Mail Call for 9/14

September 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:

"In regard to the announcement on WHAG-TV on Thursday evening, Sept. 9. A statement was made that 'All the repairs and work being done on North Potomac Street from Franklin to Charles, of replacing all the waters pipes and gas lines. That when all this work is done, the streets will be repaved and in perfect order for the next 20 years.' I rebut this. Cut the article out and put it on your refrigerator and I bet you that in six months they will be digging up blacktop again."


"What is the big deal about the Ten Commandments? Everybody can live by the Ten Commandments, especially Jews, Christians and even people who don't believe in God. What is the big deal? If you live by these commandments we wouldn't have all the problems we do in this world today. Young people in prison, drugs, children killing children in school, same-sex marriages. All we have to do is take those commandments and study them and live by them."

"To the person who wanted to know who could pump their gas for them. Well, Timmons Texaco in the West End on Washington Street will pump it. They have full service and they are real friendly."

"I know a lady who is 74 years old that lives on West Franklin Street. Her landlord wouldn't pay the water bill and it was turned off. After a week of it off, he paid it and it was turned back on. Now the fact of it is, she doesn't have any hot water because he refuses to pay her gas bill. Her hot water heater is run by gas. I hope the mayor or council reads this and does something to help this poor 74-year-old lady."

"I want to recommend a clerk at Lowe's. Her name is Judy Tucker and I want to thank her for all the help she gave me. She went through an act of Congress to help me. I think her bosses or whoever should make her a supervisor, because she sure does know what she is doing. Thanks again, Judy."

"This is a comment for the smoking at the hospital. I agree that they need to move the bench. They were up front by the door. I was carrying my newborn baby out and that the first whiff of air he had was smoke."

"To the caller who thinks that my comments about Miss Maryland accepting a red fox fur coat is a case of sour grapes. You misunderstood my message. I have no need and certainly no desire to wear the fur of an animal."

"For the person who wants Inspector Gadget's left leg, leave your number in the paper and we will call you."

"I am sure it must be frustrating for the mail carrier to deliver people's mail. Those people who have yard sales have no regard whatsoever. How do they expect the mail carriers to get to their mailboxes if there are cars parked right in front of it? How inconsiderate can people be?"

"I am responding to Denise Troxell's article in Saturday's Opinion page. She is a very courageous lady. She is helping everyone by writing her articles. A lady wrote her and told her to get over it and stop talking about it. That is totally ridiculous. Denise, you have helped me through bouts of illnesses that I have been having for about a year and a half. It has helped me in ways you can't imagine. Please don't stop writing your articles. It has helped me and other people I know. As we read your courageous efforts that you have been through, I pray for your for guidance and good health. Thanks again for your articles and I will be watching."

"I was calling to see if anyone has ever used a power gas furnace for manufactured homes? If they make much noise, if they have ever used them and how good are they? If so, leave a message in Mail Call."

"Our legislators here need to find out from the phone company how to stop charging consumers for services we don't need or don't know anything about, that aren't explained on the bill. Phone charges today, whether long distance or local, are outrageous. You are getting charged for practically nothing. Contact the phone company and find out what is going on. The average consumers have enough bills to pay these days, they don't need these added expenses. It is insane."

"I am calling about the person who wanted a full service station for the disabled and elderly. Well, Murray's Tire and Auto offers only full service. They offer full service for the self-service price."

"To the person who wanted the Inspector Gadget left leg, give me a call at 301-797-0063, I have both of them and you can have them."

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