Mail Call for 12/14

December 14, 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 glad that the post office is getting a postage increase. The last week of October we were mailed a TV guide from Frederick for the first week of November. We received it Dec. 9."

"This is to the local TV telecasting crew. Please slow down your speaking. You talk so fast that the senior citizens can't seem to catch what you are saying, especially in the 6 a.m. newscast. The girl with the light red hair should smile more at the camera and not at the young man who has the sports or weather. Also smile when you meet people on the street. This summer I passed you several times and smiled. You just frowned and went on. Not good relations for the TV station."


"To our nosy neighbors on West Wilson Boulevard. Just want to tell you that if you need to know something about our business, why don't you have the guts to come and ask us instead of calling the city every time? We don't stick our nose in your business and we don't bother you, so keep your nose out of ours. P.S. We weren't doing anything wrong."

"Yes Mail Call. I'd like to see The Herald-Mail print the things about smoking and how bad it is. And then I'd like the paper to print the fact that the three-judge panel - the ninth circuit court -voted out the government's bill about secondhand smoke, because the EPA, or whoever it was that is in charge of it, couldn't prove that secondhand smoke is harmful to anybody. And for all you people who are worried about smoking, you'd better be keeping your eye on Dr. Kevorkian because it won't be long before he'll be coming for you. This is what the government wants. They're not going to have to worry about paying your Social Security. They'll pay you all right and it's going to be with a shot and it ain't gonna be a shot of whiskey."

"To the 11-year-old boy who was worried about the Boy Scouts destroying nature by selling Christmas trees. These trees are grown specially for sale as Christmas trees and they are often grown on hilly land that is not good for farming. If your grandparent is still concerned, remind him that every time you eat broccoli you are destroying nature also. You sound like a bright boy who should ask that your grandparent enroll you in a Boy Scout group. Have a very Merry Christmas."

"Hi Mail Call. It's the holiday season and if you receive The Herald-Mail newspaper, whether morning or afternoon, let's not forget to give your carrier a Christmas gift. After all, they make sure that we have a newspaper seven days a week and in all kinds of weather."

"This is to the person that wanted the Bonus Book '99. They have them at Sears, the South End Shopping Center and the SPCA. Give them a call to make sure they have some on hand before you go there."

"Yes, I live along the Antietam Creek and I'd like to know who to call the next time I see that big white foamy stuff floating down the creek and I'd like to know who's dumping it in there."

"Yes, I'd like to wish my two nephews Dillon and Tyler a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Uncle Bill and Aunt Linda."

"I read an article in today's Mail Call regarding drivers without headlights and police enforcement. You would think with all the police in this town that we would have a little more police presence. It would cut down on crime, plus they need to observe the turn signal law, and start writing tickets to the other people that don't use them either."

"Yes, I would like to see more police protection in this town since I see them sitting in front of parking lots and shopping centers. Let's get out there and cut down on the speeders, the turn signals and all these erratic drivers. Come out and earn your money, guys. Don't just sit around and do nothing and try using your turn signals yourself."

"Yes, this is in response to the Mail Caller who called in to complain to the city about the added police protection to the ballet school downtown. I do not know why you feel that your business needs extra protection but I do know that the owner of the ballet school felt that the protection was needed for the good of her young students. The police were doing their job protecting the citizens. You should not complain when something good happens simply because it didn't happen to you. Oh by the way, instead of complaining about the lack of police assistance with your business, why don't you hire a security guard? The owner of the ballet school did. The owner no longer relies on the protection of the police."

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