Mail Call for 9/18

September 19, 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 would like to thank the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce for a job well done on the 'Elvis Lives: Meet the Artist Night' and for the celebration concert on the square, Saturday, Sept. 7. David King led the group at the end of Friday evening, with the Elvis American Trilogy, as we all held hands in a circle, holding lit candles in the air in memory of the heroes who died Sept. 11, 2001. What a great way to end a great evening."


"I know this is going to start a big controversy. But I would really like to know. This is for the people who keep calling in and saying that Bush is going to start another war. Also, to the person who said, 'Sept. 11 was a beautiful day to remember, we will never forget. If Bush has his way, next year we will be remembering the people who died in Iraq.' OK, now I want to know. The big question: What do you suggest we do? If you were in Bush's place, what would you do. Would you look the other way, close your eyes, wait until Saddam 'Insane' builds a nuclear weapon and pushes the button? He is a nut, he is a second Adolf Hitler. Something has to be done. So do you really think we should look the other way and do nothing until he builds a bomb of mass destruction and does whatever he wants? So, come on people, what should we do?"

"I have to give The Herald-Mail credit for the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down in Saturday's paper. There is no doubt that a Thumbs Down was deserved for the voter turnout in Washington County. Believe me, I don't feel insulted, I am a veteran that served in the Persian Gulf and Beirut. All these people will be griping in November about how did so-and-so get in. I bet you if you asked them if they voted and they will say, 'no I didn't vote.' Well don't blame anyone but yourself if you get a bad bunch of in for County Commissioners because if you didn't vote, you have no say in it."

"Being the kind of person I am as far as the Miss Maryland Pageant goes, it is something that is really important. It is held every year in Hagerstown and I think that this is something that Hagerstown should be very proud of. The girls enjoy coming here and I have gotten to know them from going to the pageants for the past five years. They have told me themselves how nice it is to come here and they find it very enjoyable. There is only concern I have and that is with the editorial staff that takes the pictures and does the write up, I think they need to be more aware about what is going on with the girls. I think the present Miss Maryland is absolutely beautiful and a lot of people think she has a very good chance to win Miss America. They had a send-off for her which was wonderful, but there wasn't anyone there from The Herald-mail. I just want to express my concern that I feel like more write-ups and more pictures of the Miss Maryland Pageant every year would be very nice. I think it would make the girls feel that much better."

"Why do we insist on glamorizing the horrors of war? I suggest that all the participants and spectators involved in the Battle of Antietam re-enactment, sign up to go to the front line when the U.S. gets involved with Iraq."

"I want to thank St. John's Episcopal Church for the service they had on Sept. 11. It is a beautiful church and the service they had with the readings and the songs was beautiful and touching, but sad. It made everyone feel good, even though we were sad about the remembrance of Sept. 11."

"After the recent debate about the Pledge and the prayers in schools, I continue to hear the phrase, 'Separation of Church and State.' Can anyone tell me where the phrase, 'Separation of Church and State' is found in the United States of America's Constitution?"

"I was wondering if anyone knows the outcome of David Westerfield trial. I know he was found guilty, but did he get life in prison or death by a lethal injection? I was up on it until school started, but now I lost track of it. If anyone knows, call Mail Call."

"I read in the paper where Greg Snook says that he hopes to continue what he has been doing. Well, I hope that isn't true, because he has been doing nothing. Every time you ask him something, he says, 'I don't know, but I can find out.' He never does find out. He is wishy-washy, he never says one thing or the other."

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