Mail Call for 9/23

September 24, 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:

"The phrase 'separation of Church and State' is a simplified version of the real statement, which is the first sentence of the first amendment, which reads: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.' Another way of putting it is that the federal government cannot choose one religion over another or mandate that we all practice the same one. Remember that is the reason people came here originally. They wanted religion, but not the one that they were being made to practice.""


"To my neighbors on Little Antietam Road. Please stop burning in your yard. Are you not aware that there is a burn ban and also you need a permit to burn in your yard? Please try to be more considerate of your neighbors."

"I would like to know how a former Hagerstown Police officer can be caught, arrested and jailed, but yet the public didn't even know about it?"

"Shoney's Restaurant at the mall has the best waitresses around."

"Does the school board realize how crowded Bus No. 339 is? It has children sitting on the floor at the emergency door."

"I would like to thank the town of Boonsboro for making their streets smaller. I hope they have a lot of traffic jams with the larger vehicles that travel that road."

"To everyone who loves the snowballs on Frederick Street, it is open again, in memory of Chad Walls."

"This woman caught on tape in Indiana beating her child in a parking lot should be locked up forever. She beat that child in the head and face, pulled on her ponytail and then looked around to see if anyone was watching her, then continued. She should be put in jail for the rest of her life. She should be ashamed of herself."

"Last Sunday, I too was awakened at 6 a.m. with the loud noise of the cannons. It was frightening at first. But then I realized that I heard there would be 30 some cannons there. This was a wonderful experience for the students. One of the young children was so impressed with the vintage clothing, she persuaded her mom to buy her an outfit. She will never forget this experience."

"After reading the paper, it sure does appear that we need a complete new bunch of county commissioners. Mr. Snook, he could never make a decision. Mr. Swartz is the same way, can't make a decision. They never seem to know anything, especially Mr. Snook. We need a whole new bunch so this thing with Mr. Howard and other situations like that don't occur again."

"It appears in today's paper that the county has released the expenses of Mr. Howard, some of them not legitimate. But the main thing they did not release was the lump sum amount of money that Mr. Howard got upon his termination from the county. This is what the taxpayers want to know. I advise them to release it before you commissioners are voted out of office Nov. 5."

"I am a person who walks five nights a week at Fairgrounds Park. The park is very nice and I enjoy my walk. I like to walk for peace and quiet. However, when I get to one part of my walk, there seems to be two little white dogs that bark at me for absolutely no reason. I have been walking there for at least a month and a half now, so there is no reason for them to bark at me anymore."

"I was wondering if Lori Hall, who writes for Maugansville news, could put in Mail Call the type of apples that work best for her in her apple butter crockpot recipe."

"I wish the newspaper would publish a special section each week that would list upcoming opportunities for people to volunteer in our area. I mention this because I saw the article in the paper the other day about needing volunteers at the battlefield. It would be nice to know ahead of time so we could volunteer."

"Does anyone know the number you dial on your phone before you dial the number you want, if you don't want your number to show up on a caller ID?"

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