Mail Call for 9/16

September 17, 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 saw an article in the paper that said, 'Passengers Act Suspicious: Plane Diverted' in Fort Smith, Ark. An airline was diverted to Fort Smith on Wednesday because four passengers acted strangely on the flight. Including three of them that locked themselves in the bathroom, possibly shaving their body hair. Why would anyone in their right mind lock themselves in the bathroom on an airplane on 9/11 to shave off body hair? How did these three people get on the same flight? Better yet, how did these people decide all at once that they needed to shave their body hair? Inquiring minds want to know? By the way Mail Call, you are wonderful."


"Could someone tell me when the government is going to step up the security measures against these mosquitos and stop them from spreading the West Nile? I live in the Catoctin mountains. The mountains are full of mosquitos and I have yet to see anyone spraying for mosquitos. There are dead birds all over the place. Just call someone and try to get them to come get a bird one time. I haven't seen them come and get a bird yet! I thought they were supposed to come and get the birds to see if they are carrying West Nile. The West Nile is taking out more than anthrax, something needs to be done."

"Well I see in the paper that the Florida Republicans are at their old tricks again."

"Bush is going to start another world war."

"Just returned from another beautiful trip to downtown Hagerstown. Metal plates, construction everywhere, dust, 30 some vacant storefronts, tree stumps sticking up out of the sidewalks, streets closed, massive construction. What a stinking mess. Let's get with it City Council and street department. Year after year, all summer long, construction and more construction and it's not accomplishing anything. Downtown is gone, give it up."

"Dear Hagerstown, quick quiz for you: When was the last time you saw Mayor Breichner out walking the streets of Hagerstown? Probably never, of course, I would be ashamed, too, if I was mayor of a town that looked as nasty, disgusting and as trash filled as Hagerstown. Got to give ex-mayor Bruchey credit, at least he was out on a daily basis."

"I am calling about Susie Hoffman's 'Around Funkstown' Maybe I am wrong or maybe I misunderstood the meaning of this column, but I thought this was supposed to be for news and going ons around Funkstown. It seems to me that she is trying to be a writer, we have enough of those in the paper. I live in Funkstown and I would like to know what is going on in the schools and the surrounding areas. Don't need to read your stories about how you feel about these tragic events, we hear enough about that."

- Funkstown

"Sept. 11 was a beautiful day to remember the people who were killed last year and had a slogan, 'We Will Not Forget.' If Mr. Bush gets his way, next year are we going to do the same thing, 'We Will Not Forget' the men who are going to die in Iraq?"

"In response to the two people asking about what the security deposit is for when the tenants move out and you have to replace things. How much do you think one month's security deposit will cover? We are talking about two rooms of carpet, filth that took us three days to clean up, all kinds of cleaning materials to clean up. That one month security deposit doesn't go far, believe me."

"I want to thank Bethel Assembly of God for the memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11. I thank all the pastors, the staff. I would like to thank them for the message, the music and the time of prayer. It was nice."

"Why did they close the schools for Election Day, but they couldn't close them for the Remembrance of Sept. 11?"

"I want to set the record straight. Volunteers helped paint the gatehouse at the Fairgrounds, but they only did a small portion. The scraping of the paint was done by a private contractor. The Public Works painted the rest of the building, ground up."

"In response to the person who said give me a break. I just had tenants move out, they left me with a month's rent, the water bill and $1,200 worth of damage. The security deposit doesn't cover that. The average good tenant couldn't afford to pay $1,500 to $2,000 security deposit every time."

"I just read Charles Sullivan's letter to the editor. Beware of the Chicken Hawks. I agree 100 percent. If you have never heard the buzz or felt the sting of a bee on the field of combat then you know absolutely nothing of what you speak."

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