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Mail Call for 12/2

December 02, 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:




"Those TV talk shows where they have all those dysfunctional people, have me disgusted. You can tell most of it is fake. All that crying and bleep, bleep, bleep is all dubbed in."




"You really have to be dedicated to find our sports stadium now, if you are not an insider. I hope this wonderful new sports complex is easier to find for a stranger."

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"The new A section is wonderful. Thank you and keep it up."

"To the person who lost $130 at at the bakery. It is a good chance that is was a drug addict that took your money. Get involved and try to get the drugs out of Hagerstown."




"To the one that is taking up for Linda Tripp's actions. It seems to me that I would be afraid to talk to you on the telephone and tell you anything personal or otherwise. I am sure that she won't get any donations from me. She was wrong and she should pay for it."




"I am calling about a street light on Marshall Street. It has been out since the first of September. It lights the on ramp to I-81 North. My neighbor and I have been calling the State Roads many, many times since then. There is going to be an accident here at this site. If anyone knows who else to call, leave a message in Mail Call."




"I get The Morning Herald newspaper and Monday we received a free paper and I would like to know why they don't put Mail Call in The Morning Herald? My name is Nancy Ridenour and I get the Morning Herald from Linda Chaney."




"I see that they are finally going to tear down the old West End Market. I hope they put something there like a drug store, so we don't have to run clear out to Wal-Mart or CVS."




"To the person who inquired about the proper way to use aluminum foil. The shiny side should be up and food lying on the shiny side because it cooks quicker."




"With the holidays approaching, I thought I would call and thank the court system on behalf of the mothers of deadbeat dads. I would like to thank the State of Maryland for helping me to get a court order for child support which is only enforceable once the deadbeat dad is 30 days delinquent. I am sure that my children understand why they have to wait 30 days to eat, not to mention the flexibility of Santa. He may be here on Dec. 25 or he could legally show up on Jan. 25, whichever is more convenient. I hope all those deadbeat dads out there have a very Merry Christmas. Well, we know they will if the State of Maryland has a say in the matter."




"I am calling about the boot camp issue on Maury Show. If they don't listen that is what you need to do. The way it looks, it helped a lot of those kids. If you follow up on Maury, you will see that he has talked to a lot of them and it has helped them. This is what we need to do."




"Glendening doesn't care about Washington County, Western Maryland or Maryland. What he is after is a job with Gore's Cabinet. That is the only reason he is putting the college downtown. It is politics first, Glendening first and Maryland comes in last and Washington County isn't even in the running."




"I want to leave a message for Robert Allen Mallott. He lost his Maryland Hunting License up at Coon Ridge on Saturday afternoon. I found the license and tried calling different Mallotts and couldn't find this particular gentleman. So I turned his license into the Blairs Valley up at the lake, up at the barn to the Forest Ranger. So if Mr. Robert Allen Mallott could contact them up there, if they haven't already contacted you, you can get them back. My name is Bob Bartlow."




"I am an old-time Hagerstown person and I cannot believe that the governor would put the college downtown. If I had any children in college, there is no way on the face of this earth, that I would send them downtown to go to school."




"I had to spend seven days in the Washington County Hospital on the seventh floor and those women treated me like a king. Then I had to go to the fifth floor and they also treated me like a king."




I was leaving Wal-Mart today when something happened that just about through me over the edge as an adult and human being. There was a very elderly lady, who is donating her personal time, standing outside of Wal-Mart ringing her bell for the Salvation Army. This young girl, about 14 years old, came over and took this elderly lady's cane and walked away from her with it. This girl was laughing uncontrollably as the elderly woman couldn't move to get her cane back. Finally, the girl returned the cane, after what I guess she considered 'fun' and gave the woman her cane back. If my son hadn't been with me, I'm afraid I may have grabbed hold of that girl until her parents or chaperone came along. I have no idea what this kid was thinking. That had to be one of the most cruel things I've ever witnessed in my entire life. If you are reading this, young girl, SHAME ON YOU! What is up with the kids these days?

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