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Mail Call

February 10, 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:




"Wow, I can't believe it, youth results in The Daily Mail you can actually see without a microscope."




"When the Municipal League comes to Hagerstown I sure hope we have a professional baseball team for the mayor to brag about."




"Does anyone around know who gets a bus trip to go up to Dover to the slots. I would appreciate it if they would leave an answer in The Daily Mail."

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"I want to thank my very brave 10-year-daughter, Brittney McKenna. I was choking on a piece of meat last night and even though she was very frightened, she performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved my life. I am very grateful to her and love her with all my heart. I love you baby. Thanks, Mom."




"In Mail Call there was an article about someone who felt like things were coming back in Spanish and like he was second best. I hope he uses this experience to have empathy with those that have been discriminated against and to learn that we can all be in that situation. We all need to help each other."




"The YMCA is moving out of downtown Hagerstown and up to where the wealthier people live and it's becoming a subsidized gym for the upper-middle class around here. I hope any official who votes for money for that will also vote for the Roundhouse and for our wonderful Hagerstown Suns."




"This is in response to the person asking the question about why banks' interest rates are dropping. It's obvious that they are only looking at the savings rates. First of all, banks do not set the interest rates. The market and the Federal Reserve chairman do that. Secondly, the interest rates have been dropping on savings accounts and CDs just as she pointed out. But also, on the loan side, interest rates have dropped dramatically. Interest rates on first time home buyers is at a historical low that you can actually get a mortgage now in the six percent range, which is lower than when I went to work at a bank 30 years ago. Therefore, she needs to look at both sides of the coin. That is also why the economy is doing so well, interest rates are lower, more businesses are borrowing money to build equipment, buy new equipment, repair things, which, in turn puts the work force out to full employment. She is probably a senior citizen and yes she is on a fixed income, but however, there are people that are younger than her that would like to be able to buy a house or a car and things like that to help themselves become senior citizens in the future."




"Yes, we should have a new stadium for quality of life. The dinosaurs in this county are just against change. To all you dinosaurs, I saw someone painting a house a different color, that's change."




"Congratulations to columnist, Tim Rowland for his excellent column on the naysayers of Hagerstown and Washington County in last Sunday's paper and also to the letter to the editor in yesterdays Herald-Mail, that exposes the naysayers for what they are. Unfortunately, they have allies in the three elected state senators and representatives that Alexander Mooney, Chris Shank and Joseph Bartlett and also in Commissioner Bill Wivell, who believe that fiscal conservatism and many other kinds of conservatism is great but it plays right into the hands of the naysayers. I hope these legislators take harder looks at their statements and do not become pawns for the naysayers of Hagerstown and Washington County."




"My president of the United States, William Clinton, Bill Clinton, wants to tell all the Republicans and all the opponents that I win and you lose."




"This is to the parents of students of Western Heights children. You all need to get with your children and find out what is going on at that school, because it is out of control. The other day they almost had a riot in the kitchen during the eighth grade lunch time and absolutely nothing is getting done about it. You all need to open your eyes and go up to that school and find out what your children are not telling you. What they are not coming home and telling you."




"I am in agreement with the Mail Caller in Friday's paper about the city of Hagerstown and Washington County, that they should stay out of the real estate business and the stadium business. I don't think there has been a truer comment made in this column since it has come out."




"Yes, all I have to say is that we really don't need another stadium."




"Yes, hello, this is Feb. the 5th. I just picked up the paper to read Mail Call and I have found different ones that sent in congratulations, birthdays or what have you. What is this, Mail Call or is this congratulations. I would just like to know. Thank you."




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