Mail Call for 11/2

November 02, 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:

"This is the man who walks the dogs with his wife in the mornings. I would like to take the time to thank the two people who took notice and made such a kind response about my dogs. Thanks very much."

"I am calling in regards to the weapon in a New York slaying traced to a Hagerstown man. I don't believe they should have mentioned in the paper where the weapon was purchased. The man that owns that shop is a very nice man. There was no reason to put where the gun came from because it was purchased legally. That gives a bad name to that shop. The man who owns that gun shop is a really nice guy and he doesn't need bad publicity like this."


"I would like to respond to the person who called in about the food banks. Sure there are some freeloaders out there. Nobody says that you have to give. People do it because they want to. I think it was terrible to say that there is a dumpster behind Weis Market. Someday you might have to ask for help."

"Love this column. I wonder if there is anyone out there who would like to make squirrel pot pie? I don't believe in killing animals needlessly, but I am overrun with squirrels. So if you would get in touch with me and make arrangements, give me a call at 301-739-0112."

"I was watching WHAG-TV 25 on Thursday night and the comments from the School Board officials on Commonwealth Avenue concerning the sexual assault at North High was insulting to everyone. Her comment was that 'there was limited funding and there was little they could do.' How insulting to the victim. Shame on you. You should be fired and not replaced."

"I too have seen a couple walking their dogs down Washington Street. That little dog looks so cute in his little Redskin coat. That big brown one, he just struts like there is no tomorrow. I was wondering if they could call Mail Call and let me know where they bought them. I would appreciate it."

"This is for those crybabies who are whining about getting stopped by the police on Dual Highway for not wearing their seat belts. Hey, buckle up, it's the law."

"Why don't they make putting out the newspapers for recycling mandatory? It would lessen our landfill from filling up and at the same time make paper usable again. I am the only one on my street who puts them out. No wonder the trash cans are always bulging."

"I am recently single and I was wondering if there are any Christian singles groups in the Hagerstown area?"

"I am writing a book on how to beat the welfare system and I am using my welfare money to get it published."

"Will somebody please take control of the closed caption on Channel 25 news from 5:30 to 6 p.m. It is as scrambled as Channel 42."

"My name is Peggy and I live at 13 Burner Avenue and I found a set of Ford keys on the street. If these keys are yours, you can come down to my house and pick them up."

"I would like to comment on two recent Mail Call topics. First to all of you crybabies crying about the seat belt sting. Did any of you contact your delegates when the law was being considered? This is a democracy, get involved or don't complain. Second, to the person who asked about a simple wedding. The materials don't create a happy marriage. Twenty-four years ago I married a man at the courthouse with only one witness and no ring. A few weeks later, we had a great big party. I would marry him again in a minute."

"Sophisti'Cats, you were wonderful."

"I want the individual who called in about the homeless and hungry veterans to know that the Joint Veterans Council does do what they can for the homeless and the hungry. They do not only build walls and memorials. Also for the past 12 years we have been fighting for a veterans home here in Washington County. As for feeding the hungry, every year we are one of the sponsors for the Food Resources program that feeds everyone in the county who needs food. So in the future if you should need food or a place to stay, you can also contact the VFW, the American Legion or the AMVETS and they have programs that can help you. So before you start talking about something that you know nothing about, contact one of these organizations and talk to an official that can explain how these type of programs actually operate."

"I don't like my morning mail being delivered in the afternoon by a person in a pickup truck that delivers it when he get around to it."

"Whoever put the picture of the supposed turkey on the front page of Saturday's paper needs to pay a little closer attention to what they are doing. Look at the beak on the bird, that is a buzzard."

"I tip my hat off to all those who participated in the Mummers' Parade and hats off to the Alsatia Club for putting together this great parade. It was a great time had by all. Being the 75th annual parade, I knew that it was going to be enjoyed and it was, by over 100,000 people. Hopefully in the year 2000 for the 76th annual parade, hopefully it will be a huge success also."

"I think that the City of Hagerstown should clean out the storm drains along the curbs, especially on North Mulberry Steet. They are so full of leaves you cannot even see the hole. Here is a suggestion, clean the streets more often and all those leaves won't blow down into the gutters."

"I have a stamp collection and I was wondering if there are any stamp collectors out there that could tell me the value of the one that I have. If you could please put your number in Mail Call and I will call you back."

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