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Mail Call for 6/1

June 01, 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:

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"The lady who writes the column about Hancock mentioned that the carnival is going to be coming soon. I couldn't forget about the summer of 1955 when Patsy Cline appeared there when she was just getting started. I will never forget that."

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"I just wanted to personally thank whoever was responsible for cutting the trees down on Washington Street downtown. Did a great job, now everyone, especially the guests for the BluesFest, can see all the vacant store fronts, the ugly buildings and all the garbage. Another stroke of genius for Hagerstown."

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"I am sitting here reading the paper about the school board and they mention sacred cows. I scanned this article twice and I can't seem to find anything regarding the assistant that the superintendent is going to be getting that is well over $100,000. Perhaps there are sacred cows. Why wasn't this mentioned?"

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"Yes, there are sacred cows at the Board of Education. They are the supervisors on Commonwealth Avenue."

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"To the person who found a DVD that was rented from Blockbuster's over at Wal-Mart and returned it to the lost and found. I want to give a very special thank you to them."

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"I just read an article where Dr. Morgan said there will not be any sacred cows. What about the deputy superintendent of schools and the superintendent of schools, are they giving up part of their salaries?"

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"Recently, I lost a front license plate off my vehicle. I tried calling the Motor Vehicle Administration and I couldn't get any place local. Why isn't there a local phone number for our 'local' MVA? Why do we have to call Baltimore or Annapolis and still can't get any kind of satisfaction?"

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"Why don't they cut Elizabeth Morgan's salary? Then they would probably have money for a few things that they plan on cutting from the school activities."

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"Among the various ways that the school board is considering to balance their budget. They talked about delaying salary increases for staff for months. I am wondering if they include the Board of Education staff when they talk about delaying salary increases?"

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"Wednesday's paper gives us a great deal of information about how much money has to be cut from the budget in order for the school system to function next year. It's odd though, that the administrators at the top most particularly had their pay raises inserted while we are talking about cutting teachers, programs for kids and sports. It's absurd and we all know that it is aimed at the county commissioners. But the real fact is that the county has done this every year at this time. We get poorer and poorer and I don't understand it. Why doesn't this community and county want to support the schools? I agree that the administrators at the top are making too much and we don't need them. But we do need a lot of other things."

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"Does anyone have any knowledge of a Food Lion supermarket going into the Clear Spring area?"

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"In response to someone giving their kitty milk. You should never give your kitty milk, sour or fresh, because cats are lactose intolerant and it could give them an upset stomach or diarrhea. What you do is go to your grocery store in the cat aisle. There are specified little cartons of milk for your cats, one of them is called Cat Sip. If you get that for your cat, you will find that she loves that also. Please stop giving her that sour milk."

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"This is for the mayor of Boonsboro. Go for them, Skip. The Board of Education needs to be cleaned out on Commonwealth Avenue, especially in the School Board department, there is where the money is being wasted. They have too many in there working or supposed to be working. Clean the offices out of Commonwealth Avenue and then maybe these children could be involved in sports and I think a lot more money would be saved. Go for it."

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"On Wednesday, May 29, my car broke down on Sharpsburg Pike at Wendy's. My daughter and I were stuck there but there were some nice people that helped us. The guy at Wendy's, the manager, he was very nice. Another guy helped me move my car and a lady stayed with me and let me use her cell phone. I didn't get their names, but wanted to say thanks to all of them and their kindness was greatly appreciated."

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"Is there an agency or any fund-raising group interested in shredded paper? We have a lot of it at our agency if someone is interested in it. We could get it to you. We used to take it to the SPCA but they said they don't need any more for the animals. This seems like a waste to keep taking it to the Dumpster. Call Mail Call if you are interested."

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