Mail Call for 12/26

December 29, 2000

Mail Call for 12/26

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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.

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Please follow these rules when calling Mail Call:

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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.

"The picture in the weekend section of Thursday, Dec. 21 paper of the Christmas lights is beautiful. But some scrooge stole the snowman that is in the corner, last weekend Dec. 16."

- Hagerstown

"To the citizens of Williamsport, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Pereschuk family. May God bless you all through this Christmas season."

"To all of Hagerstown for the Christmas season. I want to wish to all the world, peace."

"I want to wish all the students that ride bus 333, a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

"Merry Christmas, you are the best, Carla and Bobby. Love, Brittany, Amy, Serena and Buddy."

"The county has four buildings, the Court House, Administration Building, the old Montgomery Wards and the building on Baltimore Street that used to be the former H.L. Mills store. Now they want to go ahead and expand the government again, into the old Sanitary Sewer Commission building. The county does not need to be doing this. They need to downsize the government. Taxpayers in Washington County are fed up. We cannot wait until the next election, all of them will be replaced."

"Washington County taxpayers, do you realize that Washington County is a total of $166 million in debt? This has gone from $144 million to $166 million in the two years' time that these County Commissioners have been in office. The problem that they have is that they rubber-stamp everything that the administrator brings into them. We are going to keep getting deeper and deeper in debt. You have 127,000 people in Washington County. You take away the students, the senior citizens that are on Social Security and don't pay taxes and the families that have only one household. That leaves approximately 88,000 people that are responsible. How can 88,000 people take care of their families and continue to pay all of these taxes to get us out of debt and in the long run all we keep doing is getting deeper and deeper in debt. What we need to do is get rid of these departments heads that are just figureheads."

"For what it is worth, Thursday's Washington Post reports that Al Gore won the popular vote by over half a million votes."

"Merry Christmas, Mail Call. I walk to my job every morning. This is to all the people who don't clean off their sidewalks. You can at least make a path through it. I have to hold on to porches and railings so I don't fall down. You landlords that have empty houses, you are responsible for your sidewalks when it is vacant. I don't drive, so I have to walk. I am in my 70s and I do my sidewalk, I also have aches and pains. Come on, police department, get after these people after 48 hours."

- Hagerstown

"I would like to see a Popeye's Chicken come to Hagerstown. Also, if Funkstown doesn't want the Wal-Mart. I think a good place for it would be on Eastern Boulevard beside Weis Market or where the old Moore's building used to be on Dual Highway."

- Hagerstown

"I want to wish the people at the Three-Minute Car Wash on Jonathan Street a very merry Christmas and keep up the good work."

"I would like to thank the Clear Spring FFA group for the great job they did when helping the fourth-graders at Fountain Rock with the centerpieces for their families. They also helped the children make fruit baskets to deliver to the elderly. The fourth-graders really enjoy working with the high school students. Thanks for making it a special day for the fourth-graders."

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