Mail Call

June 30, 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 is Terry at 301-824-2300, P.O. Box 35, Smithsburg, Md. 21783. To the one that picked up my wallet please return it to my P.O. box or call me at my telephone number anytime after 8 p.m. and let me know that you've found it."

"Hello, Mail Call. I'd like to voice a complaint about people dumping trash on Recher Road in Fairplay. I live here and I don't appreciate it. It's a couch, a mattress and a box spring. It looks like their whole house. We really don't appreciate it. Why don't you buy a dump permit?"


"When you mentioned everyone that helped out with the fuel spill in Clear Spring you failed to mention the County Roads Department and the use of their equipment. Without them there wouldn't have been a dam built to contain the fuel."

"Ah, yes, I am a supporter of Linda Irvin-Craig but I have a little advice for Mrs. Craig in her attempt to become an elected official again. I was at a fund-raiser recently with Bruce Poole and listened to Mrs. Craig constantly criticizing why she lost the last election. Mrs. Craig, my advice to you would be don't worry why you lost and blame everybody else. Run positive. It's going to take a positive leadership to deal with the future problems, not negativism."

"I'm wondering why they are tearing down the beautiful land in City Park, in the middle of the pond? That's just wrong. Save the land, save the land. I protest, I protest!"

"Hi, Mail Call. In Mail Call a reader complained that an insurance agent was using Mail Call to promote insurance sales. Wrong! The agent was merely pointing out to the public that renter's insurance is relatively cheap and should be carried by every renter. It seems like every day you read about a fire and then quote, 'The house was rented by the John Smith family who lost everything they owned. They had no insurance.' Please renters, buy insurance. It's for your own protection and no, I don't sell insurance."

"Hi, Mail Call. This is to the man on Manor Church Road. I wish you'd stop watching me with your binoculars. You and your sister, that's all you do. Watch everybody around the neighborhood and I'm sick and tired of it. Please stop watching me through your binoculars."

"Regarding the Washington scandal. In my opinion the three people involved, the one talking, the one recording and the one waiting in New York on a book deal, were all in this to make a profit and costing us over $40 million in tax money."

"I'd like to know if in the Hagerstown area there are any pinochle players? My husband and I enjoy the game and we'd like to know if there's any available groups in this particular area?"

"It's strange, a few years ago there was much concern that the sky was falling down. Many companies were relocating in Mexico and overseas. There was going to be a big increase in unemployment and now the unions are striking General Motors because it wants to downsize and send jobs elsewhere. Does anyone notice that our economy is now at its best and unemployment is at its lowest with many companies not able to find employees? Maybe we need some more downsizing!"

"This is directed to the people on Clopper Road that have farm animals, namely black, white and baby sheep and also large red hens. On numerous occasions these animals have been in several of your yards and we all work hard to keep our lawns looking nice and we would appreciate it if you would keep your animals on your property. Residents of Clopper Road."

"I want to thank the gentleman with the two little girls that was in the Sheetz Store on Virginia Avenue on Tuesday afternoon for helping my son who is a CP, get his ice cream by paying the difference of what money he had and the total. May God bless you and yours."

"I, for one, am opposed to buying the almost fallen down roundhouse. Let the people that want it buy it, not with the taxpayers' money. Everybody that gets a job with the county government gives themselves a raise. Taxes are taxes whether we can afford them or not. Are we getting our money's worth? Can we find ways to reduce taxes? Are some folks paying too much and others not enough? Farmers have to get other jobs just to live and pay their taxes."

"Hey, it's pretty bad when the Baltimore Orioles don't beat a $9 million Montreal Expo team with their $70 million payroll don't you all think so?"

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