Mail Call

March 04, 1998

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 recently had something happen to me and I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else. I had something fall out of my purse while shopping and the people that found it held on to it because they thought there was going to be some type of reward. When I called to claim it, they were very rude and verbally abusive because the reward I offered was not as big as they had hoped for. To these people I say, I feel truly sorry for you because your greed will cause you to miss out on a lot of beautiful things in this world. I'd also like to tell them that Jesus loves them."


"I'd just like to wish John a happy 75th birthday. He is the box guard at the Washington County Hospital that sits in that little booth at the emergency room parking lot. So everybody, when you drive by and see big John sitting there, wish him a 75th birthday. He'd love to hear from you."

"I have a few questions for the Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Mades. If I allow my car to be called a police cruiser can I use taxpayers' money to upkeep it and supply it with gas? If your deputies can use the county's patrol cars as personal vehicles then why can't I use mine as a patrol car? If I have to pay for all the Washington County deputies to use patrol cars as personal vehicles then why don't they have to pay for mine? I'll tell you what, you all pay for yours and us taxpayers will pay for our own. If we pay for yours, then you pay for ours. That's the way it should be. Think about it taxpayers. Why should we pay for them to use our county's patrol cars as their own personal vehicles and get nothing in return but more taxes and a sheriff wanting more cars to send home with some deputies?"

"Hi Mail Call. I'd like for you to clarify something for me please. Clarify what the definition of 'neighborhood watch' is. My wife and I walk our dogs in the different parts of the West End almost every night and I have yet to see anybody on any of the streets watching any of the neighborhoods. What do they do, watch them from behind curtains or while watching television?"

"I'm calling to commend the Spotlight Program that was featured in Sunday's paper and the people who are working the program, McDonald and the police."

"Hello Mail Call. I'm wondering if someone out there could help me? I'm looking for a crocheted child's cape pattern in size 6-8. If anyone could help me I'd appreciate a call at 301-582-2829."

"Hello Mail Call. What's wrong with this picture? In Friday's Daily Mail a 27-year-old woman was sentenced to two years for having sex with a 14-year-old boy and in the same paper a 32-year-old man was sentenced to one year and a $500 fine after evading police for a year for a hit-and-run in which he killed his victim. Where is the justice system in this?"

"Hello Mail Call. This is a request to the pet owners in the Crestview area of Boonsboro. Not all of us are cat lovers as you are. Your pets are becoming a nuisance. They dig in our gardens, flower beds, shrubs or wherever they wish. Please be more considerate of your neighbors and keep your pets in your yard."

"If there is an eight-field soccer complex at the Independent Cement property already in the plans, why not have the equestrian center at the fairgrounds?"

"This is about the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department not having enough help. They talk in the paper about how they need more help. Well, I was a volunteer a few years ago and I got top grades in my training and was eager to be a team player for an institution in which I believed was of noble service to my community. However, I was ignored when I asked questions to try and learn more, literally had the hose grabbed out of my hands at a barn fire and was treated as an outsider by most of the members. I was not the only one treated in this manner. There were others among us that truly wanted to be a part of helping this worthy cause but were snubbed by the cliques. The reason there's not enough help is not because of the lack of interest or of concern from the citizens. It's because of an enormous ego that these long- standing members carry and they would rather be able to squeeze everyone out but a selected few and get the town to make the citizens raise taxes to pay them to do this service. I've seen other fire departments work well together in other areas and they let others be a part and they show fairness. Not all of the volunteer fire departments are the same but Hancock is definitely dying and it's because of the leadership of the town and it being the same as in the fire department. That's my opinion."

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