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April 23, 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:

"Please take the time to tell your children that you love them today. But remember that these are spoken words and your children will hear them, but they will hear and remember them better with a hug, a wink, a story at bedtime, a quick snuggle or a soft kiss upon their heads. Children are a special miracle gift given to you by the grace of God. No two are exactly alike. They all need love in many different ways. Take the time to learn the way your child wants to be loved. The love your child returns to you is multiplied many times over. Give to your child the first and most important value of becoming a wonderful well-mannered adult that will appreciate life around them, LOVE!"


"I would like to thank the person who came up with Mail Call and that they are a god. I would like to thank them personally because it gives me something to do every night when I get home from work. Mail Call is just great and whoever came up with that idea, I love you!"

"This is for all those out there that oppose gun control. I have three words for you, Jonesboro, Littleton, and Paducah. That's why we should have gun control."

"I am not condoning what those two boys did in Colorado. Parents should read or let their teenagers read this. I want people to think. People don't understand by calling you names or picking you out of a crowd because you are overweight, of a different race, anything like that, or if you are not the prettiest person in school, you don't understand what that does to a person. It eats at them inside. Some people just can't deal with that mentally and they eventually lose it. I was overweight in school and got picked on terribly. There were times I just wanted to go off on people and hurt them for hurting me. Luckily, I was mentally able to let it go. Some people just don't have those capabilities. I in no way condone what they did, and I feel so sorry for those families. Parents, you have to teach your children that you don't tease others for being different. No one is exactly alike. If we were, it would be a pretty boring world. I really think you need to explain that to your children because things like this do happen because some people are not mentally stable enough to handle that kind of verbal abuse."

"In my opinion the schools should have a mandatory class for kids to sit down and learn relationships, caring, and getting their feelings out instead of holding it back in wake of the Littleton shooting the other day. I think this should mandatory in all schools."

"This is to the city council. I myself do not agree with the proposal to pick up trash once a week. At that rate, trash will be piling up in the streets and you won't be able to walk anywhere. Councilman McClure is doing a good job trying to keep the streets clean. He and his volunteers, that is. You are putting all the work on Councilman McClure and I don't think it's fair. Let's keep it to two days a week. Try to keep this town beautiful."

"According to Bill Clinton in regards to the latest school shooting, we must teach our children that violence is wrong and resolve conflicts peacefully. Yet he is involved in bombing another country."

"To the person who called in about the telemarketers calling them and hanging up on them. The reason they hang up is because the computer dials 10 numbers at once and whoever doesn't pick up the phone first is the unlucky one. The only thing I can tell you is not to answer the phone."

"To the person who was wondering about the guy driving around with the baby doll head on his car. I think he knows it's there."

"What this country needs is prayer. With all these school shootings and kids killing kids, what is this world coming to? When is the nation going to open up its eyes and realize that we need prayer and God back in our schools?"

"The shooting in Colorado was a great tragedy. Before people blame TV, movies, video games or even the president's conduct, remember they are your children. On the back of video games and movies they have ratings. You ought to be smart enough to know what your children are watching on television and if it is appropriate. So don't blame anybody else, blame yourself."

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