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Mail Call for 12/17

December 17, 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:




"To anyone out there looking for a job, go get one that is going to treat you right and make sure you are going to like it."




"Why do President Clinton, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw keep insisting that the millennium starts Jan. 1, 2000? If it takes a thousand one dollar bills to make a thousand dollars, then isn't it logical that there is a thousand years in a millennium? Not 999. If Jennings and Brokaw insist on that, then how can we trust them with accurate reporting on other issues? As for Clinton, he never did know which end was up."

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"Last year the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department only received a 27 percent response rate to last year's fund drive. This is ridiculous considering that when a fire breaks out in your home, 100 percent of the calls are answered, not 27 percent of them. We need to respond to the Funkstown Fire Department's plea for donations for the coming year with some type of donation, even if it is only $1. We should have 100 percent response on this."




"I see where City Councilman McClure is back on his anti-stadium crusade. He seems to be anti anything that is progressive. He should stick to things that he does well, like picking up trash in the streets."




"This is to all the parents of the kids who attend Western Heights Middle School, would you please have your children keep their trash to themselves on the way to and from school, instead of littering on everyone's property. Thanks, a resident of the area."




"The person who said that property taxes have only risen once in six years, you must be a renter. Property taxes went up every year because of assessment value."




"Why all this arguing about building a new stadium? You know that in the end, even though it wasn't put up for the people to vote on, it will be built anyway. So why not go ahead and do this and quit this bickering? I know that the ones who want this will not be voted in for another term."




"I go to Boonsboro High and I would like to say that I was sorry to hear about the woman who died in the car accident and I hope our classmate is feeling better. Everyone at Boonsboro High is praying for her. Thanks."




"I love your new format. Please don't take the obituaries off the front page because every day I get the paper and my name is not on there, I keep on reading."




"To the person who said that the property taxes were only raised once in six years. I don't know where you live, but I was raised in this county for 41 years and the last 15 years that I have paid property taxes, they were raised every single year."




"A 10 percent increase in the school budget, who is Bartlett trying to kid? I think it is time for Washington County to do a renter's tax, instead of raising taxes on the property owners."




"To city officials concerning the crows. Instead of wasting the money for the grape mix to make people feel ill and stay in the office buildings, along Cleveland Avenue they have clickers that make loud sounds every two minutes to keep the crows away. Why doesn't the city get these clickers?"




"For all the doctors who are nasty when you call them late at night, you should not have taken the job, if you were going to act like that."




"These birds that are so bothersome in Hagerstown. They scram, they only put them in someone else's back yard. Why can't the city of Hagerstown pick some good sportsmen and let them shoot them off and dig a ditch and bury them. Bury those birds. They are a nuisance."




"I am calling about the people complaining about stuff being stolen off of their loved ones' gravesites. They have caught someone for doing it, the judge gave them a slap on the wrist. I think their picture should be put on the front page, so everyone can see who stole what and where, so everyone can see what kind of scum he really is."




"If anyone finds a man's leather wallet, lost on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at All First Bank at Valley Mall, approximately around 6:30 p.m. Please call me at 301-665-1175. Not only is there valuable cards in this wallet, but Christmas money for kids. Thanks very much and Merry Christmas."




"Wanted, a few good lawyers to be advocates for animals. KitCat and Critter Rescue is looking for attorneys to donate their legal expertise for animals and for our animal rescue organization in exchange for free advertising. Please call 301-416-2323, write to P.O. Box 5 Rohrersville, Md. 21779-0005 or e-mail kitcatxo@aol.com. Thanks very much for your donations and continued support."




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