Mail Call for 9/22

September 22, 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:

"If anyone found a pair of men's glasses at the Antietam Recreation during the hospital picnic on Saturday. Call 301-739-3361."

"I work at a nursing home and there are some things that I don't like, but I can't report it because I am afraid of losing my job. If you have a complaint, report it and get it over with."

"We the clients of Adult Care Service would like you to know that you have a care provider who only works on Saturdays and Sundays. She is a Godsend. She cares, listens and laughs with us and gives us back our dignity. Thank you from your clients."


"If the Washington County Detention Center is smoke free, how come the deputies can stand at the entrance doors and smoke instead of going into the parking lot? It would be nice if the County Commissioners would pass a law saying that the deputies cannot smoke while on duty, including in their cruisers. If they can smoke, how come they can't have a smoking area for the inmates?"

"I am calling about the poor shuttle bus rides from the Antietam Battlefield to the town of Sharpsburg during the Sharpsburg Heritage Days. My family and others waited over an hour and a half for one to show up when we were in the town. Yes, this was a free service, but I would have paid to have one show up on time. By the way, the sign said that one shows up every half hour. Someone sure can't tell time."

"In response to what is an assistant in a classroom. If a teacher can't do their job and has to have an assistant that is being paid $10 an hour, then they need to get another teacher. The teachers that work there and don't have assistants should be paid more money. We are talking about a child that shouldn't even be in that classroom and you have someone taking care of them one on one."

"About the article and the bathroom policy at Boonsboro High School. It is true that you should be able to raise your hand and go to the bathroom. My daughter was not allowed to go and she got a very bad infection from it. Hey schools, why not give the kids a break. I think you have enough policies now as it is. So think about it."

"I was in Boonsboro and we found a white chicken with a little bit of gray through it. It was found in a yard. I live on Magellan Drive and we have the chicken, so if anyone in the Boonsboro vicinity lost a chicken, we have it, call me at 301-432-2863."

"A classroom is a classroom, the Baldwin House can have many classrooms. Your classroom doesn't have to be acres and acres of costly manicured lawn. Just look at all that costly manicured lawn surrounding Allegheny Power Corporation Headquarters on Downsville Pike. You, the electric customers, are paying for the upkeep. Just like you the taxpayer will pay for acres and acres of manicured lawn around the four-year college at Friendship Technology Park. We must learn to conserve and recycle, that is in part what the governor means by 'Smart Growth.'"

"Concerning the complaint about not having birthdays and anniversaries in the paper. I think they should be put in the back of the paper, after all, they help to pay for the paper. I am not against it, but I think it should be put in the back of the paper where other things like that are put."

"About the bathroom policies at the high schools. I don't think they would make a child wait to go to the bathroom, if they knew that they really had to go. What happens is the ones that don't really have to go, they are taking advantage of it and that hurts the ones that really have to go. So these teachers really don't know which way to go. Some of them stay over the time limit, which is unnecessary, some don't have to go at all, some were caught out in the hall talking to others. So what are these teachers supposed to do? Don't blame it on the school, blame it on the students, not all of them, but some of them."

"To the lady who works at the dressing rooms at one of the local department stores in the evenings. For the third time that I have come there, I am tired of hearing you complain to your co-workers about someone you work with. Maybe you need to go to a boss. I go there to shop and enjoy myself, not to hear you complain."

"To the person who thinks that non-smokers don't have rights. You have more rights than I do as a smoker, I can't smoke any-where. Taxes on cigarettes go up 66 cents for no reason. Oh, Glendening wants to use it to give back to the hospital and stuff, when it isn't even going where it is supposed to be going. You are crazy to say you have no rights, second-hand smoke hasn't killed anybody, but alcohol does, just remember that."

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