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Mail Call for 6/5

June 05, 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:




"Congratulations, Mail Call, for doing a great job. It's the first page I turn to. Mail Call pals, does anyone know how the apple cider, vinegar diet works? I see where they have apple cider pills that you can take. Someone told me you can mix apple cider in water and drink it and it would do the same thing. Does anyone know how many times a day you have to drink it and how does it work, what does it do and how does it work?"

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"Has anyone had any trouble with their phones in the Sharpsburg area? The other night I was on the phone, every time I picked it up to try to call someone, I kept getting people all over the place and they were not the people I was calling. I could hear four or five people talking on the phone at the same time, it sounded like a great big party line. I would like to hear from anyone else, if they experienced any of this mess. The phone company thinks I am nuts."




"I am calling about the sports possibly being eliminated from the schools. I have a son that plays in the band and we pay a lot of money each year for him to participate. We get no help at all from the schools. The money comes from band boosters, parents and fund-raising. I understand that the track team doesn't pay for anything, including their uniforms. Why don't you make them pay for their own uniforms? I have a daughter that is a cheerleader and believe me, we also pay dearly. There are hefty fees to get my students into the band and cheerleading."




"Thumbs down to the mayor and council for allowing the beautiful flowering trees to be torn down in the two blocks surrounding the downtown. These trees were very expensive and paid for by the taxpayers and we should have had a say in whether they should have been taken down or not."




"To the person who wanted the local number to call the Motor Vehicle Administration office in Hagerstown, the number is 240-420-5223."




"About the Board of Education having to cut their budget. If they have to cut their budget so much then can someone tell me why Northern Middle has two assistant principals working in the school? If we don't have the budget to pay them, then why can't they move the one to another school? Please answer this for me."




"About the empty buildings in downtown. I too agree that they should make one or two of them into a place for the kids to go to and putting a security guard at the door is a very good idea. Think about this before you just let those empty buildings sitting there."




"I think they should have cut those trees down a long time ago. The only ones that are getting a benefit out of them are the ones on the second floor. They planted the wrong trees to begin with. I am glad to see them go. You might as well had a bunch of telephone polls down there, when you ride down through there, you didn't see anything unless you were looking up at the sky."




"I drove into town the other day and I saw a whole bunch of street corners that didn't have any stop lights at them. Put one on every corner and every alley way."




"I think the entire setup at the Centre of Hagerstown is already too bad and they are talking about putting another 1,500 to 2,000 cars back in that proposed housing development? I want every one who agrees with this to call in and voice their opinion. We have to be heard!"




"Losing the trauma center at the Washington County Hospital is totally unacceptable. This decision is ridiculous and shows a total lack of concerns for the citizens of this community. The hospital should be forced to change this decision."




"Get rid of some of the administrators down on Commonwealth Avenue and we would be able to pay our teachers a little bit of money."




"If Elizabeth Morgan and her deputy superintendent weren't making so much money, we could afford to keep more teachers."




"I bought my last pack of cigarettes in the state of Maryland. Let them put that in their educational fund."

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