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Mail Call for 2/20

February 20, 2001

Mail Call for 2/20



"When the guys says that the people in jail get an education, that's not the only thing they get. They get free food, medical and dental. Yeah, I work in there, and I see it all the time, and they still complain. So, it is bad that you can get an education in prison easier than you can outside. Bye now."




"This is Roxie, and there was a thing in the paper from Mail Call wanting to know where I was. You can reach me still in Williamsport under my name 'R' and my last name; same place I've always been. Thanks for being concerned. Talk to you later."




"Yes, I'm from Williamsport. I see Bowman's gonna build a truck stop out here. I think It would be a real nice thing to have a truck stop out there. Nice place to go to eat. And it seems like whatever the man does, he does a good job. I don't know why people are fussing about it. Seems like, anymore, if you just want to build a little outhouse or something, people don't want you to build it, some people. Then you get their neighbors and their friends. I don't understand what's going on anymore. Thank you."

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"I would like to know why the Franklin Street free clinic makes their patients wait outside in a line in the rain, snow and freezing temperatures. Some of the people today were already sick with the flu and colds, and we all had to wait till the clinic opened its doors. The Walnut Street clinic doesn't do this. You can walk in there and sit in their waiting room until they are ready to see you. The clinic on Pennsylvania Avenue also has a waiting room, and you can walk in there, and they give you numbers. None of us who go to Franklin Street clinic can understand why we are put through these conditions. I also want to add that when they let us in, finally, the waiting room was empty, so they can't say they had another class of patients in there. Someone, please comment on this in the paper."

- Hagerstown




"I called in reply to the individual calling about the correction officers down here on Sharpsburg Pike playing basketball and softball with the inmates. Well, the reason that they are playing basketball is for the recognition, so it looks good for the warden when it comes time for promotion. The officers down here will go to every level to get promoted. I see it every day."




"This is in response to a Republican congressman who recently compared a Peace Corps volunteer to an heroic U.S. soldier and said the volunteer was a wimp in comparison. I spent two and a half years in this Peace Corps in a country where the drug lords had weapons that outnumbered the regular army and where unspeakable violence occurred every day. The U.S. government looked the other way. I was shot once, stabbed two times. I never carried a weapon. Along with the missionaries and other Peace Corps volunteers, we never got paid or got medals for our service. I would like to see some of our heroic soldier boys work for no pay and carry no weapon in hostile territory. I wonder how heroic they would feel then."

- Hagerstown




"This is about the article that was in the paper. Yeah, it's a nice company, but if you are seasonal, good luck. You don't get any benefits, no holidays, no vacation. All you get is their overtime."




"I've just received my Friday Daily Mail. I would just like to say I hate what you are doing with the newspaper - sticking it all together like this in two sections. It's really not much fun. I don't like it."




"Yeah, I'm calling about the light at the intersection of Wesel Boulevard and Lowe's. They need to do something about the left-hand turning lane. You sit there through four cycles, and it is boring. Thank you, a concerned citizen."




"While reading Friday night's paper, I see that the boys down in Annapolis are going to give us a state cat. We have a state bird, and a state dog, and a state turtle, and a state everything, and now they're going to give us a state cat. Well, that's good for those children; that'll make them think that our democracy works. I see in the paper that we don't have a state nut. I think all those delegates down there should make us a state nut or a nut to be the emblem. And I'd like to suggest that all of them put their name in, then we'd have several, or a good many, state nuts. Thank you."




"To those people who think that building a truck stop along Interstate 81 is such a great idea, I would like to point out that it only forms one part of the boundary on that piece of property he wants to develop. The rest of us who are living out here quietly in our country homes would like to live in quiet country homes. So, if you think it's such a great idea to have a truck stop there, come out here and pay us enough money that we can move to a decent community where a country home means a country home, and it remains that way. Thank you."




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