Mail Call for 5/16

May 17, 2001

Mail Call for 5/16

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:

"If anyone out there accidentally hit a dark gray cat with white paws on or near Resh Road, Wednesday, April 25, let us know by calling Mail Call or the Humane Society of Washington County. I want my children to stop crying and wondering if their Tommy is in Heaven or still alive. From the family that misses their cat."

"My grandmother lost her wallet at Bob Evans Restaurant. She left it on the table and someone picked it up. We would appreciate it if they would return it to Bob Evans or the Police Department. It means everything to her. It has things that cannot be replaced in it. If anyone found it, please return it."


"This is regarding the new landfill. I live on U.S. 40, probably a half mile away from the new landfill and there is trash in my yard. It's annoying, I have called and complained about it. They had prisoners come and clean up my yard, which I think is ridiculous. They are out there cleaning the yard. If I wanted to be around prisoners, I would go and work at a prison."

"I am calling about my yard trash. I sat my yard trash out on Tuesday night and it is Thursday morning and it is still sitting here. I thought they were supposed to pick that up on Wednesday morning sometime? There is no sense in this. We pay all this money for the sewer and landfill and they don't even come and pick it up. I think something needs to be done about it."

"For some of the coaches at South Mountain Little League: I do not appreciate your comments to the other teams. You can hear one coach on both sides of the field. He needs to take a seat in the bleachers."

"I wish that the Goodwill Industries truck would come back to Long Meadow Shopping Center occasionally on Saturday mornings, like they used to do for pick-up. It was very convenient and I miss it."


"I could not believe my eyes when I opened the paper the other day. The Board of Education is always screaming for more money for education. But now it is going to open up a pilot program clinic at Western Heights Middle School, I think to treat sixth through eighth graders for venereal disease and pregnancy tests, etc. I for one as a taxpayer cannot believe that they are screaming for money for education and then they are going to open up a clinic like this. This is a parent's responsibility."

"About the four-way stop sign at the Mulberry Street and Fairground Avenue intersection. As of May 10, I have been by that intersection about 119 times and I have yet to see any traffic on Fairground Avenue. Enough said!"

"It never seems to amaze me what you can learn when you read Mail Call. I never, never knew that groundhogs could read. Very, very, very funny."

"I would say that it was good that the recent administrator of the FBI has retired, it appears that he has fouled up terribly with the McVeigh case."

"I bet you a dollar to a doughnut that Timothy McVeigh gets off or they won't execute him because the FBI is holding his records back. Now it may not expose anything, but it still could be a miscarriage of justice by the FBI. Also this Mr. Nichols will probably appeal his case and I wouldn't be surprised if both of them get off."

"Only a six percent increase in real estate taxes, that's not bad. We will need another 10 percent to support this ball stadium. Maybe all these renters will see a rent increase and all the decent people will move out of town. They deserve it."

"I think the school board needs to cut some of the waste on Commonwealth Avenue before they get any more money."

"I would like to thank Penny Nigh for coming right out and saying that she is the only candidate that believes that Hagerstown shouldn't be in the real estate business. She should be elected by a landslide. I hope that the people read this column so they could see where these people stood. It was funny to watch the other candidates trying to weasel out of this question and go around the loop talking about it coming out of this fund and that fund. Whether it comes out of the city's fund or not, it all comes out of tax monies. The economy should be free and should be left to fall where the chips may."

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