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Mail Call

June 11, 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 was wondering if anyone knows the name or phone number of an investigator for the Motor Vehicles Administration and also for the Internal Revenue Service?"




"I don't know how many people miss Dr. Minnich, the dentist in Williamsport that retired, but I sure do. I wish someone would call in and voice their opinion, too, because it's hard to find a good dentist anymore that doesn't cost an arm and a leg just to get some dental work done."

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"I'm calling in about the person who called in about the secretary at Boonsboro High getting fired. That person did not read between the lines. Everyone and anyone that knows this secretary at Boonsboro High knows that the only thing she did was to report something that a teacher did wrong. I think we need more people like this in our schools. There's a lot of teachers doing things that are wrong and the Board of Education will not do anything about them except to fire the people who report the people that are doing wrong. Thank you and have a great day."




"Hi Mail Call. I counted in Hagerstown the amount of buildings that have been torn down plus we got the Baldwin House that's going to be next. When you take the rowhouses on South Potomac Street, that triple house in the first block of North Locust Street, and all the many others that have been torn down, I count 41 buildings removed from the city of Hagerstown. Just plain torn down. How come Funkstown doesn't have one? How come Greencastle doesn't have one? How come Chambersburg doesn't have one? How come Boonsboro doesn't have one? Are they out of line with us? You'd better take a good look at Hagerstown - the historic downtown district. We're losing it real fast and it's a shame. It's a real shame. My city fathers, I'm ashamed of you."




"Hello Mail Call. This is to congratulate Fred on opening up Crab Alley on the Sharpsburg Pike. The food and crabs are just great. I'm so glad you're using the same seasoning that the Gateway used to use. It's the best all around and I just wanted to thank you also for taking the best two waitresses with you. You go girls! You're the greatest waitresses around and we all love you. Way to go Crab Alley."




"The Blues Fest was a great thing for the city of Hagerstown but charging $2 to get children into a fenced area when they could hear the music from outside the area and basically the only reason we could see to pay to get into this area was to drink beer, just doesn't seem right to a lot of us."




"Hi Mail Call. To all Democrats and Republican Central Committees, I think both parties should do a background check on all candidates running for office in Washington County in the 1998 election year. There are a lot of people like those in Washington, D.C., now running for public office here in Washington County and having fun at taxpayers' expense and families. Nothing to hide - have background checks. A taxpayer."




"Hello Mail Call. I'm calling about the people who keep calling in about the candy being thrown. Give it up! Quit calling in about it. It's starting to get old and I'm tired of reading about it. And for the people saying that animals aren't as important as people. Animals are just as important. Money should go to animals and people and this stupid little space program should be cut out."




"Way to go McDonald's. You put these Beanie Babies all over TV so the small children see them and then expect to get them with their Happy Meals. After all, isn't that really why they go to McDonald's? But now you're letting all the grownups buy them all so that every time I pull up to the window with my child there's no Beanie Babies left and I have to explain to her why and she just doesn't understand. I thought this was supposed to be for the kids? What a crock! McDonald's is raking in money hand over foot on these Beanie Babies and you people are idiots for collecting them. They're just these stupid little toys!"




"Hey Mail Call, do you really believe that Ken Starr would tell about his sex life and everything he's done and would tell the truth? I hardly doubt it. Thank you very much."




"The 'Not for resale' mark on McDonald's toys are only there so McDonald's and their employees don't sell the toys. When the consumer gets the toys it is his or hers to sell or not. It's similar to furniture that has tags that say, 'Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.' When the consumer receives this item, the tag can be removed. Whether a person is given free an item from a store or pays for it, that item can be sold by the consumer legally. Whether it is ethically correct do to so on free items is a matter for one's conscience. Thank you."




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