Mail Call

March 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:

"I'm calling about the article in the paper the other night about the Mayor and Council wanting to do another study about the sidewalks and all within the city. I'd like to reiterate, Mayor and Council, please just enforce the laws that you have on the books fairly amongst us citizens here in Hagerstown. We have to replace sidewalks and curbs because we have them, but you allow new houses to be built in the city limits that you have control over that don't even have to put a sidewalk in and force people to walk in the street. This is not fair and it could be construed as a discriminatory law. You need not spend any more money to see what should or could be done. Just enforce the laws you have for all of us in Hagerstown to make things fair."


"To the voters of Washington County: All of you voters, for at least 12 years, voted for the same County Commissioners. They put us in debt. You cannot expect the new County Commissioners to fix, in two months, what you, the voters and taxpayers, kept putting back in office for 12 years. Think about it."

"I was watching a program last night about girls trying out for the guys' wrestling team, and I was just wondering when the boys would be trying out for the girls' volleyball team."

"I saw a message from someone in the paper that they were looking for information on Jessie Bell's paintings. She's my grandmother. If the person who is interested would call back or leave some information in the paper, I would be happy to tell them what I know about grandma. She was from Wyoming and started painting when she was 75 and she was referred to as the Second Grandma Moses. I will look for your response."

"I'm calling in response to Mail Call of the Feb. 25 issue regarding the old graveyard in the Little Orleans, Md. area. I would like for the gentleman who found the cemetery to call me at 301-582-0140. I work with the Allegany County Cemetery members and we'd like to know about this cemetery. If we're not aware of it, then we'll put it on our list to do the clean-ups for it."

"I was reading Mail Call last week and somebody came up with a brilliant idea. We've got that big green dinosaur over there on Eastern Boulevard called Ist Urban. I think that would make a beautiful stadium. It really is not up to us taxpayers to pay for. We've already paid for enough white elephants in this town. Let some of these rich people in town get the property and finance it through them, not us poor tax people."

"To the grand and glorious Ridge Avenue Committee: If you would quit patting yourselves on the back and take better care of your children, monitor their behavior, maybe we would have a better playground. This is your job, not ours, to do."

"In God's sight there are only two types of people in the world. That is the lost and the redeemed. Let the lost, whether they be black or white, be mission-filled by the people who are saved by the Lord."

"Maryland is a small state. If Gov. Glendening gets his way with the $1 cigarette tax, nearby states are gonna love it. They will reap the profits while he loses even the tobacco tax revenue he is already receiving, when we go elsewhere to buy. He also will be inviting a black market cigarette business, which will add more law enforcement problems."

"This is to the gentleman with the '87 Buick that has a noisy motor. I have an '86 Buick that has a 4-cylinder, 2.5 liter, and it was noisy also when I bought it, and it's still noisy. The car has about 225,000 miles on it. So, if it's any consolation to you, don't worry about it. Run her until it quits."

"I wanted to applaud that person that talked about the emissions testing for Washington County. I agree wholeheartedly that possibly we are being scammed. I know my vehicle, the last time I took it was 1.4 on carbon monoxide, and now it's 36 point something. But the lady who tested it nearly blew the rods out of it from revving it up so hard. I've never seen a vehicle jump and spout and fume and fuss like that one did when she put her foot on the accelerator and made it shiver and shake all over the place. It's time we exempted Washington County from the testing, because they are ruining some of our vehicles."

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