Mail Call for 2/22

February 22, 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 want someone to tell me why the John Jacobs Power Team Crusade was allowed in our public schools and who was behind allowing that organization to get into our schools to perform for the children? They were sponsored by the Bethel Assembly of God, being a religious organization. They had no business being in a public institution."

"We don't need a new stadium and if they want to raise the money, they should legalize prostitution and we take 50 percent of what they make. If we get a new stadium, this is one family that is going to move out of Washington County."


"How can people possibly understand the Bible when there are so many killings going on? Moses himself was responsible for some killings and even Jesus threatened destruction on some people. More than likely many would have been innocent."

"Janie, Pappy and I want to wish you a happy 18th birthday. We love you very much, Janie Lynn Black. Happy birthday. Love, Pappy and Nanny."

"I am in favor of taking a larger percent from the tip jars and clubs. Why cut down on the charities as I am sure that they need what they have been handed out? There are some clubs that donate half of what they take in from the tip jars."

"Enough about the cat getting hit by the car. That news took up three quarters of Mail Call in Thursday evening's paper. If people love their pets so much, keep them in where they are safe."

"I am reading in Friday's paper and someone wanted to know how to keep the cats out of their shrubbery. Put moth balls around and I am sure that they won't bother."

"I agree with the person who said about not putting anniversaries and birthdays in Mail Call. I agree 100 percent. Let the paper know, not in Mail Call. Mail Call was doing so good."

"Anyone living in the area surrounding Springfield Lane in Williamsport, would you please attend the zoning hearing at Williamsport Town Hall on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. We would like you to show that we do not support a dental office trying to locate in our neighborhood. That is what the local medical building is for on Burkett Drive. If you can't attend this meeting, call the clerk's office to voice your disapproval at 301-223-7711. Thank you. A concerned citizen."

"This is a Hagerstown resident and voter. This is for the mayor and city council, in regards to the business that they left stay open for so long. I believe that they owe the people of Hagerstown an explanation of why this lasted. If we would not pay our electric bill, the city would want to cut our power off and if we wouldn't pay our taxes, our places would be sold. I know this for a fact. I think the mayor and council need to give us an explanation as to why they left this go on for so long? Now people have to pay for it."

"My father, who is an elderly man in a wheelchair, he was at Valley Mall on Wednesday and he purchased a shirt at Hecht Company and lost it. He is hoping that someone found it and if they will, please call him at 301-733-8645. The shirt is a black dress shirt, long sleeves and buttons up the front."

"This is Councilman McClure. I am responding to the caller who asked if he failed to pay his rent for 16 months or more, would I give them a second chance? Your point is well taken and I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, if you had been able to be there during the executive sessions when the problem was discussed, you would have seen and heard my efforts for financial responsibility on the taxpayers' behalf. Unfortunately in this case, as in many other council issues, I am only one vote out of five. Direction was given by consensus or majority vote, the votes were not unanimous. Call me if you would like to discuss this further with me."

"The post office in Halfway is right beside of Allstate. There is a white cardboard sign in the window. It is on the end, right beside Allstate."

"This is the lady that left the envelopes at the Imperial Restaurant. Yes, I did give a reward, even though they didn't want to take it. My question to you is, if you found the envelopes, would I have gotten them back?"

"I suggest that before the city of Hagerstown sends out anymore sidewalk notices to owners of homes in the South End, perhaps they should look at the sidewalk in front of the Municipal swimming pool. That is nothing but gravel and mud. If that was a homeowner, they would have been fined. Maybe The Herald- Mail should go out and take a picture of this good maintenance."

"My daughter was at the Hagerstown theaters on Saturday and found a wallet in the parking lot. If this is yours and you can properly identify it, please call 301-791-7541."

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