Mail Call for 1/15

January 16, 2003

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 just read in Mail Call about kids coming home and saying about the vice principal sitting on kids that don't listen. If I were those kids' parents, I would find out what was going on and then go to the Board of Education. If that didn't work, then I would go higher."

"I always felt in my heart that we all have an angel watching over us. That is the experience that I had at Christmastime and I am more convinced now that this is very true. I went to Rest Haven Cemetery to put a wreath on my husband's grave, unfortunately the path leading to the mausoleum was blocked from the snow that was plowed from the road. Little did I realize that there was ice underneath. As I tried to get across, I fell and couldn't get up, due to a weakness in my legs. After many attempts, I gave up and became very frightened as darkness approached. I pictured myself lying there all night and possibly freezing because it was very cold. When suddenly this little car came up the road and a young girl stopped and helped me up. I asked her to write her name down, her name was Michelle. I think Michelle was my angel in disguise and I thank her with all my heart. The amazing thing was Michelle told me that she almost didn't come to visit her grandfather's grave because it was getting dark. Thank God she changed her mind."


"I have had a rabbit in a coop in my backyard for the past six years and I noticed on Monday that he is gone. I want to know if anyone in the George Street area has seen him. I got him for my grandson's ninth birthday, we have had him for six years now. Call 301-745-5617."

"On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Herald-Mail ran an article about bringing slot machines to Maryland. A lot of peeved readers think that the people should have some say in this. The government does as it please without regard for the people."

"I read about the people in Boonsboro wanting a dollar store. If someone down there would open a Dollar General, I guarantee it will do well. They opened up one in Halfway close to the railroad tracks and it does well. If I was a younger person and had a little financial backing, I guarantee you, I would come down there and open a Dollar General Store and I would be laughing my way to the bank."

"I am calling about the soda can tabs that I am saving. I would like for them to go to the Ronald McDonald House because they use it for parents to stay there when their children are terminally ill, but I don't know how to go about getting them there. Also, where can I find phone book covers? Please put it in Mail Call."

"Thanks, Gov. Glendening, for leaving Maryland in such bad shape. You left Prince George's County that way and now you left the state that way. Thanks very much."

"To the parent that wanted to know what to do when their child came home and said that the vice principal is sitting on kids. What you do is teach your children that they better know how to act in school or the same thing will happen to him. If it does, then when he gets home, you are going to paddle his rear end for that. Then there won't be any more vice principals sitting on any kids."

"The Chevy Tahoe poem, titled 'nobody knows it but me' was written by Patrick O'Leary and narrated by James Garner. Words may be gotten on the Internet at or leave phone number in Mail Call and I will return your call."

"I am reading Mail Call on Monday and someone said, what do you do when your child comes home and says that 'the vice principal is sitting on kids who don't listen.' The first thing you need to do is contact the vice principal and make sure that this actually happened. A lot of times children exaggerate and I have been working in the school system long enough to know that parents, the first thing they like to do is blow things out of proportion and they need to find out if the things are true first, then act second."

"I was wondering if anyone knows why some meats that you purchase in the deli are iridescent. I would like to know what causes this."

"I am so sick of hearing about John Munson. Enough already! You are beating a dead horse. Let's talk about something else."

"To the North High student who wants to know what to do about the long lines at lunch. Here is a suggestion, pack your own lunch. It's a lot cheaper, too, and you will have plenty of time to eat it."

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