Mail Call for 2/28

February 28, 2001

Mail Call for 2/28

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 guess the other three drivers that died in the last nine months from all the racing are just chicken feed compared to the honor that you gave Earnhardt. My God, if you are going to do it for one, do it for all."

"This is a question for the citizens of Hagerstown, I see where they are going to do some more work on the traffic pattern on South Prospect Street. Could this be because there is a City Council person living in that area? I sure hope someone could prove me wrong."


"In response to the people who put in Mail Call about the purse snatchers. The people in the West End did not do that. It was people from West Virginia."

"I am calling to answer something that was in Mail Call about the nursing homes. The lady who said about her aunt being in bed all day and night. Have you ever worked in a nursing home or taken care of an elderly person? It is a 24-hour job. One person cannot do it all and we cannot get any more volunteers than what we have right now. They are very precious and few."

"In addition to reviewing hospital security, they should review the patients' bill of rights. If a person is not a psychiatric patient, why can't they leave when they want to?"

"I am calling in reference to all these barking dogs in Hagerstown. I live on Elm Street and from the time you get up in the morning, until the time you go to bed at night, all they do is bark, bark, bark. Are there any laws out there to let people aware of the disturbance their pets are making?"

"Are there any pastors out there that would be willing to sit down and talk to someone who has questions about the Christian lifestyle, even if they are not a member of their church?"

"I want to know what is up with everyone complaining about the rich getting a tax cut? If you work, why shouldn't you get a tax break? My husband, we are far from rich, he makes $52,000 a year, which sounds like good money, but we are in such a high tax bracket as it is, we lose enough money, it would equal me getting another job just to pay the taxes. How many of you pay almost $20,000 in taxes? Why should the ones who are poor by choice, because they work at McDonald's and not get a real job. Why should they get a tax break? Come on people smarten up."

"We just made another miserable trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles. I think it is a shame for the amount of money we pay in sales tax and in our tags why do we wait in line for an hour, yes an hour, not to be told how to do things. Someone in this state better get with it because in Pennsylvania, they are very helpful, you don't have to go through all the malarkey that we do here. They better straighten their act up out there and treat us like we are helping to pay their salaries."

"I wanted to make someone laugh. I took my mother-in-law hilly hopping and she lost her false teeth when we went over the hill. I just thought that would make someone laugh. But Mom, I still love you."

"To the person who said about the Franklin Street Clinic, be grateful that you have such a wonderful place to go for medical attention. This clinic has helped me more than once. I am very grateful to having to stand outside. If you are not happy with this, go elsewhere. I am sure that there plenty of doctors in the Hagerstown area taking new patients. When you were allowed to go inside, the TV was broken and the boom box and donation box were stolen. So, you really can't blame the clinic for making you wait outside. Someone made it bad on everyone. Be grateful that they are even seeing you."

"I want to wish Justin Humphrey a very happy birthday from his friend, Edna."

"I think the Washington County Board of Education does a very poor job of letting parents know when school will be closing early or if it will be closed at all. Here other schools made a decision at a certain time, but Washington County couldn't decide by 11 a.m. We have pre-K and kindergartners to take to school. Some of them are not bus riders. Some of them have to leave their home at 11:30 a.m. to take their kids to school and they don't make a decision until 12:30, they just got to school. Then we have to turn around and go the whole way back home with them. Why can't they make their decision by 11:30 a.m. like other counties do? Get it together."

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