Mail Call for 11/23

November 23, 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:

"How do I go about suing those TV commercials that blew all that hot air about heartburn. I am getting tired of doctors talking about heartburn and it has nothing to do with the heart. The more I come out against it, the more they promote it. I get so aggravated. I have to hold one hand with the other to keep me from throwing a shoe through the TV screen."

"I found a wheel cover for a vehicle. Call 301-739-2238 and identify it and then it's yours."


"I agree with the person who said it was nice of Paul Swartz to write a letter to the government asking to put a relief on the water and sewer bill. But this person apparently hasn't been watching the newspaper closely or they would have seen that the one commissioner dead set on building a new stadium is Paul Swartz."

"We the people of Washington County should be able to vote whether or not we need a new stadium. We taxpayers will be the ones to help pay for it. Maybe we should go back to the covered wagons and buckskin. That way it wouldn't be so ridiculous for us to vote on something that us taxpayers are bound to have to pay for."

"I am calling about nursing homes in our area. I know we need nursing homes and they are not 100 percent perfect. But my question is, you say you have to go to a nursing home and you have two people in one room. One person has their right mind and can communicate and talk to somebody else. The other one is lying there out of it, moaning and groaning all day long. How are you supposed to communicate with someone like that? Why don't you put two people who can communicate, so they can talk together? It is bad enough that they have to be in a nursing home, but to be in there with someone who does nothing but moan and groan."

"I hope that the radio stations and places of business don't start playing Christmas music too soon. They wear it out and ruin the season. After a while you get tired of hearing 'Here comes Santa Claus' and 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.' Wait until about two weeks before Christmas."

"To the person who asked where to get mittens. Last year I bought several pairs at Wal-Mart. I love mittens because they keep your hands much warmer than regular gloves. Good luck in finding some out there."

"Someone wanted us to call in and describe what friendship meant to us. Well, it means someone who you can tell your joys and heartaches, sorrows, bad and good news. Someone who never fails you or you them, you can trust, laugh and cry with."

"For the man who called in and said it was stupid to let people vote on a stadium. If we would have had a vote on the water and sewer issue maybe we wouldn't owe $53 million. If we would have had a vote on recycling, we wouldn't have to spend $24 million on closing the old dump and opening the new one. We live in a democracy and people should be able to vote on something that is going to affect their lives over the next 20 or 30 years that it is going to cost to pay for the new stadium and dump."

"To the person who said they received a phone call from the police department soliciting money. I don't think that person heard them right, I think it was the FOP soliciting money for their annual drive. The police department doesn't call and solicit money."

"I want to congratulate Dylan Lloyd Nichols for doing such a great job in school. Love, Aunt Linda and Uncle Bill."

"Since it is near Thanksgiving, I just wanted to share one of my thoughts. We seem to never be satisfied with what we have, whether we are rich, poor, healthy or sick. I had a friend that I visited who was very wealthy, successful and everyone envied him. When we talked, he broke down in tears and confessed that he was miserable inside. Then another friend, he had hardly nothing and his little cottage was humble, but his face was smiling and very radiant. He told me that the work he was doing for Christ and how Christ filled his life with meaning and purpose. I am convinced that this poor man was really the rich man. It does not make you happy to be able to climb that ladder of success."

"This is a big thank you to the girl who found my billfold on Tuesday, took it to the office at Kmart. She kept it for me, called my house and left a message on my answering service. Thank you, God, for honest people. Kmart, be proud of those honest people."

"$15 to $20 million dollars to build a stadium in Hagerstown is really foolish for the few people who go to the games. They can drive 20 minutes to go to Frederick and watch the games and save us $15 million dollars that we could use to pay off the water and sewer debt."

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