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Mail Call for 7/15

July 16, 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:




"First of all, I would like to say to the Mail Call staff, you do a great job. To my Mail Call readers, I am sure that some of you have the same problem that I have had. I have been troubled with chronic toenail fungus for years now. I have been unresponsive to any type of therapy. I went to many doctors, they gave the anti fungal pills and it wouldn't get rid of it. My friend told me of the most unusual treatment. Inexpensive. But it was unbelievable, Vicks Vapo Rub. I put it on in the morning and at night, rubbed it in around each toe real good. In about two months my nails grew out clear and strong. The fungus was gone. Now I use it once or twice a week, just in case. I am so delighted."

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"Remember when people had their hair slicked back into what used to be called a duck tail? The young men wore their shirt sleeves folded up on the side with a pack of cigarettes in them, wore tight jeans and a pair of white socks. The girls wore bobby socks and I can remember different styles that have come and gone. It is called freedom of expression. It's what all the young people are doing now. Many different fashions come and go. Piercings and tattoos are just another way for the kids to express themselves. Doesn't matter what someone looks like, it's what's inside that counts. Get off their backs and leave them alone, it's a freedom of expression, every generation does it."




"'One Nation Under God.' Those four words have created such a big mess. What is wrong with people these days? Can't they find something better to do than to nit pick about a couple of words like 'One Nation Under God?' God was here in the beginning and he will be here in the end. If you don't like it, then get out of America because we are 'One Nation Under God' and we will always be 'One Nation Under God.'"




"To the people who have been calling in about the handicapped parking spots at Wal-Mart. I was just there yesterday and there are only eight spots. Be glad you can walk a little distance from your car. There are lots of regular spots out there."

- Hagerstown




"Let's not argue over this religion thing, OK? Everyone needs something to believe in. I am not a fanatic either and I frankly don't like the boldness of these religious door knockers. I will say this, this Pledge of Allegiance controversy is only another step of tearing apart the moral fabric of this country. Arguing with your neighbor is another. When you need the higher power, I know, He still won't turn his back on you, regardless of your politics."




"In response to the person who lost their set of keys on July 4 at the Fairgrounds. We found a set of Chrysler keys in the back near auxiliary lighting. We gave them to the man operating the lighting and he said he would turn them in to City Hall. I hope you find them."

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"To the person who made the comment about the baggy jeans, the piercings and tattoos. You are wondering why they get all huffy puffy. Did you ever think that it's not polite to talk about people? Say something to them, tell them they look like they belong in a jungle, to their face. If I have something to say about someone, I am going to say it to them. Not behind their back."




"I have a nice big balcony. Twice I have tried to put tomatoes out there and grow them, this year I also put pepper plants, but they wouldn't do anything for me. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong? I would like to try again next year."




"In response to the upcoming election of the County Commissioners. I wish The Daily Mail would put something in about what the candidates stand for. I am going to vote, but I am not going to vote for any of them that wants a new stadium."




"It's a shame when businesses need to raise prices on things. If they are going to raise the prices, they need to improve customer service."




"I know of a case right now where a woman is living in a project area off of welfare. She has a guy living with her, he owes back child support and he has another one on the way. I don't care what the physical condition, I have worked with the ARC and have seen people go out and work. These people could be working at the Goodwill or something to pay their child support. I think it's time to put an end to us using our tax money to pay for these people."




"My family and I recently attended a Hagerstown Suns game and we were very impressed to notice that a 3-year-old little girl sang 'The Star Spangled Banner.' That made us feel very proud for her and her family. She did a wonderful job."




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