Mail Call for 5/1

May 01, 2000

Mail Call rules

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.

Please follow these rules when calling Mail Call:

* It is best to limit your calls to issues in the news, but it's OK to say something nice about a person, place or thing you like about this area.

* It's OK to criticize decisions by government officials, but don't get personal.

* We don't allow people to criticize a specific business.

* Don't call about buying or selling an item.

* Don't call to advertise your business or ask where a certain item can be bought in this area.


* Don't give medical advice.

* Don't criticize a specific neighbor.

* Don't call about hiring someone to do odd jobs for you.

* Do have fun with Mail Call. You can thank someone for doing a nice deed for you or honor someone for an accomplishment. You can even tell your neighbor how nice her flowers look.

* Or, if you like, you can vent in Mail Call, but please, no profanity.

We're waiting for your calls.

"I was in the PharmHouse and Big Lots parking lot on Saturday night and as a senior citizen, I saw a young gentleman run across the parking lot and then I heard an older woman scream. Then I saw another young man run across the lot and tackled this other person. I haven't seen anything in the paper yet and this happened last Saturday. As a senior citizen, we would like to know what is going on. Why won't they put this in the paper?"

"I have a problem with people who advertise a sale of postage stamps and then when you go to purchase one they are always out of them. Why is that? When they see that they are getting low on them they should go buy some more to sell to the people they are advertising to."

"The Civil War museum and the stadium project should be put to a vote before the taxpayers of Washington County to see if they want to fund it."

"I am calling about the backup on the Dual Highway. Right now it is one lane going west and one lane going east. But when they get finished, if they ever get finished, it will be a lot better. Wal-Mart will not cause a backup of any kind. To the people who don't want a Wal-Mart, you better think twice because the one on Wesel Boulevard is closing when the one at the Center of Hagerstown opens. Come on, give a little bit, just take your time, everything will go into place, you know. Why are you complaining so much? This is not the way to run the world, you should be pleasant and peaceful with everybody."

"I purchased two garage doors from a reputable dealer in Hagerstown. At least I thought they were. Well, after my one-year warranty was up, I started experiencing problems. I called the company, they sent two men out to fix the doors on three different occasions. Each time the doors got worse. They wore no nametags, no uniforms, they were very ungroomed, very unprofessional and very rude. I didn't know whether I was letting people in that were fake or not. They did not fix the doors. After several conversations with a very rude service manager at the place, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I called a contractor and they sent one man, very professional, very polite, one trip. Guess what? My garage door is fixed. I felt at ease with him. I guess it does pay to shop around."

"I saw in the paper where they are going to buy another street sweeper for downtown Hagerstown. Guess what it is going to cost to buy that? Why don't they take the unemployed fathers and back child supporters that are in jail and have them clean the streets? Instead of spending money on that, send it to the mothers who are out working and leaving their children with unprepared baby-sitters and help them so they don't have to work so hard while the fathers are in jail getting three hots and a cot."

"In response to the deer at Rest Haven, to the person who loves them, will you love them when they run in front of your car and cause an accident?"

"To the woman who says that she lives near Rest Haven and loves the deer and says she loves them. I live in Sharpsburg and you can have all the deer you want. They destroy everything in my yard. I am trying to run a business and they are ruining it. They also carry Lyme disease because of the ticks on them. Maybe you should stay out of your yard or get a shot for Lyme disease because sooner or later you are going to end up with Lyme disease from those wonderful deer that you think are so great. I guess you don't care about the rest of the people in this county, especially the farmers, big or small, who are losing a fortune to the deer."

"Now that Elian has been returned to his father with the help of the law, I bet a lot of fathers in Washington County are wondering why they can't have their children returned as they should be. Interesting, isn't it?"

"Congratulations to Joe Miller for being sworn in as a new fire policeman. I know he will do a good job. From a former classmate from North High."

"I just dropped my children off at Williamsport High School and I saw the most disgusting sight. The Prom Promise car that was sitting in the grass was moved to the parking lot by some vandals. How can anyone be so cruel and do something like that for everyone to see?"

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