Mail Call

April 16, 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:

"The taxpayers of Washington County did not elect members of the Board of Education so they could take a spring vacation and bill the taxpayers. The recent trip of the School Board to California is absoulutely absurd. This is the very kind of thing that leads the taxpayers down the garden path and picks their pockets. These School Board members should pay their own expenses for such trips. The taxpayers are not responsible for vacations and trips across the country."

"I want to leave a message for the man in the red pickup truck who saw an accident on Virginia Avenue. It happened on Wednesday, April 14. If he could get in touch with me at 301-223-7987, I would really appreciate it."


"Thanks to the person who called and wanted the crossword puzzle bigger. My two sisters and I agree. I read the paper for obits and Mail Call."

"I just read Tim Rowland's column in the Wednesday, April 14 paper. It hits the nail right on the head. With the bunch of people that we have for County Commissioners now, I would advise him to go and ask ex-County commissioner Ron Bowers because he had all the answers."

"This is to Mr. Mooney, some of my staff, brightest and most competent teachers were homosexuals."

"I would like to know, too, what are the police doing about the 13-year-old-girl who was hit on Washington Avenue about a month ago. There has been nothing more put in the paper. I think it's a shame that the parents have to pay all the medical bills. Would someone like to explain this to me?"

"I was reading about the dogs running loose and not on leashes. There is a leash law. I hope the people on Clevelandtown Road get the message. The dogs leave all their dumpings here. We have to mow grass here, too, you know."

"After the pictures of thousands and thousands of the refugees streaming out of Kosovo, I have yet to see one carrying a weapon. Now you can understand how 10 percent of the Serbs can throw out 90 percent of the Kosovo Albanians. No wonder our government would like to see most of us disarmed, then they would be able to do what they want to us. Unarmed people are helpless. They are no longer citizens. They are subjects."

"Why would Hagerstown want to be like Frederick? Developers won't be satisfied until they have built on every square inch of vacant lot. Politicians will be happy because of the increased tax income."

"To the person who thinks they are such a big baseball fan and it should be all over the front page of the sports section. This doesn't mean that all of us like baseball. There are some of us who like bowling and we're not going to waste our time rooting for these losers."

"A big hand for Mr. McClure and his volunteers. I for one am cleaning things up and looking good. I would give anything to be a few years younger. I would be out there helping every time. I do think that the property owners and renters of these apartments and houses should be able to keep their places clean. It doesn't take long to do a little sweeping up. Have some pride in your place and yourself also."

"When people call in opposing a new stadium. Please don't say 'we' don't want a stadium, speak for yourself and say 'I' don't want the stadium. You may not want it, but there are many of us who do want it. There are over 200 fan club members who support it. We would rather pay that small increase in taxes rather than lose minor league baseball forever in Hagerstown."

"Please print the following for me. It's time for the County Commissioners to impose impact fees."

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