Mail Call for November 27

November 27, 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. I'm calling to ask about the grape extract that the politicians are spraying on the birds downtown. I live in the North End and I have numerous doves, sparrows and other birds that come to my bird feeder every day. Yesterday and today not one bird showed up. When the ducks were moved out of City Park the prostitutes showed up there. Maybe if the blackbirds are taken off the square we'll get lucky and all the prostitutes can conduct their business in our new square and then all the politicians will be happy."


"Yes, I would like to wish my father, Jack Warner of Hagerstown, a happy 50th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 29. From your daughter, Sabrina."

"This is P.B. and I would like to leave a message for T.B. wishing you a very happy anniversary on Thanksgiving Day and as always and forever only you would say, only, always and forever. I love you and God bless us. Happy anniversary babe. Love P.B."

"Hi, Mail Call. It's so good to pick up your local paper and read what a good job your local police department is doing on the West End. Keep up the good work and police officers, check on Madison Avenue a little better."

"Hi, Mail Call. I'm a minister in the Charlotte, N.C., area and all my grandparents live in Hagerstown and I don't get to see them very often, so I would like to wish my two grandmothers and my grandfather a Happy Thanksgiving. From their grandson, Tony."

"Hello, Clear Spring Blazer Band. Congratulations on doing the best you can and I'm sorry that you fell a little bit short. Keep up the good work, kids."

"Would someone at City Hall please get it correct on the trash collection? Monday's paper, says the last collection for yard waste is Dec. 1. The ad on TV says Dec. 15. Would someone please let us know which is correct? Thank you."

"Yes, this is the past commander of the American Legion and Monday night there was a reference to the Salvation Army in Mail Call. I, for one, work the Salvation Army booth at K-Mart every December and we don't get anything. We don't want anything and we're glad to do it. It's a pleasure for volunteers and for those people that think they know all the answers, you ought to come out and work and then find out."

"Yes, Mail Call, tell me why we need department stores, etc. open on Thanksgiving Day? There's no need to shop and there's no need to keep employees away from their families on a special day like this."

"Isn't it amazing, Mail Callers, that Ron Bowers is still appearing on the local radio talk show circuits? Maybe Mr. Bowers needs to go back and read the local newspaper from early this month. After reading it he'll find out that he lost."

"Congratulations to the North High volleyball team. You fought a good fight and you are a great team of ladies."

"Hi, the holiday season is upon us. It's the time of the year that brings out the good in the good people and the bad in the bad. Please beware of the bad. I work in retail and I see every day the good and the bad. I see trusting women leave their purse in the cart to go look for something or to talk to someone. When I see this, I warn them but they look at me like I'm crazy. Believe me, things do happen. Also remember that the clerks are there to help you. The nicer you are to them the more helpful they will be to you. They are not there to take your rudeness or abuse. Just remember it's a holiday season and be nice to everyone."

"Forget the big bucks and get the buckshot out. Print something that might help what used to be a good neighborhood. Now they have parties all weekend with cars parked on other people's property. They have a red light in the window and I know there's drugs involved. It's a shame. It's the same avenue that had the jungle beside the shed. Probably the next call will be the police."

"Hey, Mail Call, I'm concerned about these kids and I think you ought to have a little respect in your paper and put this in. I'm calling from a pay booth because I don't have a phone of my own, I don't have that kind of money. But I'm concerned about the smoking on the school grounds at the Head Start program at North Street School or maybe that's the reason why you don't want to print it. I would like for you to know that I'm very concerned about this. I would like to know what the ruling is for smoking on the school grounds, especially right up against the building. Now if you think that this is a joke, just ride past there anytime and you'll see. It's either poor supervision or somebody is breaking the law. Thank you kindly."

"Yes, does The Herald-Mail have any sort of large print newspapers for the elderly? Thank you."

"It is extremely doubtful that the U.N. is going to cover the cost of our bombing Saddam and whatever over there because we already owe the U.N. billions of dollars. It's quite insane that someone would say that the U.N. could reimburse us when we owe them more than half of all monies owed to them by all countries. Thank you."

"Hi, Mail Call. I would like to say this to all the illegal hunters hunting on Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown. You are hunting on private property that is in the city limits and you are being watched. Sooner or later you're going to be caught. How can you call yourself hunters? Caller, Jimmy."

"Hello, Mail Call. Smokers, it's just not the secondhand smoke that we nonsmokers object to but the way you throw your trash all around. There's thousands of cigarette butts and packages all over the place. Why can't you take care of all that trash? Thank you, Mail Call."

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