Mail Call for 8/31

August 31, 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:

"Our vehicle failed the emissions tests. We were told that we had to spend at least $150 to fix it and go back and show them the receipt. We spent over $250 and guess what, they charged us another $12 to test the vehicle again. Talk about ripping off a Maryland taxpayer."

"This is in response to the fine doctor that thinks state workers are so-called gravy. Did you ever wonder who keeps society protected from criminals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Did you ever wonder who was protecting society on Easter morning, or while sitting at your Thanksgiving dinner? How about while you watch your children open gifts on Christmas morning? Oh yes and don't forget your wedding anniversary. These are just a few of many. So the next time you want to complain about a gravy state worker, think about these things."


"On Thursday my friends and I went to a restaurant on the Dual Highway to have dinner. Such a great place to eat, clean, good food, everything was going fine. Well, over here at a table, these children were in and out of their high chairs, running around underneath the table, hollering. The young mothers were just eating away. That wasn't enough, that wasn't so bad, we could tolerate that, but over at another table there were five or six outside working men, they have to eat too, with their caps on. Lo and behold, two of them pulled their red handkerchief's out and blew their noses, at the table. Why couldn't they go to the restroom? That ruined my day and my meal, so we left our tip and paid our bill and we left. I hope this doesn't happen to me or anybody else again. It just wasn't my day."

"I believe the University of Maryland should be built at Hagerstown Community College. For the traffic problem, they are building more and more houses on Mt. Aetna Road. It would all equal out and be cheaper for the taxpayers to renovate Dual Highway rather than build the University of Maryland at another site."

"I want to congratulate my grandson Matthew for the fine careers that he has had in minor, Little and Pony league. This year he finishes up in Pony League and has brought us a lot of joy and happiness and we are all very proud of him. If he never plays another ball game, I will still be proud of him."

"A message for all farmers in the area that have lost money due to the drought. We do feel for you. Please call us at 301-665-0878, leave your name and phone number, we are looking to help you. This is not a scam, we are not looking to make money off of you, we are here to help you."

"I would like to congratulate Amy Waters and all the other grown ups that did a lot of hard work at the Antietam Bible Church. Also, for the beautiful service that the Bible School put on Sunday morning."

"I just came back from a West Coast trip. The gas prices out there range from $1.69 to $1.79. I don't feel people around this area should complain about having to pay $1.19 for a gallon of gas. They are getting off easy."

"To the person who called in about the vinegar and prune juice. Please put in the paper how much vinegar and how much prune juice to a glass that you are supposed to take morning and night."

"Why does the City Council want the citizens to replace their existing sidewalks when they allow community rescue and the fire company on Eastern Boulevard to construct buildings without sidewalks? Also, look at the sidewalk around the Municipal Stadium, if you can find it."

"To the person who called in and said about graduating seniors that received gifts and didn't send thank you notes. Get up in the real world, there are seniors out there that do send thank you notes. Next time you call Mail Call, think about what you are saying."

"Congratulations to the SPCA for not adopting a dog out to that woman. If she can't be responsible for her own cat, she shouldn't have another pet. If her cat gets sick one day and bites one of her kids she will be the first one to call the SPCA to come and trap it. Then for us taxpayers, we will be the ones to pay for the rabies testing on it."

"To all educational personnel, the use of brand names without properly paying for the right to use the trademark is wrong, therefore brand names should not be used in any of these school supply lists. If you want a kid to bring scissors, tell them to bring scissors, if you want them to bring an eraser, tell them to bring an eraser. Leave the brandnames out and give the parents some discretion. Come on, we are all grown-ups here."

"To whoever stole the wooden basket on West Side Avenue in the first block on Saturday evening between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30, I would like it back."

"I am from the Potomac Towers and I lost my keys over at Baltimore and Potomac streets and I would like to have them back because they open up my door. Bring them over to the Potomac Towers office."

"How nice to read about where the Clear Spring pastors and the community coming together to pray for rain to end the drought. Thanks to Mary Reed for heading this up. Maybe all of our churches should draw together and pray. When all else fails, then call on Jesus."

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