Mail Call for 3/10

March 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:

"To the lawyer who lives in Cloverton in Williamsport: Your son in the little black car doesn't ever stop at stop signs. Maybe he doesn't know what the stop sign means. Maybe you should tell him."

"I have been reading about the Economic Development Commission also known as the EDC. My question is this: I have lived inside city limits for the past 15 years now. What has it actually done for the local economy? I am looking for an answer in laymen's terms. I call local offices and get nothing. Maybe I can get some information in Mail Call."


"To the person in the white Volkswagen at Salem Avenue Elementary School every day at around 1 p.m. Every day during the week, evidently picking up his child, if you don't slow down, I am going to report you to the police."

"My husband found a set of keys on Md. 60 going north. It looks like a Volkswagen automobile key. If you can identify it, call Mail Call and leave your number. It was near Leitersburg."

"To the people inquiring about illegal left turns onto Md. 65. Over 18 months ago, a woman at the State Roads office said that they were going to put no left turn signs near the exit. I mentioned barriers, like on Dual Highway. She said this was discussed; nothing was done yet."

"To the person who doesn't like Charley Reese because he bashes the President. Well, I like Charley Reese because he tells it like it is and to the person who doesn't like him, if you don't like him, don't read his column."

"I want to thank the Jenkins family for all the love and care they gave to Brittany. I would also like to thank them for presenting their memorial in The Herald-Mail. Thank you, from her aunt Rhonda and her mother, Tina."

"About the person who has been going to Salvagno for a year. You are absolutely 100 percent right, he and his staff are the greatest. I have been going to him for 20 years, ever since he started practicing. He is a great doctor and a great person."

"I want to respond to the Mail Call about the person who said that we have the worst council and mayor ever. You hit the nail on the head. I always say, out with the old and in with the new. When it comes time to vote, vote them all out."

"In response to an article I read the other day about it being cheaper to build a new school. Well, if you would have been more worried about maintaining these buildings rather than getting a big fat pay raise and replacing the windows as the years went by, you wouldn't have to worry about building a new school."

"I am in Hagerstown at the bird sanctuary. I have seven grossbeaks. I was wondering if anyone else has seen these evening grossbeaks?"

"To the person who is referring to Republicans as sore losers. For once and all, get it over. President, that's right, President Bush, won the election fair and square. The Supreme Court stopped Al Gore from stealing the election. God help us if Hillary Clinton does get elected in 2008."

- Hagerstown

"It's no wonder that there are so many ignorant children in the area. There seems to be a lot of ignorant parents. Why don't they read the paper? Montgomery County got a waiver for two snow days, not for all, for two. The most that was ever given was three days and that was for Garrett County several years ago. Children go to school to learn so they can get better jobs and live a successful life, not as some kind of punishment. If more parents would spend more time with their children, reading to them and helping them with their homework, then maybe we could afford to waive more days because the children would have already learned something. The children go to school 180 days a year, that's the law. If you don't like the law, go out and vote. It won't change the amount of days off school, but at least you got out and voted for a change."

"To all the people who are whining about having the kids having to go an extra half hour, get over it."

"To all the people who are so down on slot machines. If you think they are bad for Maryland, you should ride over to Charles Town, ride through the parking lot and look at where all the cars are from."

"How much longer must we put up with the entertainment at The Maryland Theatre? Those ideas are getting old. We deserve better than this. We can pretty much plan year after year what the entertainment is going to be. Same old thing, just the dates and times are going to be different. It's time for a new vision. After all, we fund a good portion of what goes to The Maryland Theatre. How about some new ideas for a change?"

"To the senior who wanted a gas station with full service who pumps the gas. There is a gas station on the corner of Washington and Nottingham that provides that service."

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