Mail Call

March 09, 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:

"Yes, I wanted to leave a message for the person who found or stole the thousand dollars at Valley Mall on March 4. I want you to know that the people you stole that money from were two little kids and it was for beds for them to sleep in. So, I hope you feel very guilty. If you decide you want to do the right thing and give it back, you can always call 301-842-2314."

"Hello, Mail Call. The person who called in about the hard candy like they make at Christmas time. Tell her to go to City Market any Saturday from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ask any vendor there for Debbie French, where her booth is. She makes the best hard candy you'll ever find. You can even sample it."


"Come on, who in their right mind thinks we need a new baseball stadium?"

"Since the Paula Jones case has now been settled and the money divvied out, I was wondering if the National Organization for Women is going to give the lady any money and whether they are going to apologize to her for the way they treated her. I won't hold my breath until they do. They'll probably take up a collection for their boy, Clinton."

"I can't understand why people want to take their cellular phones to business meetings, out to the malls, to Bingo halls and to the movies. I'm dead set against that."

"Yes, I'd like to say congratulations to Bester Elementary School and their 'Read Across America' program. I was there this week and it was just wonderful. I've had three children go through Bester Elementary School and I want to say that it's got to be one of the top with the teachers and staff there. So, hats off to Bester."

"I'd like to know when anybody else in the permits part of the government started giving verbal permission to tear down a building. Ever since I've been born, and by golly, I'm sixty-some years old, you've always needed written permission for demolitions. It should not change, no matter how good a reputation he has, you still don't give a verbal agreements to tear down. You must issue a written agreement before it is ever torn down. So, I'm thinking that both sides are wrong and both sides should do something about it. I don't know what, but apologize or whatever."

"This is a very brief message. Monica Lewinsky said President Clinton made her feel like trash. Well, there's your sign."

"I'm in the building industry and there is no way you can get a demolition approved over the phone."

"I went on a Christian retreat last weekend with Westview Singles Life to Ridgecrest, N. C., located in the Smoky Mountains. We had a wonderful time with great fellowship. We meet two times a month for potluck dinners at Westview Baptist Church in Martinsburg, W.Va. If you are interested in good Christian fellowship and information on future activities, please call Richard at 1-304-274-6557."

"I'd like to ask the city roads officials if they could look into the possibility of having the traffic lights timed from The Herald-Mail building out through Jonathan Street to the Coca Cola plant. The lights used to be timed, so you could go right through that section. Now you end up sitting at every single intersection waiting for the green light. I do like the new lights and signs, they are very nice looking. But I would like to see the lights timed."

"I'm not surprised another historic building in Washington County was torn down through a so-called mistake. Why do county government people have to move so fast on demolition permits? They don't move fast on anything else. Besides, developers are bulldozing this county fast enough. Just look at all the displaced birds roosting in City Park."

"This is for the Maryland Terrapin fan that lives on the pike. Sorry they lost yesterday, but never fear. There is always next year."

"While you are in Virginia getting your cigarettes, go on down the road to exit 318A and eat at Chasen's. It's all you can eat and they have a lovely smoking area for all of us bad people."

"Just a comment. Where do these people come off charging house rents $600, $700, $800 and over a $1,000 a month? Not everybody works at Mack Trucks. Give us people a break here. OK?"

"I'm kind of disgusted at some of the things I'm hearing about people complaining about senior citizens being out there in the Square when it's warm, wanting to sit outside and get fresh air. All I have to say to you people who are riding your skateboards and bicycles and like that, why don't you go complain to City Hall?"

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