Mail Call

February 03, 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:

"This is to the people who have grand openings at their stores. Please when you have grand openings don't even consider about blocking any handicap parking spots. I mean if you're going to block spots, don't block the handicap spots because how do you expect people with disabilities to come into the store or do you not expect them to come in or is our money not good like everyone else's? I mean if you're going to block spots, block regular spots or go to the side. But please don't block the disabled spots. It doesn't make any sense at all and even when you block the spots it's like you block the curb cuts and all, and that's ridiculous. It's like you don't want us in your store because we won't be able to get into the store if we can't even park our car and that to me doesn't make any sense. So please consider that, to all store owners and businesses, do not block the disabled spot. Find another spot to set up shop."


"I just wanted to thank Tori, Keith, and Chuck from WAYZ for being so concerned about me. I am one of their faithful callers at WAYZ and they even had a neighbor come down and check on me to make sure I was OK because I called everyday and I haven't called for the last four days and they were really worried about me. So I had finally called them to let them know I was OK and I just wanted to thank Tori, Keith, and Chuck from WAYZ. Thank you very much for your concern about me."

"I live in Hagerstown and I was wondering if any readers could tell me where is our closest salvage yard?"

"How awful it is that the pope comes to Missouri and opens his mouth on a case he knows very little about to save the life of a convicted triple murderer. This man showed no mercy when he killed three people. One of them his own wife, one of them his grandson. Suddenly the pope comes to town and we have to do what we have to do to please him. I'm tired of all these religious figures sticking their noses in where they don't belong. This man was a convicted murderer and he was supposed to die, it had already been decided. The pope comes to town and everybody bends over backwards to please him. The Catholic Church and the pope need to mind their own business. He's an outdated figure. He's an old man and maybe his time has passed."

"Yes, I would like to say thank God for the soup kitchen that just opened up in Williamsport at the Rehoboth Methodist Church. It's really a nice thing. It's really good for the people and anybody that wants to go there can go and I am a customer there and I think it is very nice. Thank God for all the churches for putting this on."

"Good evening residents of the Tri-State area. Yes, even the ones in West Virginia. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Hugo, that is spelled H-U-G-O. I hope I can amuse you from time to time. I wish I could meet all of you and be your friends. But right now I want to wish my friend Jake the fake at the club, whose birthday is Feb. 2nd, a happy 50th. Have a good one, you old rascal. Have a nice day."

"Hello, I just think that Prince Charles ought to marry Camilla now. He will probably never get to be the king and he ought to enjoy what he has."

"I'd like to say thank you to the City Council for saying that they are not going to raise property taxes again. Man, that's great. I appreciate that. I think the property owners around here, me being one of them, always are given the burden of paying the extra taxes. It's not right that only property owners should have to make up for budget shortfalls. Every single person that lives in the county should help pay for that. There's plenty of other places they could cut waste and I'm just tired of my property taxes always going up every time the city needs more money. You're going to start losing property owners. It's getting to the point where it is going to be a heck of a lot cheaper to get an apartment and forgo everything else. It's getting ridiculous. Thanks for not raising taxes this time. I'm sure you will soon for something else. I'm pretty sure that's going to happen. It seems to never stop but you convinced me to stay in the area for a little longer instead of moving to West Virginia. Which I'm still going to do because of the sewer and water and everything else that is going on."

"It is nice that Mayor Bruchey gives part of his salary to charity. But we must remember, he works a job plus he receives a tax-free pension retirement for disability from the state. So I would imagine that he is doing much better than a lot of families in Washington County that have more than two children."

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