Mail Call for 3/27

March 27, 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 said they didn't want the college downtown. It doesn't matter where the college is, there is going to be drug dealers and prostitutes. I think downtown is a good place for the college. Everywhere you go there are problems. They should demolish the whole building, then that way they can make the classrooms the way they want to make them. I am a taxpayer and I am willing to pay for it to be there. So it doesn't matter where it goes, there are going to be problems."


"In response to the person who thinks that Tuesday's front page is an early April Fool's joke. I totally agree. Obviously the council members have nothing better to do with our taxpayers' money, other than to build new ball stadiums, when we don't need one. Putting people out of their homes, putting people out of business to build a Civil War museum. Why don't they use the money on the empty storefronts downtown instead of leaving them empty and putting people out of their homes? Put a community center to get the kids off the streets. Obviously you don't know what to do with the money. You have no concern for the kids who are going around getting killed over drugs, killed from fights or selling drugs. Why don't you think about what you are doing?"

"I am calling about the museum that is going to be taking up those places. I hope the city goes through with that. I would love to have a museum within walking distance because I don't have a car. I would be glad to pay $8 or $9 to get in and learn about history."

"It is nice to see the gentleman and his dog on Eastern Boulevard again this year. I find myself looking for them every day and if I don't see them, I wonder how they are doing. Keep walking and watch the traffic because it is crazy on that road. Also, can something be done about the excess dust around the construction area at the Fairgrounds?"

"I agree with the person who complained about the children from Western Heights who leave the trash on people's lawns. Not only do they throw trash, they fight in your yard, steal flowers from your yard and they knock over your trash cans. They also use some very vulgar language. I have lived on that route for 19 years and it doesn't get any better by the year. Come on, parents, teach your children some respect. I am sure that you wouldn't accept this behavior if it was someone else's child."

"My mother-in-law lost a bracelet in Wal-Mart or in the parking lot on March 19. My children gave it to her for Christmas. If someone finds it, call me at 301-842-3092 and I can identify it. It means a lot to her."

"Violence in America is not about guns. It is our failure to nurture our children and make life meaningful to them. Instead, we put them against each other academically, socially and in sports. Trying to prove with materialistic attitudes, that we have done our job. For this we need more shopping malls? Our values need overhauling."

"If anyone is cutting down or trimming cedar or pine trees and you get sap all over your hands. Don't bother with the chemicals to get the sap off, just use half teaspoon of butter or margarine, wash your hands real good with it and then wash your hands real good with soap. It will disappear."

"Is there anyone out there that has had unsatisfactory results with laser vision correction? I would like to hear from them."

"I have lived in Hagerstown for 70 years and Hagerstown has done a lot of foolish things, but to put a museum in the center of Hagerstown and tear down a lot of buildings and businesses, it is ridiculous."

"This is a plea to those who send address labels. Please stop sending them to people who don't respond. Since just before Christmas, I have received 51 sets of labels and four of them are identical from the same charity. It is a waste of funds and I will not support any organization with such poor management. Find another fund-raiser. We do not need 3,000 address labels."

"To the person who called in and said the downtown area, especially East Washington Street and West Washington Street, being filthy and could use an ordinance law to keep the place clean. That is not a bad idea and it is something that the mayor and City Council should think about."

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