Mail Call for 6/30

June 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 during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

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 tell my granddaughter Erin how proud I am of her for making the honor roll. Love, Grandma."

"What has happened in Hagerstown when a disabled diabetic is refused a cup of ice? It happened at the one of the Little League fields. A board of directors member made remarks, 'let her walk to Sheetz to get ice, because our ice machine is broken.' What is matter with that group?"


"I have a suggestion for the new use of the Baldwin House. On the first floor, the Board of Education, the second floor the University of Maryland College, the third floor we can put the Civil War Museum and the fourth floor and roof we can put the new Suns stadium. That would keep everybody downtown and all the taxpayers happy!"

"I can't pay $7 to see a movie so I go to the Longmeadow Theaters, where you aren't charged an arm and a leg. To me $7 a movie is outrageous."

"I am calling about the Hagerstown Trust Branch on Jefferson Boulevard. I am sorry to see them close, but I tell you what, Cindy Long that worked at that branch, she was the best help that my husband and I ever had. We are elderly people and I'm sure that she helped a lot of other people. We wanted to recommend her with high regards. I think Cindy Long is at the Long Meadow Branch."

"I read that Roscoe Bartlett was going over to Kosovo and that he had a miraculous plan to end the war. Well, the war is over now and would someone please call Roscoe and tell him he can come home now."

"I would like to know why on West Franklin Street between Burhans and High Street that we don't get our mail until sometimes 4 or 5 p.m.? We are only a few blocks from the post office and I would like to know why it takes so long to get the mail when it is so close in proximity of the post office? Can someone answer that for me?"

"About getting the mail so late in the afternoon, well I live a few blocks from the post office also. The mailman doesn't go up the other side of the street until around 2 or 3 p.m. and then it takes until about 4 or 5 p.m. to get down on my side of the street. Sometimes we don't get our mail until 6 p.m. I called up there and they told me before that it had to be out by 5 p.m. but then how come it is past 5 p.m. sometimes?"

"Someone wanted to take swing lessons. They wanted to know who taught swing lessons. All you do is put a swing on the porch and you push back and forth with your feet. You can also put a swing in a tree and you can swing with that."

"A friend of mine was behind in her electric bill by $23. She received no late notice or cut off. She went to work one day, came home and her lights, refrigerator were cut off. She has two small children and works hard. A measly $23 is what she owed and they cut her off. It cost her quite a bit to turn them back on. Just for a measly $23. The ice rink ran up a big electric bill and it wasn't cut off, so why was hers?"

"My husband and I was wondering if anyone knows of anybody that helps with medical bills? We both work and have insurance, but it didn't cover about $600 or $700 and we were wondering if anyone knows where we can get help?"

"I am wondering why there are no benches or anywhere to sit when you take your children and grandchildren to the carnival? Everyone has to sit around and wait for their children to get off the rides. But yet when I drive downtown in the first block of Jonathan Street I see a bench with two prostitutes. What is wrong with these carnivals that they can't provide benches for us to sit on?"

"Does anyone know of any support groups for recently widowed young people? If you do, please leave it in Mail Call."

"What they should do with the abandoned buildings downtown is make parking available for the businesses and the residents that live, work and visit the downtown area. The logical thing to consider is to make more parking available. After the parking problem is solved, then you can create other things."

"I am calling about the loud music in Hagerstown. There was supposed to be a law against the volumes on your radio in your car. They passed the law and there still is nothing done about it. This is going on at 2 and 3 in the morning and still nothing is done. Can something please be done about it?"

"I am wondering when Sharpsburg is going to correct the parking problems in the square? Cars and vans are usually parked on all four corners. You can't even see when it is clear to go for the oncoming traffic. Are they going to wait until someone gets killed before they correct this problem?"

"I want to congratulate all the employees at BF Goodrich that recently retired, Friday was their last day. The union and the management didn't acknowledge their 50 years or so in the industry. I wanted to let them know that there are a lot of us that really appreciate everything that they have done and everything that they taught us and to let them know that we will always be thinking of them and to give them our best wishes."

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