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Mail Call for 3/15

March 15, 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 just wondering if anybody noticed in the morning paper where Don Munson says if you belong to any club that may get money from the Gambling Commission, you shouldn't serve on the Gambling Commission - you shouldn't serve on any board - wonder if anyone caught that? I don't understand because I know these politicians all belong to clubs and make decisions on different things."




"I, for one, disagree with Katy's advice to the lovelorn. Her Tuesday, March 9 column certainly sends the wrong messages to teenagers, encouraging them to defy their parents. How can the newspaper condone this advice?"

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"I see where they didn't pass the bill to ban drivers from using cell phones while driving because too many big shots like using them. Well, I'll tell you, I don't know if George Jones is going to be using one again very soon or not, but he's considered a big shot."




"Congratulations to Conococheague Elementary School for taking second place in the 'Customer Service Skit' in the 'Odyssey of the Mind' competition. You were great."




"This is to The Herald-Mail. I am appalled at these articles written by Katy Huffer. She has now turned into an advice columnist? What experience could she possibly have? She's a teenager. Am I to understand that since you print this stuff, you agree with her? Her last article in the March 9 issue was giving the message to kids that it doesn't matter what their parents say about their boyfriends or girlfriends. Her response was totally inappropriate. Can't you find something better to put in this space of the newspaper, something worth reading? I would like a response from the paper, please."




"This is in response to the person who called in about Bill Clinton and the Chinese and information that was given to the Chinese. If he would look and read, this started back in Reagan's administration, not Clinton's administration. So, he'd better check his facts first."




"When your own children have been hanging with the druggies for years, do you think it's right to complain about what other children might have done, when you don't know the facts?"




"It appears to me that the question 'Do you feel safe in Hagerstown with the HotSpot anti-crime effort?' would have been better asked to the people that live in the HotSpot area."




"I was reading the article in today's paper on National Little League. It seems like everybody's coming down on one person as being responsible for everything that's happening. I don't think that the Eastern Region office of Little League would have gotten involved just because one person is doing a lot of screaming. I would suggest that those people who are running National Little League right now pay a little closer attention to what they are doing because I believe that they are being watched by quite a few people - not just one individual- but quite a few."




"Our crime rate's going down. That's wonderful. But every night there's an article or a bit in the paper about a van or a building being broken into and tools being stolen. There's a group of individuals that are going around our county and they are ripping off citizens. I can't believe somebody hasn't seen something yet so these individuals can be apprehended. Hey , everybody, pay attention during the day. These are daylight robberies."




"I'd like to know where The Herald-Mail was when the Boonsboro Elementary School fifth-graders were at Fairview Outdoor School. When schools were called off on Tuesday those kids were still working. Why wasn't The Herald-Mail up taking pictures of these kids?"




"I'm a person that doesn't mind paying taxes for the good things in life, but why would I want to pay taxes for a new stadium for you to go to when I don't go. I doubt if you pay any taxes at all, so I'm sure you don't mind us taxpayers paying on unnecessary things."




"This is to the secretary at the Transportation Department at the Washington County Board of Education. Why are two buses getting all these field trips when they should be assigned out equally?"




"Yes, In this day and age, not too many people are very honest and trustworthy. Well, there's a young man by the name of Mark Haines that has Diamond Motors and he's a very honest person and easy to deal with and goes out of his way to help someone. So, if you ever need a second-hand used car, and need to trust somebody to buy one, go see him."




"In response to the call in about the man needing a church bulletin to get into Heaven - that was well-said."




"I appreciated your question 'Do you feel safe in Hagerstown with the HotSpot crime initiative?' But it would have been nice to see you interview people who work and live in the HotSpot area. Really, someone from Clear Spring or someone from Winchester, Va., can't honestly answer that question. So, why don't you do the question again and interview people down in the Jonathan Street community?"

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