Mail Call

December 24, 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:

"Monday's Mail Call had a tirade against the baseball stadium. There are thousands of us going to this baseball stadium every year. There are thousands of us enjoying the pleasure of seeing these young people develop their skills and knowing that when we see someone in the majors or Triple A, that we saw them when they started out. I think it is a wonderful, clean wholesome entertainment for much of Hagerstown. Many more people enjoy the Suns baseball games more than enjoy the golf course and many other things. If we're not going to build the stadium, let's get out of the swimming pool industry, the golf industry and every other entertainment and let this town shrivel up and die. I think the Suns are a wonderful asset and we should have a decent stadium where we can have the amenities."


"Yes, this is John and I'm calling to say Merry Christmas and I love you very much. To my wife, Christy."

"This call is concerning the circle at Huyetts Crossroads. I collected the names for the petition and would like to thank everyone who had signed. I received a letter from the Maryland Department of Transportation and there has been no firm decision. The traffic staff is studying several options. If you weren't aware of the proposed circle, didn't get a chance to sign the petition, or would like more information, you may contact the assistant district engineer's office at 1-800-760-7138. Let's stop that circle."

"Yes, this is to the caller who is complaining about a $50,000 study for a new baseball stadium and he wants the money to go to a library. He said the library has bad bathrooms. It would be cheaper to have the new stadium built and let him sit home in his own bathroom and read."

"In Mr. Maginnis' opinion column in Sunday's paper about the new stadium, he quotes, "this community's opposition" and he further quotes, "how much is a question?" I challenge Mr. Maginnis and the Mayor and Council to bring the stadium issue to a vote of the taxpayers. As you have been avoiding this as quoted the other evening. They can't fill the stadium they have now and your survey doesn't project the attendance to increase enough to satisfy another $10 million dollar debt. The ice rink was another brilliant idea that failed."

"I'm reading Monday's Mail Call and I don't know what worries me more: The new stadium and the impeachment or the grammar that the people are using in Mail Call. "

"I wrote in a thank you to the residents off of Eastern Boulevard, Leroy and Skipper. I'll bet the DNR, Sheriff's Department, Planning and Zoning and Health Department inspectors would like to thank them, too. Thanks to these two residents they all have jobs."

"I was wondering if there was anybody out there in the Boonsboro area that gave private guitar lessons for the acoustic and electric guitars. And if there was anyone that gave private lessons if they could call into Mail Call and leave their name and number."

"It is time when Christmas is near when we are supposed to celebrate our Lord's birth. But who are we giving honor to? Christ is not a baby anymore. He is a full grown lord in Heaven. And we should give all the glory to Him for why He came and died for us. That was His gift to us. So why don't you give Him the gift of yourself by receiving Him in your life and repenting. And furthermore, I don't see any signs of His birth anywhere. I go out in public in malls, stores, restaurants and all I see is Santa Claus, reindeer, snowman, or decorations of all kinds. I don't hear people saying merry Lord's Day, Are you ready for the Lord's Day? I don't see any pictures of our Lord anywhere. Why doesn't the town put a big banner up with His picture on it saying happy birthday, Lord? I don't hear any one mentioning His name. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year. It should be a time where we should give glory to Him, not the babe. By giving gifts in His love and our love, and furthermore the date of His birth is not in the Bible. He just said to take communion in remembrance of Him and why He died. And man is the one who set that date and not God. So when you give the gift tell them that it is in the Lord's love and your love and that will give Him glory. Happy Lord's Day."

"This is to Davey. I would like to wish him a Merry Christmas and tell him I love him. Love, Sarah."

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