Mail Call for 3/11

March 11, 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 know why the people of downtown Hagerstown, the first block of East Antietam Street in particular, do not receive the same kind of treatment that the waterfowl of City Park get. The residents pay taxes, the waterfowl do not. Why can't the crows be gotten rid of in downtown Hagerstown as well?"

"Well, since you didn't print my whole comment yesterday, I would really like to set the record straight. Maybe you'll print it this time. What I said was, 'Come on, who in their right mind thinks we need a new baseball stadium when we just shelled out tens of millions of dollars for a sewage treatment plant that we still need to pay for. And my children would like an education.' Maybe you'll print the whole comment this time, and maybe the County Commissioners and the citizens of this county will wake up."


"What an article. Social Services workers winning child support collection rates. That's good for them, but what about the mothers who can't even get the child support because of the system it has to go through?"

"I'd like to say congratulations to the Paramount students and Mr. Harne's physical education class for raising over $10,000 for "Jump Rope for Heart." What a good job they did. Thanks again."

"I have a hard time understanding why Bill Clinton has a problem importing small arms and ammunition into the United States from China, but has no problem exporting high-tech missile guidance systems and plans for multiple nuclear warheads to China. Further, I must ask myself, whose side are you on, Mr. Clinton?"

"I see in the paper where another person was fired from his job, a scientist for the government, for apparently selling secrets to the Chinese. I think that anybody that commits treason against the United States should get the automatic death penalty. Nothing less."

"I'm reading today's Mail Call and I agree with the people that wrote in about charging house rents of $600, $700, $800 and $1,000 a month. Like they said, not everybody works at Mack Trucks. Give people a break. If you have to, go check out their house they live in now, and then make it a reasonable rent for what they're paying. I'm one of those people that do pay good rent, and I have a decent house."

"Well, I'm one of those people who is in his right mind and thinks we should have a new baseball stadium, simply because I'm a forward thinking human being as opposed to the backward thinkers in this area who don't want a new baseball stadium, who don't want to pay the taxes necessary to have the good things in life."

"Yes, I'd like to take a bet on our area forecasters. I bet I would be right. They are very far off."

"I just heard on the news that despite poor company performance and a layoff of 10,000 employees this year, Citigroup's two CEOs each got a $9 million bonus, not to mention millions more in stock options. Let's see, at $90,000 per house, they could each buy 100 Kammerer houses. How about it, guys?"

"They didn't pass the bill to ban drivers from using cell phones while driving, because too many big shots like using them."

"How about Rod Shoop and his magnificent seven, headed up by human resources director Alan Davis? Well, they tried to snooker the public again, by increasing the grade in which they serve on the pay scale, which would mean a humongous pay increase for the magnificent seven. I think Ron Bowers was right on the last board. Alan Davis and Rod Shoop gotta go."

"Whoever's fault it was for tearing down that historic building should be relieved of his duty, plus Prodonovich should go, too. There's no sense in this kind of carrying on. If these people don't know what to do with their job, they shouldn't have it."

"This is to all the taxpayers of Washington County who are opposed to the new $14 million stadium for the Hagerstown Suns. There's going to be a meeting at Western Heights Middle School on March 17, at 7 p.m. If you are against the stadium, show up at the meeting and let these people know it."

"I'm calling to find out if anyone out there knows if bingo halls have to provide a nonsmoking area. If anyone knows, please call Mail Call."

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