Mail Call for 9/3

September 03, 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:

"To the person who called in about the brand name school supplies, I am positive that the companies don't mind the free advertising. Certain brands are made to perform better and last longer. Plus, the child feels successful and in the end the parents save money."

"I am calling about Burkittsville. Things in Burkittsville may be normal for the people who live in Burkittsville. I spent two weeks down there and what I experienced was anything but normal."


"I lost three $20 bills at the green flag entrance at the Robinwood center. If anyone would like to return it, my number is 301-733-7734."

"We would like to wish our parents Jack and Robin Smith, happy 28th anniversary. Love, Christina, Jackie and Jon Jon."

"I want to wish Richard and Gina a happy second anniversary on Sept. 6."

"To the person who called in about the state crews on Sharpsburg Pike. It seems to me that they don't know what really goes on out there or what they are talking about. When it comes to the state, a lot of people are long on the mouths and short on the ears. Nobody wants to stop and ask somebody what is going on, all they want to do is talk."

"Isn't it funny, 10 or 12 years ago, they had more teachers than they had positions, you couldn't buy a spot to teach. Now they are looking for teachers. Strange isn't it?"

"Could someone in Hagerstown tell me if they look at their paycheck and tell me what this county tax is? We are already paying a state, city and county tax and now we have another county tax coming out of my paycheck. Could someone please tell me why this is on there or what it is?"

"I am calling about the Maugansville Little League which had planned to have a dunking booth. I think the parents should all bring a bucket of water and let them put it in there for those kids, they deserve it. Help the kids, it keeps them out of trouble. Let the governor bring one, while he is at it."

"About the people in a restaurant eating and the men pulling out their handkerchiefs to blow their nose. I also think it is disgusting. If the smokers can't smoke in restaurants or the kids can't do a lot of things, why should people be allowed to blow their noses at the table and interrupt and disturb someone else's dinner. They either go to the restroom or go outside to blow their noses."

"About the deer hunt at Fort Frederick State Park, this is the fifth year they are going to have it. It is December 7 and 8. I used to go down and look at the deer, take the video camera and film them and they are having another hunt down there this year. I am disappointed, I don't think that they should do this again. Now you ride down there, you are lucky if you see one deer."

"I am calling about the person who was upset about the bathroom passes during class and not being allowed to go to the bathroom. The woman with the girl about the medical problems, all you have to do is send a note to school and then she would be allowed to use the restroom when she needed to. The bathroom policies were probably put into effect because the bathrooms are being abused."

"The idea that the governor would even consider lifting the water restrictions is ridiculous. We only had about a little over two inches of rain last week. The wells aren't any fuller and the river may be flowing fuller now but in a couple of weeks it will be back down. The Marylanders need to stick with their water conservation. It may take a long time, but it is better to conserve water now, than to run out later."

"To the person who wanted to know where to get something good to eat that doesn't taste artificial. Look in your own refrigerator and cupboards. If you want fresh food, you fix it yourself."

"Thumbs down to The Herald Mail for printing the article written by Steve Palmer regarding the annual Fur Trapping Convention. Even bigger thumbs down to Keri Schrader, the current Miss Maryland, for attending this event and accepting a red fox fur coat from this group."

"Thanks to the mayor of Williamsport and his wife Lisa and the rest of the community that put on the C&O Canal Days. It was a wonderful three days, they did a wonderful job and I know it was a lot of work, thank you again."

"Boo to the officials for not letting the Maugansville Little League have their dunking booth. A little bit of water for a dunking booth, where someone could donate the water out of the river or whatever. You let all these businesses run the car washes and the swimming pool but you don't want to let the Little League have a dunking booth."

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