Mail Call for 11/15

November 15, 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:

"The holidays are here again and it can be very lonely. If you are 50 or over and single, please come join us with the Tri-state Singles. The numbers are 301-766-9449 or 301-824-5200."

"I wish someone would form a dating service in Hagerstown like they have in Frederick, Md."

"Ten minutes for the inmates to eat their meals at MCI. Whoever believes this would probably buy a refrigerator and live at the North Pole. The inmates are allowed to waste food. I worked down there for many years and the rules are so relaxed they are allowed to have anything they want, including their feed at meal time. They get at least 20 minutes to eat their meals and they don't have to eat what they get when they are served. There are no more rules saying that they have to eat what is on their plates. They can throw away whatever they want without any repercussions."


"At Edgewood and U.S. 40 we need an overpass or underpass, independent funnel like turning lanes off Edgewood and the Dual Highway, four in all. New developers, including a developer on South Edgewood, planning a project now- and not just the University of Maryland, just two miles away - will have to pay the bulk of the cost which is about $5 million."

"I have been following it in the paper about the teachers not teaching the kids and the parents don't want to have to do it at home. Today there is something in the paper where this person says, 'We feel like we are homeschooling our children.' Let me tell you something, you are supposed to take care of your own children, love your children. You are supposed to be home with your kids, not out parading around on the streets. Everytime I read this kind of stuff I get sick at heart. Good God, I wish the old days were back here."

"If you want to put discipline back in the schools, put an equal amount of male and female teachers and principals back in the schools in Washington County, that will bring a lot of it back."

"I would like to know why Mayor Bowers didn't think enough of Veterans Day, to fly the flags in the square? They have been flown on days when there are just something going on that just involves the town, but not flown on the day that we should have honored our Veterans. I am very appalled by this and someone should look into this."

"I cannot believe all the fuss over the church bulletin promotion used by the Hagerstown Suns. I shook my head in disbelief that not only the ACLU but the Commission on Human Relations wants to appeal the judge's ruling. Come on guys, get a life. What a waste of time and money. I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams that one individual could cause so much trouble, but then again, one woman had prayers removed from the schools. All I can say is, 'this is one nation under God,' and 'In God We Trust' is written on our currency."

"To the person who wanted to know about stamps. Just be very careful when you let someone look at your stamps. Don't leave the room for a minute, because it is very easy for someone to pick up a valuable stamp and put it in your pocket. Also, get a second opinion on your stamps. Good luck, honey."

"I am getting tired of the parents out there complaining about homework and saying that the teachers are not doing their jobs. As a teacher, I am highly offended, especially being one that does my job all the time. Today there is something in the paper about teachers being able to go home and spend an evening free. I don't know what teacher they are thinking about, but we don't go home and spend an evening free. We have papers to grade, lessons to plan and materials to gather. When we leave at four or five in the evening, we spend another one, two or three hours just getting ready for the next day. Then we go home over the weekend and do the same thing. If the parents don't want to help their child with homework, then maybe they shouldn't be parents."

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