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Mail Call for 11/18

November 18, 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:

"Some of the TV talk show hosts, the multi-millionaire movie stars and other popular rich personalities will back gun control and claim to be anti-gun ownership. They will however hire body guards that carry guns. I wonder how the NRA will feel about that?"

"I want to wish my aunt Netty Pearl and Uncle Red of Boonsboro a very happy wedding anniversary. Thank you for your warm memories and unconditional love. You are treasured and loved more every year. This is from your adopted daughter in New Jersey."


"There are so many women, especially teenagers who said they made a mistake when they got pregnant, especially out of wedlock. It is not a mistake, choosing to mess around and get pregnant is not considered a mistake. The mistake is that they disregarded the consequences of getting pregnant."

"I was wondering if anyone could tell me where I can get the old time bubble lights for a Christmas tree?"

"I am calling about the new stadium that they want to build and spend $15 to $20 million dollars for. I don't think that they need to spend $15 to $20 million so people can go there, drink beer and drive on our streets. I don't know how many people are killed each year by people driving drunk leaving pro sporting events. I don't think that is the role of government to support that behavior."

"I was saddened when I read about the last member of the Mills brothers dying. They were a fabulous group of black fellows who could put any of today's groups of singers to shame. I have never heard of any voice as harmonious as theirs was. If anybody today thinks they know anything about harmony, then they should check out the Mills Brothers."

"I am calling in response to the lady who called in about the mail lady on Falling Waters Road. I, too, live on Falling Waters Road, and I would like her to know that it is not always a mail lady, we have a different mail carrier from time to time. How do they know it is the mail lady that leaves the boxes open? It could be kids, it could be anybody."

"I read where they are going to build another shopping mall. Like Hagerstown really needs another one. Like we don't have enough. We need more manufacturers and plants in this town, like Frederick has. There is nothing in this town that pays any money for a working person."

"Hey, Tim Rowland, your satire is wonderful, don't you dare stop it."

"To the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. We seem to have a lot of robberies over here in the northern part of Berkeley County and I guess it is going to take a search warrant to get the cops up in this area. You never see them patrolling in this area."

"I was calling about the counselor that got stopped for drunk driving and only got probation. Any average person that would have that much alcohol in their body would have lost their license on the spot. Why not him?"

"To the person who responded about South High's Band. I don't care if they were practicing to go see the president. The fact of the matter is respect. They don't need to be out this late at night practicing for a concert for band."

"I would like an update on Denise Troxell's condition after her operation."

"To the man who wanted people to vote on the stadium. It would be ridiculous to let people in Washington County vote on anything. If it was up to them we would still be in covered wagons and wearing buckskin. They are behind in times. We need progressive leaders. We need a new stadium."

"I called to say thank you to Mr. D.J. at the Lincolnshire After School Program. We are very happy to have him this year. You are doing a wonderful job, keep up the good work."

"I want to thank Paul Swartz for mailing a letter to the governor asking to put a relief on the water and sewer bill. We do not need an ice rink, a museum or a stadium. We need a relief from these high sewer bills. I want to thank him. At least one commissioner cares how the people of Washington County really feel."

"For the party who wants Howard Stern on the local radio. We need him like we need a hole in the head."

"I have been looking for a child's scooter. The only one I can find is the one that looks like a skateboard, where you can take the handle on and off. I am looking for the old time ones that we used to ride. I was wondering if anyone knew of any store that sold the regular scooters?"

"I would like to know if anyone knows where I can buy mittens for an adult. I have a relative that had an amputation of a finger and is very susceptible to the cold. We have been to so many stores in different cities and states. Please help me find a pair of mittens."

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