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Mail Call for 2/10

February 11, 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 want to make a comment about school bus safety. For me, my children, their new bus drivers don't have the experience to be driving our children on the interstate, therefore, I don't feel that they are safe at all."




"You better believe that the city of Hagerstown deserves a chunk of the hotel/motel tax and I can tell you, I don't live in the city, but it has gotten downright dirty over the years. Part of it is their own fault for not speaking up. The city provides all the services and the county gets all the money. It's not right. How about the tax base going up 4.5 percent in one year? That is pretty good growth, since most of America, about 90 percent, had maybe one percent growth last year. Our county budget was in bad shape before the state even announced the cuts. Now they are considering building a convention center because they can get 70 percent of it from the state. Washington County needs to just stop spending for a while."

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"I wanted to say a few words about Tim Rowland and his write- ups. I think he exaggerates some things and I think he is a little more leaning towards the Democratic side rather than the Republican."




"I was wondering if anyone goes to Hagerstown Business College and if anyone knows what happened to a female student named Tia. I am one of her ex schoolmates and I was wondering how I could get in touch with her."




"Thank you Herald Mail for printing the story and name of the child sex offender that has moved to Hagerstown and not registered as a sex offender. I hope you realize that one small story could have saved the life of an innocent child or children. We need to know where these predators are and get them out of our town. Hopefully the next town they go to will also be made aware of where they are. There is no place in this world for these sick people. Thanks again, Herald-Mail. It really does take a village to raise a child. Let's all look out for the most precious of all human beings, our children."




"To the person who wants to know about books and magazines. I have a lot of them. Call 301-790-0625."




"I am a very concerned citizen of Boonsboro and there was a recent brawl that broke out at a local tavern, just outside of Boonsboro. Two people were injured and the cops were sent to this tavern. I never saw any report in the paper at all. Is this erased from the files completely or what?"




"I am calling about a traffic problem. When you get off Interstate 70 heading east, the first exit is south only. People get off there and try to go north on Md. 65 and cause near accidents or traffic tie- ups. It happened again the other day, the person just sat there in the middle of Md. 65, didn't know which way to go."




"To the person who wanted to know where to find a complete list of sex offenders. The Web site address is hagerstownwatch.org. They have a complete list on there of Maryland and a list of other sites."




"I just read in Thursday's paper about the prescriptions from Canada being much more reasonable than the United States. I don't have any insurance and I can't afford my prescriptions, so could someone put the addresses and phone number for Canada."




"Does anyone have a phone number to the IRS to report people who cheat on their taxes?"




"To the couple who were looking for baby clothes. Call 301-393-9154. We may be able to help you."

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