Mail Call for 12/22

December 22, 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:

"The editorial by Bob Maginnis concerning the Boy Scouts was very good, except for the fact that Maginnis always loves to throw in a slam at the President. To me, that ruined the entire editorial."

"As the saying goes, friends don't let friends drive drunk. Try telling a drunk person that they are too drunk to drive. I can just see a designated driver going to a party and not drinking themselves."


"It is a shame that so many fine teachers are either changing professions or retiring sooner than they should. I wonder what the overall climate of the educational system is in our county. I wish we could go back to the days where there was a positive atmosphere and the teachers didn't retire on the first day they were eligible. I think the students lose and all of us need to be concerned. It is the leadership that decides the fate of the students in the future."

"It is that time again on Clopper Road where the beautiful lights are and all the neighbors have to deal with all the traffic. My son and dog almost got hit two nights in a row now because of people turning into my yard and driveway while we are right out there. It is not safe to live here over the holidays. The rest of us are really miserable. We love the lights and the people, but we can't take much more. Please respect us and go on down the lanes where nobody else lives. You are tearing our lights down, ripping our yards up. Most of all, one of our lives are going to be gone for the holidays because you are going to take one - a child, an animal or someone visiting. Please drive with caution and respect us. I know we get upset and mad, but we can't take much more. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas."

"We don't have a religious society. Usually, the only time you see a cross is in the churches or in a cemetery. How many displays show the image of Jesus Christ in a mall? Christmas promotes people to see how they can outdo the other person, by how many house lights they put out."

"To all the nurses and aides at Western Maryland Center, for all of their acts of kindness to their patients. The year 2000, you all may be rewarded with more staff hired, so we won't lose all of the great gals and girls that we now have. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. You are all great!!"

"To the Durbin clan in the Hagerstown area: We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is from the Durbin clan in Marlowe, W.Va. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Mail Call."

"I was reading the other day about the postal service in Boonsboro. As a former postal employee, I can see their reason, they would rather pay the overt ime to the people to get the mail out, rather than pay for the extra help. The people delivering the mail are not objecting to the overtime because it is good pay."

"I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get Betty Crocker's homestyle fluffy white frosting mix. I would appreciate your help. Thank you."

"I have an angel that was homemade and it has a cloth lacy material for a dress and the wings. It has become yellow from hanging on my wall for the past two years. Is there any way that I can clean that without ruining this material?"

"I would like to trade a Derry-colored Game Boy, still in the package and brand new, for any other color. My number is 301-797-9526."

"I am calling about why Glendening wants a campus downtown, so the drug dealers would have more targets. I agree, right on, it's true, true, true.."

"My granddaughter and I went Christmas caroling with the Blairs Valley Church of God. We want to thank them for letting us go along with them on that night. We had a good time and got to meet a lot of people that we haven't seen in years. So, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone at Blairs Valley Church of God."

"To my little gift wrapper, Betty Messner: Thanks a million, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

"Does anyone know who sells Stanley Products? It is cleaning and hair brushes and items like that. If you know, could you leave the information in Mail Call?"

"How do you keep Vitamin E gel capsules from sticking together in the plastic bottles during hot weather? No, I do not have air conditioning and I don't want someone to tell me to put them in the refrigerator."

"This is me in the North End and still paying $500 a month rent and still freezing. I am asking again, if anyone knows who I can contact. I have contacted everyone I could possibly think of. The landlord doesn't give us any heat. I am cold. It is below 30 now. We are going to have snow and sleet, and I have no heat. Please tell me who I can contact."

"To the person who wants Christmas music on the radio. I suggest that you turn to WCRH 90.5 FM in Williamsport. They play beautiful Christmas music this time of year. They speak of the real meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to praise Him each and every day. Merry Christmas."

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