Mail Call for 9/21

September 21, 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:

"Please, County Commissioner's, please, no more buildings, no more malls, no more developments, enough is enough!"

"Special thanks to Mr. Higgins, a second-grade teacher at Williamsport Elementary for a lovely Grandparent's Day. Lots of planning by him made this a day to remember by students and grandparents. Our granddaughter has Mr. Higgins for a teacher."

"I need No. 4 and No. 8 of the McDonald's Inspector Gadget Doll. It is the left leg and hat. These dolls are useless without all the parts. We would appreciate it if anyone has these two parts. My number is 301-432-6234."


"According to the paper, Glendening only looked at two sites for the University of Maryland. I thought Hagerstown Community College was a possible site. What happened that it wasn't even mentioned?"

"I would like to have this answered for me. Why does the city have light bills on budgeted accounts for people on fixed income? But the water department claims they cannot. What is the difference? They don't bill you for the electric that you are using, so what is the difference if they bill you for the water the same way?"

"I would like to say this to the smokers who get upset when the non-smokers call in about smoking. Don't worry about it, in about 10 years the government will be pushing cigarettes again. They will come up and say, well you can smoke now because it is good for you. So don't worry, the government will take care of it when it loses its taxes. So, don't worry about it, it will come back around."

"Some of the readers, myself included, are being helped by Denise Troxell's columns. Helped in their understanding of some of the trauma of severe illness and indeed the trauma of some of the treatments. For example, my mother was a cancer patient in ICU some years ago. I wish I could have read Troxell's informative columns then. I could have been a much better patient advocate for my mother during her ICU hospitalization. I could have stood up for her better when she couldn't speak up for herself. Denise Troxell's writings will stay with me as a real-life experience and I admire and thank her."

"Downtown Hagerstown is the best choice for the new college. Most of the street people and drugs will move from this area due to the harsher penalties of being within 1,000 feet of the school. The college's sociology class could have a project of interviewing street people and perhaps getting many of them off the street by offering them jobs and such at the college, such as maintenance or other available jobs. The downtown site has endless benefits and is truly a 'Smart Growth.'"

"I was wondering if anyone else has brown specks in their bottled water. I called and they said it was magenese. What's up with that?"

"The person who called in and said, 'would someone loan me their credit card for a few weeks, so he could buy what he wanted and he would give it back'. Tell this person if he would leave his phone number, I would be glad to help him food-wise or anything that he would need. But, credit card, no. We are eager to help people and give things away instead of selling it. We would help him food-wise if he would put his phone number in."

"I just got a real good laugh, when I read about the buyback program with the guns and the responses of some people. They don't have a clue. Most of the guns that you see being bought back are not worth $100. If I had guns looking like those, I would be glad to take a $100 for them, too, and go buy a better gun. The point that most of these people are missing is all your communists countries have already taken the guns from the citizens, so what is the point?"

"I was wondering if the Carson's clock in Public Square belongs to the city? They say it does, but if it does, why does it say Carson's on the clock? To me that is an advertisement."

"I would like to respond to the person complaining about people driving in the rain with their lights off. First of all, that person needs to mind their own business. We have too many laws in this country already that don't amount to anything. We also have too many people in this country that stick their nose in other people's business where it doesn't belong. Get a life and mind your own business and let the cops take care of what they see and what they want to do."

"I guess that the Gaming Commissioners have no parents that are senior citizens, just animal lovers. I had hoped that they would have done better for the senior citizens of Washington County. I am a senior citizen."

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