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Mail Call

June 24, 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:

"Hi Mail Call, President Clinton ought to take Ken Starr and Newt Gingrich along to China and then lose them in the crowd."




"Ah, yes Mail Call, I read with great interest and humor that some of the people that call in talking about the Conococheague Waste Water Treatment Plant. As one individual called it. The Taj Mahal. I would be willing to bet the individual doesn't know where it's been located, doesn't know anything about it, but yet, he calls it the Taj Mahal. Thank goodness the county is not in the same situation as the city. The city is facing major repair and doesn't not have capacity to handle future business."

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"Interesting vote by Board of County Commissioners last Tuesday. Rod Shoop, county administrator, 4 to 1 for Republicans against one Democrat. Seems that Ron Bowers must see something fishy here. Because I've heard an awful lot, acknowledging problems the county has gotten into because of Shoop. Was that vote a vote of confidence for Shoop or a vote of confidence for Jim Wade and Company? Looks fishy to me, folks. I think you got to kick all those Republicans out."




"Yes, I'd like to know why our administration staff at the Board of Education can afford to give themselves a 3 percent pay raise and an expense-paid trip to Oakland to meet. But the teachers will be making 2 percent less next year due to the new pension plan deductions if they don't get their 3 percent pay raise. The people in this county need to know exactly where our tax dollars are going."




"It never ceases to amaze me the audacity of some people and to the length that they will go to to sell insurance. I notice in the Letters to the Editor where an insurance company representative was trying to push renters' insurance. Why didn't they just take out an ad in the paper to sell renters' insurance. It was self serving."




"Hi Mail Call I have a question for Mayor Bruchey, County Commissioners, anybody whose involved with the Hagerstown Fairgrounds that's still sitting empty. I'd like to know what the reason is why they don't consider putting an amphitheater over there. I think it would be a great idea and fantastic idea due to the fact I have visited numerous in Vienna, Va., Wolf Trap and have seen some great concerts just like George Strait, etc. Also they have rock bands for the young generation. I think it would bring a lot of business to our town, because people would leave Hagerstown and travel to York, Pa., Fair, Frederick Fair, D.C., Baltimore arenas, you name it. We've traveled everywhere and we could have something right here in our own town. We could have a picnic area, pavilions and make it a beautiful park along with a amphitheater and like I said have fantastic singers, country music and rock. As everyone knows the ice skating rink is not doing too well and I think it was a poor idea and that plant going's to go in the hole. So I think they ought to reconsider this because, many people from all over that travel to Baltimore and just right down to Frederick. So would somebody please answer my questions. I'd be happy to hear this."




"You don't have to have many math smarts to realize the office conference for more than 100 persons comes out to a cost of less than $161 per person, room board and speaker and conference materials for three days at Wisp would cost in excess of that given figure. Then too, how many board vehicles were used for the trip. Needless to say the county reading program needs to be enhanced or upgraded. But was this required when we have local business that could use their tax dollars. These businesses provided some of these extra tax dollars that the board received. Ron, you blew our money again with your approval statement and the board spokeswoman thought the public was naive. Not so."

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