Mail Call

January 29, 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:

"When will the people in Halfway quit whining about their water and sewer bills. The rest of us that don't live in Halfway pay our own sewer bill. I have more reason to want a stadium which I will use than a Halfway bathroom that I won't."

"What do you do when you are being charged for phone calls you do not make? We have tried calling AT&T, also MCI. They may say "we'll take care of it" and never do. Or, in a smart way it was made from your phone. I'm waiting now for this phone bill to check on four local calls I tried to make but couldn't get through. The AT&T operator kept coming on the line and saying 'Thank you for calling AT&T.' I slammed the phone down. Why complain, you get an answer, 'Thank you for calling AT&T,' a recording. Some have gotten the charges removed, but not the hidden charges. So the company is still ahead. This has been going on for our family since the 301 has to be dialed prior to the number being called."


"There is a scam in the area, so beware. The letter is in a small white (thank-you-note size) envelope. Large scribble writing across the front, post marked Niagara. I turned mine over to the state police and local enforcement department. I also notified our senator of the scam. Don't be fooled. It's a scam, and a big one."

"Concerning the Mail Callers comment about William Donald Schaefer teeing us all off, I agree. And I also would like to state that in ample time the taxpayers of Maryland will all be stumped by his antics."

"This is a retired citizen in Boonsboro. The Republicans don't want to give anything to the senior citizens and I would like to know who is paying Monica Lewinsky's hotel bill of $5,000 a night. Would it be our taxes?"

"I'm very disappointed as far as Iraq and this impeachment. I've served 20 years in the Marine Corps. I've served 20 years for the love of this country and I'm sorry I do not take to this country the way that it is going and I'm sorry that I even served. I'm sorry that I even did."

"I'd like to know where the clock is for the clock tower that was built downtown. I was wondering how much that piece of cardboard they put up in there cost? That probably cost more than it cost for the clock didn't it?"

"I think the city police have a double standard. Last month I got stopped for making an incomplete stop and received a $70 ticket. Yesterday, my wife got stopped for the exact same offense at the exact same location and received a warning. Boy, standards need to be changed over there."

"Do we have the votes now to believe that character counts? We'll find out in the next election."

"I was hoping that when this impeachment trial gets over with that our president, when he gets free and clear, I hope the first thing on his agenda is that he fires Ken Starr right away."

"Way to go NTF, get the druggies off the street."

"I found out why those two Republicans down there changed their name tags. What they were doing, they were trying to find out if the Democrats were smart enough to read. After the position they have taken on their buddy down there in Washington, you know, everything he does is OK. I think that is what they were doing. They were just seeing if they were smart enough to be able to read."

"Thanks to Hugh Breslin at NBC 25 for airing the Maryland basketball game instead of the president's State of the Union address. Not everybody wanted to listen to Clinton."

"I wish to commend Stanley Connice for his letter, "More reasons to boot Clinton" in the letters to the editor in the January 23 edition of The Herald-Mail. I recommend that everyone read it as an American not as a Democrat or a Republican then think very seriously about what you have read."

"Watching a lovely sunset during a pleasant evening walk is a nice way to end a sunny day here in Washington County. No two sunsets are alike. Dust, moisture and smoke suspended in the air along with a variety of high thin clouds can work to display a different array of colors each day. Enjoy."

"I would just like to ask the parents in Washington County if you are still raising your children in church? I have raised three children and have a beautiful 22-year-old daughter who is looking for a fine Christian man but there aren't many in this area. They don't want to go to bars to find a man, so where do they look for our good, young, Christian men in this area?"

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