Mail Call

March 11, 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:

"So we're gonna solve another problem by raising taxes on cigarettes? It's already illegal for kids to buy cigarettes, how's a tax increase gonna accomplish anything? If a kid can come up with the money to buy $100 sneakers, $200 jackets, $1,000 stereos, $500 chrome wheels and whatever they need for drugs, I expect that they'll be able to come up with an extra $1 for a pack of cigarettes. Why don't politicians tell the truth for a change and just call this what it is - another source of revenue, another money grab and just one more way for you to grab some more of our money that you can squander away."


"Hi Mail Call. Mr. Bowers, as a policeman you thought the details were not important. How in the world would you be able to run a town?"

"Yes. I'm calling in reference to the article in the paper about the access road at Big Pool to the river and the comment by the director of Fort Frederick, Ralph Young. We go back Shanktown Road to watch the deer a lot of times and they talk about unsafe conditions. There's parked cars down the road at the one house and all the other houses looks like fire hazards. I wish Mr. Young would look at something like that instead of just worrying about a road that the fishermen use. You know, that's really helpful for all us fishermen. Thank you very much."

"Hey Mr. Cass Taylor and all the others believing the way you do. Call on any and all gods you want to, no one is stopping you. There's only one that will hear you though. Haven't you heard? All those other gods are dead but the one true God. He has risen and ascended back to Heaven just waiting for you and all others to call on him. He is also coming back again soon. Get ready. Thank you."

"Scientists say there's water on the moon. What they didn't tell you is that it's polluted."

"Hi Mail Call. I want to wish my mother a happy 50th birthday on March 14 and I want to wish my husband a happy 35th birthday on March 13. Love, Tina."

"Hi Mail Call. I just wanted to respond to Terry H's Mail Call last night and that he didn't think it was a good deal that we worked out with Iraq and I just got to say that I'm glad we worked it out and that everything is done on paper and not on the battlefield because whether it's 100 million men or not involved, someone's going to get hurt and I'd just as soon that they spill ink and not blood."

"What's MSNBCstand for? Media Scoundrels Nock Bill Clinton? How can one channel devote so much time to one issue? Give me a break!."

"To comment on the welfare system. You surely make me see some of what is wrong with America. That money you would 'put back' for your children's education belongs to the taxpayers - those people who have money taken from their paychecks to provide for you as well as the numerous other individuals on the dole. You have an obligation to become a financially responsible adult who pays his or her own way and is not on public assistance before you ever think of saving for anything. Give your children a good example of a responsible adult who makes his or her own way and doesn't expect to be fed, clothed, and housed by others. Yes, it is unfair for children to suffer for the failings of their parents but most all children everywhere do, including you and me. Life is not fair. It's what we do with what we have that counts."

"Yes Mail Call. Can someone of the radio listeners tell me what station and what time Paul Harvey comes on? Thank you."

"Dress-down days. Banks have experienced dress-down days, the hospital has a dress-down day, and even the schools have a dress-down day. I think we're due for a dress-up day. Listen to me - let's have a dress-up day. Go to these schools and see what some of these pupils and their parents look like for instance. So let's educate them not only to dress down but to dress up.

"Yes Mail Call. I, too am sick and tired of reading these long paragraphs. I think it should be 25 words or less and if they have more to say, tell them to write an editorial."

"Hi. This is to all the people that are complaining about the police officers and the way they are using their cars. They put their lives on the line for us every day so be a little more supportive and a little less critical."

"I'm not surprised that everybody is screaming about not having music in schools and they should be worried about the education the children are not getting because on the Titanic they had a band playing as they sunk into the water."

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