Mail Call for 12/16

December 16, 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:

"If the Hagerstown Suns have an average of 1,500 people at a ball game, there are approximately 137,000 people in the area who could attend the game. Last year they had roughly 127,000 who attended the games. They played 36 home games. My question to our lovable County Commissioners and our lovable City Council, why invest my money in this new stadium? I think we need to be investigating this. Why will you not take a poll? This is ridiculous. Let the Suns build their own stadium. Wake up."


"I have a child in the fourth grade and she would like to volunteer in a nursing home during her Christmas vacation. Is this possible, is she too young, do they let children do this? Please respond."

"Well, residents, your mayor and council might borrow $6 million dollars on your back to pay for a baseball stadium. Maybe in the winter time, when it gets a little cold, they can flood this and all the city residents can go out there and skate. Get the point?"

"This is one of the parents from Boonsboro Junior football league. We did not leave that trash there. There are other people who use that track. We pay for the upkeep of the field. Nobody knows that, but we do. If you think you can do better than that, then please step in."

"I live out on Warrenfeltz Lane, my husband makes all of our Christmas decorations. He had them all out and they were beautiful and someone cut the wires in a couple of places. I hope that they are very happy, because a lot of people were happy to come out and see them."

"I live in Boonsboro, six blocks from the post office, but yet I don't receive my mail until 6 p.m. every night. I called the post office and their reason was, with all the new homes being built, that it is adding a lot of extra responsibility on the mailmen. Why can't they hire more people? I would like to receive my mail at a reasonable time."

"Instead of cluttering up the cemetery, a better way to remember your loved ones is to donate money to a worthy charity in their memory."

"If you want to see some pretty Christmas decorations, come from Lappans Crossroads over to Boonsboro. There are a lot of beautiful homes decorated."

"The person that wrote in about there always being long lines, when you go out to eat. All you have to do is stay home and cook and there won't be any lines."

"I am calling in about the Christmas lights in Williamsport. I want to let Jean know that her house every year is beautiful. The prize does not mean anything to Jean. She does it for the children and the people to come from town to town to look at the house. So Jean, keep up the good work, you deserve it. The children love to see your lights. There are people out there that cannot understand the happiness of Christmas."

"Concerning the stadium; don't need it. The County Commissioners have already won the World Series."

"I think it is wonderful to recognize these senior citizens who are willing to work and donate money to charities."

"I predict that there will be a revolution in this country within the next 50 years."

"I was in Frederick on Sunday and I could not get over how busy and clean the downtown was. It got dark and I could not believe the Christmas decorations, I could not believe it. Hagerstown has the worst Christmas decorations I have ever seen, these lights on the poles. Mayor and council, go to Frederick and get an education. You will not believe it, plus it is so clean."

"I want to wish a Merry Christmas to the person who stole the snowman off the porch on Englewood Road."

"I want to send this message out to two ladies at the Washington County Hospital. I did not have time to catch your names, but I want to thank you very, very much for your help on Sunday evening when my husband passed out on the way to the emergency room. Without you I would not have been able to make it. I do appreciate it. You were my guardian angels walking by at the time. I hope both of you have a happy holiday and a safe season."

"This is City Councilman McClure. I read your message to try and get parking along East Franklin Street. I know that stretch of road and you need to understand that is a state highway. However, I will talk with our Engineering Department to see what our options are."

"To the lady giving away the guppies, I have two fish tanks and I would be glad to add your guppies to my pair. My number is 301-797-7273."

"I see that the County Commissioners have decided to back the stadium. We all knew that was going to happen anyway. They don't know where they are going to get the money yet, but they say they aren't going to use tax money. We will see. I hope you don't run your households the way you run the county."

"In shifting the burden for the construction of a new stadium to the city of Hagerstown, the Commissioners have made a very smart move. However, bear in mind that there is a tax increase involved and a tax increase is a tax increase, no matter where it occurs. In addition, the city will not be able to borrow the $6 million amount necessary."

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