Mail Call for 3/2

March 02, 2001

Mail Call for 3/2

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:

"To the people who own dogs and walk them, the next time you should bring something to clean up after them. How would you like it if someone came to your door and left what your dog left behind?"

"I was wondering what happened with that murder in Robinwood? We haven't heard anything about his trial. There hasn't been anything in the paper or on the news. The citizens of Hagerstown and the surrounding towns would like to know a little of what is going on."


"I am the young lady that calls in to the WJEJ phone party and I was sorry to hear about Mr. Ruppert not feeling well. I wish him well and I look forward to hearing him back on the station. His show is rather interesting and entertaining. I hope you are feeling better."

"To my family, Lloyd, my husband, Cody and Lilly, my daughters, I want to say that I love you and cherish you with all my heart. Love you forever, Mom and Pam."

"I want to say thank you to the wonderful neighbors that I have on Chestnut Street. To Mary, who is a very generous and giving lady. To Sandy and Larry for mowing my lawn last summer. To Frank and Margie, who are wonderful people to know. Thanks, Sharon."

"Do people know that between March 2 and March 9, they can call the toll free number, 1-877-468-0585 and answer automatic questions about how our elected school board should spend our money? After the call connects, people punch in the survey number 8908 and answer multiple choice questions with the numbers on your phone key pad. I think it is wonderful that our school board is giving us a quick easy way to tell them what we think about spending for specific school system items."

"It was just reported on TV news that our children are not prepared for kindergarten. Does this mean another failure in our school system, with fear of increasing numbers of failing nursery schools? To correct this, we just have to put more federal money into the school system.


"This is in regards to the person complaining about standing in the rain to get free prescriptions and also all the people who said they were cold waiting on fuel assistance. Be thankful that you are getting anything free, I too am a senior citizen on a limited income. I couldn't get any assistance. I have worked all my life and still working to get the little extras I want. This makes me a little over the limit and not eligible. Go work, you can go and walk into a drug store and pay for your medicine. Pay for your fuel and you can be sure that you can stay warm. Also, try getting a break with your property taxes. I can't. Seems that a decent person is penalized for paying their own way. Have a good day."

"Is there a volunteer lawyer service in Washington County? Please call number in to Mail Call."

"To the woman who called in about taxes and her husband making $52,000 a year. Nobody is poor by choice and McDonald's is just as good as a real job, as the next one. Do you take any of your $52,000 a year and donate it to charity?"

"I want to know if there is anyone else out there who is sick and tired of seeing all the bottles, cans and trash along the roads in Washington County? There are farmers out there in the rural areas that have to take time out of their day to clean up their fields that border roads. How would these people like it if they had trash dumped into their yards? I think we need to impose a deposit on cans and bottles."

"Our rent was just raised in Washington County. My husband and I work, we make too much money for Section 8 and we cannot afford our rent now. Where is there help for middle-class people that cannot afford high-priced rent in Washington County? Please help us out on this."

"Since when does a neighborhood of renters instead of homeowners qualify as a legitimate excuse for a zoning change? The city of Hagerstown's Planning Commission should take the city fathers to Circuit Court on that sewer decision because it is totally wrong. The neighborhood hasn't changed."

"NASCAR should not allow any owner to have more than two cars in a race. This could prevent a death like Dale Earnhardt's. Also, the landfill department has three houses up at the landfill and they are very nice houses. Why can't they use one of those houses for their office instead of spending taxpayers money for another building?"


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