Mail Call 4/10

April 10, 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 work in a nursing home and boy do those nurses hate it when you ask questions about their loved ones. If you ask any question at all, you are perceived as a troublemaker. They hate it when they see you coming and they love it when they see you leave and they really don't care to see you come back. They are sweet to your face, but as soon as you turn your back they are whispering about you. Oh, here they come, those troublemakers. If you show any interest in your loved one whatsoever, you are watched."


"Thanks, Kate Coleman, great column Sunday, April 7, a nice short story, actually."

- Hagerstown

"Just a quick message for the people who play their thumping stereo all hours of the day and night. Your personal rights come to a stop when they infringe on another person's personal rights. You do have the right to play your stereo, but not when it infringes on someone's sleep or if it disturbs them."

"In response to the people in the area complaining about the signs at Bryan Place in Hagerstown. If they are complaining about the wording on the signs, I can't understand that because I read much worse than what that man wrote, just on bumper stickers. That also includes curse words that people actually put on bumper stickers and then put on their vehicles."

"It seems like raises are the in thing these days. The county, state and federal lawmakers are getting hefty raises in pay and us taxpayers are getting hefty raises in our taxes. As a caller said a few days ago, remember these dates, Sept. 10 primary day and general election day, Nov. 5. By all means, register and vote."

"I would like to know if anyone knows where the Home Beneficial Life Insurance moved to? They were on Pennsylvania Avenue."

"About the lottery story on the front of Sunday's paper. It says about the sales of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and has the payouts for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but not Maryland, because they don't pay anything out."

"Tell me why you can't put Mail Call in the morning paper? Please put it in."

"I would like to ask the County Commissioners about the fire and rescue problem in the county. They cut the rescue squad of the Smithsburg area, and allowed Community Rescue to buy it when they just asked the county for $50,000 of our tax dollars. I don't agree with this and I think someone needs to step in and straighten that place out."

"Does anyone know how to reach the person in charge of 'Neighbor to Neighbor' in Hagers-town? If so, call me at 301-791-1603."

"I have children that go to Smithsburg High School. When the students sit in the cafeteria in the morning to eat their breakfast, they hear nasty words coming from the kitchen area. I don't have a problem with most of the ladies who work there. They call the kids 'sweety' and 'honey.' I think this needs to be looked into. I don't think these children deserve this kind of treatment."

"I am reading Monday's Mail Call and I think the comment about putting the University of Maryland College in the old hospital site is a wonderful idea. But personally I think the hospital should stay where it is because of people who visit the hospital that don't have transportation."

"I am the lady who called in about the leg cramps and I would like to thank everyone who called in with their suggestions. Thanks very much."

"Wake up all you puffing Hagers-tonians and smell the smoke. The great free state of Maryland hopes to curb the sale of cigarettes. Let's all do them a favor and drive out of state to purchase them. Let the politicians find an avenue that taxes everyone equally or not at all. Peace."

"To whom it may concern: The water that is being used to water my shrubs and flowers is not city water. We have a system on our property that is unsuitable for drinking or laundry."

- Northern Avenue,


"How come when the Big Game jackpot gets up around $150 million, you don't find very long lines around here, but if the Powerball gets up around that figure, you hear of all these long lines at the stores in West Virginia?"

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