Mail Call for 11/30

December 27, 2001

Mail Call for 11/30

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:

"Please publish the rest of the Cookie Exchange recipes. I don't know how you missed publishing all of them, but we would like to see them all."

'To the person with the problem with smearing windows when you wash them: Try using newspaper instead of paper towels, it keeps the windows from smearing. I learned that in the good old Air Force."


"Come on readers, stop bashing Charley Reese. The only reason you don't like him is because he tells it like it is. What he says is true. You must have some interest in his column, or you wouldn't be reading it. Wake up and see it like it is. Keep up the good work, Charley. Thanks."

"We have the proof now in the news, the recession started in March, despite all the Republicans efforts to try to blame it on Bill Clinton. Well, you know people are not very far-sighted, but I have a feeling that five years from now, we will look back at the '90s as, 'The Golden Era of Prosperity in America and Technological Advance.' There is no doubt about it, that there will never be a period that good again for probably another 50 years."

"This is a senior. I have a complaint about a store I went to the other day. They had an advertisement, 'Senior Citizens, 25 percent off.' I am in my late 70s, I went there to buy two pillows and the woman wouldn't give me the 25 percent off because she said I have to read the tiny print. I think this is misrepresentation. It's terrible what they are doing, just to get the seniors in the store."

"I heard that there was someone out there that will come to your home and write up your will for you? Is this true? It's for the older people. If so, give me a phone number where I can call."

"We want to wish Greg a happy birthday on Dec. 1. From his co-workers."

"I would like to wish Norma a happy birthday on Dec. 2. From her son, Larry."

"I have a 12-year-old who loves the 'Harry Potter' book. She knows it's not real, that it's all fantasy. She doesn't believe in that witchcraft and sorcery and stuff like that. She also liked the movie. Come on people, get real, stop with the 'Harry Potter' stuff, go on with something else. It's done and over with."

"To the lady in Boonsboro who said that we should get rid of Charley Reese. I think we should, we don't need him anymore. I am tired of seeing him in there and I do not like him."

"To the taxpayers: Why do we need a superintendent at the Board of Education when we have all the supervisors in the salary range of over $80,000? What do you need a superintendent for?"

"I read the list of administrators' salaries for the Board of Education and they are very high. They are getting paid Frederick County salaries, while the teachers lag way behind Frederick County pay. Administrators' pay should be frozen immediately for the next few years and the money should be funneled into teachers' salaries. No wonder Washington County can't attract and retain teachers. The top of the scale for teachers is pathetic."

"If I live in the city of Hagers-town and I go to West Virginia and get license plates for my car and continue to live in Hagerstown: Can I keep them forever, or do I have to get Maryland tags?"

"I was wondering if there is anyone in Hagerstown that can donate a modem for a computer for a disabled vet? Call me at 240-420-6404. He is homebound and with winter coming up, it would be nice if someone could donate one that is Windows 95 or 98."

"In response to the person who wants help with the smearing of the windows every time she washes them. The best thing is a little bit of water and a little bit of vinegar. It works fantastic and I guarantee you it will not smear."

"I have a used car that I will swap for plants. Leave your number."

- Boonsboro

"For the people who want Charley Reese removed from the newspaper. I quote Jack Nicholson, 'You can't handle the truth.' Also, you probably haven't voted in the past 20 years."

"For The Herald-Mail's letter to the editor section: The people ranting about Charley Reese and what he writes and what you print, only brings that fact that you have to keep putting his articles in the paper. There has to be some reason why people don't like to hear what he writes. If you don't print his stuff, then don't print any of them, do away with all of them. But be fair about it."

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