Mail Call

February 23, 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'd like to respond to the criticism of Washington County School bus drivers' attire. Most of the people that complain about other people have never had to do what these people do. These people have 50 to 60 kids on a bus when a lot of the parents can't stand two or three of their own in a car. I really give these people credit and I think other people should, too, instead of condemning them for what they wear. Maybe if they got better pay, they could dress better."


"Webster's dictionary defines neighbor as someone who lives near you. However, to be called neighbor you have to act like a human being instead of an animal."

"Hurrah for the person who called in about the baseball stadium. I am getting sick of hearing about it. All you have to do is send letters to the taxpayers, in the city and the county, the people that pay the taxes. Not the people that live out of the county, the people that rent. Ask the taxpayers, the people on fixed incomes, see what they have to say."

"What difference does it make if Williamsport only put the names of the ones running for office in the newspaper? I am a Democrat, but if I see a Republican running for office that I think will do a better job than the Democrat running, I vote for him. There are some people, I'm sure, that would vote for their own party regardless, and I think that is so silly."

"Would the person who dropped Shadow off in the Robinwood area last Monday, please call 301-739-7130 and leave a message on the machine about this beautiful creature's medical history."

"Yes, I just read this morning's paper and I see that someone has scratched the surface in National Little League and the problems they're having down there, but when I say scratch the surface - that's what I mean - scratch the surface. If somebody has managed to get in there and start getting information on these people, they have as I said, scratched the surface. I wish they would get into it a little more, because it's really giving Little League a bad name, and I would like to see an end put to it. So, congratulations for taking control of the situation, but I'd like to see you get into it a little deeper."

"Hey guys, do you realize how hard it is for a 55-year-old eligible female to meet a good male? It is almost the next thing to impossible."

"I'm not a county or a state worker, but I wholeheartedly agree that the county workers need higher pay. Figures speak for themselves when you have so many people moving on to other jobs. What the county's doing is, they are a training ground for those people and then when the people get a better paying job which you can expect anyone to do, they're going to take it. So they definitely need more money."

"For the people in Williamsport, if Williamsport is like other towns, it's just not Democrats and Republicans. You can also vote Independent. It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or Republican, you can vote for whoever you want to."

"In the wake of what's happened at National Little League, I would say that league's managers, coaches, board members and parents need to take a hard look at themselves. As a former board member of a local Little League and treasurer, I can tell you, unequivocally, the same things that occur at National Little League, occur at others. Coaches, board members and parents forget who the most important league members are - the children. The players are always hurt by those who are in charge. Those in charge are leaders to lead by example. However, all too often, those examples are poor and ill-conceived. Often, those in charge are just looking for the glory and forget the real purpose of Little League, which is to initiate our future leaders to the concepts of teamwork, winning, losing, camaraderie, physical exercise, etc. As we get set for another Little League season, please, use your common sense. Think of the kids. Without you, without your proper guidance, our future is at stake."

"I just read in the paper about the drug convictions. Well, Judge Spence gave this one guy a choice, a $50 fine or five years in jail. Well, who wouldn't take the $50 fine, to get out and get more? What is wrong with these judges? Just read drug convictions in the paper and you'll see what's wrong."

"What do you think would happen if some other towns besides Williamsport were having an election and not say which is a Democrat or a Republican? I think this would be a good idea for the people would vote for the one they think would be best for the job and not let the idea of being a Democrat or a Republican interfere."

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