Mail Call

February 04, 1998

Mail Call

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:

"Here's another call to give you some information that I think your readers would be very interested in. Bell Atlantic has started a new service as of Jan. 19, 1998 called Star 54. It will allow any person to call 301-555-5454 and use your telephone number and for 75 cents the computer will give the caller your name and complete address. If you would like to block this service call 1-888-579-0323 and tell them you want Star 54 blocked from your phone. You have until Feb. 7, 1998 to have this blocked without charge. So you don't have much time to do it."


"I read one complaint in Mail Call about the community service which kids are required to do this and that about the nature of service rather than the fact that kids are forced to be indentured slaves for the state. Do what I did - take your kids out of public schools and home school them. At least then they get to learn something rather than them sitting in a big babysitting house all day long wasting their time."

"Happy birthday, Needy."

"People would like to get the government off their backs and out of their cars."

"My neighbor was shot in the fracas and he can't lead a normal life until he gets a fracas transplant. He needs a fracas donor. If there is a fracas support group out there anywhere would you please call in?"

"I'm calling in reference to South High students getting community hours through being office and teacher aides. As a teacher's aide at South High I would just like for you to know that we do more than sit around all day. We stuff envelopes, run errands, answer phones, assist the teachers and assist other students. Sounds like a good reason to get community hours to me."

"I think before they name the Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan they should let the air traffic controllers vote whether they want it that way or not."

"I'm calling in reference to the call in Mail Call today about the person who doesn't think that we should donate money to prisons. I think maybe if we do help the prisoners out when they are in prison and teach them upholstering or allowing them to get their diplomas they might be better citizens when they do get out. It's going to be hard enough for them to find work when they do get out. They are paying for their crimes while they sit in prison and they should learn something to help society when they are released."

"Nine hundred thousand dollars for an upholstery shop at the prison and the only ones that can get anything reupholstered are the people that work at the prison. If they want that shop, then let the employees of the prison fund it."

"Hello Mail Call. I was going down through the square of Hagerstown early one morning and I happened to notice a police officer's car sitting just off the square. When I went through the intersection I happened to take notice that he had to be sleeping in the car the way he was nudged down in the car. I don't think the merchants downtown would like that this early in the morning and I think the police need to pay more attention, especially at that time in the morning on how fast cars are going down through the town of Hagerstown."

"I'd like to know who screens these items that are put in Mail Call. Some of them should be screened out, out, out and some of them should be screened in, in, in. I called to wish Debbie L. a new life in her marriage which I feel it's about time she's made happy but you never put that in but others can put just anything in and it always gets put in there."

"Would someone please explain to me why the local TV station would show a picture of a car being drug out of the River Bottom Park with a dead woman's body in it and then tell us that they haven't notified her kin yet but we see the woman's picture? So today I look at the TV and I see my friend's car coming out of the river but they haven't called me or told us that something's happened to her. Aren't we defeating the purpose here?"

"Hello. A newspaper article says that the city council plans to hire graffiti criminals. They should be in jail and not working on a tax funded mural."

"Before we start trying to clean up the White House sex problems, it's time to clean up the City Park's prostitute problems and the problems on the West End where we can't drive through certain streets because of the prostitution problems. The sex problems of Hagerstown should be our concern on being looked at before we look at the White House's problems."

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