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Mail Call for 2/10

February 10, 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 person who has the smoke detector that is chirping. Turn your power off and pull the smoke detector down and see if you have a battery backup. I had one that was chirping, too, and I didn't know it had a battery backup after I pulled it down. I turned my power off and I pushed the button and it still worked, so it had a battery backup. Call the city fire marshal if you cannot get it down to check it. They would probably be more than happy to come and check it out for you."

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"Theresa found her necklace at Pangborn Elementary School and she wants to thank everyone who helped her look for it."




"I didn't get a federal tax form this year, so what am I supposed to do? I usually telefile and now I can't even do that."




"To the person who hit the black cat on North Locust Street on Monday. You could have at least called the public works department and asked them to remove the dead animal. This is not a sight to be viewed by small children and animal lovers. I traveled on this road several times on Tuesday and this poor animal was still left there until I finally called myself. All it took was a two-minute phone call, that anyone could have done. I understand that sometimes a situation like this is unavoidable, but please try to drive a little slower and be aware of pets darting in front of you. Anyone who lives in town, please leave your pets safely in your home."




"To the person who has the electric smoke detector that chirps. You probably have one of two things, you probably have a cockroach or spider in there or an indirect short. Take the cap off and knock the bug out and you will probably be all right."




"I heard on TV that some children are on the bus as long as an hour. My child is on there about an hour. I do know some children that are on the bus from 2:30 p.m. until 4:40 p.m. I don't think it is right. Sometimes I think that they take the long way around."




"I am calling about the person that fell on West Washington Street. It was not in front of 630 W. Washington St. It was in front of 638 W. Washington St. and my walkway was clean. I live at 630 W. Washington St. and I don't want that insurance company or the city suing me."




"I wish to thank James and John, two snow angels of Maugansville. They are great neighbors, every time you need help, you don't have to ask them. It is wonderful to live among good Christian families. It makes me want to do my best and not complain. Thanks to all the angels for your kind deeds year-around. The Heavenly Father sees and blesses your goodness. We never know the time and hour, God bless."




"I am reading Mail Call on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and it is the best Mail Call I have ever read since it started. It was on the back of the paper, but people told it like it is, I am so happy about that. Keep up the good work."




"I would like to thank our snow angel, Larry Roberts, for cleaning our driveway."




"Regarding the saving of your parking space after you spent hours cleaning it out. Perhaps you might consider parking on the sidewalk, which by law you must clear within hours of the last snowfall. The sidewalk is your responsibility, therefore is it not your privilege to park there on the sidewalk? Also when does the city plan on clearing the sidewalks that they own? Many days since the last snowfall and still not cleared."




"I would like to know what is more important, money or an infant's life? My great-grandson is a very sick baby and my grand-daughter took him to the doctor and he wanted him to be admitted to Johns Hopkins right away. So my granddaughter wanted him to go by ambulance, but since he didn't have any insurance or money, they refused her. So she had to find her own way to Johns Hopkins. So tell me what is more important, money or an infant's life?"




"To the person who is annoyed by someone calling and then hanging up. They are telemarketers, they get credited just for making the call, whether you talk to them or not."




"To the person who had a question about child support for tax purposes. Child support does not count as a deduction for the pay and the person receiving child support cannot count it as income."




"I want a question answered. Why are we paying so much for oil? Two months ago I had my oil tank filled and it cost me $119. Last week, I had it filled again and it cost me $270. How are the senior citizens supposed to pay for this? I asked the driver and he said, he doesn't understand why they are charging you $270 for this oil? It is $1.49 a gallon. How are we supposed to pay for this?"




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