November 05, 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:

"In Georgia any high school student that maintains a "B" average can go to college tuition free. I'd like to know what Maryland is doing with the profits from their lottery that's actually helping the public?"

"This is to the young people. Sometimes we as parents try to live our past through our children trying to do things we never got to do or had the opportunity to do. To the young I say, live with respect for yourself and to others respect will follow. Be yourself and live your own life but with respect. Always remember that today will be tomorrow's memories. Be strong and willing to move forward. Life is full of obstacles that one must deal with. Be strong, they are your dreams. It's your world, too. Thanks Mail Call. I just thought that would be a nice positive thing to print seeing how everybody's always yelling at everybody else. Have a good day and you too Hagerstown."


"I'm addressing an article in Sunday's Herald-Mail by Bob Maginnis regarding Chris Shank and I was wondering if Bob Maginnis is going to be Chris Shank's campaign manager?"

"There's no doubt in my mind that if the school board election was to be held this month that Tom Berry would certainly be re-elected on the school board. What we have at the present time is a serious lack of leadership."

"Last week some friends and I got together and took one of those one-day trips to Atlantic City with a local bus company. Twenty minutes up the interstate they decided to pass out ashtrays so that everybody on the bus was allowed to smoke. When someone complained they decided to put the smokers in the back of the bus and the non-smokers in the front. Then the bus driver proceeded to smoke, chain smoke I might add, pretty much the entire way to Atlantic City. I was just wondering if there was any kind of law or am I under the wrong impression to say that there is a law that says a charter like that is not supposed to smoke? Is there is anyone or anything that anybody could tell me about this? I don't want people to call in and complain and say that I could have stayed at home or I could have gotten off the bus or could have done this or that because I think it's quite impossible when you're going up 70 and 81 to literally just stop the bus and get out and they didn't start this until we were past Frederick. And I might add that with this local bus agency we were in a brand new $300,000 bus. Does the State of Maryland have any kind of laws or rules and regulations about this?"

"The Mummers' Parade was great and I hope everybody gives at least a dollar or two to the club to keep this up. Also it was wonderful but I only saw one banner carrier from Boonsboro smiling. All the other kids looked like they were so unhappy and depressed to be in the parade. It was the one downer about the parade. How about more smiles, coaches?"

"I wish I could steal someone's pocketbook and lead the police on a 15-mile chase and get away with it."

"I just wanted to apologize to Steve Sager. I should have voted for you back in May. I don't like this new mayor. I was at the City Market on Saturday and I spoke to him twice and he didn't even say anything to me, nothing at all back, and then when he had the Halloween costume he acted like he was better than everyone else and he hasn't done anything yet for this city so Steve Sager, I want to apologize and next time if you run again, I'll vote for you."

"Are Jim Wade and Al Gore brothers?"

"Here's a good ad in the newspaper tonight - Kids in Sports. You can put your kid's picture in the paper for $10. I put my kid's picture in the paper for Halloween for $7. Too bad you couldn't make out the kids' outfits or their faces or anything and the only way you knew who the kids were, were by the names under the pictures."

"I read where Sheriff Mades just found his son-in-law was the best qualified candidate out of four or five applicants. The most qualified we have is a 35-year-old? Come on, Sheriff, give us at least the scores of the other persons involved. Perhaps maybe the sheriff didn't really want a deputy, maybe he just wanted a golfing partner."

"Did anyone ever stop and thank Virginia and Richard for our wonderful Halloween party at Hopewell Manor? Yum, yum - the hotdogs, the pop, the potato chips and so forth were good and the kids loved the hayrides. Thanks to you both."

"I recently read that one of our politicians stated that his vote was worth more than $75. It's nice to know our politicians can still be bought but what I'm afraid of is that the county will hire a mediator to negotiate the price."

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