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Mail Call for 3/25

March 25, 2002

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:




"To the people who wrote about my neighbors in Maugansville who still have their Santa and reindeer up: You seem to forget how much they decorate their house for Christmas, so the neighborhood children can enjoy it."




"I want to say that the Easter decorations on Dual Highway are very beautiful. Keep up the good work. I live below Boonsboro and I have been decorating and hanging Easter eggs in trees for about 40 years. I still enjoy doing it. I wish more people decorated for Easter."

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"I too have been having problems being bumped off line while on AOL. I received the following instructions from a customer service representative. He said it should solve the problem. I was instructed to run Scan Disk and Defragmenter. Begin by clicking on Start, point to programs, then to accessories. Once on accessories, point to system tools and click on scan disk. You perform that task and then start all over and follow the same procedure to defragment. The whole procedure took me about 15 minutes and it seems to be taking care of the problem so far and I hope it works for you."




"I want to thank Mayor Bill Breichner, the City Council, City Engineer Rodney Tissue and Public Works Manager Eric Deike for installing the traffic barge on North Edgewood Drive."




"I agree with taking a $1.50 or $2 for a card and buying a 34 cent stamp and mailing it to the person you want to wish a happy birthday or anniversary. The whole world doesn't have to know who it is for. So knock it off people."




"Hello to everyone, this is Tom and I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wanted to say this because I won't be sending out any Christmas cards this year, now that I have found out that stamps are going to go up three more cents. This is ridiculous. The postal employees are overpaid now. We are having a recession and now they want a three-cent increase. I can't believe how greedy they are."




"For the caller who wanted opinions about birthday greetings no longer being published in Mail Call. I am delighted that they have stopped. I don't think they should have ever been put in Mail Call to begin with. Mail Call is not the forum for that type of message. Just send a card or call them. Why do you have to do it publicly? These messages are boring to the rest of us."




"I was wondering on the water shortage, are the emergency vehicles exempt? Are they allowed to be washed? I live right down the street from the ambulance station that is funded by the county. They have no problem washing their ambulances every day and pulling their personal vehicles in there to wash them also. Is there something that can be done about this? Are they better than the rest of us?"




"I was in Orlando, Fla., when the Clear Spring Band was competing. They competed against three different groups. Congratulations to the Blazer Band. When you win the Winchester, Va., parade, give me a call."




"I want to know if anyone can tell me. Are dogs allowed at the new Fairgrounds Park? I have not seen any signs since I have been over there and I have seen several people walking their dogs. So are they allowed there or not?"




"I want to respond to Thursday's Mail Call about Rusty Yates. They said Rusty was as guilty as his wife. I think you cannot be held for someone else's actions, but I do feel for someone who just lost all his children and his wife just got sentenced to life in jail. I feel that it is too early for him to be appearing on talk shows. He was on Larry King Live and Good Morning America. For someone who just lost his entire family, I find it hard to believe that he is appearing on talk shows already."




"To the person complaining about me washing my jeep in Clear Spring, you need to mind your own business."




"Your newspaper reports that New York crime has decreased. And why not? Its characters and drug dealers have found a home in downtown Hagerstown, the proposed site of a college. Let's not throw good money after bad. The most logical thing the city and county fathers can do is to face the reality of the situation: That while the city of Hagerstown has played an important part historically and otherwise, the time has come to move on and up to the present century and clean up downtown."




"Once again it's budget time in Washington County. Having been warned last year to keep the budget in line, of course, the School Board is now $4 million above what was supposed to be used. Typical, typical, typical, wake up Washington County. They do it every year and cry when they don't get every last dollar."




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