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Mail Call for 9/26

September 26, 2000

Mail Call for 9/26



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.

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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.

Also, Mail Call is now running home towns with your response. It's not mandatory but we would appreciate it if you would leave your home town with your call.

We're waiting for your calls.




"For the people who go to City Park with their dogs. I wish you would start putting leashes on them. It is not safe for the dogs as well as people and children to have a dog, especially if it is a big dog, to be running loose. Even though the owner is near the dog, it needs to be on a leash. I believe that it is the law. We love dogs and cats, but we don't think they should be running loose in the park. Common sense will tell you that if the dog gets upset or frightened and goes to attack someone, you could be in serious trouble. Put them on a leash."




"Attention Boonsboro Middle School teaching staff. Why did you call a parent at work for a non-emergency reason? Especially for a situation that could be resolved in a letter. Most employers frown on these types of calls. Furthermore, if someone receives a call from a school, first impression is something happened to their child. A real emergency."




"About the Sharpsburg Heritage Festival. Where were all the vendors and food staff?"




"I am so tired of hearing about the Wal-Mart in Funkstown. Wal-Mart - Funkstown does not want you. I am a senior citizen and my friends and I want a smaller store. Please bring back the Wal-Mart on Wesel. We miss you and want you. Please come back."




"For the girl in the black sports car getting on 81 south off of Salem Avenue on Friday at 3:10 p.m. You are going to cause a lot of people to get hurt or killed because of the way you drive. Yield means to stop and wait your turn. You don't seem to know that. If you run into the back of someone, it is your fault. So don't give me a hard time for driving the correct way. I value my life and others."

-Hagerstown




"I would like to say thank you and congratulations to Erica Hill for being willing to run in the marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Oct. 22. It is wonderful to know that someone her age is truly thinking of others. To those of you who think they have to cruise the Dual to have something to do, take it from Erica, she sets a fine example and I am proud that she is a member of our community."

-Hagerstown




"In response to the person who called in about the nursing homes not getting them out of bed. I work at Reeders Nursing Home in Boonsboro, you can come there anytime. At 7 and 8 a.m. we are serving breakfast and everyone is up and having a buffet breakfast. Come on down and visit us."




"What has happened to the Middletown High School football program this year? Last year, someone from Middletown wrote a letter to the editor asking what had happenend to the North High and South High footbll programs because the two city schools were losing so much. Well, this year Middletown is 0-3 to start off the season. My, what goes around comes around."

-Hagerstown




"I wanted to say that some of these people that are working in factories and are getting ready to get laid off, you have to start at the bottom again and work your way back up. You should have saved some of the money when you were making the big money. You should be glad that you can find a job for $7, $8 or $9 an hour instead of complaining and not working at all. I would rather work for that, rather than not work at all. So stop complaining, start at the bottom and work your way back up."

-Hagerstown




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