Mail Call for 11/9

November 09, 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:

"For the person who thinks that the Value City department store is for the poor, I have news for you. That is not a poor-person's store, that is a thrifty person's store. I happen to shop there and love their clothes."

"I think all of these new stores going up and being remodeled is wonderful. But how are most of us people in Hagerstown able to pay the prices for these big-named brands? Especially us senior citizens. I agree with the person who said that the old Lowe's building would make a wonderful store for us poor people."


"I am calling in defense of the Williamsport High School band and their Halloween parade. This is a very dedicated group of youngsters and they should be praised and not censored. I go downtown and to the malls and I see men and women with their faces painted up all the time. People spend billions of dollars a year on cosmetics. If the Williamsport Band should be censored, then so should these other people."

"I would like to ask the warden at MCI, one question. How come the inmates down there only get 10 minutes to eat their meals? I understand that if they are not finished their meals in 10 minutes, then it goes in the trash. My way of thinking that is a waste of taxpayers' money. I bet the warden gets more than 10 minutes to eat his dinner and the same way with a lot of other people down there. I know that when I sit down to eat, I sure do like more than 10 minutes. I know they are criminals, some of them have done bad things, but I appeal to the warden down there, please consider giving these men more time to eat and stop wasting taxpayers' money and so much food."

"The Mummers' Parade was beautiful, but I was wondering why one of the bike patrols was riding down the square holding on to an ambulance? They are supposed to be setting an example for our children and I sure hope that none of our children would try such an episode. It really concerns me that they did this for everyone to see."

"I thought ghosts were white, not black. So why did the Williamsport guard need black faces?"

"This is directed to Chris Carter of the Board of Education. If his employees want off for a day, why don't they make a ruling of taking a day off instead of a half day. Us substitutes don't mind substituting but we don't like these half days. You plan things and then you can't carry them through and they call you at the last minute, then you have to rush to get to where you are going. Please make it a rule that you either ask for the whole day off or not at all."

"They leave these brown bags in the newspaper for us to put your giving items to the needy or whatever. Let me tell you, I think they should be taken directly to the post office because I don't think everything gets back to the post office that is put in the bag. I know, I have two eyes to see with."

"Congratulations to Gov. Glendening for being a far-seeing individual in recognizing that the University of Maryland campus would need space. Obviously the other officials can't see beyond the special interest or the funding of their goals. A college is a campus and a campus needs space. Twenty acres between power lines is not space; an abandoned hotel is not space. Hopefully, someone can do something right in this county without just doing it the cheapest and fastest way and ending up with a white elephant as usual and as this county has been known for. Way to go, governor. Forget those other two sites, they are not worth the time."

"I don't know if anyone else has the same problem I do. When I dial the phone, the operator comes on and says, 'Sorry wrong number,' you have to dial a 1 for this long distance number. I didn't even dial a long distance number. Sometimes you have to dial the number three times before you get through, but yet you are dialing the right number. What is going on, what is the problem?"

"I want to thank the police and the people who were sitting in front of me, my friends, my family, my parents and my brother Clyde, for trying to look for my golden ring that I lost in the grass at the Mummers' Parade. I found it the next day in trampled grass. I wanted to congratulate Western Heights for a very good job in the parade and I know that there are a lot of new seventh-graders who are very new at it and they did very well."

"I wanted to remind all the anti-gunners out there that it is the Second Amendment that protects their First Amendment rights. Without it, they won't be able to speak the way they feel."

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