Mail Call for 3/27

March 28, 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:

"I do agree with the fact that you should buy a birthday card and a stamp and send it to the person you want to wish a happy birthday. I do this, but my children like to see their names in the paper. I would tell them. I would tell them, 'Mommy wished you a happy birthday in Mail Call' and they would get the paper and read it to see if they could find their name. This encourages them to read and it was exciting to them. The whole world didn't know who they were because I didn't leave a last name. I would say 'Happy birthday, Dave. Love, Mom.' There are a million Daves in the world and a zillion moms."


Editor's note - The Daily Mail runs milestones on the front page. If you want a birthday or anniversay to appear on A1, you can mail the information to Milestones, The Daily Mail, P.O. Box 439, Hagers-town MD 21741, fax it to 301-714-0245 or e-mail it to We ask that you include the date of the milestone, the address and the birthday age or number of years married. We suggest that you get the information in two weeks prior to the milestone.

"To the man with the Jeep in Clear Spring. You said to mind our own business. Well, I am not the person in Clear Spring, I didn't know you were washing your Jeep, but if you are wasting water to wash a Jeep, then it is everyone's business. We all must pull together and conserve water."

"I have been reading in Mail Call about people saying Mr. Yates is not responsible for the death of his children. I disagree with that. I have been reading the paper and watching the news. Mr. Yates knew his wife was in that kind of state. She would walk around the house like a zombie for days. She filled the tub with water and left it there and would say, 'Don't empty the tub, I may need this later.' She did many things that showed she had mental problems. How could he walk out of the house every day, go to work and leave her with five children?"

"I think Billy Graham had a wonderful message in Sunday's paper."

"About this stamp increase. We wouldn't mind this increase if the service was getting better, but it just gets worse and worse. Especially in the West End."

"Why in the world did they put up a sign at the intersection of Northern Avenue and The Terrace telling drivers they can no longer turn left there onto Northern Avenue? Why was that done?"

"For Tom regarding the postal rate increase and you being upset about how three cents is going to overpay workers. I disagree with that. You must have forgotten about 9-11 and the anthrax. Postal workers do deserve the raise. We are union and we don't automatically get a raise, it does go to the post office. If you have a problem with sending a letter for 37 cents, then you should deliver it yourself and then see how cheap it is."

"I am looking for someone willing to donate some sewing skills to help make fleece squares for the homeless animals at the Humane Society. All materials provided. Call Tracy at 301-223-6152."

"I live in the Cool Hollow area and there is a man that lets his three dogs run loose all the time. They run through everyone's yard and now they are out in the spring and all the animals are having their babies and they are killing them. The SPCA can't do anything about it, unless they see them do it, but then again they never get out of their trucks, so I guess nothing will be done about it."

"I think Russell Yates should have been charged right along with his wife. One of the duties of a father is to make sure that his kids are in a safe environment. He knew there was danger. He should have also been charged."

"Charley Reese has no idea how offensive the Confederate flag is to African Americans. No matter what he says, it is a symbol of hate and slavery. I would ask him or anyone, when was the last time you saw a pickup truck loaded with Confederate flags or stickers that was driven by an African American?"

- Hagerstown

"To the person complaining about underage children playing bingo. If you don't play bingo then you shouldn't complain. Would you rather have the underage children out on the street using drugs? Bingo is a game played in school to help them study. So stop complaining."

"In regards to the person who said about minors not playing bingo. Well, I am a minor and I would rather be playing bingo than be out on the streets doing drugs, getting into trouble or have the police come get me."

"Everyone in Washington County should call this number, 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3240, and contact their local delegate and ask them why the governor had to spend $5,000 of our taxpayers' money to build a dog fence around his house. They didn't build a fence around my house for my dog, so why should I pay for their fence?"

"To all the rude and inconsiderate people that live on Mitchell Avenue that have off-street parking and driveways and insist on parking on the street when you know that there is not enough parking on this street. You people need to have more consideration for other people and stop taking up all the parking spaces."

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