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Mail Call for 2/27

February 28, 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 to the people calling in about how good the snow was removed in Williamsport but wasn't removed in Hagerstown. I live in Hagerstown and in case people haven't noticed, Hagerstown is bigger than Williamsport. It would cost a lot more money. I think the city workers do a good job."

"Responding to the article in Mail Call about Mr. Reese always saying bad things about our president. I am here to say something good, oh honey, 2004 is it. That's good news, isn't it?"


"I put something in Mail Call the other day about a stove, wanting to know the pros and cons about them. I meant pellet stove not a pilot stove. I am sorry for the mistake I made."

"Why is it that retired railroaders pay small federal income tax and no Maryland income tax, which means they don't pay the piggy back tax to the county? I envy them, at least their money isn't being wasted by a bunch of politicians."

"I have been reading some letters to the editors and Mail Calls about people siding with the county commissioner who wants to change the way we educate our children. I would like for some of them to come to my house. My great-granddaughter is in the second grade. I'd like them to help her with her homework. I bet they would be horrified to see how much she has. I know it is hard for a second-grader. I never had that kind of stuff until I was in the fifth or sixth grade. They are learning more these days than we ever did."

"The number for the telemarketers to stop calling you is, in Canada, 1-800-363-3528 and in Maryland, 1-410-954-6210. It takes 60 to 90 days for them to stop. I hope this information helps you."

"I am calling for the person who was wondering what to do about a neighbor bothering them for prescription drugs. I just wanted to let you know that it is illegal for you to give anyone your prescription drugs."

"The lady who lives in the 200 block of Winter Street, would you remove the big pile of snow off of your sidewalk? My sons have to climb over this mess, as well as other school children."

"It's time that the city gets the snow removed from the crosswalks in the West End. Stop and open the crossing for the children and crossing guards and the other walkers."

"This is about the children making up their snow days. I don't think that they should have to make them up because this storm was an act of God, not the children's or the schools' fault."

"To the lady who said about the neighbor bothering them for prescription drugs, don't do it. It's dangerous and don't you dare do it. Also about Charley Reese, he is such a negative person."

"Hagerstown started out pretty good on the snow removal. But their problem is they didn't finish the job, they just quit. We had a few warm days toward the end of the week, nobody went back and plowed the second lane on some of the streets. Like Saturday night Wilson Boulevard and Burhans Boulevard where it is two lanes, all of a sudden two cars would go by and then it would go back into one lane and then the cars would almost side swipe each other. Go back and finish the job."

"I can tell you something about that guy that was in the storm drain. I can tell you something about that storm drain, about five years ago, that grate on it actually fell in and that alley was blocked off with cones for the people's safety. Now the city of Hagerstown would never admit that. Don't ask me how the guy got in there and how the grate got put back on. That grate has fallen in before and it could have been an accident. But as far as him being in his underwear, I don't know, anything goes in the city."

"Does anyone know who to contact if you know someone who is getting disability, but is able to do house cleaning, laundry and working in a store, being paid under the table. It's not fair to the rest of us."

"I think a shooting range at the old landfill is a great idea. It is probably one of the best ideas that the county has come up with in a long time. Let them know that you support this."

"I think the board of education should waive all the snow days. It's ridiculous they can do it for the other counties, but not Washington County."

"I think the County Commuter would expand their route system. Go down further on Dual Highway, past the Martin's store, at least as far as the Sheraton, because there are places down there that people need to get to."

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