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Mail Call

March 06, 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 want to give a big thumbs up to the Washington County Hospital. On Friday the 13th, I was taken by Community Rescue Service by Chris Amos and his partner to the emergency room and to ICU and then to the 17th floor. To name all the angels would take too much time and I might miss someone. A huge thanks to you all. Paulette."

"Good evening. Correct me if I'm wrong. The newspaper still has personal ads where you can place ads for birthdays, I love yous on Valentine's Day or a good report card and I think you're wasting Mail Call by placing these kinds of calls in the newspaper when you have a personals column. If these people want to wish somebody a happy birthday or Valentine's Day, let them pay and place a personal ad."

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"I'm all for more sheriff's cars and more deputies. Maybe then they will actually patrol Lappans Road. We're tired of all the speeders and you never see any police out here."

"Could someone tell me if it's really true that the police take the cruisers home after each shift or is it used by another officer on the next shift? Why can't they use one cruiser for all three shifts?"

"I would like to thank Isabel and Donna. Isabel, your soup was very good and I hope you keep on having soup every month and other things, too. And Donna, you were a great bingo caller. Keep up the good work."

"Hello Mail Call. I was just wondering how the Board of Education would react if 150 parents would converge on it to pressure the Board of Education into hiring football instructors and basketball instructors in the elementary and junior high schools at a quarter of a million dollars? Just think, Washington County could have great football teams and great basketball teams then."

"I would like to thank the person or persons who walked their dog or let it roam free in the 500 block of Chestnut Street. You left something behind in our front yard. There is a pooper scooper law, you know."

"Hello Mail Call. Attention Mr. Blenckstone, just hang in there one more year and after this upcoming no-win season with Ray Miller and his squad of senior citizens, Camden Yards will be vacant and you can move your Suns down there."

"If you voted for Bill Clinton do you have a bad taste in your mouth?"

"I have inherited a bunch of marbles in an estate and I know they are very old and I'd like to know if anybody knows of anybody that would be interested in looking at them or is there anybody around here that will give you an appraisal on marbles? I'd appreciate if they knew anything if they would put their number in the paper. I need help with this."

"Could someone please inform us of what those 'Do Not Turn' signs that they just put up in the square of Hagerstown cost? Those things look rather elaborate and look like they might have cost a couple of thousands dollars apiece."

"Good morning. It's time for people to make their entries in the Mail Call column shorter. I'm tired of reading half the page to see what these people are trying to say when it could be condensed. "

"Congratulations and kudos to the recipients of those prestigious awards. We are so fortunate to have such a fine area newspaper in The Herald-Mail. Thank you."

"It is obvious that the editor of this paper is against elementary school instrumental music programs. This program worked for 40-some years. My son went through this program and the School Board did not pay for instruments or repairs in elementary schools. Each parent funded their own child and there were no sour notes during that period. No one worries about funding the sports programs which only teach our children how to beat up on each other. Shame on this county for taking music away from the children."

"To the individual who is bragging that he skimmed $5,000 from his welfare check. He should return it to the welfare office where it belongs. He doesn't need it and he has no right to it. It's actually theft. Plain English."

"I'm calling to find out why Rose Hill Cemetery, Cedar Lawn and Rest Haven gave such short notices to people to have their flowers removed from the graves. From Thursday, Feb. 27 to March 1, that's kind of short notice. I didn't know if there's a problem with anyone else or not but I thought it was terrible."

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