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January 20, 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:

"I'm calling about the article in the paper the other night about the County Commissioners. I feel that whenever they ran for office they knew the job was for $20,000 a year, that's the way it should be. They need to worry about the sewer debt and other debts instead of worrying about filling their pockets. They all have other jobs. They don't need to be getting more money. There are people out there that work hard at these other jobs that only get minimum wage that need more money. And for the stadium, they should be having fund-raisers and raising the money for it rather than having the people pay for it that don't use it. These people in politics need to stop running and profiting for themselves and work for the people."


"I'm calling about the article in Mail Call on Jan. 15. If the people would listen and read the paper right, the proposed raise for the County Commissioners is for the next board in four years, not the ones that we put in office in 1998."

"It is my understanding that the SPCA charges the fees that they charge to cover the spaying and neutering of the pet you adopt. If more people would be responsible pet owners, which the SPCA is encouraging, then there wouldn't be any free kittens in the newspaper and there also wouldn't be as many unwanted animals in the SPCA. Therefore, the SPCA would not need more room. Think about it."

"I want to know if anybody else really cares what Bob Borngesser's opinion on anything is. Think about it."

"I want to know if we're going to put Linda Tripp on trial? The Republicans have been out to get President Clinton ever since he trounced them in two elections. And now this is their way of trying to do it. Well, there are going to be a lot of Republicans packing their bags soon."

"This is to the person calling in saying it is OK to put cans and lawn chairs in the parking spaces, in the public square or anywhere near there. Well, I'm sorry, that isn't correct. When you are trying to find a parking space anywhere on your street, you want a parking space, not a lawn chair in front of your home. Just because you've shoveled it out it doesn't mean anything. Thank you very much, but, hey it is a public street. I bet you won't print that."

"When my daughter and I were watching the impeachment hearings the other day on TV, and I might add I am a Democrat, my daughter said to me at the age of 10, the only way you can get away with and not be punished for lying is to be the president of the United States. I thought this was someone we were supposed to look up to and trust. What answer can I give my 10-year-old daughter if we don't go through with these impeachments. Not only do we say it is OK for him to lie but this is not the lesson that we try to teach our children. I hope that everybody realizes that the hearings are not about a sex scandal they are about lying. And this is an officer that took his oath to uphold on the Bible and he is breaking his oath by lying."

"I read this evening's paper about the four county sites being considered for the proposed University of Maryland campus and it is referred to as the Shady Grove North. With all the secrecy on these four possible sites, it should be called Shady Lane West."

"Good afternoon, Mail Call. Outstanding article this Sunday in the NewsPlus section of the paper. A profile on Ron Bowers and I think as the years go by we'll realize we had a prophet among us and of course a prophet is never accepted in his own country. Outstanding article, I thank The Herald-Mail for presenting it to us."

"Hello, my New Year's wish is to see Linda Tripp wearing black and white and I don't mean a black and white pants suit. I mean black and white stripes."

"I just want to say that I think our paper girl, Brittany Williams, is one heck of a girl. Through all this bad weather, the snow, the sleet, whatever, she was never late once with our paper. And I want to tell her she is doing a heck of a job."

"If you get by Frank Rhinehart's, put 102.3 on your FM dial. He has the most beautiful, inspiring message for the holidays and Frank we enjoyed it. We wanted to sit at the red light and listen to the end of it but we'll have to come back and do that later."

"Good evening, Mail Call. It is Thursday evening and there is a call to Mail Call asking why the streets are clear in the North End of Hagerstown and not in the South End. That's easy, check the addresses of your council members."

"They should put a Sheetz and a CVS pharmacy in where they are tearing down the roundhouse. They don't have any in that end of town yet. Thought that might be a good idea."

"I'm wondering what is going on with our court system. Drunken drivers are getting worse punishments than murderers, drug dealers, whatever. I guess that is why I'll have to continue what I am doing."

"Hello, I would like to report an unusual occurrence. There is a flock of robins down here on Alternate 40, right below the Yellow House and it is unusual for this time of year for robins to be around and they all look young and maybe it is a flock of about 100 or more."

"I live beside Shafer Park in Boonsboro and I walk a couple of miles around the park every day. Today, I saw and counted 100 robins and there were more in the trees singing. I thought they didn't come around until spring. It made me think of spring."

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