Mail Call for 8/29

August 29, 2000

Mail Call for 8/29

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 wanted to make a comment on the road design out at the mall and the ramp 5A, the way they have it laid off. I hope by the time they are finished, it's a lot better. Right now it is dangerous for people."

"Community Action Council always needs volunteers, we need help in our office and with Meals on Wheels. Our number is 301-797-4161."


"I am calling to say that the new paving on Dual Highway looks really, really nice. Keep up the good work, fellows. I would also like to say to the police department, please be on the guard and patrol the Dual Highway once in a while. You never do that because they are using it for a race track. We don't need this out here, good golly. Get on the ball, policemen, and work for your money. Move a little bit."

"This is to the person who called in regarding some wooden materials for bird houses. I have some good wood in my basement. I am willing to give it to you for nothing at all. Call me at 301-733-5261. You can take it all."

"Hooray, Md. 163 is open and we say a special thank you to the railroad workers for the new crossings."

"Instead of having a no smoking section in restaurants, they should have a no cell phone section. I was trying to have lunch with my family today when we were rudely interrupted by a man's phone ringing as we were trying to talk. They should be outlawed in every restaurant."

"I am disappointed in the pay scale in Hagerstown. The day care workers only make $6 and hour, but managers at fast-food restaurants make $8 an hour. I don't think we have our priorities straight."

"Has anyone else heard that the flu shot is not going to be available this fall?"

"I read in the paper that our local ice skating rink is so busy that they cannot book anyone else for league schedules in Pennsylvania."

"If you are willing to be a volunteer, you can call 301-842-2119."

"I am responding to the folks who were looking for volunteer work. REACH is a local organization that has hundreds of volunteers, but we still don't meet all the needs. There are so many needs in our community. REACH does a Cold Weather Shelter, emergency crisis intervention and volunteer caregiving. If you would like to be a REACH volunteer, call 301-733-2371. Volunteers gave 15,000 hours of service last year and we are thankful for that. There is a whole needs list that is available. If you would like to see what the current community needs are at this time, please call."

"I was at City Park on Friday and the lake and the trees are beautiful, but I think we should be planting new weeping willow trees to replace the older ones when they die off or get struck by lightning. They will be gone forever. What a great loss that will be to the beauty of the lake. So let's plant some young trees for the future. Won't cost as much as a new stadium. Something to think about."

"I want to know why the police don't chase anyone off the first block of East Washington Street, that hang out on the street? Knowing that there are drug deals going on, but they will do anything for the West End or Jonathan Street. I think that we need to get new cops on this police force because the cops that we have do not do anything. I think the chief and the mayor should be called in. Cruisers go by and they don't do anything. I think they are scared."

"I am calling about this stadium issue. I have been to three games this year and all three games were promotion games where my family was given free tickets from their place of employment. However, at all three games there were only between 2,000 and 2,500 people at these games. This should tell someone something when these businesses give away free tickets and they can still only get between 2,000 and 2,500 people attending. I don't think there is a need for a new stadium. But I really think they should put the money into our school system for our kids."

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