November 14, 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 the complainer and today's topic: Other Drivers. Here's some of my pet peeves. I guess tailgaters are probably my worst complaint. Then there's people who think 'yield' means to pull out and hope nobody hits you. Then there's those people who wait until they are in the process of turning and then put on their turn signals and what about those people who don't use their signals at all? And of course there's those people coming towards you with their brights on that don't have the common courtesy or intelligence to turn them down. Then there's the people who follow behind you with their brights on and let's not forget about those people who drive on the interstate like they're on the Daytona 500. How about people double parked on city streets just to talk to someone? And how about those pencil-necked geeks who always drive 10 miles below the speed limit?"


"I'd like to wish Robert Jr. in Maugansville a happy birthday."

"Yeah, how can somebody get eight years for shooting an individual when a young woman up in Massachusetts, all she gets is time served? Something's not right here. Thank you."

"Promoting tourism is counter productive to reducing vehicle emissions and easing road congestion."

"I would like to know why the voters and taxpayers have allowed the Washington County Sheriff's Department to become a retirement home for old state troopers?"

"I'd like to know what all the commotion is about trick or treating on Halloween? When you were a child didn't you have the opportunity to have fun and dress up and go trick or treating but now it's a bad idea? Oh brother! Most children go in their own neighborhood and most people know and trust their neighbors. If you don't, don't take them to that house. I live in the Paradise Homes development and every year I dress up at Halloween and the kids get a big charge out of it. This year my husband and I had to work late so I left a box of candy on my front porch with the light on and a note telling them to please take a treat. When I got home after 9 there was still some candy left in the box. Can't tell me that kids today are not good and honest. I'm so proud of all the children and I'm sorry I missed all of you this year but hopefully the 'Good Witch' will be back next year and you'll be allowed to come to my house."

"Happy birthday Robert Jr. Love, mom, dad and brother."

"We'd like to wish our nephew Robbie Jr. a happy 1st birthday on Nov. 13. We love you very much. Aunt Patty, Uncle Donnie, Justin and Nicky."

"Yes. I was wondering if anyone could tell me of a group that's selling Wolfgang candy? Thank you."

"I was just wondering why The Herald-Mail makes a front page story about Grand Piano moving out of downtown but yet when someone moves into that same building it appears on page B3? Is there negative publicity going on with The Herald-Mail? Are they really that worried about downtown or have a concern or would they rather do negative type reporting? Good question."

"I've noticed several replies in the paper about ATV's, 3-wheelers or whatever being on the streets without the benefit of being tagged. Anyone who is literate knows that this is against the law to have any recreational vehicle on a public road without being tagged. If people don't see anything wrong with that and don't think they hurt anybody, then they have a problem. Thank you."

"This is to the North High graduate of 1988 that was in Mail Call last evening. If you weren't invited to your fifth reunion don't you think that maybe you should have taken the hint?"

"I wish to thank the young man who pushed my daughter's car when it was stalled out in the middle of the road at Weis Market. I'd also like to thank the other gentleman who tried to help. Thanks again."

"Hello. I'm calling in about the Smithsburg School bus drivers. You were very rude to butt in line at the State Inspection. Use your manners from now on please."

"Yes. Someone wanted to know why the North-South game was on Page 6. It's because there wasn't enough space on the last page. Anyone there would have seen what a terrible football game it was."

"Hi Mail Call. This is about the justice systen in Washington County. There is none! A man can shoot at three young men at the same time and all he gets is probation and a small fine. What kind of justice do you call that?

"Hey Leon, I love you baby. See ya around. S.S."

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