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Mail Call

July 08, 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 like to play pinochle. My phone number is 301-733-2787."




"It's amazing to me these bleeding hearts that worry about people smoking cigarettes. They worry about people that smoke cigarettes and they say 3,000 teenagers a day start smoking. How many teenagers a day, in this country, have an abortion? I would venture to say that abortion is probably the cause of more deaths in this country than anything. But you don't hear much about that, because our administration backs it all the way. And why wouldn't they?"

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"Yes, My name is Ashley, and I would like to say that I hate how summer gets shorter and school days get longer and every time after our summer vacation we have to go back to school one day or two days earlier. I think it's wrong, and we should have a longer summer."




"Hi, Mail Call. We would like to say congratulations to our son for making the B Team All Stars in Federal Little League and congratulations to all the boys who made the B Team in Federal Little League. They all did a tremendous job, and we just want to say, 'congratulations.'"




"How come people think that teachers are so great, and want to keep giving them raises? I think they are getting paid very well for the job they are doing. All we hear is more money for education, which the taxpayers are paying for. When some of the schools haven't even been teaching spelling. No wonder these kids getting out of school can't write. It's because they can't spell. Could it be that some of the teachers are at fault and need some education themselves?"




"The symphony and fireworks at Antietam Battlefield on Saturday, July 4, was wonderful. The selection of music was even better and the fireworks were also good. I enjoyed it much more than I did last year."




"Hey, Mail Call. To the person who keeps complaining about our answering machine message. You know who you are. We like it just fine."




"I want to answer the question about where school pride has gone, talking about football games. You can go to any place in this county, then go look at Boonsboro. There's not even room to stand in Boonsboro stadium. Both parents and the alumni, which I'm one of, love it. I take my little kids, elementary school kids, preschool kids; we have a ball."




"I'm calling in about the educational section that you put in this past week. I think education in this county is not as good as they make it out to be. I have a child who's going in the third grade myself, and I've had him tested for reading disabilities. They say he doesn't have a reading disability, and yet, with all the testing that they do every year he's come out 1 percent national rate. I think 1 percent is very poor, so if these people in Washington County really want a pay raise, they need to go into the basics."




"To the person who called in about putting crackheads on the front page of the newspaper: yourself and your collaboration of friends must not know any crackheads, because they have no shame. You could put their pictures on billboards all over town, and they wouldn't stop smoking crack."




"You know, if anybody in Washington D.C. would ever tell the truth, there'd be nobody left in D.C. That includes Ken Starr."




"I see where former Judge Corderman, who is also the former attorney general for an island in the South Pacific, is running for County Commissioner. He got full judge's retirement, which is the judge's full salary because allegedly, he had lost part of his hearing and could not hear the litigants testify in front of him as a result of the alleged bombing. Why vote for a County Commissioner that can't hear?"




"I know what communism is, because I killed 27 of them in Vietnam while Bill Clinton was studying the Communist Manifesto in Moscow."




"Yeah, I'm calling in regard to the person who put in about the Orioles being the highest paid ball team. What happened last year? We were in first place from the beginning of the season to the end. Try to beat that record with your Little League team. Thank you and Good-bye."




"Hi, Mail Call. I just want to let the people out there who think that having someone's picture put in the paper will do away with crack or marijuana doesn't know what they're talking about. I think they mean well, but people on crack or marijuana don't have a conscience. Until they develop a conscience, which comes from inside, they won't want to change. They can't change until they want to change. So, they just have to wait until they develop a conscience. Thank you, Mail Call."




"I'm 10 years old. I went with my friends to see the City Park. We found dead fish, dead flowers, dead trees and mean geese. I would like a pretty park."




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