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Mail Call

March 04, 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:




"Let's balance the budget, then worry about that confounded stadium."




"Hi, Mail Call. I'd like to know if anyone out there has one of these Phantom vacuum cleaners and can tell me if it's a good vacuum or not."




"I want to go on record as saying I'm against an 8 percent pay raise for county employees. I think it's way too much. Usually pay raises are 3 or 4 percent, and something that county employees need to understand - military retirees and Social Security recipients - they got a 1.3 percent increase for cost of living this year, so 8 percent is way out of the picture."

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"Hi. I'm calling to have this in Mail Call. This is to all the people in Dargan. Let's clean up our little old town and let it look like it did in the old ages. Thank you from the newcomers that came in."




"I'm just curious to find out when someone is going to do something about the torn up road on Oak Ridge Drive near the new Sheetz on Sharpsburg Pike. It's ridiculous to drive over. It feels like you're driving in a big hole. Somebody needs to get on it and fix the whole entire road from Sheetz to Funkstown. It is terrible."




"I'm calling in reference to the response in the March 2 Mail Call and the person who wants to shut down Planned Parenthood because of abortions. That's just crazy. Planned Parenthood is a very good place for teenage girls to be able to go and get birth control and not feel bad about what they are doing. Teenagers are going to have sex one way or the other. Whether you approve of it or not, at least the ones that are going in there and getting on the pill are being a little bit more safe about it. When I was in high school, if I didn't have Planned Parenthood, I probably would have six kids and I'd be on welfare. But no, I'm 24, have a nice home, husband and a child that we planned on because I could wait until I was old enough to plan it. Let people alone. It is a woman's choice. If she wants to have an abortion, it's her body."




"I read in the paper that talking on the telephone while driving is dangerous. Well, I agree with that, but I also think that people driving with dogs sitting on their laps, up in their faces and laying around their neck is also dangerous."




"To Comrade Glendening and all his cohorts: If you insist on the additional cigarette tax and trying to ban all smoking, then I , as a taxpayer, want you to ban all gambling in Maryland. Yesterday, I watched one young woman spend $40 on lottery tickets and scratch-offs, and she sure didn't look like she could afford it. Talk about harmful to your health. I wonder how many children suffer today because their mothers or fathers are spending their money on gambling. Think about it. So, if we are going to take away one freedom, smoking, then, by all means, let's go all the way and ban alcohol and gambling."




"Yes, this is to the ones that stole stuff out of our cars up here on Resh Road. We just wanted to know if you would come back up. We have something else for you."




"I've got an answer to the crow problem. Let's have all the jealous people that are always whining about the county employees getting a raise, go out and sit in the trees with the crows, and it won't be long before the crows will get sick of them and leave. Thank you."




"Michael, I just want you know, I still love you more. Love, Precious."




"Hi. Could anyone tell me where you can buy the license plates that say, 'retired, no work, no boss, no phone, no paycheck?'"




"This is for the people with the Buick cars that have the ping. That ping was put in the car on purpose. I have owned three, and they all had pings. I went to the most knowledgeable and experienced mechanic on Buicks, and she said that ping was put in the engine so you could tell it was running. Signed A.K."




"Hi, Mail Call. Will somebody please explain to me how Hillary Clinton can run for the Senate from New York when she doesn't even live there? Why doesn't she run from her home state of Arkansas? Do the people there know something the people in New York don't?"




"Short and sweet. Clinton should take a lesson from Greaseman."

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