Mail Call for 8/30

September 02, 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:

"To all the Mail Call readers: My daughter just started school at South Hagerstown High School. The first day of school they sent a letter home saying that no kids are allowed to go to the restroom. The letter said, please don't ask. So I went to the school with the letter and they still told me that she is still not allowed to go to the restroom. What is wrong with this picture? Can anyone tell me why she isn't allowed to go to the restroom? That sounds like they are taking her rights away from her."


"I just read in Monday's paper on Page A3, Mr. Swartz's ideas on the upcoming election. The school board not getting enough money, that is sad joke. The county baseball stadium, that is another sad joke. If this man is elected, you won't have to hang on to your wallet, because there won't be anything in it."

"I saw the governor on the news Tuesday evening at 11 p.m. He is talking about a statewide water problem. Well, the inmates are watering the flowers at the Maryland Correctional Institution, south of Hagerstown. So how serious is he about conserving water?"

"So now George Bush is going to send out his cheerleaders that he doesn't need Congress' permission to go to war with Saddam, to go in and take out Saddam, who his daddy should have taken out before, but that is another story. Sometimes it's not about whether things are legal or not, it's about right and wrong. George Bush was supposed to bring morality back to the White House, but you know what, he said he was going to run the White House like a CEO. We all know how corrupt CEOs are. So, I guess he told the truth, we just weren't paying attention. John Ashcroft and George Bush take away more of your civil liberties every day under the guise of being patriots and doing things to protect us after 911. Wake up and pay attention to what is going on in your government."

"I see in Wednesday's Morning Herald that the SAT scores have been dropping over the last four years. It kind of blows a hole in the theory that more money brings up scores, doesn't it? It's just proof positive that the Board of Education just does not know how to manage money because every year they get a big increase in funds, but the SAT scores and our children's' learning has been dropping. Maybe we need to start cutting money, then maybe the scores will go up, because obviously throwing more and more money at them all the time isn't working. It seems to show that the people who control the money at the Board of Education are concerned about more things than educating our kids."

"I would like to know why these construction companies have to start the construction when school starts, like at Boonsboro and Sharpsburg. Why do they have to wait until school starts to do this? They had two and a half months to do this. The buses have trouble getting in and out, too."

"In Tuesday's Mail Call there was a boy by the name of Rick, who was talking about the cigarettes and the alcohol. I agree with you 100 percent. You never hear about people dying from smoking, it's all alcohol. I think it's because the alcohol is never raised. Even the government drinks alcohol."

"We want to make a suggestion to the library. Please remove the concrete planter that you have in the parking lot that is directly behind the handicapped spots. It makes it difficult to get in and out of those spots. You don't have enough clearance to safely back your vehicle up. Please remove it."

"Paul Swartz is a gentleman and an honest person and you have my vote. Keep up the good work, Paul."

"Our family voted for Greg Snook, Iseminger and Swartz in the last election. But this time we will not. Because you can't get a straight answer from Snook, it always depends on which way the wind is blowing. Iseminger is married to a school teacher, isn't this a conflict of interest when he votes for the county budget? Swartz is a tax-and-spend liberal. It's time for a change."

"On the way home from Camp Westmar this past Sunday, our friends found a pair of sunglasses in the road. If you have lost them, call me at 301-582-1911. They are ladies sunglasses and are in fine condition."

"This is Mr. Steven, I have some cherry trees that are dead. You can have the wood if you cut them down. I also have a pickup truck of scrap iron. You can have it, if you come and haul it away. My number is 301-733-2006."

"I was reading where someone found a beagle dog and said if this is your dog to go to the SPCA and get it. I think this was bad manners, because now the people who own this dog will have to pay to get their own dog back."

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