Mail Call for 3/6

March 07, 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:

"There is a house on Salem Avenue that hasn't shoveled the walk on the Salem Avenue side since the big snow. When I walk down Salem Avenue, I have to get out in the road and this is a very busy road. What can be done about this before someone gets hit?"

- Hagerstown

"I have to say that our representatives certainly have their priorities mixed up. The last thing we need is a law, if you go into the left lane, you can be ticketed if you don't get over in the right lane. I am not for people poking around in the left lane, but I think a law is unnecessary. What we need is our current speed limit laws enforced. I went out on Interstate 70 the other day and I drove in the right hand lane, I drove 75 miles per hour, 10 miles over the limit and every car on the road passed me. I couldn't believe it. No, we don't need a law like that, we need to start writing big tickets to these people who want to violate the law."


"In the news today you are hearing about the boycott of French wines and German beers. Why not take it a step further and boycott their automobiles, too? I feel that if they can't stand behind us in this war then why should we buy their products."

"I am calling in reference to Williamsport's town election. I just wanted to let the people of Williamsport know that they did the right thing by getting Mr. Jones into office. They will have great coverage on any issue that they need because this is a man that does great things. He will not let you guys down. Good luck, Mr. Jones, you really deserve this. God bless you."

"To the person worried about going to night clubs because of safety and overcrowding concerns. The solution is very simple, don't go."

"Since when has a democratic nation had the right to tell our children that freedom of speech and freedom of religion can't co-exist. In our salute to the flag, it states 'Under God' and our currency, 'In God We Trust.' When I was in Scouts, God was everywhere, as he still is. Every constitution, our revolution, our existence, even today when our children and grandchildren are again fighting a war to keep our shores safe and free are still 'Under God.' Why does it matter if we are Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran or any other denominations, we can still live free and at peace, 'Under One God.' This attitude of teaching our children not to salute the flag, not to pray in public is very wrong. I am in my mid 70s and have always been taught that the Bible and our freedoms co-exist. Without one, we haven't the others. One God and our constitution means freedom for all. Why can't people understand, stand up and fight for our freedoms. From a concerned grandmother."

"Responding to the caller complaining about people who are thanking people in Mail Call for the snow angels. I don't see a problem with that. In fact, I think it's a nice way of thanking someone and letting everyone know how kind someone was to you."

"There are many two-way streets in the city of Hagerstown that are only one lane because of the snow. I think it would be more important to open these streets back up into two lanes, instead of wasting our time and money removing snow from North Potomac Street."

"I think it's high time for a change at The Maryland Theatre. It's the same old, same old, year after year. Something different besides country, how about something for the rock 'n' roll fans of Hagerstown."

"How shameful it is that the city wants to send letters out to the business owners downtown and harass them about what their store fronts look like. I have news for the city of Hagerstown, this is the worst council and mayor we have ever had. It certainly rivals the last one we had. You couldn't pay people to start a business downtown. They should be thankful that they have the businesses they have now downtown. As long as they keep harassing people, they will never get anyone to buy a home or a business in the city."

"Attention service station owners. With the senior citizen population increasing the way it is, there is a dire need to have tenants at the service station to pump the gas for the seniors at the pumps. You will make a bundle."

"Can anyone tell me what exactly Elizabeth Morgan does that's worth $10,000 per month?"

"I would like to thank Tom Hart and the Williamsport Fire Company for digging out our back parking lot when the winter storm went through a few weeks ago."

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