Mail Call for 7/9

July 09, 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:

"Why don't the doctors in Hagerstown stop prescribing such expensive medicine? There are a lot of less expensive drugs available that work just as well as these new drugs that are coming on the market. Recently a friend of mine went to the emergency room. She was given a prescription for six pills to the tune of $42. I am not a doctor, but I am sure that there was something less expensive available."

"I want to tell people to stop stealing stuff off of my wife's grave and I am tired of it. I put that on there for a memorial for me and her because I loved her so much and we were together for 49 years. The thing that was stolen off of the grave was a flag holder and a flag. The flag was an eagle flag with two little chimes on it. One of these days their parents are going to die and someone is going to steal it off of their grave. Then they are going to be very angry about it."


"I was at the City Park on Sunday, July 4, and there was this very long line and I had to wait forever to get waited on. What is the problem, are there not enough people working in there, can they not keep up with the customers' demands?"

"I am calling about going by the welfare department and seeing all those people out there smoking cigarettes. If they can afford $3 and something a pack each day for cigarettes, they can afford to get off of welfare."

"I want to congratulate my boy, Nicholas Duncan, for the great things he is doing. Congratulations to all of you and thanks a lot."

"Does anyone have any information about the group Buffalo Thunder? I didn't see them listed for any carnivals this summer."

"On flashing headlights, my wife feels that it is OK. She needed a high performance sports car, and in two years she has been caught seven times. Goodness knows how many times she would have been caught if people didn't warn her. She is a big fan of people who flash their headlights; but I must say that I am not."

"Please, please take your pets in when we have this intense heat. Give them plenty of fresh, cold water. It only takes 15 minutes for water outside to heat up. Also, never, ever leave a child or a pet inside of a closed car. They will surely die."

"What a wonderful thing Ashley Newcomer did to help the Community Free Clinic. She must be a wonderful little girl and her parents must be very proud of her. Thanks again, Ashley, you did a good job."

"What happened to the people who used to work in the concession stand at the city park? They were very nice and friendly people. I was out there the other day and the line was so long and I had to wait so long, so I decided to leave because I didn't want to wait. They were out of stuff."

"This is to the person complaining about the ladies' purse not being taken to the police station. Come on, they turned it in, what more do you want?"

"My daughter and I were at Hagerstown City Park last Friday and the ducks had overrun the place. I think it would be nice if someone would go to the park and clean it up or hire more people to clean it up. I think that it is very disgusting to have a picnic in a place that is filled with bird droppings."

"I was wondering if someone knows of a good dentist that is good with children? I have no insurance and I would have to pay out of my pocket, or if they would accept payments. If you would leave your name and number in here, I will get it."

"I want to answer this 15-year- old who said he saw an officer beat a young man on the street. We don't know the circumstances on why the police were doing this. Was the young guy selling dope to young people, like seven or eight years old? I would take it offensively if I saw that myself if I would have caught that guy. Yes, respect the police officers, because we can sleep safely at night knowing that they are out there. If you have 50 pounds of potatoes and find five rotten ones, you wouldn't throw the rest of them away. That is the way with everything through life. Until we know all the circumstances of this situation, respect the police because they are watching over us."

"This is to the 15-year-old on Mitchell Avenue. I saw that from the beginning. Thank God I was lucky not to be run over by this guy with the way he was driving. He had absolutely no respect for human life. If you want to put down the police, I think you need to learn that respect is like a two- way street. When that guy jumped out of his car, he didn't have any respect for the police or anyone around him. They did what they had to do to cuff him. I think your parents need to teach you that not everyone in this world is so nice and not everyone knows the meaning of the word respect. That man arrested was treated the way he was asked to be treated. It is time that the police demand more respect. And a big thumbs up to the officers involved and I hope none of you were injured. From a concerned citizen and someone who thinks that you do a wonderful job."

"Can anyone please help me safely help me trap cats or kittens and take them to the SPCA? It is urgent!"

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