Mail Call

April 07, 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 just like to know what makes our so-called elected leaders think by raising cigarette taxes to $2 or more a pack will deter teenagers from smoking when the have $100 for sneakers, $500 for car wheels and God only knows what they spend on drugs?"

"I'd like to know if anyone buys from Roman's? I'd like to have the address or phone number. Please put it in Mail Call if you know it. Thank you."


"Today I had need for police service. I called the Maryland State Police and they were no help at all. I then contacted the Washington County Sheriff's Department and they were very courteous and assured me that they would assist me in anyway they could. Please don't think those bumper stickers are true. Troopers are not your best protection."

"Yes. I'd like to know if anyone has any information on House of Pain wrestling here in Hagerstown?"

"Hello. I'm putting all perverted, child molesters on notice. If you molest my child I will be judge, jury and executioner. I'm not buying this stuff that you were abused when you were young and that's why you do it. Thank you."

"I'm calling for the guy looking for the blondes. There is a thing in the newspaper called Introductions. Read it and use it instead of Mail Call. Thank you."

"Yeah, this is for the person who called in last week and said the police were doing a good job on Operation Clean Street and that they needed more funds and the city ought to give them more funds, give them raises and everything else. Speak for yourself. That means more taxes and taking more from the people that work. Speak for yourself. They get enough money, they make enough money and if they don't want to do the job, then let them go somewhere else and do something else. Thank you."

"Yes. There's been three more tame rabbits dropped off here in the Hancock area and there's been several dropped off before. They all got killed before and that's what's happening to them all. Now these three will probably get killed too so I wish whoever is dropping them off would have a heart and think about the rabbits and not drop them off here. Thank you very much."

"This call is concerning the person that wants to know about someone who makes children's wooden rocking chairs. The guy's name is Robert Myers and his phone number is 301-582-1966. Thank you."

"I'd like to get some information on some mildew or mold but mainly mold. It's in the second level of the building which is like the attic that was remodeled and where we made closets now in there, there's a dark fungus, mold. We describe it as a fuzzy mold. What can we do to get rid of it? We can't seem to get rid of it. We've vented it, aired it out and done everything we can think of. How do we get this out of this little locked in closet area? Please put the answer in Mail Call."

"Mail Call, why is it that the state can fund downtown improvements but they can't help the county's SPCA with a spay/neuter program which would be less money and more important? Thank you."

"I would like to know why the National Park Service will not allow a U.S. citizen, taxpayer to pick mushrooms along the C&O Canal which grows wild? Why will they not allow you to pick mushrooms?"

"Yes. Hello Mail Call. Last week I went to the Washington County landfill and I had some heavy stuff in the back of my truck to unload and I have an artificial leg and it was pretty sore. There were some prisoners up there doing some clean-up work. Sweeping, shoveling and making it look a lot nicer and a couple of them came over and volunteered to help me unload the truck. They wouldn't take any money for their service and I said that maybe they would get a good meal that day and they said that they always get bologna sandwiches. So to these fellows that was up there one day last week, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciated it and my leg appreciated it too. I hope that they can see it clear to give you a few good meals every now and then for your good help. Thank you again."

"The person criticizing Judge Starr in Monday's phone call is aiming in the wrong direction. The president in the White House is the cause of the corruption. If there was no corruption, there would be no special prosecutor. A total of 23 people have been prosecuted and jailed, including the governor of Arkansas and one of Clinton's cronies, by Judge Starr. Speaking of taxpayers' money, there are 85 lawyers employed by Clinton to keep him in office with the total tab being paid by U.S. taxpayers, you included, who now is criticizing Judge Starr for the money he spent in tracking down corruption in the White House."

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