Mail Call for 11/22

November 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.,/U>

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

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

"I just read the marriage licenses in the paper and I was wondering why so many men are marrying women so much older than them?"


"Thumbs down to Paul Swartz. You know I voted for you, but I am glad that you didn't make it. Why would you vote against Tim Troxell for Economic Development Commission director? We couldn't have had a more qualified person for that job. Just because the rest of you county commissioners covered up Mr. Howard, you don't have to blame Mr. Troxell. Shame on you."

"To all the people complaining about the hospital going at Robinwood: Are you willing to have your home torn down to build a new hospital? Has anyone done a study on how many patients actually walk to the hospital now? Has anyone asked the city for special low fares for those who live in the city limits and will have to go two miles to the new hospital? How do you get your weekly groceries when most of the grocery stores are 'outside' the city limits?"

"I would like to give people a fair warning about making or picking up a layaway at these large department stores. Be prepared to wait an hour or more to pick them up and don't be too surprised if they can't find it or if it was damaged in one of their trailers and they didn't feel the need to let you know about it. These department stores need to do something about their layaway systems."

"I was reading Tuesday's Daily Mail concerning the article about the town of Williamsport bucket truck. If the busy body that noticed it, if you checked into it, you would see that this employee works a lot of overtime without pay and this was the mayor re-paying him instead of paying him cash. So check into something before you go around being a busy body."

"My deepest appreciation and thanks to the person who turned in my checkbook at Giant Eagle. May you and yours be blessed by Jesus Christ."

"After reading that $85 million was spent on tip jars, I think $5 million of that money should be used toward a new stadium. That $5 million, plus the money from the hotel/motel tax, which was originally increased to help fund the stadium, would be a hefty chunk to get started. This way, local taxpayers' money would not be used. I realize that tip jar money is used for charities and the fire departments. But $5 million is just a spit in the ocean when you are talking about $85 million."

"It's about time that Swartz lay off on trying to get some publicity. He has already been voted off the board. I think it would be worthy of him to quiet down and if he is worthy of himself, maybe he could come back four years from now. Only if the voters vote him in."

"I want to say that I am against the closing of Conococheague Elementary. I went to that school and so did the rest of my family. I think it's a disgrace to close that school down. Ever since this new superintendent came to Washington County and took over, everything has been in a constant uproar. Something has to be done. She is not worth $120,000 a year. She needs to be taken out of there and sent back to where she came from. Get someone in there that can run that place and make some sense of this whole mess."

"To the lady who called Mail Call and said she had some 1-pound coffee cans that she would like to get rid of. Call Surrey Child Care Center. Teachers there use coffee cans there for art projects. Call 301-790-9450 and ask for a lady named Dawn."

"The other day there was a church listed in the paper that was going to have a free dinner for Thanksgiving and said they needed to call a number. What is that number and the name of the church? I believe it was in Williamsport."

"Can anyone give me some feedback on the idea of a casino going into the old hospital? They said they would put slots in there and have other types of gambling to help Maryland. So what does everyone think about this?"

"To the lady who has the 20- pound turkey that she would like to donate. You can donate it to Mountainview Baptist Church. We give canned foods and food out to the needy for the holiday. They are on Walnut Point Road. You can drop it off Monday morning anytime."

"To the person who said that he or she has a 20-pound turkey that you would like to donate to a worthy organization. How about the Salvation Army this year? They would love to have that. How about it?"

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