Mail Call for 11/16

November 16, 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:

"This is to the individual who called and complained about South High's band practicing late at night. Last Thursday night they had a practice prepared for a competition in New Jersey. I hope they sat this individual straight up in bed. Stop complaining, these kids are doing something constructive and they are not out terrorizing the neighborhood. Stop whining and get a life."

"Does anyone out there know where I can buy a Toni home perm set. The stores that usually have them, don't seem to have them anymore."


"Don't blame the deer and the bears for getting on highways and residential areas. The person to blame is man. We have and still are taking away their natural habitat. Where are they to go, shopping malls in which there are too many and unnecessary? Also, there are too many houses being built. They are eating up our wide- open spaces. You know why, one word, greed. Man has and always will be his own worst enemy. I take up for the animals."

"This is in loving memory of Carlton Shawn Bartley. You will be dearly missed by everyone. I love you, your one and only."

"This is to the woman in the burgundy car. Many people witnessed you last Tuesday, Nov. 9, speed past that stopped school bus towards Williamsport. This is against the law. The last thing kids should be worried about is some speeding car running them down on their way home."

"I have been reading about the drug problem in Hagerstown and what to do. The biggest problem is the city council and the town council. The first thing they need to do is quit advertising in the big newspapers. I have read it in the Washington and Baltimore paper, safer streets and safer schools. Clean up that area first then you will clean up your town second."

"Why, when you pull into the gas station it says, $1.17 and nine tenth? Why is that nine tenths on there?"

"I would also like to thank Keefauver Dry Cleaners on South Potomac Street for helping the homeless also. They were very very nice about it and with no hesitation."

"I think the ones that want to get rid of Charley Reese and his column are the ones who don't want to hear the truth. I always did say that he was one to tell it like it is."

"What an awful idea, parents spending an hour or so a night with their kids, loving, sharing and caring and doing their homework."

"These teachers must be using the same math they teach their kids with to add up the hours that they work each week."

"I believe in God because of what I have seen and read. I believe that God can do anything, but I don't believe that he had anything to do with that automobile accident."

"Residents of Hagerstown and Washington County, are you ready for a substantial tax increase to pay for this new stadium? You can bet that this is what is going to happen. Where else do they plan on getting the money from?"

"Let's vote on the stadium. Let majority rule. I think you will find that the people in this county do not want to spend their tax money for a new stadium."

"To the mail lady who delivers the mail on Falling Waters Road. Please learn how to shut the mailboxes. Every night when I come home, I find everybody's mail lying all over the ground."

"I want to know when they are going to stop using Hagerstown as a training ground for postmasters? Whoever heard of sending carriers out an hour later on a winter day when they can't read the mail in the dark? Tell them to get a life and wise up or get another postmaster."

"When are the state police or the Sheriff's Department going to do something about the cars that park in the no-stopping zone in the 17000 block of Virginia Avenue near Englewood Road? They constantly stop there and block the view of the vehicles that come off of Englewood Road. What are they waiting for, an accident to happen?"

"If the city won't pay the medical bills of the men who helped with the fire, why won't the fire department come forward and pay for the bills? Even though the men are not from this area, there is plenty of money in all the fire departments. Why don't they pay this measly $700? They have hundreds or even thousands of dollars."

"We need Howard Stern on a local radio station."

"What a joke, they went to the park and stayed up all night and had breakfast waiting for them in the morning. You show me a homeless person that has breakfast waiting for them in the morning. Anything to get their names in the paper. What a joke."

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