Mail Call for 7/19

July 19, 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 am calling about the Community Free Clinic. Asking people to give time so that the clinic can stay open for all the poor people. I work every day, eight hours a day, 40 hours a week. I too, wish I didn't have to pay for my medical coverage, but unfortunately I do. If these poor people would get a job, then they wouldn't have to worry about the insurance. It is just geared to lazy people who don't want to work and want to milk the system. Get a job and then you won't need the insurance and won't have to depend on the state and local government. We don't need these things in Hagerstown."


"I work part time, 24 hours a week, but I do not receive any medical coverage. I need the Community Free Clinic to help me. I am not one of those lazy people who depend on the state for help. I wish I had medical coverage but unfortunately I don't. So everybody that goes there is not lazy. We do work, it is just that we either don't receive the coverage from work, or it doesn't pay all of it. So just because you work 40 hours a week, eight hours a day, doesn't mean that everybody else should, too. We do work, it is just that we are not as fortunate as you are. So check the facts before you judge people, just because they can't go to a regular doctor's office. We are upset enough because we work and still have to go to these free clinics, we don't need people like you putting us down, too."

"This is to the person who said that the police in this town should demand respect. Well as far as I am concerned the police in this town deserve a lot of things, but respect is not one of them. The majority of the ones I come across act like they are above the law and they hide behind their badges. So like I said, the police do not deserve respect, they should earn it before they should count on it."

"For those people interested in the American Civil War and history in general. A lot of people don't know this, there is a local re-enacting group in the Hagerstown area that is now accepting recruits for those interested. You can contact them at 301-797-6851."

"I just noticed in The Herald-Mail that Hagerstown Community College is going to offer courses until the University of Maryland Campus is complete. With the facilities at HCC, why can't that be turned into the University of Maryland and just add buildings on that campus? We don't need three colleges in Hagerstown. You have Frostburg uptown, Hagerstown Community College and now we are going to have the University of Maryland. Where are they going to get all of these students? Make it combined, make it just one. Save our taxpayer dollars and have a better facility. We would have more room and the buildings are already there. For just once, do what is best for the students and the county."

"In regards to the Thursday, July 15, item about the Mitchell Avenue incident, it said that the police should demand more respect, the answer to that is that you don't demand the respect, you earn it!"

"I want to thank the employees at the Roy Rogers on Burhans Boulevard for finding my bag and letting me know that it was found. I really do appreciate that. It shows you that nice people do exist and I am thankful for that."

"I think a 1-cent sales tax should put on to help pay for the sewer. So everybody in the county will help pay for it instead of the homeowners. People from outside the county will also help pay for it."

"What I would like to see is cameras up at these lights. I was going to the outlets the other night. I was sitting there at the light and these two cars and a truck went through the red light. Other people were sitting there with a green light. They also rushed to get to the red light and still had to sit there and wait."

"We want to ask the mayor about this burned down building up on West Washington Street, the old Key Market building. They are going around having all those smoke detectors put in the houses. How about getting in there and tear down this safety hazard. Hey mayor, look out for the children."

"The Ten Commandments should be placed in front of the courthouse. I feel that our country is heading in a direction without morals. Without morals we will continue to see our teens, children and adults decay."

"To the person who said a glass of beer and a glass of wine is good for you. Too bad too many people have more than one glass or one beer. That is all it takes to make you an illegal driver."

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