Mail Call for 12/18

December 19, 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:

"I can't believe all the trickery that these sales papers use to get people in the store. They advertise items on sale that they know they don't have when they publish the paper. They'll use any trick in the book to get you into the store. And that's the name of the game, just to get you in the store. They figure if they advertise enough stuff on sale, you'll want it. You get there, they ain't got it and you buy something else. Tricks. Tricks. Tricks. And it's all tricks and no treat, that's for sure."


"Anybody out there have the toll free 1-800 number to get the free credit report that we are each entitled to once a year? I would much appreciate that number."

"I'd like to commend the Clear Spring Historical Society. The tour through Clear Spring on Saturday evening was delightful and Plum Grove was absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. So, I give a round of applause for a wonderful job well-done."

"I'd like to get this across to the Food Lion or to some stores. Up at Smithsburg they have a Food Lion. Great. They have one - or a couple - in Hagerstown. Great. Then they have one over on Sharpsburg Pike. Well, down here in the southern part, we have nothing. We either have to go to Shepherdstown, Charles Town or over on the Sharpsburg Pike, which is a far distance for people who live over in the southern part. We just don't have a grocery store that suits us senior citizens to shop in. The smaller stores have to sell their things for much more. It's just sad that we don't have a Food Lion or a grocery store - and a dollar store - that we could go in and not have to run so far. After all, we are senior citizens, the most of us."

"Down here in the southern part of the county, I would like to leave my mail carrier a gift for Christmas, but every time I turn around, there is a different mail carrier. So, I don't know who to leave the gift to. We did have a real nice one - they were young guys. I always knew when they were coming back in the summer because I heard their stereo on in the car. I'd like to leave a gift to the one that we have now, but when I put it out there it may be somebody else. So, I think I'll just let this go and see what happens."

"I am going to ask nicely again. Could the bus driver that's on Salem Avenue at 3 o'clock in the afternoon with 15 to 20 - maybe 25 - cars behind you, please pull over and let the line of traffic go by you instead of holding up all the traffic for three stops that are within a quarter mile of each other. Please pull over. It is safer for you, for the cars behind you and for the children."

"I think your employee Tim Rowland should apologize for calling one of our most distinguished new County Commissioners a stuffed shirt and filled with hydrogen gas."

"Speaking of angels, you both are, all the time. Thank you Dorothy Gruber and Sis, Jean Groff. What a thoughtful thing you did. God bless you both and your families. Love you and happy holidays."

"I would like to comment about the dogs being allowed in the fairgrounds. Dogs, other than seeing-eye dogs, should be treated like animals. They should have no rights. And when a dog is let loose in a public place, or even if it is on a leash in a public place, it is impinging on my rights as a citizen of this country and this county."

"Using carefully chosen words, almost anything can be defended or justified, but that doesn't make it right. People who live in the city expect and deserve certain amenities such as a hospital to be in their midst. Robinwood is already overcrowded. Don't add to it. Leave the hospital right where it is."

"Just read Tim Rowland's column in Monday's paper. He is the best. I do hope someone will slip the 'Howard deal' to him so he can print the answers to all of us taxpayers as it should be. Come on, Commissioners, do your job as you promised you would."

"I sure am glad to see Trent Lott get into a little bit of trouble. He just looked so arrogant and smart when he was on the committee to impeach Bill Clinton. I sure am glad to see him get a little bit of payback. Mr. Lott, what goes around, comes around."

"I pray that each and every one of us remember the true meaning of Christmas this year. That it is the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ and Savior and that He came to the earth to save us from our sins. If we give Him a chance we will have eternal life with Him in Heaven. God bless you and Merry Christmas."

- Hagerstown

"My home was egged Saturday night and I would just like to say that the people who did this should really think about what they are doing. I spent an hour cleaning it up."

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