Mail Call for 10/12

October 12, 2000

Mail Call for 10/12

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 was surprised when Thursday of last week, I looked out my window and on my bluebird house I saw a pair of blue birds. I thought they were long gone from here. My daughter-in-law saw them, too, so it wasn't me thinking it was another bird. It definitely was a pair of pretty little bluebirds."

"This is a taxpayer and I want to congratulate the gentleman that built the Valley Mall Theaters. They did a nice job. But there is one problem out there, the bad kids put their feet up on the back of the chairs and when you put them down, the dirt goes down into the chair. They should have some type of person going around watching for this kind of stuff."


"On the front page of the health section on Monday, Oct. 9 there is an article looking for donations for the REACH Cold Weather Shelter. There was no number or address listed. Please give me the number and address. I have some items I would like to donate to the Cold Weather Shelter."

Editor's note - The number for the Cold Weather Shelter is 301-733-2371.

"Marylanders, register to vote or register your guns. The choice is yours."

"I was wondering if someone can tell me if all employers need to pay overtime if an employee works?"

"Does anyone have a bus trip to the Potomac Mills Mall this fall? If so, leave your number in Mail Call."


"Over the weekend I bought a bag of infant clothing at Western Maryland Hospital's Yard Sale and I lost it. Somewhere around the hospital grounds and I was wondering if someone could return it. Leave a message in Mail Call and I will call you."

"Thank you to the man who bought my daughter a balloon at Martin's last Friday. Your act of kindness brightened our day."

"I am a Washington County bus driver that picks up all the young passengers on Millers Church and Strite Road. Our trees and bushes really needed to be cut down or cut back. So, I would like to say thank you to our county Roads Department for doing a great job. We really appreciate being able to see clearly now."

"To the lady who stopped to help my daughter in an accident, it happened on Oak Ridge Drive in front of the outlets entrance on Monday, Oct. 9. She was driving a black Volkswagen. Thanks very much for being there for her. I want you to call here, 301-733-9981. If no answer, leave a name and number. Thank you."

"In regards to Sheriff Mades' pay raise. First of all, he knew the salary when he ran for the position, he is paid entirely too much now. If he doesn't like it then get out and allow someone else to run for the position, someone who is in it for the right reason and not the money. If it is too demanding or his hands are full as he says, then it is time for a new sheriff, he can't handle it. He works behind a desk all day long, while his deputies put their lives on the line every day. If anyone deserves a pay raise, give it to the 199 employees, they deserve it."

"I totally agree with Charlie Mades, when a groundskeeper makes the same amount of money as a sheriff, the county commissioners don't have their priorities straight."

"I was reading in Mail Call on Oct. 10 about the bus accident in Smithsburg. We parents are not out after blood, but we have continuously complained about excessive speed and inadequate judgment of the bus driver. We are concerned for our children's safety and we are thankful that this time the incident was not more serious than it could have been. Until the Board of Education and the Transportation Department wake up and do something, our children continue being at risk riding on the transportation system in Washington County."

"I thought the law in the city was 48 hours for a parked car in front of anyone's home? What does it take for the city police to move cars that have been called about that have stayed for three or four weeks?"

"I hope Sheriff Mades gets his raise. He deserves it."

"I just turned to page A7 in Tuesday's Daily Mail and there is a picture of two children riding skateboards and the caption is 'rolling along.' The caption should have read 'This is the wrong way to skateboard,' the children were not wearing helmets, knee pads or elbow pads. You missed a very good chance to get across to young people that this is not the way to ride a skateboard."

"I think it is ridiculous that the Smithsburg High students were not sent home on Tuesday. With no heat in the school for the second day in a row. Most of the classroom temperatures were only 60 degrees. Certainly not a very good learning environment."


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