mail call for 6/7

June 07, 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 am responding to the Mail Call where people were having trouble with their phones in Sharpsburg. My husband called his parents one night last week and yes, he experienced the same thing where he could hear people talking. I suggested to him to switch channels on the cordless phone, his mother did the same thing and it seems to have helped make some difference. We live in Hagerstown and were calling down to Sharpsburg. I hope someone get this straightened out."


"I have a pewter bracelet. I haven't worn it in a long time. It looks like it is tarnished. I don't want to use silver polish on it, if that is going to harm it. How can I clean a pewter bracelet?"

"This is for my neighbor in Orchard Hills out near Maugansville. I have been watching you shooting small animals, like squirrels and rabbits. I want you to know that you are being watched every day and if you do it anymore, I am going to notify the proper authorities."

"I just wondered, don't you think it's enough about Dominique Richmond in the paper? Does it have anything to do with him being a South High athlete? If that was a North High athlete, it would have been taken out a long time ago. He is paying his dues, he can't graduate with his seniors. Months afterwards, they are still putting articles in the paper; enough is enough."

"I am concerned about the trauma center at the hospital. I think this is totally unacceptable. We have to use this hospital and we have always had a very good turnover with them. But here in the past couple of years, it has gotten out of hand. Please try to get them to change their decision."

"I attended my son's graduation of the fifth grade Tuesday night at Emma K. Doub. What should have been the most exciting time, was the most disorganized graduation I have ever seen. Not only did they fumble with the projector for about 45 minutes, but the kids didn't get to present much of anything, it was like they were just trying to get them out of the school. I was very disappointed, but I tried to be upbeat for my son. But, this school really needs some work. I am so glad that our kids will move on and hope they don't remember this part of their schooling."

"I want to complain about Conococheague Elementary not having air conditioning. I went to the program they had for the fifth-graders and it was hot and stuffy. How do they expect the students to concentrate on their lessons and work when it is so hot? The Board of Education spends money for everything else, why can't they put air conditioning in for the comfort of the children? I have known this school for a long time, but nothing is ever done for them. Shame on whoever is responsible for this."

"We now have two of the current county commissioners who have bailed out. They are not going to be running for re-election. Apparently two of them have realized that they have gotten us $12 million more in debt than we were three and a half years ago. They see no light at the end of the tunnel. Please vote for the commissioners that are going to spend more time in there to get this county out of debt. Because we will be sorry in another four years, if we don't."

"To nurse Diane from Dr. Weeks' office. We really miss you there. It has almost been a year now and it hasn't been the same since you left. Hope you are enjoying your retirement and we really miss you, Diane."

"I am calling about the person who has the pigeons on their back porch. I would like for you to leave your number so I can call you to catch them. My number is 301-824-7184."

"Now that we have lost our trauma center, it is more obvious than ever that we don't need a new hospital under the current management. We need a second hospital under different management. Nothing will clean up the mess at Washington County Hospital faster than a good healthy dose of competition."

"I purchased one of the bricks that were offered for sale over at the new park at the Fairgrounds. I was wondering if anyone knows when they are going to be installed. I purchased one of the ones 'In memory of my parents.' I went the other day and asked someone if they had seen them installed and nobody seems to know anything about them. That park turned out beautifully and everyone involved needs to be commended for the great job done."

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