Mail Call for 1/21

January 22, 2002

Mail Call for 1/21

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:

"Someone is out there complaining about the use of county vehicles. I am assigned to a county vehicle, which allows me the privilege of getting up at 2 a.m. in the morning and spending 20 to 30 hours correcting problems that you never know exist. I never hear anyone complaining about me being out at that hour. I also have to pay for the use of the vehicle, it allows me to get to work earlier than normal, with no additional pay, so that I can drop a child off at school on the way or pick up daycare on the way home from work. That gives me the privilege of working longer hours, paying for the vehicle I use and spending 20 to 40 hours at a time awake to correct problems. I think instead of having a county seal on the side of the car, we should change it to a target. Why don't we get real, there are a lot of real issues out there to deal with."


"I hope you consider, anyone running for county commissioner in 2002, very seriously. Because Washington County is now $156 million in debt, that is $12 million more than we had when the current county commissioners took office. We need to re-elect commissioners who know how to say NO, and NO to everyone until we get this county completely out of debt."

"Desperately seeking the good Samaritan, it was a man. In front of the old YMCA on North Potomac Street on Jan. 15. This man helped my sister-in-law with her 5-year-old son Michael who fell and hurt his head. He drove her to Washington County Hospital. We would like to thank this man. He is a good Samaritan. Our family is very grateful. Please call us back at 1-718-982-0526."

"Happy 18th birthday, Marie, the two-pound early delivery, born on Jan. 19, 1984. Hope your day is awesome. Love, Mom, Dad and Jordan."

"I don't know who is responsible for picking up debris along Interstate 81, but from Halfway Boulevard to the West Virginia line, they need to do a job of it. Not a better job, they need to go out and do their job. Tires that the tractor-trailers have blown. I drive from the West End of Hagerstown to West Virginia every day for my job. So far, in the month of January, I have gotten two flat tires from the debri flying back and hitting my tire. Do the Roads Department or the State of Maryland want to pay for my tires? No!"

"About the sad CRS situation. It seems to me that the folks across the community are responsible for the financial disaster that CRS is facing. Everyone across the community is going to be paying for this disaster, perhaps with their lives. Why can't some of us, instead of spending $35 for a pizza delivered to their house, send that $35 to CRS and get them out of this hole? Sacrifice one pizza and put them where they need to be, at your front door, if you are having a heart attack, a baby or involved in an automobile accident."

"In response to the article by Kathleen Parker. I think they should leave the three men white, simply because the three men were white. I think they should honor everyone. But if you were of any other color or race, you would not have liked it if they changed your color around to a different one. Also, if they want to honor all those that died and helped, they should make another statue that captures everyone's help in it, a painting or picture or something that symbolizes everyone."

"I think someone in Boonsboro on Main Street should go and sweep some of the entrance ways to the businesses. It's a disgrace to walk by some of those businesses, not all of them but some of them. They need a good broom."

"Are there going to be any up- coming record shows in the area? A few years ago you had a record show over at the Plaza Hotel and I was wondering if there is going to be one in the Hagerstown area. I am a collector, so I would like to know."

"If you want to get rid of the birds, get a fire truck with a big hose, wait for a cold night and I can guarantee you that there won't be any in the morning."

"I love Kathleen Parker, don't ever get rid of her column."

"If they build a bypass around Funkstown, I will be one of the first people to want to move here. I am getting tired of all the traffic hassles in Hagerstown."

"We would like to wish Rodney a belated happy birthday. He was 59 on Tuesday, Jan. 15. From Willie and Doris."

"We would like to wish Rodney and Betty a happy anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 27."

"To the person who wanted the 1961 Boonsboro High School yearbook. Try the Western Maryland Room in the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown. They have quite a few yearbooks for quite a few years back."

"Does anyone know the name and number of someone I can talk to, to get some assistance with some car repairs that I had done in Hagerstown and I was ripped off. They put a bad engine in my car. I am elderly and I need to get assistance on trying to get my money back. I cannot drive my car. Call Mail Call and leave the name and number."

"This is Jason, happy birthday Marie, it's her 18th birthday, she was only two pounds when she was born. I just wanted to thank her and happy birthday."

"I want to extend a thank you to the couple from Pennsylvania, another man and two ladies at Long John Silver's who were so helpful during my congestive heart failure at the mall close to Christmas. I also want to thank the two young men from Halfway Ambulance for their fast response and helpfulness. This meant so much. Thank God for caring people."

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