Mail Call

April 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:

"At the meeting with the County Commissioners and the Board of Education members, the best statement of the evening was, 'If you put the money in education, you will get it back double.' This is all you need County Commissioners to think about to make your final decision on where the funding should go. Also, it answers your questions about capital improvement for Washington County. If you put the money in, you will get it back."

"I am a school teacher and I'm getting tired of those indivduals who use those boom boxes to disturb the peace. I am going to grade those students according to their attitudes. I believe if they read this that they will realize that their report cards are a priority."


"Why did it take the death of a beautiful young woman for the City Council and the city police to realize that we needed a speed limit sign up on Franklin Street? Answer one question, how come there are no other speed limit signs on any of the side streets? There are only a few, but evidently not enough, because there are a lot of accidents and people speeding because there are no signs. Does the City Council expect everybody to assume that they go 25 mph down a street? Something has to be done before another person loses a life because of a speeder. I have lived in this town all my life. I am now 25 and I have seen so many people speeding, obviously because there are no speed limit signs. I have also seen so many accidents caused by speeders. So, please think about this and put more than one sign up."

"This is to the Mail Callers complaining about nursing homes and the poor treatment they are getting. The Commission on Aging has a nursing home man who will investigate complaints. Just call 301-790-0275."

"I would like to see these places along the railroad tracks cleaned up on Antietam Street. It surely is an eyesore. People do travel the side streets and do want to see them clean. It might not be downtown, but it is a part of Hagerstown."

"Does anyone besides myself think that Susan Saum-Wicklein can perform as a councilwoman and make decisions when she can't do things right with her own business? Like anyone else, she needs a traders license, and a sales tax license. To me, she knows this and she was just trying to get away with it."

"This is to the Washington County Hospital, the Motor Vehicles Administration, and the nursing home on Mill Street. Please lower your Maryland flag. The U.S. flag always flies higher than the Maryland flag. So please lower your Maryland flag."

"I do believe that the lunch assistants do deserve a raise because they work very hard."

"I was reading the article about Maryland blacks lacking access to higher education. I don't think the state of Maryland or any other state should be doing anything special for blacks, whites, Hispanics, American Indians, etc. It has to come from the person. They have to have the will and desire to move ahead and make a better life for themselves. No grant or anything like that is going to make it change."

"This is to everybody who thinks teenagers get into trouble too much, especially in the summer. Teenagers who do get into trouble, I'm being sarcastic when I say 'trouble,' do so, because there is nowhere to go in Hagerstown. What does this town have to offer? Two malls and Dual Highway. And they hassle you about driving on the Dual Highway. Other than that, what else do we have? They already closed down the clubs, and they're working on everything else."

"I would like to say happy birthday to Zach Messner"

"It's about time that someone called in about the taverns in Williamsport. Something has got to be done about this. Why do these places serve minors when they know it's against the law? Why are the stores selling cigarettes to minors when they know it's against the law? Why are minors selling cigarettes in stores as cashiers when that's against the law? Why doesn't somebody come to Williamsport and straighten this town up?"

"I hope that the grocery store that eventually comes to Long Meadow shopping center is either a Sunnyway or Safeway."

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