Mail Call for 9/23

September 23, 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 that is wondering how to get grease off the concrete floor, cover with cat liter, sawdust or commercial absorbent sold in auto supply stores. Allow the stain to be absorbed, then sweep up. Repeat as necessary. Good luck. I have done this many times."

"This is in response to the editorial page on the vandalism. I think that we shouldn't have any more smacking of fingers. My prayers go out to those people. Our young people, for whatever reason, have become hateful. We would like to see full prosecution in this matter. We would like to see the names of the people and the parents of these people's names printed. Our judicial system has let this kind of behavior take place and only a small punishment. I think we should pull these people from society and put them behind bars, no visitors for five or six years and no let out early and to see if their friends don't step back and take a second look before engaging in these hateful and sinful actions."


"You are right, they did clean up all the cigarette butts at the square, but then again Glendening was coming and they didn't want him to see that mess because then he wouldn't want the college downtown."

"To all those nosy people who complain about people driving in the rain with no lights off, well they must not be too dangerous because evidently they can see you to complain and gripe about it."

"I would like to say thank you to the man at County Market that donated the plastic bags for the food bank."

"Right on, Tim Rowland, your Sunday column was the bravest, most honest piece of reporting that your newspaper has printed in the last year. You are absolutely right about CHIEF and nobody has the nerve to say it."

"I would like to respond to the person who responded to my saying about driving without the lights in the rain. I am minding my own business, but this is the business of the law. It is a law, so the cops should mind their business and do something about it. You must be one of them that drives without lights all the time."

"I think that the students and teachers should have to make up the day lost because of Hurricane Floyd. They have entirely too much time off now as it is. Nobody in my family had the day off."

"I would like to thank Washington County bus driver number 55C for making it really nice for people behind her on Tuesday. She pulled over and let traffic go around her. I haven't seen this done in a long time, since I lived in Williamsport and 5C used to do that all the time. All you regular bus drivers that the county runs, they just hold the traffic up, but these real contract drivers are trying to do a nice job."

"I also had brown specks in my water bottle. I would like to know what it is?"

"I tell you what I am afraid is going to happen. The governor is going to recommend this downtown site for the new university. They are not going to want to build there because the Baldwin House is a white elephant. Let's face it, could you really blame them? They are going to pick up their marbles and build somewhere else. I hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling that this might be the end result."

"We are looking for a little lost poodle. He has been gone since Monday. If you see him, he is brown, he should have a choker chain, with his name Teddy and his telephone number to call us. If not, you can reach us at 301-797-8267. The dog is really loved and really missed by the other two dogs that cry at night when they see his cage empty at night, when they know that he is supposed to be there."

"If the police don't do anything about the people running the red lights when the police are sitting there watching them do it. On Dual Highway, a policeman was sitting right beside a truck when he went through the red light, but he did nothing. Then they are not going to do anything about these people driving without their lights on."

"Why would anybody want to give Tim Rowland a reward when he said that church bells sound like cows crying?"

"The question the person had about the clock in the square. It is willed to the city by R. Bruce Carson in his will and it does belong to the city, but it was really given to the city by R. Bruce Carson when he passed away."

"To the person who wanted to know how to get rid of the oil stain out of his carport, well I had the same problem and I just threw a rug over it."

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