Mail Call for 3/10

March 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:

"I was wondering if anyone remembers how many of the County Commissioners ran using education as their platform? But now I see the county outlined its goals for '99, and education isn't even mentioned anywhere."

"I'm calling in regards to the person who wrote in about Hagerstown being crime-free. They obviously don't read the newspaper or comprehend it, because there is always some kind of drug bust going on or somebody stealing something from someone. I think that this person needs to, maybe, get a new pair of glasses."


"I'm just calling to say that another reason Greenbrier Lake can't be stocked with trout is because they don't have any water."

"The majority elects the president and all other elected officials. Why can't the same be said when it comes to important issues facing the county? As in the too long talk on the stadium. Take a poll on this. Let's settle it once and for all. The majority don't want this, but it's going to be shoved down our throats. We are tired of a few running our lives."

"I was wondering, as a citizen of Washington County, if we need a baseball stadium. Let's see. Do we need a baseball stadium? No, I think what we really need is a sewage plant. Yeah, a sewage plant that will cost us tens of millions of dollars to build. Oh, that's right. We already built one. And now my water bill charges me $70 per quarter for the privilege to purchase this water. Do I think we need a stadium? I don't think so. Do my children need a stadium? I don't think so. I think they would prefer an education and a water bill that didn't cost them $70 per quarter for the privilege to buy their water. Hey, County Commissioners, think about it."

"I've been wanting to make a call about Alan Davis' ridiculous 8 percent increase he was looking for, for all the county employees and then trying to do an end run to get himself a raise. But Tim Rowland's article in Monday evening's paper, says it much better than I could. I think he has a good idea. Let's cut Alan Davis' salary by ten grand and see how long he stays around."

"This message is for Dargan. I did not realize that Dargan was a country all of its own, because in the United States that I live in, a person's home can be whatever they want it to look like. I didn't realize that we had a whole other country here in Washington County, where they have their own constitution. So, people of Dargan, if you would please join the federation of states, I'm sure everyone would be much happier."

"This is to the Hagerstown Police Department. I believe it's time to stop harassing us young people. You should not be worried about our style of dress. We might have piercings or something else that might be weird, but that doesn't give you the power to mess with us for no apparent reason. To the officer who looks like Howdy Doody, don't call me son. You're old enough to be my brother. I'll show respect when the Hagerstown Police Department shows respect."

"To the ones that are bothering the mailboxes again on Crystal Falls Drive: You were watched before. You got in trouble. You're going to do it again. Just keep it up and see what happens."

"Monica Lewinsky should have been ashamed to show her face on television after the things she has done. She had a couple affairs with married men and even had an abortion. That showed she had no shame."

"Congratulations to Elizabeth Schulze for becoming music director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. We hope the board of directors will allow her to promote some of her own ideas. Thank you. We love Mail Call."

"I just want to know if anyone out there has ever bought any frozen meat from a white truck. And if they have, would you call 301-223-9159 and let me know?"

"This is in reference to the person who wrote in Mail Call in Monday's paper. People have cell phones for many different reasons. It could be for an emergency. It could be that they don't like using scruffy pay phones. It could be that they have a job that they have to be contacted no matter where they are. People who are so dead set against cell phones, they need to get a life, because they evidently don't have any friends or a job or anything that has to do with having a cell phone."

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