Mail Call for 3/22

March 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:

"In regards to the show 'God, the Devil and Bob,' I think anyone who watches this show must not have any regard whatsoever for their soul. This is pure blasphemy and I think it is a sin and a shame for any TV station to even air it."

"In reference to people with computers who are able to get groceries at half price with a card they get by using a computer. What about the families that can't afford to buy a computer and older people who can't afford one and couldn't learn to use one? If grocery stores can afford to sell items at half price for the computer card, why can't they reduce the prices for everyone? This is just a case of people with plenty getting more, while the unfortunate ones are being left out."


"Do you want your sons or daughters, when they leave the college at night, walking by the prostitutes and drug dealers downtown to get to their cars? I think not. A bad idea for the college to be downtown."

"To the parents of the students that attend Western Heights Middle School. How about teaching your children some respect. Have them throw their trash on your lawn, instead of other people's lawns on their way to and from school."

"When you have a doctor's appointment and you are on time, why do you have to sit for an hour or sometimes more? That is cruel to the patients, I don't think it is fair. Our time is just as important as their time."

"I am calling about the Saturday's Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down. I agree with the Thumbs Up. It sounds to me that Smithsburg Ambulance Company is getting a little greedy and money hungry and I fully agree with the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down."

"I want to say that I enjoy the pansies that are planted in Public Square. They are beautiful and I enjoy them every time I walk by there. But if you walk down the first block of East Washington Street you find the opposite. The streets are filthy dirty, especially on Saturday morning after the trash is picked up. There is garbage, trash and old broken furniture and you have to plow through that just to walk by. It is a disgrace. I think that they should investigate these streets and make sure that they are clean so you don't have to plow through them just to take a walk."

"I see on the news and in the paper that President Clinton is in other countries giving everything away again and I was wondering when are we going to go broke? That is what is going to happen. We keep paying taxes, paying taxes and why should we have to keep paying the taxes on the gas and this diesel problem has gotten out of hand. I hear that the trucks are going to just quit. By the looks of it, there are a lot of them out there that are ready to quit. It is not like years ago when they wouldn't all stick together. I don't know what they are up to in Washington, but I would say that they are very wrong."

"I agree with the person who called in and said about removing the air bags. A little over a year ago I was in an accident, which was not of my own doing. The air bag left me with both bones in my right arm broken and plated, a very severely bruised sternum and a very badly scarred face. I will suffer for the rest of my life for this. I was told in the emergency room that all my injuries were what they see daily as air bag related. I believe that I would not have been so hurt if that air bag had not been in there."

"I want to wish my nan, Alice B., a happy birthday. You are very special to me and I love you always. From your granddaughter Nicole."

"To the man who said after he bought a carton of cigarettes, a case of beer and a tank of gas that his paycheck was all gone. Well, you need to find a real job. If that is all you make a week, then you don't need to be buying beer and cigarettes at all."

"I want to ask why the gas is so high in Hagerstown?"

"If anyone in the East End near Hoffman Chevrolet found a two- person dome tent, please call Mail Call. Ours blew away on Friday."

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