Mail Call for 1/23

January 24, 2002

Mail Call for 1/23

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:

"I was reading where someone was complaining about the use of county vehicles and someone responded to it. He said that he had to get up 20 to 30 minutes early to get there, they had to pay for it. That is bull. I work for the county, I also use the county vehicle. The taxpayers' pay for my use of that county vehicle, the same as they do for the use of the other county vehicles. County vehicles get gas put in them and the county pays for the gas. The county is the taxpayers. So, whoever you are that thinks you are paying for the use of the county car, you just don't understand, that is not the way it is. Taxpayers always pay!"


"In the Monday, Jan. 21, Morning Herald, there was an article in there about a forest for the veterans. I have the understanding that there is a section at the corner of Bradbury Avenue and Md. 66 that is nothing but cedar or pine trees of some kind that was put there for the veterans of World War II from Smithsburg. Someone look into that. This might be for the forest that they are talking about for the veterans of World War II."

"When it snows you can see, from the footprints in your yard and the tire tracks on your driveway, just how many people are trespassing. You have no business being on private property."

"Monday was Martin Luther King Day. I phoned the Board of Education, but nobody answered the phone. The school officials' letter to the County Commissioners in the newspaper on Thursday, Jan. 17, said that administrators work 260 days. That would be five days a week, 52 weeks a year. I wonder why nobody answered the phone on Monday? I guess Mr. Forrest and Dr. Morgan forgot about all those paid holidays like Monday. Actually, administrators probably work about 245 days a year and get vacation, too. Makes me wonder what other data the Board of Ed supplies. It's a good thing the County Commissioners question their data."

"Come on now, $52,000 to run CRS? You got to be kidding. Where is his office at, Commonwealth Avenue?"

"To the caller who said that we should pay $35 to CRS instead of getting pizza delivered. I don't get pizza delivered, but it's a fact, they don't want $35, you have to send $50 in if you are a family or they will send your money back. I know this for a fact, it happened to a friend of mine. Her husband passed away and she could only afford $15 but they sent that $15 back and said she had to send in $35 more. If a family would have to send in only $35, I would be glad to do it."

"Someone said something about a record show. I have a bunch of them if you are talking about 78s back from the '40s. If someone wants to look at them, call me at 301-797-3096."

"Concerning the CRS situation, for 30 years my family has donated contributions to the CRS. We have only, in that 30-year time frame, used the ambulance one time when my son was hurt on the job. I feel that I have gotten my money's worth, just knowing that they are available for me and my family. The one problem I do have is the people who don't donate anything and use the service all the time."

"Whoever came up with the idea of a fire truck, a big hose and a cold winter's night to get rid of the birds had about as much brains as one of the birds."

"Would the person needing help with car repairs call the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection, 301-791-4780."

"In regards to the in-home care not paying overtime after 40 hours. Thank God they don't. I work for one. It's a lot easier to be at one location for 12 to 16 hours a day for seven days a week than to work two or three other jobs to make ends meet. Running from one job to another, you have the stress, the wear and tear on your vehicle, and you pay double or triple the gas. Other jobs make sure that you stay under 40 hours. So it's a blessing to us who work for them."

- Hagerstown

"I am a crew person at a late night fast food chain. To the people of Hagerstown and the passers-by, I have lived and worked in a lot of towns but I have never experienced such rude and hateful people in my life than those who live in Hagerstown. You empty your foul trash into our parking lot, use nasty language just to make an order and you never have any respect to those who are trying to make an honest living. For once, come through and have a kind word, if not, take it home where it all began."

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