Mail Call

March 25, 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 want to thank my neighbor, Nelson Cloutus, and the other neighbors who helped with removing the snow from my driveway and around my spruce trees and bushes. I really appreciated it."

"I see that the Republican congressman has returned from Russia. What, you mean to tell me he's taking advantage of one of those liberal perks? Maybe he should have stayed there, possibly he could have done something right for one of those people. He has not done anything for the working people of Washington County, for this country, as a matter of fact."


"I would like to thank our kind neighbors, Tracy Payton, his son Spencer, Marsha and John Warren and son, who cleared the snow from our driveway and walk all winter."

"We would like to thank the Newcomers on Poplar Grove Road for always clearing our driveways and so forth whenever it snows, and our son, Dave, and grandson, Travis, for doing the hand shoveling. They're our snow angels."

"I would like to know where all the cops are in the evening when these boys are out running on Jefferson Boulevard. They run up beside cars on the wrong side of the road and pass them. What are they trying to do, cause a wreck?"

"Emily, I love you"

"In answer to a previous message regarding giving donations to the animal shelter in the Robinwood area. They may want to consult with neighbors who have small children in that area first because the cats are allowed to run free. Small children are not even able to play in their yards because of the deposits left by the cats. If they were contained in their homes, it would be a different story, but I would really hesitate giving a donation to that place."

"I wish those people calling in complaining about Mayor Bruchey's proposal for a county tax rebate would stop. Bruchey is only doing his job as the mayor and looking out for the city taxpayers. I wish the County Commissioners would share the same concern for the county taxpayers instead of granting ridiculous pay raises that we have to flip the bill for. So instead of complaining about Mayor Bruchey, these same people should be complaining about the County Commissioners."

"This is for April 1. I would like to wish someone special a happy birthday. From Blue Eyes."

"Concerning the County Commissioners and the proposed 8 percent pay increase for county employees. The voters thoroughly rejected the debt-ridden policies of the past. The voters threw Ron Bowers and John Shank out of office. We don't need any gold- lined shovels at the water and sewer department and we don't need any cushion-lined seats for the county road workers. The budget of the county should be a bare bones budget. Think about it, 8 percent is almost three times the rate of inflation."

"We would like to thank our snow angels on Corbett Street, Tom, Brad and Dick for shoveling our snow all winter. Your neighbors, Don and Jane. Thank you again."

"I want to say thanks to my snow angels who cleaned our property off on East Antietam in Sharpsburg. That is George and Jim Hull."

"This is to all people of Washington County, especially those who have been crying about the new business park and stadium. Let them build it, we need it, and stop crying."

"This is for my mom, Laura Munson. I want to let her know that I love her very much and I want to thank her for always being there. Love, your daughter Jessica."

"Will somebody please, please, please tell me how to get rid of rabbits, how to keep them out of my flower beds and vegetable gardens. They have already started to eat my tulips. I want to cry."

"I'm calling about the person, who called in about buses sitting in different places. You said they were either board buses or county buses, Duh, they are the same buses, so what are you talking about?"

"This is in response to an article in Mail Call about a correctional officer who called in complaining about the proposed 8 percent raise for county employees, and that some of us have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet. Well, if you are a correctional officer, you are making more money than the average county employee. You better see a financial adviser if you can't make it on a correctional officer's salary. Please, three jobs? Who are you fooling?"

"I'm calling about snow angels, Paul and May Koontz, Harold and Harriet Gilbert and Charles Watson. Many thanks for helping me clean my driveway. Your neighbor."

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