Mail Call for 3/24

March 24, 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:

"How come some big airplanes with real big propellers can only go 70 or 80 mph and yet my car with a real small fan can do over 100 mph?"

"I want to comment on the individuals calling in and saying to the person who spent their paycheck on cigarettes, beer and gas that they didn't need to smoke or drink. I am not a smoker or drinker, but I don't think anyone has the right to tell anyone else what they need to do. As long as it is their money, they should be able to do whatever the heck they want to do."


"In connection with the lady who likes the pansies in the Square, but doesn't like the first block of East Washington Street. She is right, I own a property on that block and every week I pick up and sweep my sidewalk and along the city curb and try to make it look better. But I never see the city scrubbing the street and it is always dirty. I too wish people would have a little more respect and not throw everything on the street as soon as someone tries to clean it."

"To Greg Murray, please don't raise our water and sewer anymore. Please, we don't need another stadium, just drop our water and sewer bill. We, the senior citizens of Hagerstown and other residents, need your help. We need you, Mr. Murray, to help us. Do not raise the water and sewer bill. Please, from the bottom of your heart, don't raise the water and sewer bill."

"This is in regard to the show 'God, the Devil and Bob,' there is no problem with the show. It is just to make people laugh and make people think. Anyone who does have a problem with it is just afraid to laugh."

"To the person who complained about the injuries they suffered as a result of an airbag. What do they think they would look like if they had hit the steering wheel or the windshield?"

"Stadium? No. Mr. Blenckstone has given us an ultimatum: a new stadium or he is selling the team. Well, go home, Mr. Blenckstone, and take your ball with you. We don't need you or your ball."

"On Wednesday, March 22, in The Daily Mail on page A4. On the opinion page. A beautiful cartoon there. There is a gentleman on a ladder, with his head wrapped up in $2.80 a gallon and it says 'Hey Pal .... Next Time You Want Us To Save Kuwait, use Self Service.' Boy, isn't that the truth?"

"I agree with the person who said that the Washington Street sidewalk is not pleasant to walk on. Can't a pleasant ordinance law be enforced so that this part of our town can look a little cleaner and a little bit neater? That shouldn't be too hard."

"We have been told that we need a new stadium. We have seen a complete turnover at the former Fairgrounds. Even the sports complex is operating on thin ice. Now we are planning a Civil War museum leading up to millions of dollars. Why not a downtown zoo?"

"I have a great idea, let's stick the new Civil War museum in that hole in the ground that they call the Baldwin House and put the new college out where it belongs, on the campus near HCC. That would make sense and it would be better for everyone all around. Also, this backwards town is going to lose baseball."

"What happened to the flag on Eastern Boulevard, between Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard? I used to enjoy seeing it waving in the breeze. It has been missing for weeks if not months now."

"In reference to the Civil War museum. If they want heritage, why do they want to tear heritage down and put the stuff on the inside? There is heritage in all the buildings that are on the streets in the city of Hagerstown? Put the heritage where it belongs, on the battlefield. Stop tearing down the work of our forefathers. Let's maintain the heritage that is already there."

"To the parents of children who wait for the bus at the corner of Berner Avenue and West Washington Street. Your children sometimes leave pop bottles, trash and milk cartons and everything else and then we have to clean it up. Also, some of those children are smoking. I don't want to see anyone get in trouble, but I think it should be looked into so these children don't get started into a bad, dirty habit."

"Now they are looking to add green spaces to the downtown. The best place to put it is right where the Baldwin House sits now. Who wants a university that only offers night classes anyway, especially downtown? Before long, we won't have any green spaces out of town either. The shopping malls and housing developments are taking that over. If our city officials are trying to find ways to lose money, they are doing a great job."

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