MailCall for 11/10

November 10, 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 to the woman with her two grandchildren who left the Valley Mall and went down to Halfway Boulevard to Oak Ridge Bank. You did not have those children in their car seats or seat belts. That's against the law and the one girl was standing up and down. The state police needs to enforce these laws much harder and maybe make the fine $1,000 and if it happens more than once they should take them away from you and put them in foster care. That would get you people to put your children in safety seats."


"I have been making a study on those that are rattling the guardrails with their boom boxes and those who attend those rowdy concerts where the performers throw garbage at the audience. My findings are that most of those people are of less intelligence than the average person. Their IQs are about 75 compared to 110, which is considered average and those who get excited over those silly wrestling matches rate among the lowest on the intelligent scale."

"Mail Call, I'm calling in about the gift shops that sell the Beanie Babies but save them for their friends instead of putting them out for the public to buy. You gift stores know who we mean. I bet the Ty Company would like to know who you are. Well, they're going to be finding out. We've called in and you tell us that you have them but a few minutes later when we get to your store you tell us that the dealers have bought them all up in a hour's time. Why can't you be honest about these Beanie Babies? After all, they are supposed to be for the kids and not the greedy dealers."

"I live on View Street and all the people that love their big trees and won't cut a branch, why don't you take care of them when the leaves fall? You wait until the wind blows and blows them on your neighbors. You rake up maybe a bag a year and your neighbor rakes for weeks. I know nature will take care of it eventually but I think we need to help nature out. Clean up your own mess and don't wait until your neighbor has to do it."

"I'd like to get the old TV guide back that comes in the Sunday paper. It used to tell something about the movies that come on and who plays in them. This is the way I know whether or not that I want to see it. Please bring back the old one."

"This is to the folks who are coming down Woodland Heights Drive, a dead end street and turning around two or three times a day. We're taking down your tag numbers and turning them into the police because there has to be a reason you're doing this and you're not visiting or seeing anyone down here in this neighborhood. You're being watched."

"This is to my ex-husband. If you don't remember, the no-contact order that is still in effect, and it means birthdays, too, if you would have reported back in to your probation officer when you got out of prison, you would have known. So you need to contact her and find out what's going on."

"Yes, Mail Call. We'd just like to wish our son Nickolas Michael Davis a happy sixth birthday from his mom and dad and sister Jossie."

"Yes, I have a solution to the NBA strike. I hate basketball, by the way, but that's another story but it's the same thing I said about baseball. But in the NBA, if they want to finish with the strike then the owners should give the players 60 percent of what they make, not that any other business in this country does that. You know, gives that much and allows the employees to dictate what they make. That's pretty gross but I think the owners should go ahead and give up 60 percent because let's face it, without the players there's no NBA. Now on the other hand, I think the owners of basketball should get 60 percent of all the money the players make outside of basketball. I mean, all the endorsements, the owners should get 60 percent of all the players' endorsements. Let's face it, without the NBA the players don't have a chance. That's only fair. If they want 60 percent, they're gonna have to give up 60 percent. I guess old Michael J won't be liking that too well. $45 million for a year to play basketball. Now you tell me how the Bulls made it under the salary cap? In the salary cap that's to protect the taxpayers. I'm sick and tired of spending $80 per person to go see a basketball game when we build the stadiums and get no return."

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