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Mail Call for 9/28

September 28, 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:




"I read so much hate, criticism and anger in people's messages lately. We are to love comfort and to forgive. Christ died for us and sinners as well. You are to love your enemies and the sinner and let Christ be the judge. Your compassion and love may just win that person to Christ instead of pointing your finger and thinking your church is the only church. May peace be with you."




"Thank goodness for someone other than us who think if we all pull together on the water and sewer debt, with the help of a one-cent state tax increase. Thanks, Commissioner Swartz. From a senior citizen who has the water and sewer debt problem."

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"The new police chief says that he likes it here and he likes the challenge. Well that's just great. Let's see what kind of challenge he meets when he grabs a hold of the drug problem."




"This is about the sewer debt. Yes, the County Commissioners made this big mistake and we the taxpayers are going to pay for it. I live in Washington County, but I don't use it and I don't think that I should have to pay for it. As far as the stadium, we don't need it. If anyone wants it, let them pay for it."




"I complained about Resh Road being so dirty and every time you drive through there, your car gets mud and everything else on it. The County Commissioners are the ones that are supposed to be taking care of that road. The cover law for the trucks that go back that road are supposed to have covers on their trucks. I get tired of seeing (Md.) 63 and Broadfording Road covered with trash and garbage. I think it is time that the city and state police and the sheriff's department should make it a rule to pick up these people that are doing this."




"A few years ago on Chestnut Street, there was a small cemetery in front of a house. There were several tombstones there, I guess it used to be a church. I guess that's where that tombstone came from."




"I think that it is ludicrous that the County Commissioners want to raise the sales tax just in Washington County. People are not going to come to Washington County to shop having to pay that one percent extra. They can go into Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Frederick and shop for a lot cheaper in just a few minutes. The retailers at the Prime Outlets, the new center and the Valley Mall owners are the ones that have built up a great many jobs and support businesses such as restaurants and motels in Washington County to add to the attraction of the Civil War sites. So why in the world would the County Commissioners cut the throat of the county residents by keeping people away? Get an impact fee tax. Everybody wants to control development, institute the impact fee. That would take care of this water and sewer debt, but we will also allow people to come into Washington County and shop and enjoy it."




"Anybody that can't see an object as big as a car, in the daytime, whether it is raining or not, shouldn't be driving in the first place."




"I hope this new police chief starts a rule in Washington County that anyone in Washington County under the age of 18, has a curfew. They have to be in the house by 11 p.m. or have to be with their parents, weekdays or weekends. We would have a lot less trouble in Washington County. That goes for the county commissioner too, they have to back him up, too."




"People are complaining about the SPCA receiving $45,000. These animals rely on the generosity of people. This is a one-time big grant so they can expand and would not have been needed if people would have acted responsibly. Get your pet spayed or neutered and do not get them if you do not have the time, money or patience to take care of them. If you are not willing to love an animal like a family member, then don't get any pets."




"If these so-called angels intervene in car wrecks, then why wasn't the angel there before they crashed? Better yet, if there were supposed to be angels around, why didn't they prevent the wreck in the first place?"

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