Mail Call for 11/19

November 20, 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:

"In response to the person who said about all the cars behind the school bus on Salem Avenue. The question asked was why can't the bus pull over and have common courtesy and let all the traffic around me. Well, if I stopped every time a car got behind me to let the car go around, I would be stopping every few feet and I would never get the children home safely. Where are you going, what is your big hurry? If you leave that time of day, every day, you know the routes the bus takes, it takes the same route every day. If you don't want to get behind the bus and you don't have time to stop, then you take another route. What is more important, the children getting home safely or you getting to where you are going ahead of time? If you are that far behind, leave a little early? Why don't you have a little common courtesy, courtesy for the children."


"Hip, hip, hooray for the people who decided to pursue moving the Washington County Hospital to Robinwood Drive. I can't wait. I think it's a wonderful idea to have everything in one location."

"I am wondering if anyone can tell me if those tiny machines, such as the Jeanie, are worth buying? Do they really do what they claim to do?"

"I was just reading Friday's paper about the hospital moving out to Robinwood. I think it's a great opportunity for the hospital to expand in an area that is rurally concerned about agriculture and stuff like that. But what I don't understand is that the mayor is disclosing how he disapproves of what is happening for the best of the community. Well, he has no problem with the funds leaving the Hagerstown area. He keeps sinking money into a downtown area that is dead. It's like beating a dead horse. Why don't we just clean house up there and start all over again."

"I live in the Williamsport area and I work at a restaurant in the Valley Mall. As I travel to and from work on Virginia Avenue, I cut through the Halfway area on a little street called Lexington Avenue. On Thursday, Nov. 14, around 5 p.m. I was traveling down Lexington Avenue, I couldn't help but notice a yellow light flashing. I slowed down to see what it was and what I saw was a resident using the town of Williamsport bucket truck to put Christmas lights on his house. I thought about how convenient that would be to work for the town of Williamsport. I could use the town of Williamsport bucket trucks to paint my house, trim my trees. I could just use theirs. I could save a lot of money. I wonder if my boss would allow me to bring pots and pans home to cook my meals. It looks to me as if the town of Williamsport should look into this. Could I use a back hoe so I can dig up some ground to put a driveway along the side of my house?"

"I absolutely hate it. The developers are going to allow the city to have a satellite parking lot built for the developers, if the developers give them the land to do it and we are swallowing this whole. What is wrong with us? This is a little walk to park, it's never needed that much parking, it has adequate parking for the people who are coming to it from the neighborhood who have used it. What is it, a hundred years now? We don't need to be building the developers a satellite parking lot."

"I wanted to say a very special thank you to Renee, who works at the Robinwood Medical Center, for finding my son Jeremy's wallet at the arcade in the mall last week and making sure that he got it back. Again, we really appreciate your honesty."

"Why do the networks run the same commercials every night over and over on the national news shows? Every night they talk about medicine for indigestion, medicine for cancer treatment, medicine for this and that. I get the picture, there's medications for these symptons. How many times do I have to hear it?"

"As I sit and watch the renovation work being done on the Baldwin Building, I noticed that there are two flag poles on top of the building. My thought was, with America on the brink of war, and all the patriotism being shown, wouldn't it be appropriate to have flags flying from those poles as we change the face of downtown?"

"I don't know the rules about putting recipes or anything like that in Mail Call, but I would like the recipe for the cookie monster. It has oatmeal, peanut butter, brown sugar and M&Ms with peanuts. If we could put it in Mail Call, I would appreciate it."

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