good luck to him in whatever he does but I hope he changes his ways because that type of conservative attitude just doesn't belong. Not with today's youth."

"Hi Mail Call. This is a 29-year-old trick or treater. I went out trick or treating in the Halfway area on Thursday evening and I'd just like to send out my thank yous and appreciation to all the people who gave candy to the 29-year-old dressed up in a costume and just to let you know that there are still some good people out there. I got candy with no problems and hardly any questions asked. The reason I was doing this was because my little sister had fallen last weekend and broke her leg and I was out doing it for her. So again, I'd like to thank the people of Halfway. You all have a great month."

"The United States is considering loaning Indonesia $3 billion. It's nice that we have $3 billion laying around. Let's not forget that Indonesia is a dictatorship, that they torture people, and they have no freedoms or rights. Indonesia doesn't deserve our money any more than Cuba does."

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