Mail Call

December 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. On a recent TV program they exposed the so-called professional wrestling matches as a hoax, fraud, fake and whatever. What puzzles me is why the same people that keep watching that program, they keep fighting for it. That is genuine proof that they are a bunch of sawdust headed twits. This country has a serious problem. We're looking at a lot of mental health problems there."

"I was reading in The Daily Mail on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in reference to the new stadium. What I would like to voice, I can't understand why they have to go out of state and whatever to have a feasibility study of something when we have people in Maryland that have built stadiums and should know something about it. And another thing that bothers me about this whole thing is they said how much the skating rink in Hagerstown was going to add to the economy and that's not happening. And they also said this 1st Urban Fiber was supposed to increase the tax structure to a great degree and it was supposed to employ numerous amounts of people and it is now gone. So, I can't understand the reasoning of our city fathers and how they think that this stadium and how they know that if we sink $7 or $8 million dollars into it that it is going to be a bonanza."


"Hi Mail Call. I was wondering if the Mail Call readers can help me find some songs. I watch Don Imus every morning. He has been playing two songs that I would like to purchase. The songs are "Bubba's Blue Christmas" and "Mama is Coming to Town." Does any reader know where I can by these records? Thank you."

"This is to the man who walks Northern Avenue with his beagle. My thanks for your generous thoughts but I do not need gifts. Your smiles and waves are enough for me. Christmas is for the children, the sick and the shut-ins. Because of my disabilities, I no longer work on small engines but seeing smiling happy faces instead of angry jealous ones is a blessing to me. Thank you again."

"Hi Mail Call. This is to all you people out there who want Clinton impeached for lying. Do you really believe Lewinsky didn't lie? She admitted in January that she lied. She was given immunity but Clinton wasn't. Starr was out to get the president from day one. If any of you readers watch "Judge Joe Brown" or "Judge Judy" or "People's Court" you will find out both the plaintiffs and the defendants lie. The judge has to decide which one is telling the truth. Hillary has kept quiet through this political forest. Come on Hillary, free them. Thank you very much everybody. Happy Christmas"

"Yes, does anyone know where fruit cakes made at a monastery in Berryville, Va., can be purchased?"

"Hi, I'm calling about the Christmas trees. The one over in City Park and the one out by the city shed on Memorial Boulevard. I think they are a disgrace to Hagerstown. They used to have a beautiful big tree up there and the lights changed colors. And I would like to know if the people who decorated those trees decorate their trees at home like that. And if they do it is a disgrace."

"I heard on the news that the amount of money that people are giving to charities is way down. Maybe we are tired of giving to people that just need to get off their lazy butts and get a job. There are a lot of people that take and take all year long for utility bills, rent, clothes, food. You name it and then turn around at Christmas and get all the toys or food that they want for their family and they spend nothing because they don't have to. They are given everything. These charities are great for those people who truly need them. But if the people who really didn't need it wouldn't keep taking every hand- out they can get their hands on, there would be enough there for the people who do need it. If you get assistance this Christmas for any reason and you are able and healthy enough to work, you should not be allowed to get any assistance next Christmas. These charities are set up to help you in hard times. They are not there to support you."

"Yes, I have an opinion about this business of bombing Iraq. Just as he did before, the president is trying to create a diversion to keep people's minds off what he has really done. Now, I don't care how many people he has slept with, he could sleep with the whole nation as far as I'm concerned. But when he lies under oath that's a different story."

"I don't see exactly why these people who saw these kids stealing Christmas lights off the poles should have to stop and tell them that they were stealing and that would be wrong. These kids should have learned this lesson at home from their parents."

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