MailCall for 12/1

December 01, 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:

"It's the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, and I'm looking out my back window at the entrance to the county landfill and truck after truck after truck is pulling up loaded, expecting the dump to be open. As a reminder, if it's a holiday for the public it's probably a holiday for the county landfill workers."

"To Brooke, Katie and Donna, how exciting! There you were on the front row outside the NBC Studio in New York early on Friday morning. As the cameras scanned the crowd, there was a good closeup shot of all of you. Great!"


"I think this is important and that you print this. There is a little store in town and they sold my grandson two key chains and one had a small metal pipe on it that could be used for smoking crack and the other one was a little knife with a marijuana leaf on it. I don't think this is right and I took them to the police and they said that they couldn't do anything about it. I was just wondering if anyone would know if I could do something about this or not? My grandson is only 9 years old. Thank you very much. Any reply would be appreciated."

"I'm calling about the delivery of mail to Potomac Towers. Like today, it hasn't been done. It's not the first time it's not been delivered but this time I really got upset. It's like they are not treating senior citizens with courtesy and respect with delivering the mail on time. Yesterday was a holiday, Thanksgiving, and today we don't have any mail. What can we do about this? Who do we call? Could you print something in the paper about it?"

"I'd like to commend Jimmy for bringing it to the attention of people about all the illegal hunters on Eastern Boulevard and in that area. They're not only illegal hunters but they are poachers. They are outlaws and they are being watched and they will be caught. It's not only hunting that's illegal in this area. There's also a theft ring which is very active in that area."

"The area off of Eastern Boulevard has become a hotspot for illegal doings. I can't see why there's such a large deer population in Washington County with all the poachers that are in that area. There's also a great big criminal ring that's in this area where employees are stealing from their employers and then selling these things out of their home. Check on it."

"Hi Mail Call. This is for anyone who is calling in about the illegal doings in the East End of town. It doesn't do any good to call the Sheriff's Department and it doesn't do any good to report it to the DNR. What you need to do is what we did. Get a video camera with an ultraviolet light and a sensor light. A security system that records the comings and goings of these outlaws."

"Please finish decorating the Christmas tree downtown. There's more than one side to that tree and when you are coming down Potomac Street or looking backwards from South Potomac Street or from East Washington Street, it looks ugly."

"In Nov. 27's paper I saw an article about AIDS and prostitution in Thailand. In a bold face quote it says, 'Eight million people visit a prostitute every week.' A prostitute. Now don't you think that poor girl ought to take a couple of weeks off and rest up a little bit?"

"Hello. I would like to know if there are a lot of people out there that have extra blankets, coats, scarfs, mittens or gloves and boots for the people at the cold weather shelter located at 148 W. Franklin St.? They really need blankets and just about everything else. You can drop things off at 7 in the morning or after 6 in the evening. They really are in need of things. Please help if you can."

"We would like to know what it is with the Hagerstown City Council? They stretch the ethics law by buying a truck from the employer of the mayor, Hagerstown Ford, and they also have a backlog of unapproved minutes for a year or more. Now I read in the paper where they approve of giving $2,000 of taxpayers' money to some Nutcracker group This is very wrong. If they have that kind of money to throw around, then give it to the schools or to the poor. Also, they have debated not waiving permits for South High. The former council did do this for North High so what gives here guys? Come on you people, get down to doing the honest job you were elected to do. Think about it."

"Yes, to the person calling in complaining about the Salvation Army bell ringers. Maybe you should have read the paper. Last year it said that they were paying people and do you know why? Because they can't seem to find enough people that want to volunteer. So if you're so worried about these people getting paid, why don't you volunteer some of your time and ring a bell?"

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