Mail Call 4/9

April 09, 2002

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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:

"Raising taxes on cigarettes again. Boy, oh boy, are they ever hypocrites! They have been trying for years to get teens to stop smoking and to get them to stop buying cigarettes. They have businesses carding kids before selling them to the kids. They say they want the kids to stop smoking, but now they are raising the taxes to raise money for the schools. This is going to have the kids buying them even more because they think they are going to help their school get money. Boy, what a great government we have."


"In response to the person who wanted to know why men wear their ugly mouth beard and said it was obnoxious. Well, John Travolta has a beard like that and it's not ugly. I see a lot of men wearing those beards, too, along with the little mustache and the goatee, I think they are very handsome. But like they say, 'one man's trash is another man's treasure and one man's ugly is another man's beauty.' Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Besides, what is obnoxious about a beard?"

"To the very concerned citizen who was concerned about the state and federal and the nursing home costs of the 'granny cams.' Well, you are not concerned one bit about the abuse of the elderly. All you are concerned with is the cost to the nursing home and the state. I can't see where putting 'granny cams' in the rooms would be that great of a cost. Another thing, there wouldn't have to be a 'granny cam' put over every bed. The camera could be positioned in the corner of the room from a certain angle where it would cover all the beds in the room. Your concern is not with the cost, it wouldn't cost you anything. It sounds like you are a nursing home worker."

"'Granny cams,' 'granny cams.' You know there is a solution to the problem. If you don't trust the way we take care of your elderly people, you could always take them home and take care of them yourself."

"I saw in Saturday's paper where a Roman Catholic priest shot himself in the head after he had been accused of molesting a girl two decades ago. He was 48 years old. Two decades ago, he would have been 28 years old. The spokesperson for the parish said, 'I can't believe he would take his own life, being a man of the faith.' Why does the public or anyone think that a priest is without sin? They are human. I think the Catholic Church and other religions should rethink the part where a priest is not allowed to be married or have to be celibate. They are only human, they have human desires. They are not above us. Why do people find it unbelievable that a man of the faith would take his own life or commit sin? I do not condone what they do, they should be punished the same as anyone else. Perhaps if they were allowed to be married, then they wouldn't molest children, little innocent children."

"I agree with the caller who said drunk driving causes many deaths in the U.S. every year. In fact, over 50,000 Americans, according to government figures, are killed each year. A large percentage of that figure are innocent victims. Smoking, on the other hand, also government figures, kills well more than 10 times that amount and secondhand smoke alone nearly 50,000 a year. That is well over a half million as compared to 50,000 for alcohol. I like those 'infect truth' ads, and by the way, they are not government ads like you said. Just because of the cold hard figures on smoking, I think there should be more anti-smoking ads than drunk driving ads."

- Hagerstown

"I want to know why a car is allowed to sit along a county road with no tags on it for about 10 years? They don't put a sign on it or anything. Why is it allowed to sit there with no tags on it?"

"I worked in a nursing home where they also mistreated a patient. There was a man that was there in his 60s, he was young. Due to diabetes and heart problems, he lived there. He had a young daughter who came to visit quite often. The mother would leave the daughter while she would go run a few errands. This way the little girl was allowed to spend a little bit of time with her father. She was about 10 years old. The people at the nursing home didn't want her there because she saw things. They called the mother and the little girl troublemakers. They put a stop to the little girl coming to visit her father. She wasn't allowed to come there, only certain hours of the day, and when she did come she had to be accompanied by her mother. Her father wasn't mentally ill or anything, only physical. But they didn't want her there without supervision and when she did come, they watched her like a hawk."

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