Mail Call for 3/30

March 30, 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:

"It seems to me like you should be able to find better time than to sit around and worry about someone's Christmas lights. If you don't like them, then don't look at them."

"I want to alert the public that some outfits in Baltimore are constantly calling up and soliciting funds for their rescue companies, for their police department, fire departments. The public should not give money to telephone solicitors trying to solicit money for these causes. The local people send out mail for their solicitations, they do not use the telephone."


"I think that a certain club should put up a sign in the window saying that children under 16 are not allowed in their restaurant after 6 p.m. There are too many little babies and I mean little babies that are made to sit in there for a couple of hours around all that smoke. Parents, if you love your babies, leave your children home with the sitter."

"We work downtown and we really love downtown. We think instead of a museum, the appropriate thing to put in that place if they are going to tear down all the buildings is a casino. Now we could really enjoy that on our lunch hour."

"For the person who called in about the vandalism problems. First off, there are already laws on the books. What innocent bystanders are you talking about? Are you talking about yourself watching the people vandalize the property? Then you would be considered an accomplice and should have reported it to the police. There aren't any innocent bystanders."

"This is for the Army Reserve Building on Willard Street. Could you please take down the flag that is torn on the edge and hang a new one up and show some pride."

"For the city of Hagerstown, could you please take the hedges along the front of City Park out and replace them with iron fences or something that you can see through. It would be nice to ride along Virginia Avenue and see the beauty of the park. I would like the city to respond to this matter in Mail Call."

"I think Dennis Frye must be kidding. Tear down buildings in Hagerstown to build a museum? Get down on the battlefield or up to Gettysburg, Dennis."

"Ask Dennis Frye, who lives in the country and has a lot of land, if he would like to build the museum on his property with the 330,000 people coming to his property?"

"I am calling about the museum. I think it is a waste of time and money. They should do something about the homeless."

"I am over 75 years old and my wife and I were downtown Tuesday morning. We saw Ron Bowers talking with a policeman. We said hello to him and he said come here, I would like to introduce you to someone. Mr. Bowers took the time to introduce my wife and I to the new Police Chief, Mr. Smith. He seemed like a nice man to us. We feel good about being downtown this morning, everyone was so nice to us."

"I was wondering what was the last year for the Christmas tree being in the middle of the Hagerstown Square?"

"At this time of year, these unlicensed people go around sealing people's driveways. Please warn all the senior citizens do not hire anyone to seal your driveway that does not have a license. There is a toll free number, 1-888-218-5925, to find out if they are licensed or not. Their license number should be stamped on the contract that they give you. Don't hire anyone unlicensed or you will be sorry."

"I read in the paper where the taxpayers will not get to vote on the new stadium. Hmmm, sounds like taxation without representation."

"Has anyone gotten a ticket from the cameras that the police have hooked up? Call back and give me some feedback on this subject."

"To the editors, if I see anymore articles in the paper about the stadium and the museum, I am going to stop getting the paper. I am tired of seeing it."

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