Mail Call

June 02, 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 during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-7647.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I would like to thank The Herald-Mail for offering wonderful journalism talent, such as writer Meg Partington. She is a gifted writer and we enjoy her awesome articles. Thank you, Meg Partington of The Herald-Mail. The Tri-State area surely appreciates you."

"I wanted to wish my wife, Tina, a happy 28th birthday. I wanted to let her know that I love her, and I hope that she has many, many more. Love, your husband, Richie."


"We voted the City Council and County Commissioners out of office and now we have worse than before. All they do is raise rates and fees. How are homeowners to keep up with all the increases?"

"We miss the Hagerstown Trust's time and temperature on Dual Highway. We wish someone else would take over the time and temperature for us."

"I am calling about the girl at E. Russell Hicks who was pulling out her hair. I would like to respond to the assistant principal, who was quoted as saying, 'The teasing she experienced isn't unusual, was normal and age appropriate. Not a serious problem.' Since when is being shut into a locker, shoved around and being called an alien, considered normal behavior? How can we trust our children to be in such a situation? It is very frightening."

"I am calling about the clinic on Franklin Street. I understand that the state is talking about shutting that down. I was wondering why the organization that takes care of the gambling funds in Hagerstown, can't make a small donation to the clinic that helps and does good for hundreds of people a month? Put some money to some good cause there."

"The actor Dan Ackroyd has a wonderful idea, to give your community something in celebration of the new millennium. Look for what your community needs and get something."

"A black Doberman just barely missed getting run over along the Boonsboro Pike. You think whoever owns it would keep it on a leash or pinned up. It was near Mill Point Road."

"To the Board of Education, just once let the parents be responsible for the lack of discipline and the 75 hours of community service. That's their children that didn't do the 75 hours of community service. No diploma and start in 10th grade, if no community service is done, make the parents pay, money talks. A taxpayer."

"I would like to know if Hagerstown has an ordinance against dog owners letting their dogs do their business on other people's lawns. I don't have a dog, but I have to clean up dog dirt every day in my yard. I think people should be more considerate and carry a pooper scooper with them when they walk their dog. If there are others with the same problem, please call and give your comment."

"If the Community Free Clinic closes, I don't know where I will go for medical care. The hospital already said that they are going to charge on a sliding scale. I have news for them, I am already off that scale of theirs."

"To the person who wanted to know how to keep cats away from the side of her house, put moth balls there. Also, put them in your flower beds to keep them away, too. I have used them and they worked."

"This is to former Mayor Sager. Now we'll probably lose this campus idea to Frederick."

"To the person who has been having a problem with the SPCA, why don't you go and talk to the mayor, the SPCA doesn't seem to be responding the way they should be. Go to the editor of the newspaper, maybe the newspaper could check it out."

"I am proud of the Free Clinic on Franklin Street. The staff, the doctors and the nurses that donate their free time, and surely if our leaders thought anything of our community, they would try every way to keep it open. There are people there that don't make that much money and need their services. I know that they have a crown in Heaven for their free time that they give at the clinic. To the commissioners and the government, quit buying these old houses and fixing them up and help the free clinic."

"In response to the person who wants to get rid of the cat smell beside her house, put some moth balls down and the cats won't go to the bathroom there anymore, because they don't like the smell of the moth balls."

"This is in response to the person who thinks that permanent markers will not do any good for speeders. First of all, it will memorialize a life lived. Secondly, death is pretty permanent. It might get through to someone how many people are killed because of reckless driving. If it gets through to one or two people, that could save some lives."

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