Mail Call for 11/11

November 11, 1999

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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.

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Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I would like to know what a person is to do when they go out to the City Park on a beautiful day like on Monday and the restrooms are closed? What do you do if you have a small child that has to go to the bathroom? We no sooner got there and we had to leave to go find a restroom. Who do I call in regards to this?"

"I would like to know why something couldn't be done at the Red Entrance at Robinwood Medical Center about the uneven concrete. The other day my husband was pushing me in the wheelchair and I almost fell out of it. Instead of doing something about the parking lot, they should fix the concrete."


"Can you tell me what happens to the drugs that the Task Force and police confiscate from people? Do they get rid of it or what? I would like to know."

"How come the teachers need a pay raise when some of them are not doing their jobs? I am talking about the kids that get up in the seventh and eighth grade and cannot read. Somewhere along the line, a teacher should have been able to tell by the third or fourth grade that they could not read. If they have dyslexia, that should have been found out then. Somebody is not doing their job but are getting paid for it."

"Parents should get together and send our children to school without any homework done. You teachers might want to be free when you go home and so do us parents. We feel like we are homeschooling our children. You are getting paid to teach these children. We should not be forced into action by doing a job that you are being paid to do."

"What do you think about someone who works very hard at their job and they have substitutes paid to stand by for them, but whenever they want a day off there is no substitute available?"

"I would like to know what is wrong with you people out there that have to pick away at everything? What is wrong with the Williamsport Band painting their faces black? I would not be offended if a black man would paint his face white. We all have to be of color and we are all equal. So why don't you complain about something else."

"This is Tuesday, Nov. 9, in front of an area grocery store around 5:32 p.m. A police car and six or seven other cars are parked out front. I guess people were too lazy to park from the lot and walk. Could the supervisors check to see how many of those cars were ticketed? If you are going to stop people for not wearing a seat belt, then let's get them for everything. Something as petty as having a roadblock and lying to the public about an accident, to get people to give money to the city."

"I want to thank the Rehoboth Methodist Church for the delicious dinner that I received on Saturday. It was out of this world. Thanks to everybody and keep up the good work."

"We agree with the person who said that they are not going to give anything to these charities this year through the telemarketers. We have done this for years. If people would stop buying and giving, the telemarketers will stop calling. Most charities hire these telemarketers to solicit for them so they get a very small amount of the money. Those who give are helping to keep these telemarketers in business."

"To the caller who responded about ghosts being white. The Williamsport theme was a ghost train, but the faces represented silhouettes. When have silhouettes ever been white?"

"I think that the Williamsport Band had a good idea with the black faces because they were doing the ghost train and they were supposed to be spooky and scary."

"It is very disturbing to see all this criticism towards these teachers. Never should a teacher be criticized by a parent. Ninety percent of the parents are not even fit to be parents. I am not a teacher, I am a parent. I think that teachers who are criticized should make an appeal to the proper authorities."

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