Mail Call for 1/2

January 03, 2002

Mail Call for 1/2

Mail Call rules

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.

Please follow these rules when calling Mail Call:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> It is best to limit your calls to issues in the news, but it's OK to say something nice about a person, place or thing you like about this area.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> It's OK to criticize decisions by government officials, but don't get personal.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> We don't allow people to criticize a specific business.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call about buying or selling an item.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call to advertise your business or ask where a certain item can be bought in this area.


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't give medical advice.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't criticize a specific neighbor.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Don't call about hiring someone to do odd jobs for you.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Do have fun with Mail Call. You can thank someone for doing a nice deed for you or honor someone for an accomplishment. You can even tell your neighbor how nice her flowers look.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Or, if you like, you can vent in Mail Call, but please, no profanity.

We're waiting for your calls.

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"About the American flag. Some people don't know and some of the stores OK sales tax on flags. Is there a sales tax on the American flag or not?"

"I live in the Beaver Creek, Childacrest Street. We are concerned about a plane that is flying over our house. It's a two seater, it flips over and stuff. I wish he would not do that. He does all kinds of stunts right over our house, he flips it up in the air, up on its side and everything. When someone goes outside, he leaves the area. I would like to know if he has the right to do that over our homes? Since all the other things that has happened here lately."

"To the wonderful person or persons who found my checkbook in JC Penney store in Hagerstown. It was turned into the Penney's Personnel Department. Penney's called me and I went out and picked it up. It happened on Christmas Eve Day. What a wonderful Christmas I had because of people like you. All of you are truly my Christmas angels. God bless you."

- Hagerstown

"I didn't think that skateboards were not allowed on sidewalks and private driveways in Hagers-town. If anyone know anything about this, please call in."

"I hope the citizens, taxpayers and voters of Washington County realize that Washington County is now $155 million in debt. When the current County Commissioner's took office three years ago this month, we were $144 million in debt. They picked up 11 more million dollars. Voters of Washington County, I hope you realize how much interest we are paying and what it means for our property taxes and our county income tax. The current commissioners, except for one, and I think you know who that one is, are not doing their job in getting rid of this debt and stop their crazy studying for everything. People in Washington County are satisfied with the status quo until all debt is paid off. We also have a county administrator who is a big spender, he is not helping things. We have a public works director who is a big spender and he is not helping things. The next commissioners need to look at these two big time spenders real hard before they reappoint them. Be sure to vote next year because we need to eliminate all commissioners except for one."

"Voters of Washington County, I think you are aware that several years ago the commissioners gave orders that county vehicles could not go home with employees at night. This is all going on again. Employees are taking vehicles home. It was up until about six to eight months ago or maybe even a year ago. The lot on West Washington Street, the Rochester Lot was full of vehicles at night, they didn't take the vehicles there, they didn't take them home. Now there are only about one or two vehicles there. They are being taken home again. Look at your neighbors folks, see if they have LG on the license plate and a picture of George Washington on the door. That is a county vehicle and they shouldn't be taking them home. This is taxpayers' money and we are $155 million in debt. Call in and get this stopped again. Maybe we will eliminate some vehicles we don't need."

"Have you been watching the news lately? We have experts on everything, we have Middle East experts, tax paying experts, Afghanistan experts. Everyone is an expert on bin Laden. If we have so many experts, how come we have so many problems in this world and how come we can't solve those problems? It's just like the Gulf War, everybody is an expert. Half of those people probably haven't even been in the country that they are an expert on."

- Sharpsburg

"I am looking at Friday, Dec. 28 sports page of the Daily Mail. Ric Dugan's picture is fabulous, it's an absolute award winner. Congratulations to him."

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