Mail Call for 2/23

February 23, 2001

Mail Call for 2/23

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 think it is a shame that we cannot get more volunteers for the firefighting line of duty. I think it is sad that they might do away with the volunteer firefighters. There are a lot of volunteers that have put in many years and hours of hard work along with working full-time jobs. If they do away with it, I think it is very sad. This county should be able to do more for the firefighters. If it weren't for them, there would be a lot more fires in the area. It is very unfair."


"We agree with the woman who wrote in this weekend in the letters to the editor and basically said that the Civil War museum idea for downtown, supported by the County Commissioners, is very much like the water and sewer mess that the County Commissioners supported. If we build it, they will come, that's not true. If they build it, we will pay, that is true."

"In response to a previous Mail Call. Homeless people, there is no such thing. Lazy, yes. Why work when churches will feed, clothe and put you up to sleep, free. Homeless is a cat or dog that someone will drop off at someone's door and drive away. But even at this point, a cat or dog will work to survive. I think it is important for us to stop and think about what we are doing to these people by giving them handouts. I think it is time we ask them to go to work and support themselves."

"I am really getting alarmed by all these problems that they are having with all the purse snatchings at the Wal-Mart in the West End. What is wrong with those people up there? It is getting to the point where I don't even think I am going to leave Funkstown to go up there anymore."

"To the person who called about John Slayman being the man. He is not the man. He doesn't even care about the kids and doesn't work with the elderly. Vote for Earle Pereschuk for the next mayor of Williamsport."

"I cannot help to wonder about our banks bringing in out-of-town auctioneers for all their real estate sales. Do they rely on out-of-town people for support of their banks? I don't think so. This is not fair to our local auctioneers."

"We live on Broadfording Road and travel it quite frequently to the new Centre at Hagerstown and doing so we have to pass this garage that looks like a junkyard. There must be 50 or more sitting around, junkers and everything else. There are campers in the back lot, boats. I wish planning and zoning would check on some of these operations. It really is distasteful for the entire area. This is not just a garage, it is now a junkyard."

"Wow, it sure does pay good to hang a sign on the front of the Baldwin House, doesn't it?"

"Remember that old elementary school joke, 'what is the difference between an orange and an apple? Well, if you don't know, I would hate to send you out for a dozen apples.' Hagerstown, what is the difference between a trash can and the streets and sidewalks?"

"I attended one of Jerry Springer's shows and I was told that the people who get on stage are given a cue when to get in someone's face. Have you ever seen one of his shows where they didn't get in each other's face?"


"To Jeff Long and all the employees of Williamsport for the fine job they done with the patch jobs on Feb. 20, on North Conococheague Street. You done a fine job, keep up the good work."

"We need a Super Wal-Mart on this end of town. Please re-consider Wal-Mart, we need it bad."

"The five set of quarters that are being advertised in the paper for $20. They can be obtained at the bank for 25 cents each, which equals $1.25."

"I want to comment on the caller who complained about the state tax. My understanding is that the calico cat was supposed to be our state cat. It was the idea of some school children in Allegany County. It is appropriate if it benefits the children as well as the animals."

"I have lived in Williamsport in all my 70 years and I have seen mayors come and go and in my opinion, John Slayman is the best. The cleanliness of our town. When it snows, the streets are cleared away. His doors are always open to anyone. He doesn't wear a fancy suit, he is one of us. Always ready to listen. Just remember he has to live by the same rules we do. If you have a good thing, why change it?"

"I think it was so wonderful for Osborne Funeral Home to have a register for sympathy for the Dale Earnhardt family. You are wonderful people, thank you. From a Dale Earnhardt fan."


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