Mail Call for 2/9

February 09, 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 was reading the paper about kicking the habit in smoking cigarettes. There are a lot of good ideas in there, but they haven't mentioned the guaranteed way. That is to put your hands together and pray and ask the good Lord in Heaven to take it away from you. It worked for me. Works every time, guaranteed."

"Why up on Avalon Avenue from 41 Avalon all the way up that side, nobody has touched the sidewalks with a shovel, it is nothing but a sheet of ice. I thought that there was an ordinance for that. A shovel has not touched it."


"Congratulations to Casey Moser for making the distinguished honor roll at E. Russell Hicks again. We are so proud of you Casey."

"Hey Stacy, welcome back to WYII 95.9, great to have you back, just like old times. It is great to listen to you again. Keep up the good work. From me, 'Where's the Beef' lady."

"I am calling concerning the need for a traffic signal at Security Road and Eastern Boulevard. It is impossible to get out on the Boulevard. I have sat there for 15 minutes until I finally made it out. The residents on Security Road have to go up Pangborn Hill or to Jefferson in order to get on Eastern Boulevard. We have a lot of taxpayers in this area and I think that we need a light here. I believe that it was promised, but nothing has been done."

"I live in the Crest Valley Development and I am sitting here at the window watching the birds eat from the feeders. I just wanted to let the people who don't like winter too well. I wanted to let you know that there are robins in the back yard eating with the rest of the birds. Spring is on the way. I just thought that this might brighten your day."

"I am the paper customer that called in and I was very upset because my paper wasn't here on time. It was after 2:30 Saturday afternoon, I called and talked to a lady in the newsroom, I got nasty and smart with her. She hung up because she didn't know what to say to me. I want to apologize to her, I know it wasn't your fault, I had no right to get upset with you, I am sorry ma'am. I am very sorry and I hope you accept my apology. I tried calling there to find out who you were, but nobody knows who you were and I thought that this is the only way to let you know how sorry I am."

"Touched by a Snow Angel, Jim Winters. A special thank you for all the many hours spent clearing snow from sidewalks, helping your neighbors on Guilford Avenue. Special blessings to you Jimmy, for all your random acts of kindness. God bless you."

"My name is Vivian Sue, I live on Broadfording Road, my snow angel is Donnie Buchanon. When he opens his lane, he always opens my driveway, I am a senior citizen and it is really appreciated."

"I think it is about time that you print something other than snow angels. If the state uses any of this cigarette money for anything other than cigarette smokers, then I think that they should be sued."

"For the oil companies, they have diesel fuel up to $1.80, home fuel oil, $1.86, kerosene $1.50 or more. What are people to do and why is this happening? We should have answers as to why this is happening, because we are the ones that have to pay for it."

"I have been reading about everyone not being able to find parking spots. Do you really want to have trouble, come down to the first block of North Mulberry Street. Parking on one side of the street, one person owns five vehicles and trucks, he can drive one and parks all the rest of them. You can't find any place to park, if you don't park two blocks away, then you don't park at all."

"To the individual who wants to plant tomato seeds, you plant them 6-8 weeks before April 10, that is the last frost."

"Thanks to my sweet children, Kevin, Alex and Megan for bringing home good report cards. Not perfect, some need some work, but good. Keep up the good work kids."

"Why is our government letting oil prices jump so high? I don't see how we are going to be able to pay our heating bills. No wonder employment is so good. A family must take two jobs, just to pay for the bills. Plus sending the mother out to work. Senior citizens have to pay $1.80 for oil, what a disgrace. Where are all the politicians now, letting the oil companies get away with this? These prices are outrageous."

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