Mail Call for 11/30

November 30, 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:

"There is only one advantage to the Baldwin House location. There will be one less tacky mural downtown. Please don't salvage."

"I am calling in concern with the clothes and books that someone wanted to donate. Every month I send a box to the South Dakota Indians. They have nothing. If you would like to do that for the Indians, my number is 301-790-3811."


"This is for the person who put up the American flag on a flag pole and just left it there. It doesn't make any difference if it is raining or not. The flag still hangs there and there is no light shining on it after dark. Being no more patriotic than that, then I assumed that he was never in the military. This is along the Boonsboro Pike."

"To the person yelling about someone tramping through their leaves, I want to say two things; Were you ever young? And Bah Humbug."

"I have three children out of wedlock. My boyfriend and I have been living together for three years and I am on welfare. Which one of those children was a mistake?"

"I read with interest that the Suns pay no rent for the present stadium. I can't believe this. How can this be?"

"I have known for quite some time now that Gov. Glendening is not the smartest governor that we have ever had, but I can't believe the decision he has made on the campus site. Those supporting them on this stadium deal are in the same category. That decision of his is unbelievable."

"For the person who called in about the Maury on TV and the camps. I think there should be more of them across the nation. This person evidentally is one of them who believes in time out and not laying a finger on your child. That is the problem with society today, that is why the kids don't listen."

"The mayor's statement that the site for the new college is a perception. He is wrong about the murders and crime in the area. If he would read the paper he would see where there have been two murders within three blocks of the new campus site. There have been two rapes and a couple of weeks ago there was a stabbing. There have been a lot of arrests for prostitution. It is a high-crime area, no matter what the mayor says. I think it is a terrible place to put a college campus. I am not going to support this campus. I know my kids are going to go somewhere else."

"I would like to know if there is anybody in Hagerstown that can repair afghans or if they know someone that could. If you do, please leave your name and number. My name is Gina."

"Now they are finding out who won't work. Companies are advertising employment with raises, pay and even a bonus. But yet, I bet that there are many that won't take the opportunity to take advantage of it."

"Gov. Glendening, putting the University of Maryland in downtown Hagerstown is not a good move. Shame on you!"

"Anybody who thinks downtown Hagerstown is the right place to put the University of Maryland Center has lost their mind. It is the worst place in the world to put an institution of higher learning. Frostburg made a big mistake when they put theirs downtown. University of Maryland is making a bigger mistake. Shame on the governor, the mayor and the City Council for wanting it there. It belongs out at Hagerstown Community College."

"This is in regard to the new stadium. Please take all the money you are thinking about putting into that stadium and put it into school sports for our kids. They are our future. We need to take care of our kids instead of ball players that nobody even wants to go and see."

"This is for the lady who took the $20 from the woman working down at the Snax on Sharpsburg Pike. I think that it is pretty rude that you have to steal from a young lady like that. I suggest you make it right because everyone knows that it wasn't your money. Just remember what comes around, goes around."

"I got the license plate number off the car of the person who threw the pop can on the Boonsboro Pike near The Yellow House restaurant."

"If my Boonsboro neighbor reads Mail Call, I want to extend my sincere thanks for the thoughtfulness for bringing to my door, the best Thanksgiving dinner that anyone could ever imagine."

"Let's look back in a couple of years and see how smart Gov. Glendening's Smart Growth program is in putting the campus downtown. None of the politicians are going to come out against it, even though a lot of them didn't want it there. They don't have the guts to say so now because that would be political suicide."

"What happened to the lady from Williamsport that was going to write to the gentleman in Boonsboro?"

"How long can you keep pickled red beets and eggs in the refrigerator? I am talking about days, weeks?"

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