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Mail Call

July 14, 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 know if there are a few good people out there that would put in time at the Community Free Clinic? The doctors give their time. If all the commissioners and everybody in town would give a little bit of time for the needy who need health care it would be great. I would like to see a fund-raiser for the free clinic. If we could just raise enough money to keep them on track, we would save a lot of money in the long run for the people who can't afford it when they go to the emergency room and can't pay the bills. I think the mayor should get involved in this, too. I think it is a wonderful thing for the poor."

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"I wish some people would learn some manners. I am a disabled person and I am tired of being pushed out of the way in the grocery stores. I was in the grocery store today and I was opening the frozen food door and being pushed out of the way literally by a male individual who saw that I was struggling to reach something. I am tired of people's attitudes. If you see somebody disabled or not, trying to reach something but more so disabled, please stop and ask if they need help rather than abruptly getting what you want rudely and not offerring to help. Someday you are going to need help and I wish that people would learn some manners in this town."




"Anyone interested in putting the bridge back out at the Pony League is asked to come to a public meeting, July 14, at 7 p.m., at the Armory on Willard Street. Please come out and support this issue."




"Why is it that men can be wrinkled, fat and bald and it is OK while woman are knocking themselves out trying to stay thin and worrying about skin and having plastic surgery and so forth? There certainly is a difference in what people think and what they should be."




"I have read where one glass of red wine or one bottle of beer is good for some people, once a day. I have never read where one cigarette is good anytime of the day for anyone."




"I am calling about the article in the paper about the population growth in Washington County. I have lived in Boonsboro for 45 years and I believe that you don't need growth to survive. According to the mayor you do. Boonsboro is growing too fast. Once the developers come in they control everyone in town. Just look at what they did in the Crestview development."




"To the Maryland General Assembly Delegation, Sen. Don Munson and Del. Bob McKee, I think you should talk and listen to what County Commissioner Paul Swartz says about the sales tax increase. This way everyone helps to fix the sewer and water problem without hurting each other. This means the city, county and state officials all pull together to help pay for sewer and water, just like I vote for Republican and Democrat, best person. A voter who has never missed an election."




"I would like to congratulate Nicholas Dunkin and the PR group that is helping him. They are a fantastic group."




"I thought there was a curfew for our children on the streets at night. I sit on my porch at night and watch 10 or 12 year old girls walking and running up and down the street. I thought they had to be in their house at a certain time? Not just the girls, boys too. Before anyone responds to this, I am a parent, I know where my children are, do you know where your children are?"




"Could you tell me if there is a law about going through red lights? What is the sense in having red lights? My wife and I were walking up Washington Avenue one evening and a car was coming across Winter Street going south. He came close to hitting us, he went right through the red light. What good are the red lights if the cars are going to go right through them? I think the police should check this out more closely."




"Whenever anyone turns in a purse or anything of value, try to take it where there would be the most witnesses. You never leave it with one person ever."




"Why do they keep raising taxes on the cigarettes? Why don't they raise them real high on all alcoholic drinks? They kill more than cigarettes ever will. Is it because the big shots like to drink too much?"




"To all you people calling in about the guy being beaten by the police, that is nothing new. It happens all over the country every day. Guess who investigates when you file a complaint? The cops. The fox is guarding the hen house, don't you think?"




"I want to wish Michael Cody Henson a happy 33rd birthday."

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