Mail Call for 12/20

December 23, 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 was at the Western Maryland Sportsmen's Club two Saturdays ago and they had a Christmas Party for the children, with Santa and gifts. It was very appreciated and we all enjoyed it very much."

"Can someone tell me why they took the Sally Jesse Talk Show off the air and left The Jerry Springer Show on? Anyone know the answer? It surely can't be because of the ratings."


"I am going to tell you once again, very, very, very nicely. If I pull my school bus over every time 15 to 20 cars get behind me, then I will be pulling the bus over every few blocks. The road is heavy with traffic, especially this time of year. It takes no time at all for 15 cars or more to get behind my school bus. I have a deadline, the children are to be delivered at a certain time, they are to be picked up at a certain time. Most of all, is the safety of the children. I will not pull the bus over every few blocks just to get you where you are going faster. I don't have to and I will not. Have a Merry Christmas and God bless you. Please pray to the Lord to give you patience and to give it to you right now."

"I want to respond to the person who called in and said that animals should be treated like animals and dogs and animals have no rights. Did you really mean that? Animals have no rights? Animals have the right to be treated with decency and kindness. They have feelings. You shouldn't starve an animal and you shouldn't abuse or mistreat an animal in any way. Where did anyone ever get the idea that an animal, because it is labeled as such, should be treated with any less respect, dignity or kindness than you would treat any other of God's creatures?"

"The WIC Program is for children whose families are within a certain income guideline and unfortunately it is sad, but true, that many young adults can go to the bank these days and the bank will give them a loan for a brand new car, but the bank won't give them a loan for a home. I guess because the loans for a home are stretched out further. Of course, this is unfortunate, but that could be the explanation for why you saw someone getting in a brand new car, who had WIC vouchers. That child can't eat the car. WIC goes to children. It is one of my tax dollars that I am very proud to give."

"One 12-ounce can of evaporated milk, two cups of pumpkin, two eggs, three-fourths of a cup of sugar, two teaspoons of vanilla, one-half cup of flour, three-fourths teaspoon of baking powder, one fourth teaspoon salt, two tablespoons of melted butter, one teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of ginger, a quarter teaspoon of cloves. Spray a nine-inch deep dish pie plate, blend all ingredients in blender until smooth or pureed, pour into pie pan, bake 50 to 55 minutes in a 350-degree oven. You will have the most delicious, no crust impossible pumpkin pie you will ever eat. I get so tired of those half-written recipes in Mail Call for impossible pumpkin pie."

"If the people of Hagerstown want to see how their money is being wasted, take a ride and look at the Westview Housing and see if you think they need to be torn down. They aren't as old as the house that we live in and we wouldn't even consider having ours torn down."

"I would like to thank the Commission on Aging and the van volunteers Neil and Jean for a very wonderful trip to see the Christmas lights. They were very nice and very accommodating and very helpful. Thank you."

"I was reading Wednesday's morning paper about a lady who said that her child wasn't getting fed a full lunch at Lincolnshire Elementary because she didn't have any money. I think this is ridiculous. If we didn't feed our kids and we sent them to school and our kid would say, 'no, my mom didn't feed me because I didn't clean my room,' they would call Social Services. They would consider that neglect, but a school can do this. What is wrong? If a child didn't have money, so be it. I know there are free lunches, but some parents make too much for the free lunches and don't have the money, especially around this time of year."

- Funkstown

"Someone wanted to know if there was any requirements for a person to get WIC vouchers. I don't think there are any requirements. I think anyone who has children under a certain age can get them."

"In response to the person who keeps complaining about the school bus on Salem Avenue at 3 p.m. If you don't like being behind the school bus and you know that it travels on Salem Avenue at that time, then why do you continue to travel on Salem Avenue at that time?"

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