Mail Call for 4/30

April 30, 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 thought this would be appropriate at this time of tragedy. If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance of friendship, he learns to find love in this world."

"Printing the comic strip Zits in Tuesday evening's paper was in very poor taste. Jeremy, the main character, is a teenager who tells his parents in this strip that he has narrowed his career choices down to two areas. Either a paramedic or a professional assassin. In light of the recent tragedy in Colorado, I couldn't believe that you printed this."


"How can we stop the immoral violence in Kosovo when our morally bankrupt president continues to sponsor all types of abortion violence here in America? He also condones by his silence, the torture and murder of Christians overseas by totalitarian governments and Muslim extremists. What hypocrisy!"

"Students should not have to wear uniforms. It doesn't matter what you wear, it matters what is inside of you. It wouldn't help solve any killings or trench coats or any of that stuff. Come on, get real."

"I don't think that they should wear uniforms. I don't think they should be allowed to wear the baggy pants, shorts or the trench coats to school. They can wear a different jacket and pants when they go to school and change them when they get home from school. Then they won't be able to conceal the weapons, as in Colorado."

"This is a senior citizen downtown and you wonder why there is no business downtown. I was there and I had to use the restroom, so I went in one store, and there wasn't one, then I went to the next one, and they said, sorry madam there is no restroom. I had to go clear over to the courthouse to use the restroom. Then they looked at me because I had a package. What are we supposed to do with them? I tell you what, the next time I will take my business out to the mall. Senior citizens have no place to go anymore downtown."

"Why does everyone always blame all of the school shootings on Marilyn Manson, just because he is different? Well, everyone should be allowed to dress the way that they want to."

"I would like to know where the janitors were when these kids were planting these bombs. I don't think that this question ever came up. No school is ever supposed to be empty. There is always somebody there, always. My son goes to Boonsboro High School. Out there the janitors are there around the clock. What is going on there in Colorado? That is something to think about."

"This is directed to the mayor, as being a non-smoker. I wonder, him being a smoker, how many cigarette butts he has flicked on the ground in his lifetime?"

"Three cheers to the smoker in Wednesday's Mail Call who takes their cigarette butts to the nearest trash can. You are setting a great example and we appreciate it. Thanks a lot for your sensible approach."

"To the Mail Caller in Wednesday's paper said, I truly believe no guns, no way, no how. Haven't you been paying attention to the news, there is a little country called Yugoslavia, it has a providence called Kosovo. That government doesn't allow any of them to own a gun, and look what is happening to them. They are all running away because they can't defend themselves. Why did our forefathers put in the constitution, 'the right to bear arms?' So we wouldn't have a totalitarian government. You need to take a look at what the politicians are doing. We have over 26,000 gun laws on the books, one more isn't going to make a difference. The difference is going to come when the government starts to punish people who need to be punished. You murder somebody you shouldn't get out in three or four years, like it happens all the time, the reason, the prison is over crowded. Now the mayor wants to make an arresting offense to jaywalk and throw cigarette butts down. Jaywalkers and idiot little things like that are not the things that are out killing people. Start holding criminals responsible for their actions and maybe crime will go down. Don't punish everybody because of 1 percent of the population. Welcome to America, what a joke."

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