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Mail Call for 2/19

February 20, 2002

Mail Call for 2/19



"To the person who thought Mail Call was the most annoying thing in the paper. I would like to take a vote. Someone like you taking up space saying that Mail Call is annoying, that is what is annoying. If you don't like Mail Call, don't read it. Apparently you are sticking your nose in there reading it, or you wouldn't think the things in there are annoying. Mail Call is one of the first things I turn to and read. When I have a blue day, A5 makes me laugh, cry and know what is going on in the real world. Mail Call people, I think you are doing a wonderful job."




"I have two things to say. First, it's about the illegal parking in front of Winter Street Elementary School, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., school days. Besides illegally parking and double parking, they get out of their vehicles and leave the motor running with babies and youngsters in the cars. As an example of things going on, on Thursday, Feb. 14, approximately 12:30 p.m., Ladder No. 4 was returning to its quarters while traveling south on Winter Street. They had to go about five miles per hour to get by illegally parked vehicles. It's hard to tell what would have happened if they were on an emergency run. Second, who is responsible for the speed limits by the schools in Washington County? It's 15 mph by Bester, it's 20 mph by Eastern Elementary, and it's 25 by Winter Street. It should be the same at all the schools."

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"Just a note to a lot of you women who like to put perfume on before you leave the house in the mornings. I don't mean to be picky, I am not incredibly sensitive to the smell, but sometimes you put it on so strong that the scent is sickening. I was in the grocery store standing behind this woman who smelled like she had put a gallon of perfume on. I don't know how she could breathe. I had to get out of the line because I was nearly sick to my stomach. Less is more, ladies."




"In reference to what seniors need to do in regards to vehicle emissions testing. The book of everything you need to know says, if you are 70 or older, you may apply for a waiver, but all owners of vehicles must be 70 years or older to qualify and the vehicle must be driven 5,000 miles or less annually. Otherwise, you have to have it tested."




"I would like to see the paper post when it is time to register your children for kindergarten. People who are new to the community have a problem knowing these things if they are not posted. I only found out because I overheard someone talking about it at the preschool. I think other people might have the same problem."




"To whoever is calling 301-991-0439, stop leaving messages for Gerald. It's not Gerald's phone. It says on my voice mail who I am, please stop leaving messages."




"Is it me or does it seem like the more you look, the more you see people from out of state, from Pennsylvania and West Virginia? It seems like they want to work, shop and eat here but they don't want to live here. If you can't live in Maryland, stay where you are from - eat, shop and work there. I think Maryland needs to put up tolls for people coming in out of state from Pennsylvania and West Virginia and start charging these people to come over here and work and drive on our roads."




"To the County Commissioners: School Board superintendents should have to live in Washington County and pay for their own car and transportation."




"A caller was upset because Bush wants to borrow from the Social Security escrow account. Good heavens, this practice has been going on for many, many years. It was started by none other than Lyndon B. Johnson. He borrowed from the Social Security fund and applied the money against a national debt to make himself look good during the Vietnam War. So you can see that this practice is not unique to Republicans."




"What a pleasure it is to listen to Jim Titus and his music on WJEJ. Thanks to WJEJ for this program."




"Students are charged for parking permits at all the high schools. Where does that money go? Why can't that money go toward the athletic fees and other things of that nature?"




"Who does this person, who tries to tell us callers to get off a certain subject, think he or she is? Most all subjects play themselves out in a week or two, a few go on longer. Control freaks don't tell me what I can or can't do. The only people who can stop callers are the editors. I think they have been very fair to everyone. If it weren't for them there wouldn't be a Mail Call."




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