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Mail Call for 11/12

November 12, 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 want to thank Anderson Cleaners and One-Hour Professional Services for the beautiful work that they did for the homeless. There was no hesitation from them when I called and asked them to clean coats and stuff for the homeless. They even offered to give me other coats and things for the homeless shelter."




"People who have trouble with the telemarketers and the ones where there is nothing but clicking, well here is a solution. Get a Caller ID and when it comes up 'unavailable,' or if it is one that you don't want to answer, don't answer it. Just let the phone ring. As for the old Lowe's store on Maryland Avenue that everyone is worried about, why don't they put a Save-A-Lot grocery store there? The other grocery stores are too cotton-picking high on their groceries for the poor and people on a limited income."

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"This is a second opinion. Some of us substitutes are more than happy to substitute, even if only for a half a day. We are really happy to be of service to our schools and assist the teachers any time and in any way we can be of help. We all work together to promote better schools and better education for our students. Happy subbing."




"Our neighbor cleaned her lawn and put all of her leaves in the street. I thought that there was a law against this, or can everybody put their leaves in the street now?"




"I would like to see the minimum wage become a living wage. Whether I will see it in my lifetime or not, but I hope to see it soon."




"I was wondering why when you pull into a gas station, it says 17 and nine tenths for gas? I wonder why that nine tenths is attached to it?"




"I live on Hickory Lane and I was wondering why we never got anything on our door about trick-or-treat?"




"This is to thank all the people who participated in Funkstown American Legion after the parade. I believe that the Auxiliary is in charge of that and I don't think that they get enough thanks from the people who attend."




"Thanks to all of those who clean the road and pick up trash along Alternate 40 between Funkstown and Boonsboro. You are doing a great job. Thanks a bunch."




"To the person who called in about the teachers working 10-12 hours a day. They do work 10-12 hours a day, but they don't get paid for 10-12 hours. They only get paid for seven and a half hours. The next time you call in, get your facts straight."




"This is to the teachers who try to say that they work 10-12 hours a day. There is no way that they work 60 hours a week and they teach our children to tell on their parents if they get smacked when they get out of line."




"To the teacher who said that the kids have no respect or manners today. Well, they don't want them to. Obviously, they have made it rough for the parents to even discipline their own children, otherwise they will be turned into Social Services for smacking them on their behinds and made out like they are criminals. What we're getting out of schools now are intellectual barbarians. They can't read, they can't write, they can't add or subtract. What can they do? Kill people."




"I would like to know how much Baltimore paid towards their two new stadiums down there?"




"I see where councilman Wally McClure and Lew Metzner voted against closing the meeting. We have had enough closed meetings in Hagerstown and I commend these two councilmen for voting against it. We will remember them when it is time for re-election. The others will have to go. It is terrible that they have to have all of these closed meetings, then we don't know what is going on. I would also like to thank The Herald-Mail for making sure that they are not doing anything that they shouldn't be doing."




"Four out five Hagerstown Council members said that they supported the stadium. Well, of course they haven't showed us where the 12 to 15 million dollars is coming from. The only strong person there was Wally McClure, who voted against it and said that we should have a referendum on the matter. That's right. The people of this county should vote if they want this lousy stadium. Not many people in this county vote anyway, but the people who do vote have a right to say what we want."




"I know of an incident where two people were in a car accident. The one who got killed was a preacher and the other one was a criminal, who the preacher was counseling. The preacher died, but the criminal lived. I can't guess what God's plan was there. Some people are so overly religious that they don't know what religion is. They use their religion into their lives in any way they choose to fit their lifestyle."




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