Mail Call for 11/4

November 04, 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 too get these telemarketing calls and I also called my telephone company and they said there is nothing they can do about it. I don't know how the people who work at night and sleep in the day get any sleep, because the phone keeps ringing with these annoying calls. My number was in the phone book and I changed my number to a private number and they managed to find that number also. Nothing I have done has stopped them."


"For the telemarketers, all you need to do is ask them to remove your name from the list. Eventually the calls will get less and less."

"We don't need a new stadium. It is not well attended now. Why would we need a new one?"

"I don't mind helping someone in need, like you said there are help wanted signs all over town. I think our welfare system makes it easy for these people not to get jobs. Maybe you need to check into that."

"I believe that the Washington County Board of Education should start getting serious about security in our schools. I went with my daughter to Hancock Elementary School at 6 p.m. one evening recently. We wanted to see if there was a custodian or a someone was there to let us in so she could get an important book she forgot. The front door was unlocked, we went into the halls hoping to find someone. No one was present. My daughter went to her desk to retrieve the book she forgot. We heard voices of children in the distance, but we never saw an adult or a child. Anyone with a gun or bomb trying to go off the following day could have had access to the school, perhaps all evening it was open, I don't know. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to get a teacher or custodian in trouble. But, if this happens at all of our schools, then our children are not safe at any schools and it must be known."

"To the person collecting stamps, if you put your number in the paper I will be glad to call you."

"There was a wallet lost on Monday between the Farmers Market and the Potomac Towers. If anyone found this wallet please return it to the main office at the Potomac Towers."

"I think that the old Lowe's store has been sitting there thinking long enough. It should be a store for low income people of Hagerstown. Something like a Value City Department Store for the poor."

"Why do so many people want to know something or have someone's number when they don't put their own number in? I do know someone who would put elastic in ladies' slacks."

"To all the young drivers in Hagerstown area that are rambunctious and wild with their driving, if you continue to run red lights, innocent people are going to continue to get hurt or killed. Wise up before it is too late. You may be the one to suffer serious injury."

"To the individual that stole the hummingbird wind chimes off of my brother's grave at Sharpsburg Cemetery. I hope they chime so loud that you get a migraine with no relief possible. Don't come back to get the Shepherd hook, because I already took it home. Come on back to see what Christmas decorations you can steal, because you are being watched. May God bless you, you thief."

"I think that it is ridiculous that I send my child to school at 8 a.m. and he comes home at 4 p.m. with two hours worth of homework in the evening. We have no family time, no time for sports. I think it is ridiculous that these teachers send all this homework home. How many of those teachers work 10-hour days, four or five days a week and homework on the weekend?"

"To the person who lost their glasses at Ames on Tuesday morning, please call me at 301-733-6010 and leave your name, phone number and identify your glasses, I will see that they are returned to you."

"I want to thank the City of Hagerstown for spending money on a sign on Northern Avenue that states, 'no stopping or unloading at anytime,' but on a daily basis numerous vehicles can be seen unloading and stopping, buses, taxis and personal vehicles. One of these days there will be an accident by a driver neglecting another sign on Northern Avenue stating, 'Speed limit 25' Thank you."

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