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Mail Call for 5/29

May 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:




"Black and white pictures fill my head, with endless memories of fallen and dead. Relatives fought so that we might live. How much more could we ask to give? Broken bodies, endless graves, dead and wrinkled in ocean waves. By chance you live, by chance you die, with dark clouds overhead passing you by. Forgotten friends and fallen foes, fighting for ground that someone else chose. To free the world from tyranny, we ask you to kill our enemy. Fathers and sons struggled side by side, on open beacheads with nowhere to hide. Cliffs of death where you saw friends die. Are solemn sites where old men cry. We thank you from so deep inside, so take your share of much deserved pride. We'll never forget how much you have given. From those here on earth and those up in Heaven."

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"My question is for someone - anyone that can help me in the region - that knows about the law of modifying a court order from another state. I have a Michigan and Georgia court order that's been registered in both of those states. It will probably be registered in Maryland here pretty soon, and I need advice and counsel and help with modifying that court order. I'll be looking in the Mail Call for a reply. Thank you."




"A gel cushion for bunions is sold by FootSmart, item No. 9401, for $9.95. They also have two other types of cushions for bunions. Their customer service number is 1-800-230-4077 and their Internet address is www.footsmart.com."




"Yes, isn't it strange that when the heat's turned on, these city and county officials, how they can discover money like the County Commissioners just discovered they found $630,000. My, my, wonder who's really taking care of the farm? How can we trust such people like this to raise our taxes and tell us things that we don't understand?"




"Yes, I just read in the paper where the county has found that they have an additional $630,000 which they can give to the schools. Do they think that they could find a little more additional money, so that they can give it to the seniors' aid program at the Commission on Aging? I understand that the girl that does my housekeeping and gets my groceries is going to be laid off the end of June because they don't have funds to keep these girls. I think that the County Commissioners could look a little further and find a little additional that they could put onto the funds for the Commission on Aging. I thank you very much. I appreciate your thoughtfulness."




"The remarks attributed to Mr. Swartz and Mr. Iseminger in the paper are completely irresponsible. If we take these remarks to heart, then these public hearings are nothing more than a sham and an exercise in futility. Whether the remarks are orchestrated or not, they should be taken seriously and heard respectfully."




"Yeah, I'd like to ask those people that don't think that Bill Clinton should be disbarred - after all, the guy did perjure himself - I wonder if they feel that other people that perjure themselves should walk scot-free, too?"




"Good evening. I apologize to the County Commissioners for the way the citizens of Washington County acted at the budget hearing at HCC because there is a right way to talk. But, you, the citizens, acted like children. I am a taxpayer who is tired of the Board of Education getting the big lump sum every year."




"I'm going to be up front and honest about this. I am one of the people who is opposed to the new stadium being built, basically because it's being built at the taxpayers' expense no matter what they say, and I don't think we need to do this. If we have any extra money, I think it should be put into the sewer debt. But I'm confused about something. I'd like to know, we, as taxpayers, buy the land, we build the building, we take care of the maintenance and all the bills. What do we get from this?"




"Hi, Mail Call. I was downtown yesterday, and I saw the old Peoples building was being renovated, and I thought, 'Boy, somebody's going to open a business in there, maybe downtown will get going again.' Then I read in the paper this morning that it's going to be nothing but the state tax assessment office. When is the city of Hagerstown and the people of Hagerstown going to get tired of their tax money being used to subsidize the North End landlords? All those buildings are in disrepair. What they need to do is let the property values fall to the point where people will want to move back into town and renovate. The government needs to get out of the business."




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