Mail Call for 8/17

August 17, 2000

Mail Call for 8/17

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:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> 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.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> It's OK to criticize decisions by government officials, but don't get personal.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> We don't allow people to criticize a specific business.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call about buying or selling an item.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call to advertise your business or ask where a certain item can be bought in this area.


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't give medical advice.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't criticize a specific neighbor.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call about hiring someone to do odd jobs for you.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> 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.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Or, if you like, you can vent in Mail Call, but please, no profanity.

We're waiting for your calls.

"I believe that we actually have 24-hour day care right now. It is called parenting, give it a try."

"I would like for someone to call Mail Call and let me know the proper ways to care of mums. Thanks very much."

"Next Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. there is a Bill Gaither special called 'Mark Lowery on Broadway' It is on TV and is on the TNN station. It was filmed in New York in the spring and a charter bus load of people from Hagerstown were in the audience. The camera was on the audience many times as Gloria Gaither sat near us. So tune in, you might see someone you know."

"I would like to say to hello to Bill Cosner who works at Lowe's and I would like to wish him a happy day."

"I am looking for someone who does keyless entries to cars. I seen no listing in the phone book. If anyone knows of anyone that does those, please call me at 301-766-4571."

"I am wondering where the police are on Halfway Boulevard? If you drive the speed limit, the cars pass you like you are standing still. It is unbelievable. We need some police protection out there or someone is going to get killed."

"Hello Hagerstown, I have a bad case of gout. Is there anything I can do for it?"

"I want to congratulate my mom, Bonnie E., that lives on Belview, for finally buying her house after 30-some years. Congratulations, Mom."

"For the person who called in about the Grove employees, yes! Most of the intelligent Grove employees are glad that the union was rejected."

"I want to respond to Mail Call about the 24-hour day care. It is none of their business if that person works or not or needs rest, that is none of your concern. She was just asking if there was 24-hour day care."

"About the Wal-Mart that wants to be built next to Martin's on Dual Highway. I think that we should build it there to bring all the jobs to the county. It will help our unemployment rate and bring tax money in to help the county. Anyone that doesn't want it there are sick people. It will make jobs for people in the county. We need to get the Democrats out and bring in the Republicans so we can have some jobs. It looks like the Democrats are against building anything for jobs. It also looks like the mayor of Funkstown doesn't know what he is talking about."

"I read that the executive director of the ice rink wants to expand it. He is the sixth executive director in the past three years. I guess we can wait six months for someone else to come in for another opinion. That is just foolishness. The rink is losing money now and they want to expand?"

"I am reading a question directed to Grove employees. Try asking that question to Pangborn employees who are losing their jobs thanks to the union. We gladly vote the union out, but certainly would have helped us keep our jobs. The union is the cause of our downfall. Ask us employees, we will tell you."

"For whoever inspected the I-70 eastbound detour lane. That lane is very dangerous and almost caused several accidents after it failed within the first couple days of it opening."

"About our police officers afraid of the gangs and the prostitutes on the first block of East Washington Street because they won't do nothing about it? I think something should be done or the police chief and the mayor should be called."

"I am trying to find a phone number for the International Ladies Garment Union, Local 435. I am a former E.J. Fennel employee who is at retirement age and I need to contact someone about retirement. If anyone has any information, please let it in Mail Call."

"In response to the lady who called Mail Call about a block party at the new Crestview Development. I am interested, I am new to the area, get in touch with me somehow."

"I am reading an article by Bob Parasiliti about the Suns stadium. You must not be from around here, brother; if you are, I am surprised. You are not paying attention, Bob, people don't want to waste their money on the stadium. You are right, people don't want to go to the games because they are not an Orioles affiliate. I don't go, what is the purpose? You hit the nail on the head, Bob, when you said in your article about the Suns being basically a step above high school baseball. That's not what you said, but that is basically what they are, college teams. I have an idea: instead of spending on a stadium, why don't people go out and watch the Hagerstown Braves play. I only seen two games of the Blue Ridge Adult League and those boys are a lot more professional than the Suns are."

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