Mail Call for 10/21

October 22, 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 Williamsport Elementary School PTA collects boxtops for education. They can be mailed to the school."

"I have a solution for this county employee's retirement information. That is, where is this person's and the county attorney's integrity. They key word is integrity. Let's come forward and tell the taxpayers what they want to know so they can get on with their lives."

"To the person who is looking for free patches to stop smoking because they can't afford to buy them because they are on a fixed income. Well, take the same money that you are using to buy the cigarettes and buy the patches instead."


"I would like to extend my thanks to the Dollar General Store on Virginia Avenue. I purchased a last minute item on Tuesday night and the customer service was absolutely outstanding. I think they went above and beyond their normal duty. Thanks again."

- Williamsport

"Why did we have to tell anyone that we were going to put a plane up in the air over the sniper shooting area? Why would that be anyone's business? This is going to put the sniper on the alert now. I know it's tough, but they shouldn't tell some of the things they are going to do."

"I am calling about the shooter in D.C. They should get some of our police up here and take them down there and try to help. They could help the FBI down there."

"To the parents who have children walking to school on South Potomac Street to Bester Elementary in the morning. Start taking your kids to school in the mornings. They are working on the sidewalk in front of one of the houses and there is no walkway at all. These kids are walking in the street."

"I read in Mail Call the other day where someone said that Valley Mall doesn't have carts for people to shop with. They do, they have them in the stroller vending unit. They look like strollers and they flip out into a cart. I used one the other day with my mother. It was very helpful."

"I want to agree with the callers who said they think Halloween should be canceled. In light of what is going on around the world, I agree trick-or-treat should be put off or canceled this year."

"This is Tom from the We Care Neighborhood Watch Group. We are going to clean up our area, the streets and the alleys. Anyone who is not a member of the group and is willing to help, you are more than welcome. We are going to try to pick up all the trash in the area to make it look better for the people who live in it and the people who pass through it. Also, anyone who doesn't own their property and doesn't want to help us, you can just pull the weeds between the cracks in your sidewalk and let it lay, we will pick it up. Always remember, the neighborhood is only as good as the people who live in it. The neighborhood will only be as clean and law abiding as the people want to make it. They called for rain over the weekend, so we have to change it to a Friday, Monday or Tuesday. Anyone that wants to help, we welcome you and you might learn something about our group."

"I am calling about mums. I want to know when the mums get done blooming in the pot in the fall. Do you plant them now or in the spring? Also, how do you cut them back in the spring?"

"Can someone tell me why the Washington County Hospital has put its security officers in the middle of the parking lot when you go up the hill to park? Maybe this is why they reopened the trauma center, because this is where the security officers are gong to wind up because one of these days they are going to get hit because someone is not going to see them standing there."

"About the Lions Club that collects glasses. What kind of glasses, bifocals, prescription sunglasses? What kind do they collect? It never said, or is it all of the above?"

"Speaking of a dress code for school students. How about a dress code for the school staff also?"

"After watching 60 minutes Wednesday night, I would have to say that Bush is doing the right thing. They had this thing on there about Iraq and Saddam and all the biological chemicals and warfare that he has. It is downright scary. Someone better do something before he releases them or there is going to be a lot of dead people in this world."

"Did anyone find a plastic picture holder with a driver's license, important papers and some pictures in it? If you did, call 301-733-7545."

"Washington County Schools were closed on Friday, Oct. 18 for an Association Day. What is an Association Day?"

"Someone inquired about the Lions Club that collects eyeglasses. The Hagerstown Lions Club collects 10,000 pairs of glasses a year. Their number 301-393-9333."

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