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Mail Call for 4/10

April 10, 2000

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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.

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Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I have a question for the parents who are complaining about the driver of the middle school bus. Would you rather have your children up on their knees, turned around yapping, instead of safe? The last thing I tell my children is to keep their butts on the seat and back against the back. What if that bus was involved in an accident? Whose kids are going to be the quickest to get hurt? I know I want mine to be safe."


"Here we go again, parents complaining about a bus driver's rules on her bus. I would want the driver investigated if my kid came home and said, 'Wow our bus driver lets us get away with anything.' We have all the parents who want to tell us how to do our job, but the Board of Education has trouble finding drivers for their buses. Yes, these are the same parents that would stand in front of our faces and say, 'I wouldn't want your job, I don't know how you do it.'"

"To the parent who isn't happy with her child's bus driver. Have you ever been in a car with two children carrying on, fighting, touching each other or arguing? A school bus has 11 seats on each side, and you said that there was one student per seat, that would be 22 students and some have two students in them, that would be, let's say 25 students. Don't forget we are driving an almost 40-foot vehicle in in-town traffic. It seems to me that we have a driver that is more concerned about driving your child and the other students safely home rather than how much fun they are having on the bus. Oh, by the way, the school board is in desperate need of bus drivers. The starting rate is close to $10 an hour. I suggest that you apply and you will see things much differently."

"Hooray for the bus driver of E. Russell Hicks. Sounds to me like she has a well-controlled bus. Yeah, for the bus driver."

"To get dents out of your carpet after moving furniture, put an ice cube in it and after it melts, you need to rake it up. You may have to try this two or three times."

"I agree with the caller who called in about the taxi cab seats being pushed back so far. Especially the passenger seat and there isn't anyone sitting in it. They should stop and have the seat where it belongs."

"There is more to living than bowling and video games. Try ice skating."

"Does anyone feel that we should give the teachers a break and give the students the three days off that the state offered?"

"My 9-year old son David found a wallet near the produce section. It made him feel really good to do his good deed for that day and bless someone by returning something so dear to them. Thanks for giving him recognition."

"Why hasn't The Herald-Mail Internet site been updated?"

(Editor's note - The Herald-Mail's Web site is updated Monday through Friday.)

"I want to congratulate my grandson David Weis for getting the High Academic Achievement Award in the ninth grade Honor Club at North Hagerstown High School on April 5. I am proud of you David. Love, Connie."

"To the person who complained about the basketball games on Channel 9, I just wanted to let that person know that college basketball is over and they won't have to worry about that anymore."

"Well the people who want to know why the children are disciplined on the bus. It is because the driver has to be able to hear the train whistles, horns and she has to pay attention to the road, rather than have so much confusion on the bus with the children. The children should be disciplined, just the way she is doing it."

"I want to thank the person who put in the phone number for CBS. I was able to call them and thank them for the coverage on a college basketball tournament. From the tip off to the final championship game, it was an exciting tournament. It was a big improvement over the other things that are usually on."

"I would like to know why 95 percent of the cab drivers have to double park. There could be a parking spot right there, but they still double park. Hold up traffic, the city police ought to cut back on the cruisers and start giving them tickets."

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