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Mail Call for 12/3

December 03, 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:




"It is time to stop whining about the decision the governor made about the campus. It is time to move forward and use our good engineering ideas to build something that is going to amount to something in the downtown area. I think this campus offers a lot of potential."




"I am calling about a bunch of kittens and cats in my neighborhood, about 10 to 15. They are cold and hungry. I am the only one who is willing to coax them into the house, so I can take them to a shelter. Does anyone have any ideas on what else I can do or someone that would come and get them? Leave a message in Mail Call."

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"On Nov. 28, the seniors of the Potomac Towers went to The Maryland Theatre to see 'The Nutcracker.' They called for a taxi cab which was the Antietam Cab Company. The gentleman came and took three loads of people to the Theatre. There was no charge, so the seniors would like to thank the Antietam Cab Company, very much for taking them over and bringing them back. They should be given a round of applause and a big cheer for being so kind to the seniors."




"I am calling regarding the new format of The Daily Mail. I think it is very unprofessional and has an amateur look. I don't mind all the local stuff, but it doesn't deserve the front page. We should have the national first, then all the local stuff as a B or C section. Some of the stories are down right silly."




"I would like to send a compliment to one of the ladies at the Washington County Hospital who went above and beyond her call of duty. I was trying to locate a patient that had been admitted and she not only serviced me and helped me with that, she also offered to take the gift up to the room, because at that time I was unable to. Thank you Bernice at Washington County Hospital, you did a wonderful job and it was much appreciated."




"Municipal Stadium has served Washington County and Hagerstown for a whole generation. If the new generation wants a new stadium, then I don't think that we should stand in the way. I think they should build the new stadium for the future generation, one that is adequate for their needs. I think we should think long and hard before we criticize this project. This would be a really good thing for our community."




"Putting the campus downtown was a big mistake. Five-hundred students driving downtown will back up traffic for blocks. That old building should be torn down to build new buildings. Encourage some shopping malls to build downtown, instead of spreading them all over the countryside. Ten years from now the University of Maryland Campus will want to expand into the country, land prices will be 10 times higher than they are now. The mayor wants to revitalize downtown, get some other business. Years from now this will be proven wrong. Forty percent of the students will be from out of state and the interstate would be better."




"I think Mr. Swartz is 100 percent right. The county should overrule Glendening's choice for the college. What does Glendening know about Washington County or Hagerstown? Get on the phone and call the County Commissioners and let them know how you feel. If you don't want to call, drop a letter in the mail. Put the college out beside HCC where it belongs. It will serve the county and city well for the next decade."




"The new format for The Daily Mail is great. It is a good move, looks good, looks nice, good job."




"I am wondering why you cut out Ann Landers and put in her sister Abigail? I prefer Ann any time. Please reconsider."




"If you are interested in joining the Hagerstown Bouncers, please call Mary Spencer at 301-393-3964, after 5:30 p.m."




"Just think when you die, you make front page."

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