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Mail Call for 1/18

January 18, 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:




"I am calling about the Bradford Learning Center. I am a teacher and I wish I could find out what is going on with it. All you said in the paper was that is was closing, but you didn't say why. I have not heard anything more about it on the news or in the paper. My four children and I that went to it, miss it. My son's two grades are going down, and my two twin girls' grades are going down. What are they going to do with the building now that the Bradford Learning Center is gone?"

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"I am calling about the person who called in about the school board. If you really love your child, you wouldn't care if it was two miles or a hundred miles. You would go out of your way to make sure that your child is feeling OK and safe in school. If your child would have needed a life or death medication, would you complain about going that far to make them feel better? You should be happy that the school is not allowed to give your child medicine. Your child could go every two hours and say that they have a headache and get a buzz off of them. I would walk two miles to give my child medicine. Your children should come first."




"To the couple who was having the discussion, why New York City was called the Big Apple. There was an article in the January edition of the Reader's Digest about it. If you can't find it, you can call me at 301-739-7153."




"Is there anyone out there that still thinks that the city of Hagerstown will not build a new stadium?"




"I would like to know why these smokers think they have all the rights to smoke anywhere they want to. I think that smoking should be banned in all eating and working places. People are dying every day due to those cancer sticks. I can't stand to be around anyone who smokes. We have our rights, too, you know. Every time I am around smoke, I cannot stop coughing. My husband died from emphysema and it is a horrible death."




"The reason tractor-trailers cannot turn onto South Potomac Street is because the dumb design of the curbs sticking out into the line of traffic. Don't blame the taxi drivers, they are making an honest living and they need to be in the square."




"I was reading in the paper about a missing class ring from Smithsburg. I have a Smithsburg High School ring and it has 1977 on it. If this belongs to anyone, feel free to call 301-797-9266 and identify it. I have had this thing for several years now. I have made several attempts to contact the school. It came out of a coat pocket several years ago at the Union Rescue Mission. I hope the proper person reads this and can call me to identify it. It has a name on one side and initials on the inside of it."




"We love the new setup of the newspaper and we love the wrestling page. Some people don't and that is what makes this America, but if you don't like it, all you have to do is turn the page."




"I want to address the pattern at the mall and I want to agree that it is crazy out there. An accident is just waiting to happen. They need to relocate some of the lanes or put lights up or something before someone gets seriously hurt."




"Yes we do want to see the wrestling in the paper, both amateur and professional."




"I live in Boonsboro and I just received two Christmas cards from Keedysville people. Last year I got cards from the same people in February. The postage stamp was marked two days ago from Frederick, just the same as last year. Why are they coming so late?"




"I sent for something on Nov. 23, it never came. I had a check back from the bank, they got their money on Dec. 8. I have written them twice and told them that I didn't get it. I want a refund. I sent them a copy of my check. Who could I write to about this company to get my money back?"




"To the person who called in about the two second-hand shops, one on Wayside and the other on the corner of Mulberry and Fairground Avenue. The one on Mulberry has a sign, but there is never anyone there. I saw a neighbor there and she said that there is a lady that only works part time. I was told about a second-hand shop at Paramount, it is called ACT II. I have been there several times and they have up-to-date clothes and very reasonable prices. They are open six days a week. It is a very nice shop. You can rely on the hours that they have on the door."




"I want to thank the person who found my watch in Sears and put it on the table between the two doors. I thank you very much for putting it there where I could find it."




"I am trying to find out where I can find the new Lions Club cookbook. Could someone call in and let me know where I can find it or put in a number where I can call to reach someone?"




"I don't understand how the government can give free breakfasts to every child in this country, when so much is wasted on their lunch meals. The government just keeps pouring it out to them. I know that there are a lot of hungry kids, but this should be decided somewhere."

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