Mail Call

June 05, 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:

"This morning I had a terrible chill run down my spine. It occurred after I thought about the possibility that County Commissioners Ron Bowers, John Shank, and Greg Snook would once again get four more years."

"Hi Mail Call. Antietam Farms Red Ribbon Club had a trail ride up into Sharpsburg and long the Battlefield and up to the canal on Saturday. I just wanted to call and give a heartfelt thank you to the state policeman who escorted us and kept traffic sane for us, as the kids and ponies rode along the road. It was a wonderful time and he was just great. I also want to thank all the motorists who we held up and got in their way. Everybody was very courteous and very kind and the ponies all behaved themselves very well and I want to thank them also. The only fly in the ointment was the Park Service. We paid for a permit to get into the park and they didn't want the kids to go in the out exit so they had to ride all the way into Sharpsburg on the main road. It was a shame that the kids had to be put at risk to keep the rules but all in all it was a great time. Thanks again to the state policeman and all the motorists. Thanks Mail Call."


"I'm calling concerning the 'firing' of the secretary at Boonsboro High School. First she was suspended with pay, I might add. Then 'fired.' Why? Because it got into the papers? Being a 'whistle blower?' We the public have a right to know what is happening to our children in these schools. We pay taxes. Just to let you know, we know more than you think. Look at the problems at North High, Cascade Elementary, Conococheague Elementary, Williamsport High, and Boonsboro. It's because we as parents talk among ourselves and to other parents in other schools. Close to 200 people have signed petitions in support of this person and all potential 'whistle blowers' to make sure their jobs are secured. I feel our superintendent of schools should support all of his employees. He should be a man of integrity. What kind of precedent is this setting? I would prefer ten whistle blowers to one bad apple in our schools. This would never have made the papers had the administrators done their job thoroughly. Please help support the people who are willing to come forward for our children, for we love our children forever. A very concerned parent."

"This is for the person that just moved here from the Eastern Shore. I resent you calling people here slow and referring to our small burg as a hole-in-the-wall. It really sounds to me as if you have saltwater from the shore in your brain. Why the frustration with us? Come on get a life. Hey, we do have a big river here. Drop in."

"Hi Mail Call. There is so many people complaining about The Herald-Mail. There was a picture last week of a house where a man committed suicide. That goes on all the time in other newspapers. I've been reading The Herald-Mail for 65 years and would not trade it for any other newspapers from the big cities, including New York. I have no relatives working there nor have I ever worked there. Keep up the good work Herald-Mail. I look forward to your paper every afternoon."

"I found it interesting the article about the school teachers missing time. I live in a housing development with at least 12 of them and they leave the house at 7:30 in the morning and they're all home by 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon and if they want to know where they all are at, drive around the housing developments. They're out working in their yards or gardens. That's where they all are."

"This is to the person from the Eastern Shore who recently moved to this small hole-in-the-wall burg. If ice hockey is what you want go out to the ice rink here in Hagerstown. Games go on most evenings. Lord knows they can use the money. If that doesn't do it, move back to the Eastern Shore so some of us slow people can take your menial labor job. Some people appreciate what they've got around here."

"Hi Mail Call. About the dog being hit in Chewsville on Monday. I made a mistake and said Monday morning. It was hit around 4 o'clock Monday afternoon, June 1. I appreciated your not stopping but I also know you were driving a maroon truck."

"The picture of the runners jogging in Wednesday's paper didn't show the three police cruisers that were escorting them. I wonder if that's all they had to do was follow runners down the pike? Three of them."

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