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Mail Call for 7/18

July 18, 2000

Mail Call for 7/18



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 to ask someone if they could tell me where I can get altaberries. They look like grapes, but they are really small and they make good jelly. I want to make jelly and we don't know where to get them. I know a place in Little Orleans or Green Ridge Mountain Road up there off of U.S. 40. Please call me if you know where we can get some of these berries. My number is 301-582-0588. When you leave a message on the machine, will you please leave your number real slow because it is hard for me to understand the numbers on the machine sometimes."

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"In regards to the article in The Daily Mail on the 13th where the mayor says, 'If Funkstown doesn't want it, they should go ahead and let Funkstown live with the consequences.' Did we elect a mayor or dictatorship? Watch out Smithsburg and Boonsboro, if the mayor of Hagerstown wants it, then you might get what you don't want. I certainly hope that a larger town around us, that their mayor wants Hagerstown to have something that we don't want."




"My name is Brad and I am tired of reading about all of these issues like the new Wal-Mart in Funkstown, the Suns stadium. The real crisis in Hagerstown is when are we going to get a new Sears store?"




"Congratulations to the two young men in the red pickup truck with handicapped tags on Jefferson Boulevard Friday afternoon. You are really on the ball. You know how to express yourself, with just one finger, realizing that the speed limit, posted at 30 miles per hour, you decided to ride my bumper and give me the finger. I hope your parents know how you drive."




"I am visiting at Washington County Hospital to see my mother who is a patient. First of all, let me say how pleased I am with the care and attention and the fine medical facility that is here. I am really delighted that my mother is getting really good care. However, there was another item I wanted to speak to you about and that concerns what I am reading in the local papers since I have been back in town. About 10 years ago, I left Hagerstown to take a job in the city because there was no opportunities for me here to do anything with my management or administration skills. I notice that you are having a hard time OK'ing a new Wal-Mart center. I know they have wonderful opportunities for people to work their way up in the organization, in the position of administration and in the position of authority. I think for us to say so small of a town that young people have to leave to go elsewhere to work because you are allowing a small town, not even in the city limits of Hagerstown, to keep us from getting a company that could provide those jobs for young people. I don't want to see us staying back in the sticks. I want us to go ahead and project and be an important community for the future, especially for our young people, so don't be so backwards and turn your back on this, but look forward."




"This is concerning the Wal-Mart on the outskirts of Funkstown. If Funkstown doesn't want the Wal-Mart, let the Wal-Mart go ahead and build and then close Funkstown off completely, let them be a little town of their own. If the antiques go on sale, too bad, let the mayor handle everything, which he is trying to do anyway."




"In regards to the accident that just happened with the police car that hit a car that was traveling on Franklin and Prospect streets. Why doesn't the police car have an option, like the ambulances, where they can either have green lights for them or even better to have an option that turns all the lights red, where everyone has to physically stop and then he could go into the intersection because he knows that everyone else has stopped on the red. Because there are too many drivers out there that have the stereos turned up and they are in 'ga ga land' and they don't even watch for police officers to come through, even when it is really necessary."




"For the person who has the plums, if you have any extra, give me a call at 301-797-9493, I will be glad to buy them from you."




"Way to go, Funkstown resident's, keep fighting. Keep those giants out of there, you don't need them, keep your town neat, quaint and beautiful like it is. Hang in there and keep fighting, I am proud of you."




"I want to thank everyone at Halfway Park and the City of Hagerstown Parks Department for getting Halfway Pool back running again. My son had his birthday party there on Wednesday night and we all had a great time. Happy sixth birthday to Joshua, of Hagerstown. Thanks again to everyone at Halfway Park for everything they did at the pool."




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