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Mail Call for 4/8

April 09, 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:

"Three MS mile marker signs were removed from the Antietam Battlefield after the MS Walk on Saturday. These signs were professionally done for us so that we could reuse the signs again next year. We would appreciate any information anyone could give us concerning the whereabouts of these signs. Obviously this will be an added expense for the walk next year, if they aren't found. Please call 301-432-5660. We are just concerned about finding these signs, no questions asked."


"Congress and the House are working on the $76 billion bill to fund the war and relief effort. But there seems to be a problem, the White House wanted a $2.5 billion blank check to spend as it sees fit, without any designation for the relief effort. The president also wanted a $1.5 billion blank check for homeland security. Just a blank check for Tom Ridge to spend as he sees fit. The administration seems to forget that it's the Congress that decides where the money goes, not the president. Luckily, our legislators are smart enough not to give the White House a blank check. Bush still doesn't get it. He thinks that since he's president, he tells the country what to do and our elected officials are just there to nod their heads. It seems that there is more than one dictatorship in this world that we need to get rid of and one of them is in Washington."

"President Bush has asked for money to fight the war and I am more than willing as an American to see that our troops get the money they need, but I don't see why $9 billion should go to Israel. They aren't in the war, they are having financial problems, but is that America's problem? No. We are also in a financial problem. Tell Bush no to Israel, they sucked America dry and it's now time to turn the faucet off."

"No, the Sept. 11 victims couldn't protest at all, but guess what, many of their families came out several weeks and protested this war. Most of the victims and their families of Sept. 11 know that this war that started a few weeks ago is not against the person that committed 9/11."

"In Mail Call recently someone complained about the fact that they went to a city park and said about the restrooms not being opened. I wanted to let everyone know that we went to Hager Park on the corner of Frederick Street and Memorial Boulevard and the restrooms were open, they were clean and the water was on. The park was also in tip-top shape. Thanks to whoever takes care of that park."

"To Chief Smith, what happened to the good old day when all the police officers were in the same uniform? It's pretty confusing to the public when you have officers wearing four or five different uniforms. It's confusing when you don't know who is stopping you or pulling you over."

"There is a gang of children ranging in ages 5 to 17 in the 100 block of Randolph. You can't drive up the street or park because they run out in front of you and beat on the cars and throw things at you. When you tell them that you are going to call the police on them, they said that the police can't do anything. I don't know what to do. When you do call the police, they are all gone because they have monitors."

"About the yellow ribbons. That's not true about only putting them out for family members. This is not true. Put out all your flags and all your yellow ribbons. Show your patriotism. We pray for them and their safe return."

"Who do I contact about getting a traffic signal put at the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard? You sit there sometimes five minutes or longer. So who do I contact?"

"Some time ago there was a number in Mail Call for the Better Business Bureau. Could someone put that number back in for me?"

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