MailCall for 11/18

November 18, 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:

"Hello Mail Call. In Monday, Nov. 9 Mail Call there was an article about secondhand smoke and the person said that if you don't like it to find another day-care provider. It also said to keep your kids home when they are sick because they were sick and tired of their secondhand germs. Boy, that person is defensive and sounds nasty. I hate to think of people like that with that kind of attitude taking care of our kids."

"To the person that thinks the Christian Right has no responsibility in the death of Matthew Shepard and the abortion clinic doctor. They are seriously wrong. I've seen Pat Buchanan, Jesse Helms and all the rest of the lovely Christian ministers on TV day after day saying how horrible homosexuals are and if they think that this doesn't influence some unstable person who believes it's his duty because he was told by a minister to go out and kill these doctors and homosexuals, then they are seriosly wrong."


"Congratulations to Jeff Gordon on another NASCAR championship. All you Dale Earnhardt fans might as well scrape those decals right off your windows!"

"In Friday's edition of Mail Call there was an individual accusing the Joint Veterans Council of supporting this Mikulski and Sarbanes, our two U.S. Senators. Well, something that I want this individual to know is that the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County and Article 2 of their Bylaws concerning nonpartisanship - we neither endorse nor do we support politics. So in the future anybody that wants to call in and scrutinize an organization, I wish that they would have their facts together before they do this because really and truly, there's no organizations in this county as far as I'm concerned, that need to be scorned or downgraded by individuals who don't have any idea of what they are talking about."

"In Friday's phone call concerning the attack on Henry Hyde by a liberal Democrat who voted for Bubba, my message to you is this - if I voted for Clinton and learned what a disgraceful thing he did in the people's White House while he should have been taking care of the people's business on our time, I'd be hanging my head in shame for voting for a counterfeit man in an empty suit."

"Dear Mail Call, Sunday at 1 o'clock the only football game on cable is the hapless Washington Redskins and the hopeless Philadelphia Eagles. Do I recall from my memory that many years ago there was several football games on many different channels throughout the broadcast areas and now we're stuck with one football game at 1 o'clock - the hapless Washington Redskins and the hopeless Philadelphia Eagles? Are they setting us up for pay per view for the future or what?"

"Congratulations to Michael Speaker for the big 8-point buck he got. He's 14 years old and I'd like to congratulate you, Michael. I hope you get another one."

"Hey Mail Call, how many times do we have to send troops and supplies over to Iraq and the Middle East and spend billions of dollars without asking the U.N. or Saddam himself to reimburse our country? Those billions of dollars could do a lot of good for our country, inside our country. Once again - who will reimburse us?"

"Thank you Mail Call. I wanted to say that I really enjoyed the outcome of the recent County Commissioners race and I think it was appropriate and justified and I certainly hope the new group of County Commissioners don't go off and do foolish things like John Shank and the other commissioners did and not even thinking about spending taxpayers' money on farm museums and office complexes that the taxpayers can't afford. Let's keep on going the way we are going and get the sewer debt paid off of reduce our taxes in other areas instead of coming up with these harebrained ideas for museums and fancy office complexes which is nothing more than a monument to John Shank, who we sent home to think about it."

"Yes, Mail Call. To the person who called in about the rhubarb plant. I hope you know that you don't use it for the first year. Then when you do get ready to use it the next year, you take hold of the stalk near the ground and twist them one at a time. Don't pull them up or you may pull the entire plant up. Now getting to the information that you asked for. You don't have to cover it or anything, it will die away and then come up again in full leaves next spring. I have three plants and I've had them for a few years and they do OK. You can pull them from the stalk from May or June up until the last of August."

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