Mail Call

July 21, 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 can hardly believe that County Commissioner candidate Sue Tuckwell is having a birthday party and is charging $47 to those who attend. It sounds to me like her advisers must be Curly, Larry and Moe. God forbid that she be elected because she will probably want to charge us for the air we breathe. And by the way, who cares how old she is? Thanks."

"Yes and a good afternoon. This is to all you Bill the Viagra kid Clinton supporters. Do you kinda feel the noose tightening around your neck now? Thank you."


"Yes, I think it would be nice if someone would get up bus trips for places like Kings Dominion, Hershey Park, Adventure World, etc. There's a lot of mothers out there with kids that would like to go through the week but don't want to drive the distance. Think about it. Thank you."

"Not only did God make Adam and Steve, he made Amy and Eve."

"Please don't put ex-Governor Schaefer in for office again. He doesn't even know his way out of Baltimore. My husband and I got lost in Baltimore on Sunday and wanted to get back on the beltway to head back toward Hagerstown and we saw Schaefer at a gas station pumping his gas. I told my husband that he'd know how to get out of Baltimore so we stopped to ask him directions. My husband said that Schaefer just stammered around and then he turned us over to a girl who was walking by. Well, we thought he knew her. We got taken for $20 with a big scare from the situation. If he can't even direct someone out of Baltimore, how can he handle our money? Think clearly, folks. Thank you."

"We are talking about more than 30 visitors each day here. If our city officials allow those historical railroad shops to fall, they might then follow up the foolish act by tearing up all the ramps leading into Hagerstown off of Interstates 70 and 81 because they will have driven the last nail in the Hub City's coffin. It is unthinkable that Baltimore City would ever drain the water from the Inner Harbor but this city would appear to have its priorities all screwed on backwards. Our resources are wasted on more bricks, more parking spaces, more office spaces, more elevators, more consulting fees, more traffic signals and the beat goes on but not one cent to save our heritage. To promote tourism, those 45 acres are the best deal in town this century. A well orchestrated transportation center to highlight cars, Mack Trucks, Fairchild aircraft, canal boats and railroad equipment will attract more than 100 visitors every day. I rest my case."

"Yes, on Saturday we went to the Smithsburg Pride Days and we were a little disappointed with the amount of attendance. Last year we could hardly work our way through the crowds and this year we had to hunt the crowd. I think it was poorly attended no matter what the town or the paper says. We attended the re-enactment and was totally amazed at the people NOT there. There were perhaps 25 people attending this afternoon activity and there were only about 15 re-enactors participating in the re-enactment. There were only about five tents set up in the encampment and it was so disappointing that we didn't even go back on Sunday and we've attended this event every year on both days since it started. The vendors' prices were very high and there weren't even very many of them. We did enjoy the K-9 dogs and the officers performing with them. We also went to the street dance and went home early for the first time ever. This entire event was a disappointment to our family and we just hope this wasn't a hint to the town that people aren't interested in Pride Days anymore. Maybe it was just too hot but I really don't think so. Perhaps they could get a karaoke event next year there like they did the carnival. Think about it guys. You're losing your crowd and you need to come up with something better for next year. Thank you."

"Poor South High Band, they haven't started band practice yet? Well, it looks like North High's way ahead of you this year. Better get on the ball cause North's gonna take the Maryland State Championship again. You need to start practicing, South. Bye."

"Hi. For anyone that's interested we are now taking orders for the Potomac Center's 20th Anniversary Cookbooks. The cost of the book is $8 with a $4 deposit due in advance. For more information please call 301-791-4634. Thank you."

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