Mail Call for 7/16

July 16, 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:

"We want to congratulate the 9- and 10-year-old all-stars from National Little League for winning the District 1 title with a 7-O record."

"To the person or people who might be interested. I have magazines to give to anyone who asks. If you leave your phone number I will call you back."


"I have a question concerning disability. Can you work and be drawing Social Security disability if you are disabled? Please leave your answer in Mail Call."

"I read the article in the newspaper concerning the gentleman who has to pay back $7,000 in Social Security disability money. I know several other people who had to do the same thing. What is going on here? Is our local Social Security office not doing the job? These people wouldn't be drawing it if they could work. Why punish them for the Social Security office's mistake?"

"In regards to the mile-long yard sale. You people are overlooking the safety hazards involved. I checked with the local fire company and they informed me that they had no idea how to get me if I needed help. That is not a pleasant thought. What happens if you sell a bad hot dog or hamburger and they bring a suit against you? You won't even have a yard to have a sale. I do not participate in the sale. I have lived here for over 30 years. I spend over $300 a year to be treated and then to have some people come in here and pay no attention to the no trespassing, keep off grass and no parking signs is not right. They even park in the entrance to your home. They throw trash in your yard. It is a shame that some people have to have these sales to live here. It should be called poverty row. You bet, next year they will build a string of barbed wire around my property."

"Why are people so mean? I tried to cross Franklin Street at Potomac Street and I was part way in the street and someone zoomed around off Potomac Street and laid on the horn. Yesterday I was going through a fast- food drive-up and someone cut me off in traffic and zoomed ahead of me in line. I was going into the library and this person in front of me hurried up so they didn't have to hold the door for me. Rudeness in Hagerstown is on the rise. Please don't be so mean."

"I would like to thank a very nice lady who helped me when I had an accident on St. Paul Road on Saturday evening. Thank you for taking me to my grandson's house. I didn't get your name. I appreciate everything you did for me. God will richly bless you. Also, thanks to the gentleman who made the call."

"I was wondering if anyone can tell me when pee-wee football registration is being held. I tried to contact the office several times and no one was there."

"This is to all the EMTs and firefighters who came out to the Pinesburg accident on Sunday. Thanks a lot for helping me and my four friends. From Nicole, Nick, Josh, Shawnte and Wendy."

"From 1985 to 1997 the taxes on my house have increased $1,010. Now the School Board is asking for more money. Water and sewer wants more money and now the stadium wants money. I am on a fixed income. I am being driven out of my home. I won't be able to afford to pay this stuff. After you retire, where do they think you are going to get this money? It's not growing on these trees around here, I can tell you that much."

"I have a family member who is in desperate need of infant boy clothing. Anyone willing to donate items, it will be greatly appreciated. Please call me at 301-745-3363."

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