Mail Call for 9/5

September 05, 2000

Mail Call for 9/5

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:

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.

"Wake up residents of Williamsport, get behind your mayor and council. Get them to get a supermarket in this town. We have no stores at all to shop for groceries. Plenty of places to buy liquor, but nothing for groceries. All of us do not have cars and some of us are too old to have a place near enough to buy groceries. Get on the mayor and council, if they can get anything else in this town, they can get a supermarket."

"My husband accidentally left his keys in the car when visiting the mall a few days ago. When he returned to his car, he was surprised to find a small note written on a small brown bag and tucked under his windshield. The note indicated that the person had removed the keys and taken them to security in the middle of the mall. However upon checking with security in the mall, he was told that nobody had returned any keys to any security office or officer. My husband has checked back several times since then and has been told that no keys have been turned in. Since the person who took the keys out of the car door, took the time to write the note, we feel that he must have intended to turn them in, maybe he forgot to do so. In any case, we would greatly appreciate it if he could turn the keys into security in the mall, as my husband still continues to check there for them."

"I would like to know why there is no help out there for the people who only get $400, $500 to $1,000 a month Social Security? Commission on Aging has many great programs, but these people cannot afford them. There are a lot of people that could stay in their own home instead of going to a nursing home, if there was help. Why pay a nursing home $4,000 to $5,000 a month, when it could cost less for someone to come to their home? Let's try to get people this help without costing so much. Is there anyone out there that would help for less than these programs? Let's start to support the poor in place of the rich. When we get sick or down, the first thing they say is, 'put them in a home. No wonder you keep building these homes."

"I am calling about the people parking their trucks in the neighborhood and blocking a lot of the regular parking spaces. People that have driveways park their vehicles in the driveway but also block the sidewalk out front. This makes the older people who go out for an evening walk and the kids that are playing on the sidewalk to go out in traffic in order to go around these vehicles. I think there is a safety law against this."

"In regards to the police enforcing speed limits on some of these streets, especially Dual Highway. If you travel these streets in a consistent manner and see the same vehicles, day in and day out, write down their license number and call the police, state police or county police and let them know who these consistent speeders are. Then maybe something could be done about it."

"Can anyone tell me what station I could get to hear the Oldies, the big band and so forth as WWMD always carried? If so, call Mail Call."

"Does anyone know an e-mail or an address to find out about state jobs?"

"I want to wish Richard and Gina a happy third anniversary on Sept. 6. God bless."

"I am trying to get in touch with the little girl that was collecting stuffed animals to give to other children that have diseases. I have two big bags full. If she would leave her name and number so I can give them to her as soon as I can."

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