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Mail Call for 1/11

January 11, 2000

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:




"How come the Girl Scouts aren't coming door-to-door and selling their cookies this year? I live up in the West End in the 600 block of West Washington Street, across from the old Turner's Taxi building. I used to buy a lot of Girl Scout stuff, maybe they can put a number in Mail Call and let me know where I can contact them."




"I am calling about the Bradford Learning Center. I have known the staff for about four years and now it is closed. I can't take my children over there after school to do their homework. The field trips were nice for the children. They took them places I couldn't afford to take them."

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"We live on the Downsville Pike. My husband took a bush and carved a turkey out of it. A gentleman and a little girl from up at Pleasant View stopped and I took two pictures of the little girl at the bush. If he would stop by, I would give them to him."




"In regards to those unhappy with Circuit Court judge's decisions that we have been reading in the paper. Complaints can be filed with Maryland Commission of Judicial Disabilities, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Md. 21032."




"This is the last straw, the City Council members, the mayor and city administrator have done it again. Whoever heard of taking the taxi stands out of downtown? How are people supposed to get a taxi? All the phones were removed and besides that would cost 35 cents extra. You took the bus transfers out of downtown and now the taxi stands. Why worry about renovating downtown, when you are running people out of there? Elderly people cannot even cross the streets anymore due to lack of time to get across."




"Does anyone here know of any nursing homes that are collecting Christmas cards? I will be glad to here from you. Leave your message in Mail Call."




"To Gov. Glendening: Come on, governor, where is our $50 that we were supposed to get? You sent a letter out on Oct. 15."




"I don't think it is fair that taxpayers should provide security for Mrs. Clinton in New York."




"I am calling about the Majestic hot dogs. Freddie's still has the recipe for them and serves them at the original store on Park Lane and Belview Avenue. That is the only store that they are available in, but they do have the original recipe. They are still as good as ever. If you want to try them, I suggest you try these Freddie's locations."




"The person who had in Mail Call about the vanilla ice cream and horseradish for coughs. I was wondering what amount you use of each thing and how do you mix it?"




"I have to give up a very good doctor that I have been going to for a long time because he doesn't participate in my new insurance coverage. I need some suggestions on another good doctor in the Hagerstown, Williamsport or Smithsburg area. I need someone that doesn't just run in and run out, one that will sit and talk to you if you need to."




"A comment about the Police Department. I had to call the police to my place of business on Wayside Avenue. I have heard this comment too many times from many police officers, 'Kids will be kids, they are just playing, they are only having fun' at the expense of ruining my house, making the front of my business look bad. Spitting on my sidewalk, harassing my son when he is out front trying to play with some other kids. I am appalled that this day and age, police officers will say 'kids will be kids.' This is a very dangerous comment to make because it opens the door very very wide for the kids to regain power of the destructive behavior that made me call the police in the first place."




"I want to thank everyone who put out lights for Christmas, they were absolutely beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to decorate your homes. Thanks to the Williamsport Park for your beautiful display in your park. I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year."




"I am excited to see that the gifted and talented program is going to be expanded. Then I read where everyone wants to be a part of that, there should be one criteria and that is grades and talent. Not color, not whose kids you are and what school you are in. We really need to emphasize this with our youngsters, that there is a reward for good grades and good behavior."




"I am calling about the Girl Scouts in the Hagerstown area. They sold cookies before and I wish they would put a number in Mail Call so we can order some cookies. Thank you."




"Washington County is saturated with the flu, if people would stay home from school, work when they have the flu, instead of spreading it. Use common sense."




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