Mail Call for 1/30

January 30, 2001

Mail Call for 1/30

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:

"Del. Joe Bartlett and Sen. Alex Mooney oppose a fee hike for marriage licenses because people may be deterred from getting married. Considering the failure rate for marriages and the high cost of divorce, maybe we should set the marriage fees and license fees even higher."

"I would like to say thanks to my all-year around angels, Rodney and Missy. I don't know what I would do without you. You are always there when I need you. Love, Mom."


"Looking at all the big profits that the gas and oil companies are making in the paper today, this should make the oil barons happy in the White House."

"Happy birthday to Kim. From Harold."

"It is great to read that there is one other educated person on the mountain up here in Cascade. I too am new in the area and I send our kids down to Smithsburg Elementary. We looked around and weighed our differences, as far as the schools and Smithsburg, by far is the better and nicer school. Children in the Cascade area only go there for five years and go to Smithsburg anyhow. It is a short trip and well worth it."

"Why does anyone worry about where their children go to school? As long as the school they go to is as superb as the Catoctin View Christian School up by Thurmont. It seems to me that if anyone knows of a good place for a school to be, call Mail Call if the region is around Thurmont. We are looking for a place to enlarge our facilities because it is going to be overflowing soon. Call with any information on a place that might be good for the new school."

"At the corner of Antietam and King Street, the sidewalk is terrible. It is the same way every time we have bad weather. There is ice everywhere. This is an area where the police patrol all the time and parking tickets are given frequently. Why can't they see this mess? Someone is going to get hurt and hurt badly."

"There are other churches that have singles groups, St. James Brethren Church on Lappans Road, has a group called 'Single Again,' which meets twice a month. For more information, call the church office at 301-582-3333."

"The town of Boonsboro is discussing the issue of erecting a 195-foot cellular phone tower beside the Boonsboro Reservoir. It could have 20 to 25 antennas and microwave dishes on it. I do not think it should be there because of the possible long-term health effects, devaluing the properties and the unsightly views from historical areas. If you oppose the tower, too, you should let the Boonsboro leaders know of your objections because the town is discussing the issues in their February meeting."

"To the person who found the pocket book, Jan. 24, in Martin's parking lot on Dual Highway, please return the personal items to the Martin's courtesy desk, with no questions asked. The insurance cards, keys, glasses are critically needed. God bless you, the money is yours."

"I would like to know if I don't pay the taxes on my land and I tell someone else to pay the taxes on the land, how many years would it take for it to become his land? He pays the taxes in his name. I would like to know the answer, put it in Mail Call."


"I want to know if there is a LensCrafter eye glass place in Washington County? Also is there an opthamologist that will take the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurance coverage? If you know, put it in Mail Call."

"In regards to Mr. Maginnis' informative editorial about the local fire and rescue services, perhaps the county government officials should stipulate that locating companies financially support their local fire company in return for any given tax abatement."

"Just wondering why the ordinance is not being enforced in Hagerstown, downtown especially for the sidewalks to be cleaned off, so long after the snow falls. Too bad when a man in a wheelchair has to get stuck on South Potomac Street and has to have four people help him get out. They say that the city is improving, I don't think so, I think it is getting worse."

"I was reading about the guy at Bowman building a truck stop. I think it is the greatest thing that ever happened around here. We need the motel and restaurant. The town is going dead and I think it would be the best thing that could ever happen."


"I am glad to see that they finally cleaned out that place on West Washington Street because that certainly was a bad place."

"The article concerning the truck stop in Williamsport was informative. I do believe that there is an error in the statement by Mr. Bowman. 'I do not think it will be dangerous.' I think it should be corrected to read; 'I do not think. It will be dangerous.' Everyone else knows it will be."

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