Mail call for 1/28

January 29, 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:

"This is for Mary Baykan, the executive director of the Washington County Free Library. Mary, instead of condemning your brothers and sisters because they came in to roost at your place, maybe you should just put out more chairs and spend a little of your money, put on a pot of coffee. Then get on your knees and thank the Lord that you have a home, a job and that you are warm. It's really sad when you think about the people in the United States, the richest country in the world, having homeless people on the street. All those empty buildings in downtown Hagerstown, they are tearing them down. Why can't the city open one of those buildings for the homeless as a shelter? All that money that we pay for taxes, surely they can find money somewhere to be able to turn the heat on and the water in one of those buildings."


"I support the Williamsport High School production that is being put on."

"I am calling about the possible charging of the bulk trash in the area. I feel that it is only going to cause problems for people not putting out the trash, or they will end up dumping it on our country roads. I feel that if the scavengers that go around town ransacking through the garbage are caught doing it, they should be fined for doing so."

- Hagerstown

"About the article in the paper about the homeless people spending time in the library and the resentment for that. I just want to say one thing, it was 10 degrees this morning and I can't imagine what that would be like with no place to go."

"Enough about Ron Bowers. Ron, it is time to step aside, yes we all feel sorry for you, and many of us voted for you over the years. But in your position, you must do what is in the best interest of all concerned. Please do the state of Maryland a favor and resign!"

"I found it interesting to see in the paper the other day about the article complaining about the homeless people in the library. I go to the library at least three or four times a week and I have never seen any of them be unruly or do anything they shouldn't do. If they are residents of Washington County, they have as much right to use that library as anyone else. Speaking of a permanent cold weather shelter, I suggest people send donations to Christ's Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St. I belong to that church and we need almost $2 million to renovate the building next to the church, so we can turn that into a homeless shelter and other good things. We can't raise that much money, we are having difficulty raising that much just through the congregation. So if anyone wants to complain about the homeless problems, send your donations there."

"For the two people in Jan. 23 paper who is questioning the inspectors in Iraq and not in the United States. Now both of these people seem to imply that the other person was uninformed. Didn't Will Rogers once say that we are all ignorant, just in different subjects? Isn't that why Jerry Fallwell and Rush Limbaugh both have such large audiences?"

"I just wanted to say that I support the Williamsport High School production."

"We would like to thank a sweet young girl, on Thursday at Wal-Mart. It was cold and windy, we are seniors, I locked my keys in the car. She took us to a friend's house to get a spare key and then took us back to the car. She sure was an angel to us that day. Her name was Angela from Smithsburg. What a kind person. Thank you, Angela, and may God bless you always."

"I agree wholeheartedly on the article about the Funkstown Post Office. If you want superb service from a wonderful staff and a smile to go along with it, the Funkstown Post Office has it all."

"I want to commend the postal workers in Funkstown for them showing courtesy and doing a great job."

"As a concerned citizen at the Central Chemical Superfund Organization, I noticed that nobody from The Herald-Mail or the Morning Herald was present. I feel that this should have been noted in the newspaper, someone should have been there. Because how can we make our city a better place to live when the press doesn't inform some of the citizens? I notice that Mr. Maginnis and Mr. Rowland continue to try to criticize the city, however on real important issues, they are never there, but they don't mind criticizing them."

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