Mail Call

June 17, 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:

"Voters beware! Cas Taylor recently came to town to endorse Sue Tuckwell to hold the office of Washington County Commissioner. Heaven forbid if Tuckwell is elected because she is now obligated to do the bidding of Taylor. Endorsements don't come without strings attached and strings are attached to puppets. When Taylor calls in this favor of endorsement, it will be pay back time and Tuckwell will of course repay the debt even if it is at the expense of Washington County. If Tuckwell is elected it will be business as usual. I believe that we have had enough of that. Why has Taylor endorsed only Tuckwell? I think it's because he sees someone that he can control. Vote no to Tuckwell."


"Hello Mail Call. Doesn't Maryland have a law saying that youths 16 years of age and under must wear bike helmets and doesn't the City of Hagerstown have a law against riding bikes on the sidewalks? If so why aren't the laws enforced?"

"The dog that got hit with a piece of candy at the Sharpsburg parade shouldn't have been there in the first place and I think you need to get over it."

"Well, our man Tim Rowland has done it again by having the guts to tell it like it is in his recent article about Rodney Shoop. As a 16-year employee of the county, I know that Shoop has single-handedly done nothing but destroy the morale of the county workers. I would like to tell you his nicknames but I'm sure you wouldn't print any of them. The only thing he has done for the workers is to dictate a lot of petty Mickey Mouse rules that tend to take away from our dignity. One of his goals is to turn supervisors against workers and the County Commissioners know this but they let him get away with it. Yes, Shoop must go but also should Personnel Director Alan Davis. They are cut from the same cloth and to Mr. Rowland, I'm sure that current county employees are fearful to speak openly but I suggest you will learn a lot if you would speak with former workers. Thank you Mail Call."

"Hi Mail Call. This message is for the people who ride their dogs in the back of their pickup trucks. First of all it is illegal to drive a pickup truck with no tailgate or the tailgate lowered. Secondly, it is illegal to have pets in the back of a pickup truck without a safety harness. It is really cruel to have a dog in a pickup truck without a safety harness and the tailgate lowered. I hope the state and county police are reading this."

"Wake up taxpayers of Washington County and pay attention. The last time we didn't pay attention the County Commissioners built us a sewer system that put us $54 million in debt and those of us that don't use this sewer are still paying that debt because they are taking money out of the general fund and now all the commissioners may not be paying close enough attention to John Shank and his farmer buddies and are going to let him build a museum and an ag complex of some kind that's going to be taking money out of the general taxpayers' fund forever. Pay attention! Let's not let them get away with it this time."

"This is for the caller interested in some information about the Jehovah's Witnesses and I'd like to ask you to call me at 301-745-5386. I would encourage you to not become involved in that cult and I'm sure this will raise some controversy so I would ask that people who just want to argue and bicker not to call but if you want some information give me a call. I will be glad to talk with you and shed some light on that organization."

"Yes Mail Call, I was in a restaurant the other night with my wife and we were sitting there eating and a huge woman came in. She must have weighted 350-400 pounds and the person who seats you asked her if she wanted to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section and she told her that she wouldn't sit in the smoking section no matter what because it was detrimental to her health. Now what kind of human being would say this who weighs between 350-400 pounds and is worried about a little bit of smoke?"

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