MailCall for 11/9

November 09, 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'm calling in reference to both of my daughters losing their fingernails for no apparent reason. If anyone out there knows of this happening to their children or anyone else's child, I'd sure like to hear about it. I've been trying to find out all I can about this and I'm hoping someone who reads Mail Call will be able to help me. Please call me at 301-733-0952. Thank you."

"On Saturday, Oct. 31 around 8:15 my 5-year-old and I were traveling on Interstate 81 South crossing the bridge from Maryland going into West Virginia. We were in the left hand lane entering the bridge when a tractor-trailer in the right hand lane cut over in front of us smashing the entire passenger side of the car where my son was sitting. Needless to say, the car was totaled. He then continued to drive away never stopping to see if we were OK. By the grace of God my son and I were fine and very thankful to be alive. I crossed over to the right hand lane and then off to the side, again thankful to be alive and also thankful that no one else was involved. Then I proceeded to get the car to the rest station where the trucks are sitting. Another truck driver whose name I never did get, stopped to help us and then took us to my in-laws who were waiting for us off of Exit 23 Marlowe. My family and I would like to thank him very much. We were driving a 1991 red Dodge Shadow and my son remembers the letters 'l-a-u-v' and another 'l' in white letters trimmed in black with red writing above them on the side of this truck. The tractor-trailer was all white. If anyone remembers seeing this accident or who may have been following this truck and has any information on this accident, please contact Mail Call and leave your number or call the Maryland State Police. Any help would be greatly appreciated."


"Hi Mail Call. Ellen Sauerbrey may have lost the election, however, the real loser is the state of Maryland."

"Hi Mail Call. The people have spoken so let's cut out running down our President Bill Clinton for five hours on the radio. I still say that if Mr. Clinton had another skin color they wouldn't get away with it. I want to know if Rush Limbaugh, Bob Grant or Barry Farber are saints? I'd like to get a petition up to get them off the air. Enough hate in Washington County, do we need more?"

"Yes, I wanted to thank Hagerstown Community College's Human Service Club. Right now they are doing a canned food drive to support needy families over the holidays. I think when people are willing to share their time and help others it should be commended. They have boxes in every building at the college and I hope the community gets involved and takes their canned goods out to the college to help the club."

"If you don't like your day-care provider's secondhand smoke, find another daycare provider. Also, please keep your children home when they are sick. We're getting sick and tired of their secondhand germs making us ill."

"Good morning Mail Call. I have to agree with the Mail Caller about the deer problem at the Antietam Battlefield. My car was totaled last year. Deer run out on the road morning, noon and night. We need to thin out the population. Wipe out all the deer on the Antietam Battlefield!"

"You know if Bruce Poole would have worried more about Chris Shank than bashing all the time on Art Modell maybe he would have won the election."

"This is to the people who live near Funkstown who have that old dog that can barely walk. You need to watch your dog more closely. You need to give it care and medication if it needs it. It looks like it's almost starved to death and I just think it's terrible that this dog is allowed to roam around like that in the shape that it's in. If you love your animals you need to take care of them. Even when they're old."

"Hi Mail Call. I'm a member of the Roundhouse Museum and I'd like to invite everybody that really wants to know what is going on to come by the museum at 300 South Burhans Boulevard. We can explain it much better than in the newspaper or on the phone and we would like to meet everybody in person and tell them what we plan to do."

"It is with pride that as an alumnus of Shepherd College that I welcome three fellow alumni to the Board of Washington County Commissioners. Mr. Swartz, Mr. Wivell and Mr. Iseminger are all graduates of Shepherd College."

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