Mail Call

January 19, 1999

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:

"Hi Mail Call, this is two different things. One, all of the streets in the North End are not clear of snow and haven't been since this mess began a couple of weeks ago. In fact, only the major arteries have been swept down the middle and if somebody's parking space is open it is because he went out and used his own energy to clean it out. Most of the side streets are still a horrendous, icy, clogged up mess. And, number two, the vehicle emissions test, they take 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. $12 is not a few pennies and they make your car hop around gunning the way they do, like it's some little rabbit. That can't be good for it. As far as air emissions are concerned up here, I don't think that it is worthwhile. This is just to make sure that the average figure comes out so that the metropolitan area doesn't have to do more."


"I'm calling about the lady who said that Medicare pays for needles and syringes and everything for sugar diabetes. Well, I just called the pharmacy and they do not cover it. And the syringes and everything else for diabetes, that is not true. I have heart trouble, sugar diabetes, and gout, which is a form of arthritis and there is no way I get any help at all."

"I'm interested in the ice rink and I was wondering if anyone ever thought of having ice hockey leagues and really getting people interested in it."

"To the people in Mail Call on Thursday that are taking up for Roscoe Bartlett or are happy about him, I still haven't heard them tell me what he has done for Washington County. I did read that he did spend a day up at the Habitat house. I bet that was a lot of work done."

"This is in response to the person questioning the over 70 law on the emissions testing. When you receive your notice look on the back of the form. There is a section to fill out for over 70. Fill out the form and send it to the enclosed address and you will very shortly receive a reply as to whether or not you are exempt. I did this for two people over the age of 70. It was very simple."

"I notice in our Mail Call column a second citizen that points out that they heard about age 70 people did not have to have their emissions inspection test. Surprisingly, I went over there within the past year and I guess I should be flattered, maybe they thought I didn't look old enough to raise the question but nobody told me that. So, is Glendening trying to get as much out of us old people as possible cause he sure is not making it plain. Maybe the newspaper needs to bring this out for us old people."

"This is to the person calling about the Christmas trees on Jefferson Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue. It's also the same way on Jefferson Street and we have had them around for decades it seems like. So if somebody could come around and pick them up, we would really appreciate it."

"This is to the newspaper carrier that called in and said he didn't receive many gifts for Christmas. I gave my paperboy a gift and I got no thank you, whatsoever. And I would like to have a bag on my paper when it is snowing and raining."

"County Commissioner Vice President Paul Swartz is disappointing many of us. He seems to favor public money that is county taxpayer money for a new stadium for the Suns and yet at the same time he is petty enough to think that paying county employees every other week will save a few dollars. Paul, we elected you because you were not Ron Bowers. Don't be another Ron Bowers. Look what happened to him."

"My heart goes out to railroad history buffs and especially to the Ludwig Kemmerer descendants. But the people of Washington County don't deserve any better when they campaign about truly vital stuff like Beanie Babies and nosy neighbors. And while the historical society wrings its hands and the local government assures us there is nothing they can do, two more irreplaceable pieces of our history will fall to corporate greed."

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