Mail Call

March 20, 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'd like to comment about all this I'm reading in the paper about how the people want to start the band program back up in the elementary schools. It's important to remember that band no matter whether it's elementary, middle school or high school, is a frill. I know that's gonna upset a lot of people but how many kids do you know that have gone into a business and been turned down for a job because they can't play a band instrument? But they are turned down because they don't have the math skills, the English skills or have any plain old common sense, so I think before they put the money there they should put it into the basic programs."


"A country can best be judged by how it treats the least of its citizens, the most helpless of its citizens. The United States of America is failing - badly."

"The only thing incredible about those call-in psychics are the number of people that throw money at them. Anybody that takes part in these schemes has no credibility as far as I'm concerned. Bankers, employees, etc., should have the right to ask people if they believe in these phoney schemes to give them an idea of who and what they are dealing with."

"This is to the person who called in about the folks who come for food and that they smelled of alcohol and tobacco. Well, may I tell her that both alcohol and tobacco are diseases and that's very hard for a person to get over. I'm a widow, 66, and I live alone up in the mountains and I go hungry sometimes because I've spent my money on alcohol before I would buy groceries. So tell her that she can thank the Lord that she's doing a favor for these kids."

"Well, we got rid of the female out in Smithsburg that was supplying the kids with alcohol and now we have to worry about a punk who's taking her place. He's been giving the kids alcohol and drugs and keeping people up all hours of the night. One 17-year old is drunk almost constantly and never in school. His younger sister is never in school either and out running the streets at one and two in the morning. Where's their parents and why isn't she doing anything about this? Where's the police when this is going on? Whatever happened to the curfew out there? There's dealing going on right in front of my house and all this yelling, fighting and carry on at 2 a.m. has got to stop. Come on police, get with it here."

"This is the Shawnee Girl Scout Council and about the Girl Scout cookies. I'm responding to the Mail Call where they thought the cookies had shrunk. They have not shrunk. They are exactly the same amount, same weight that they have always been in the past."

"This is to the people on Mitchell Avenue who are complaining about the speeders. If you'd keep your kids out of the street, you wouldn't have to worry about them getting hit."

"Hello Mail Call. I'd just like to tell Sheriff Mades that the drug raid that went on in Williamsport on Thursday night, he came over and caught the little fishes so when's he coming back to get the great big sharks that are over here? These drug dealers have been here for years and I should know because I'm a lifelong resident."

"Hello. It sounds as though Commissioner Bowers believes that we voters are stupid when he says that the government should get in touch with the people, Well Mr. Bowers, you and your cohorts didn't care about the people when you mismanaged the sewer and water system and put us $54 million in debt. All you cared about was protecting yourself and Lord knows who else. I think and sincerely hope that you and the other four commissioners will all be looking for new part-time jobs come election time. All incumbents must go. If I were the only voter voting I definitely assure you, you would be gone."

"Yes, I was wondering since the Clock Building is working how come there's no clock?"

"I saw in the newspaper the other night that Ron Bowers is going to run for another term. I bet everyone in Cavetown and Holiday Acres votes for him. Ha, ha, ha, not my vote sir."

"Hi. This is directed to Mail Call and today is Wednesday, the 18th and I just finished reading your column and I cannot believe that you even printed the one about Charas Heurich. The sculpture that some student put in there about it being a waste of money. Obviously this student doesn't understand how much Charas touched people's lives. I think it's a wonderful idea and I'm even going to donate money to it and I suggest others do the same. I just cannot believe you guys screen calls and did not screen this one and not print it at all."

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