Mail Call from 8/2

August 03, 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 a little ethnic background. I was raised a Christian. I am a Christian. I 100 percent believe in God. I have not seen Him but I have seen the miracles He performs. I have seen people live who should be dead. I have seen things happen that I can't really explain. To me, the actual conception of a child is nothing short of a miracle. To think that two people can become one and create the most beautiful thing there ever was, a baby."


"Now the city is going to give the hospital a reduction of $2.3 million for water and sewer. They want to give the Suns I don't know how much money. Well, who is paying for this? It's the small taxpayers of Hagerstown. Can we afford to give these big companies money?"

- Hagerstown

"About the article in Tuesday's paper about the mascots. It was a well-written article. But there was a huge mistake the paper itself should have caught because I am sure that the writer was too young to know that back in the old days that the Indians were sometimes called 'Injuns' by old timers. It was not a racial slur, but a lazy way of saying the word."

"I think we should thank Tom who mows and puts bark around the trees and keeps them trimmed at the Clear Spring cloverleaf coming off of I-70. He does a great job."

"Anyone who has cell phones and chargers to donate to a shelter can drop them off at the City Police in Hagerstown. That is where I dropped mine off. They collect them and distribute them where needed."

"There is an article in the August issue of the American Legion magazine titled, 'Tax me out to the Ballgame.' All of Washington County residents should read this. Public funded stadiums rarely deliver on their promise to bring economic stimulation to struggling cities."

"Why do the people who come to the Boonsboro Laundromat have to tear it up? This is a place to wash clothes and they have to abuse it. It's a shame. Do you live like this at home?"

"Does anyone have a cheap homemade version for window cleaner, instead of paying these outrageous prices at the store?"

"About neighborhood watch, there are a few that don't want to be involved, but want everything done for them. Just remember your neighborhoods are what you make them. If everyone would do their part to help, it would be a much better place."

"Why can't they tear down the houses and the doctor's office going over to the alley there on King Street to add on to the existing hospital? It would cost less just to add on and they wouldn't have to tear down the 80 percent newly remodeled existing hospital."

"All of a sudden there are 21 candidates running for county commissioner. That $30,000 a year got a lot of people suddenly interested in the issues. I'm not going to run out and vote for them. It is all politics and money. I expect the same old, same old for whomever gets the $30,000 of our tax money. I watched my city tax raise go up in smoke at the Fairgrounds on July 4. I can't afford to smoke but Glendening can afford to advertise why he thinks we shouldn't, with your tax money folks. That will accomplish nothing, but he is taking your money and he needs to think of a way to get rid of it."

"When you talk about Mulberry Street, let me tell you something. The police should watch that area a little more instead of being where they don't need to be. Watch that area when it's late and you will see what is going on."

"To the Mail Caller who said that we need a new hospital because we need more beds. According to The Daily Mail, the new hospital will have the same number of beds. The only difference is the rooms will be private as opposed to shared rooms. The hospital won't be able to handle any more people, just because we are moving it."

"Every day I read Mail Call, I read about the crime on Mulberry Street and Washington Street, but yet they want to build a hospital down there. Why can't they take the emergency room parking lot and add on and also take the building that goes from the hospital over to the tunnel and add to the other hospital?"

"I was waiting for a parking space today and I can't believe that there are so many rude and impatient people. Someone stole my spot. My signal light was on and I was patiently waiting to go into a spot and someone swerves around the corner so fast. It doesn't matter if it was a handicapped spot or not, it was rude."

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