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Mail Call for 9/24

September 25, 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 police log column is very informative, especially with the notices on warrants for burglary and drug violators. Please consider listing, along with the pictures, the bench warrants on deadbeat dads and moms. These people have been irresponsible to the welfare of their child and selfishly eat and drink alcohol and sleep. Most likely the person is or will be looking for work and wants to be paid cash, hoping not to get caught. The public deserves to be informed about the deadbeat parents so the employers and bartenders can report them to law enforcement. Let's force them out of hiding and serve the jail time. Otherwise they may become the burglary and drug violators. Stop and think, how would you like to be a deprived child, knowing that your parent is sitting in a bar? The state, county and city law enforcements do a great job protecting the good citizens, but let's give them a little more help."

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"If the police would learn to shoot straighter, they wouldn't need surveillance cameras."

- Boonsboro




"For the people who want to know what is going out at the North End shopping center. Nothing, absolutely nothing. They don't want it, so there isn't going to be anything. About the security guard at the hospital. If you are going to the hospital, why would they ask where are you going?"




"I would like to know who to contact about trash always being set out before trash night on North Mulberry Street. Also who do I contact about bikes lying all over the sidewalks, so you can't get through. Please put in Mail Call for me."




"You didn't have to shoot my cat, you could have called the SPCA or animal shelter. Tiger belonged to my mom and she was killed by a drunk driver. Tiger, tell Mom I love her and miss her."

- Clear Spring




"It just keeps getting better and better with this Howard deal. Now I see where he spent $17,000 on trips to attract business, but it didn't attract one business to Hagerstown. We are getting in deeper and deeper."




"Someone asked a question in Friday's Mail Call if there is truth to the rumor that Super Wal-Mart was coming to South End shopping center. The rumor I hear is that Super Wal-Mart is coming beside of McDonald's on the Sharpsburg Pike."




"Two years ago, it was a missing hot tub, now there seems to be a missing briefcase that Howard purchased for the county."




"Commissioners, why don't you let the public know who is responsible for the Howard fiasco? I am a county employee and I think it's time to get rid of the human resources director and while you are at it, get rid of the county administrator. Do all of us a favor, you will certainly have our vote. For what it is worth, you guys have done a great job."




"To the person who has the clothing for the 4-year-old and 12- month. Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro is going to have a yard sale on Thursday, Sept. 26. I know that they are accepting items, if you would like to take them there. There are also some places in Hagerstown that accept clothes. There is a place called Carenet in Frederick, near Frederick Towne Mall will accept the clothes also."




"I can't understand why we had a Civil War re-enactment. This is a time in our country, where everyone needs to come together. We don't need to be celebrating a war where brother fought against brother. What is this showing our young children, the ones that will be running this country one of these days? It's time to hang up the muskets and put away your skintight gray uniforms and spend time with your family because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow."




"We should not be surprised that only 23 percent of us voted. Hasn't the school board been saying for many years that they need more money for education? It's a Catch-22 situation in my opinion. Until people are better educated, they will not participate in the political process, yet education will be underfunded until the political climate changes."




"I was reading in Friday's Mail Call and I read, 'Did Sept. 11 make anyone realize that the day of judgment is coming, change your ways and try to do better.' Amen to that! People have to realize that their turn may be sooner than they think. So change your ways and do better."




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