Mail Call for 5/3

May 03, 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:

"You know Mail Call has the potential to be a really important part of the democratic process in this community, if the newspaper lets our calls go through uncensored. Which brings me to the city, we are going to generate a certain amount of garbage and it's going to take the garbage company a certain amount of time, certain amount of men, certain amount of trips to pick up that amount of garbage. If the garbage company has any sense, they are going to charge for by the time, trips or the poundage that they have to pick up, whether it's in three days or one day. So I don't get their budget thing there."


"Please to whoever is making the school threats and to the parents of all children who read this. Please understand that this is not funny. You have scared a lot of people and you are now a terrorist. Please parents, tell your children that if they call threats into the schools or wherever, they will be forever considered a terrorist. If you need attention, this is not the way to do it. I beg everyone that reads this to pray for our community, our children and for our country. God bless us all."

"Let's stop the bombings, we are only making things worse. Serbs who hated Milosevic are supporting him. Countries throughout the world hate the United States because of the bombings. We are regarded as bullies. Let's bring our three GI's and troops home. We can offer humanitarian help, but no bombing or military action. Won't we ever learn?"

"The answer is censorship. No more trash, Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, vulgar music, video, or movies. Replace trash with good manners. Censor trash."

"I believe that the great majority of the American public at the present time and some time in the past have favored some type of handgun control, the type of guns used in the Littleton, Col., shooting. This was strictly people killing with handguns."

"I am calling about the mechanical baby bottle holder. A mother needs to spend that special time in feeding her child so she can have the special bond with her baby. They also need the love and nurturing."

"Clinton and his extreme left- wing liberals are something else. Here they are calling for gun control again, at the same time selling nuclear technology to the Chinese Communists. What does that say about our country?"

"I wanted to say that part of the reason we have problems like we did in Colorado and in our local communities is because we do use things like mechanical baby bottle holders. We replace our parental involvement with our children. We are too busy to drive fancy cars, need to work two jobs to support all of our luxuries instead of staying home with our children. Many people can choose to stay home but they would rather drive those fancy cars. I think that we need to get back to basics. We need to stay home and nurture our children, love them and discipline them, but that doesn't mean hit them. And to the person who said 'who hasn't thrown a cigarette butt on the ground?' I haven't!"

"I am 66 years old. I lived through a second world war. I fought in the Korean War. I lived through Vietnam. I've lived through everything else. This situation in Yugoslavia, now, this is the first time that I ever felt fear that the United States will be involved in this war eventually on our own soil. That is primarily because that coward Bill Clinton is in charge. The man is going to wreck this country and put this country at war. He has no business running this country."

"You people don't realize that throwing the cigarette butts out of your car can cause fires. I have seen people stop at lights and empty their ashtrays all over the ground."

"People, get a grip. It is like those two sick dead boys are still in control of our country. Our good children are being treated like convicts in the schools. There are no civil rights in our high schools here in Washington County. We are giving into hysteria here and it is setting a cowardly example for our teens. Let's move on."

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