Mail Call for 9/6

September 09, 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:

"Does anyone know or have the 1-800 toll free number that you call to complain about a nursing home? It's the number for the state. I would like to have that number, but I can't find it anywhere. Keep up the good work, Mail Call."

"Commissioner Swartz, we do not want your proposed 1 percent county sales tax. We will never see any reduction in our real estate taxes because of it. We have made no improvements to our home, yet every year our taxes are raised. This additional 1 percent sales tax would be a terrible burden when one needs to purchase an automobile. We need to say NO to new taxes and YES to five new people as county commissioners."


"Pertaining to a Mail Call in last week's paper about county permits. If you want to build something, you need to move down off the Sharpsburg Pike, because the county inspector that inspects down here doesn't care what you build. Move down this way."

"If you live in a small town where your elementary school principal has made numerous changes, including curriculum changes and if you don't like those changes, instead of just sitting home and gossiping or complaining, get off your couch and make a phone call to the Board of Education. Contact the board members, it's election year. The principal doesn't own the school, she is in charge of running it, but she is supposed to get along with the community. If that's not happening, it's up to the community to step up to the plate and work with the principal, not totally against her. But you have to start somewhere, by putting something behind your words instead of just complaining."

"Way to go Councilman Hendershot for making the YMCA responsible for the rest of the people in this county that aren't as privileged and lucky enough to be able to walk into the YMCA instead of rolling to the YMCA, in a wheelchair. I also think that the Y needs to get some camps back in there for the disabled children. They used to be in there before they moved but they took all the funding away from that and put into the other programs."

"In response to the wife of the correctional officer who claims that her husband hasn't had a raise in seven years. Try being the wife of a City of Hagerstown worker. My husband hasn't had a raise in over two years. The union is doing nothing for the city workers. Our health care went up, which means since he hasn't had a raise, he makes less money than he did two years ago. What's wrong with this picture, city of Hagerstown?"

"I am calling about correctional officer pay raises. We have not gotten a raise in over seven years and what increments that we did get didn't cover the cost of our medical insurance going up. So whoever called in and said about us having pay raises, doesn't know what they are talking about."

"I want to thank the young lady and gentleman that helped me prevent an accident at The Herald-Mail paper box in the South End. I am forever grateful."

- Hagerstown

"About the weeds in Rohrersville, I don't know how you can see the weeds for the way the cars are parked. You have a hard time getting through Rohrersville because of the way they park down there."

"On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the First Brethren Church, located at the corner of Antietam and Mulberry, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone who wants to come in and pray. We ask that you come through the alley on Antietam Street back to where the church parking lot is. Come in the church using the doors there at the parking lot, it is easy to find. The community is welcome to come in and pray for those who lost their lives and the loved ones they left behind due to the awful and dreadful attack that hit our nation on 9-11-2001 and to show that our fallen heroes were not forgotten and to pray for America. Belinda and Carolyn will be there that day if you would like someone to pray with. God would like for you to come in and feel at home. Let's pray for America and all who serve and protect her. Thanks."

"I read in the paper on Wednesday where The Herald-Mail is supporting Greg Snook, Bill Wivell, Paul Swartz, and Bert Iseminger for re-election for county commissioner. You've got to be kidding me, it is time for these people to get booted out!"

"Downtown Hagerstown is getting to be a slum. I visited downtown the other day and walking up the street, it's a lot of tearing up and buildings are being torn up, dust flying in the air. It just looks terrible. I also saw some people who looked like drug addicts, they couldn't even hardly stand up. I wondered where the police were."

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