Mail Call for 1/25

January 30, 2002

Mail Call for 1/25

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 love birds, I love to watch them, I love to read books about them. But I don't really know too much about them but I was told that there was a bird called a 'loony bird'. Well, I didn't know for a fact that there was a loony bird until the other day when I saw in the paper where someone had the idea that we should get a big fire truck with a big hose and wait for a big cold winter's night and get rid of the big batch of birds. Well, the person that had that idea, that gave me the proof that there truly is a loony bird."


"A trial will be held soon for the mentally disabled man who has been charged in the killing of the the 9-year-old boy in Frederick. I think it's time that we start thinking about the terror of the victims in this country. If it's proven beyond any doubt that a person is guilty of murder, then he should be executed regardless of the reason. I feel that our society doesn't need anyone this sick."

"Go Ravens and Go Packers. Go home and watch the Super Bowl from your living rooms."

"Does anyone know the number or address of the Better Business Bureau? Call Mail Call, I would appreciate it."

"I understand that the County Commissioners have given CRS $50,000. The County Commissioners should check the state charter of the CRS, it says that they should not accept money from any government, strictly volunteer employees, no paid employees, donations only, they should not be billing insurance companies or accepting money from any government agency. The County Commissioners should get a calendar and start marking off their days because they are spending taxpayers' money big time. They better start counting their days because the voters are watching them."

"In response to the person who said Social Security is just a supplement. You are either young or wealthy. The older senior citizens weren't offered retirements or 401(k)s when they were working. So Social Security is their only income each month. The statement you made is not very smart, so get real or move on."

"About some concerns and questions about our local weather forecasters. My job depends a lot on the weather. Two different times they called for six to 10 inches and we only got three to four inches. Tuesday night they said it would be 30 to 35 degrees with freezing rain, we got up Wednesday morning and it was 45 degrees. Then he said it was going to have freezing rain today, as the day went on the sun came out and got up to 50 degrees. I just wish they would try to do a better job. I get so I rely on other weather stations."

"Has anyone noticed all the empty storefronts downtown on Washington Street? Maybe the people at City Hall who are in charge of downtown should rethink their plans or get that arts and enteratainment district started as soon as possible because a lot of the shopping has gone away."

"I am tired of reading about the CRS situation. You would think that the County Commissioners would do a little better investigation financially. It's a pretty easy solution, easy credit and hard to pay back. They didn't need the $1.5 million building, they didn't need all the cars that the officers run around in and they don't need to pay $40,000 for a part-time paid chief."

"To the person who is calling in about that forest up at the reservoir. Years ago, I helped to plant those, I was in the 4-H and I can tell them in and about where it is at. If you are interested, my number is 301-733-9438."

"To the person who responded to the person who drives the county vehicles. I am also a county employee and I drive a county vehicle and the last time I looked on my pay stub, I pay taxes. Duh, I must be a taxpayer. To the clown who responded, you must be a top official, so take your cowboy hat and cowboy boots and go join a rodeo somewhere."

"It's very nice to see the American flag displayed, especially down around the square. Can someone check out a flag downtown? It's on a pole across the street from the TV station. It seems that when the wind blows, it looks like it is about to fall down. People have to park there where the meters are and they are afraid that it might fall down on them."

"To the person who thinks that 'In God We Trust' has always been our national motto. That's not true, it wasn't adopted as the national motto until July 30, 1956."

"I want to wish Betty a happy birthday on Jan. 25. She lives up on Georgia Avenue. Happy birthday, Betty."

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