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Mail Call 4/8

April 08, 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:




"Did anyone see 'Prime Time' on Thursday night? They did a wonderful piece on vacuum cleaner sales and how some vacuum cleaner salesmen have been pressuring people to buy their vacuum cleaners. The prices of the same vacuum cleaner can range from $1,200 to $2,700. These people came into the homes of elderly people and basically took advantage of them. One woman had a vacuum cleaner man come and tell her she won a free cleaning of her carpet. He came and stayed for five hours. Dumped dirt on her carpet and he wouldn't leave until he got a sale. She told him 17 times that she didn't want it, that she couldn't afford it. He wouldn't leave her home until she bought it. When he got there, the vacuum was $2,700 and when he left, he told her that she could have it for a special price of $1,200. Who ever heard of a vacuum cleaner price being negotiable? So if you see a vacuum cleaner man coming, be careful."

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"Charley Reese's column in the Wednesday, April 3 paper was by far the best column he has ever written. It is time for all Americans to wake up and smell the roses, especially in Maryland. Anti-gun politicians who have more in common with Joe Stalin and Adolph Hitler than with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, must be removed from office. Mark on your calendars, Sept. 10, Primary Election Day and Nov. 5, General Election Day."




"I was looking at Wednesday's paper and there was a picture of Palestinian women reacting to a relative being buried with other Palestinian after the Israeli attacks. What I find strange about that picture, I think about Sept. 12, when I saw a picture of Palestinian women in the paper, they were in a village celebrating the demise of our people after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. They were actually having a party, feeding each other sweet cakes. Looks like the tables are being turned a little bit and maybe they should think about things before they celebrate our demise."




"My aunt is in a nursing home and when I go in, the girls there are so nice and sweet to you, but boy, when you leave, it's a different story. They are so glad when you leave, so they can put these people to bed so they don't have to worry about them. Don't let them surprise you, they might be sweet while you are there, but when you leave, it's a different story."




"I would like to know why nobody has considered putting the college in the old hospital site. It seems to me that this location would make better sense and would be safer. They could even put dorms in the old Pangborn Building."




"I seen where someone said she couldn't eat bananas any more for the leg cramp problem and she wanted to know what else to take. I take Vitamin E, but don't take it until 2 or 3 p.m. because it will also help you when you go to bed."




"To Don Munson and the rest of the senators of Maryland: When election comes up, you wait and see how many of us cigarette smokers vote for you."




"I would be interested in knowing what the people of Hagers-town and Washington County think about the comments made by the Frederick County Commissioners, Dave Gray and John Thompson made in the newspaper over there on April 4. They stated that people moving from the Washington area don't have to come to Frederick, but should look to settle in areas such as Hagerstown, they could be accommodated in Hagerstown. I think the commissioners need to go to the Amtrak station in Frederick and smell the coffee."

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