Mail Call for 6/6

June 06, 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:

"After reading the article about the proposed golf course at St. James, I am appalled at the amount of water this project will require each and every day. This will put a huge strain on the wells in this area. We have been told to conserve water. Am I conserving so others can play golf? This is outrageous."

"If the hospital can't staff a trauma center, why in the world do they want to build another hospital? Someone out there needs jarred up. If they can't staff what they have, what are they going to do with another one, for heavens sake?"


"Blues, blues, blues, that is fine, but why so much free coverage in the newspaper and the carnival in Boonsboro didn't get hardly any free coverage? It's not fair. The Boonsboro event is a positive thing and the fire department and rescue company are here year- round and need all the support it can get. Why isn't the carnival covered? It's a worthy event."

"A hospital without a trauma center, what next? Are they going to get rid of the surgical floor, too? Things that are worth something in this county are let go and it's unfair to the citizens. Now it will cost everyone more if we have to go to Baltimore if there is a trauma. Won't cost the hospital but it will cost us more money out of our pockets. What is wrong with Washington County?"

"I was wondering why every holiday that all the stores are closed and then they have a sale on everything that they have in the store. Why can't they have sales on medicine too, for people who don't have a high income?"

"Congratulations to the Herald-Mail, you've done it again. Runaway cows and drug addicts are front page news. There was not even a mention of the law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics as the flame passed through Washington County last week. Thanks to the special athletes and the law enforcement officers who ran on their behalf and also thanks to Mayor Breichner and Sheriff Mades, it's nice to know that we are important to you. Also great job to the Special Olympic athletes at the Maryland Special Olympics this past weekend in College Park."

"To the person who was driving on Little Antietam Road at 1 p.m. on May 30. Our little puppy got out and none of us was aware. She was in the road where she shouldn't have been. You hit her, an accident, I am sure, I hope, but you didn't even stop. That is hit-and-run, even for a dog. Accept your responsibility. By the way, our little puppy is dead now."

"Well, well, well, are they still going to build a new hospital when they had to close the trauma center? This is something for Washington County to think about."

"Can anyone tell me about an organization called the Masons? I keep asking people but everything is kept secret."

"I want to congratulate my son for a job well-done in getting a President's Award from Fountaindale Elementary. His name is Tony. Thanks, Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Semler."

"I don't care if it was the city or state that planted and then cut the trees downtown, it was still taxpayers' money down the drain."

"Yes, I have lost an irish setter puppy in the Cedar Ridge Road area. Female, black collar, blue tag. We are offering a reward. Call 301-790-1508."

"I have a relative that is taking prescription medicine that he needs to take. It makes him very tired. Does anyone know of something that would help give him energy, like an herb or a vitamin or something?"

"I found a set of GM keys with remote on Bradbury Avenue near the tennis courts in Smithsburg. Call 301-824-2792."

"I attended the Boonsboro carnival last Saturday night and I was wondering if anyone saw what my husband and I saw. We saw young kids with tattoos, pierced navels, eyes and the whole bit. I was so shocked. I didn't know what to think. We also saw people grabbing children by their arms and telling them to stay with them or they were going to get lost or 'someone is going to take you.' Even my teenage children said it was a disgrace to be there. No, I am not a senior, I am a middle-aged person."

"I live off of Security Road and I was wondering why all the other ball fields have a fence all the way around and us over here on Security Road don't. We have a lot of problems with the kids and people cutting through. I don't think this is fair. I think all the ball fields should have fences all the way around."

"I was wondering if anyone knows what is going into the old Sears building and the other empty buildings in that shopping center."

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