Mail Call for 5/7

May 08, 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:

"Incredible, absolutely incredible, we are going to pay Eastern Elementary teachers $5,000 more, that is $250,000 more per all 50 teachers, just to do the job that they should have done to keep the school qualified and we wonder why we have fiscal irresponsibility in the school board and at the city government level. Just unbelievable."

"I want to know what the supervisor was thinking about when she ordered that the children remain with their mother. These two boys were found locked in their home and the mother was going into a bar. Why wouldn't they remove those children, especially the one that had cerebral palsy? What was this supervisor thinking about? Is this the way our children are supposed to be treated?"


"I want to thank the County Roads Department. They did a great job of keeping the roads open from Virginia Avenue to Edward Doub Road with the snows this winter. Also, they made a little boo boo in my front yard. This morning, they made their wrong a right. They brought a beautiful load of top soil and planted grass seed."

"To Lindsay at Williamsport school concerning her letter to the editor: Teasing does hurt, none of us know how much, but I will personally pray for you. The people that are doing this to you need more help than you will ever need dear. Just hang in there. What is wrong with the school authority that they aren't helping you? I will continue to pray for you."

"I was at City Park on April 27 and it just goes to show you how some people are today. There was a man walking around the park with a lady and he spit right into the lake. It shows me that people don't have any respect for the public. Show some manners and respect, that was so disgusting."

"Why aren't there more stories about the huge prison complex south of Hagerstown? The only time you hear about it, is when an organization does something good down there, which I think is fine. But there are more important issues. The inmates don't have enough jobs, too many of them don't have enough to do other than play basketball, sports and so on. They aren't learning how to get along once they get released. Plus, there is a final story, the (correctional officers) are never paid enough and they are always forgotten at contract time, just like the city police."

"On page A1 of the Herald Mail on Sunday was a story about HIV/AIDS increasing. They took out the people that are in jail. It would be interesting to know the percentage of people who have HIV/AIDS who are former inmates and not native of Hagerstown or Washington County."

"The Hagerstown City Council is shooting the whole community in the foot again by imposing their forced annexation policy on a major employer that would provide 60 more jobs for our citizens. Now the city faces still another lawsuit. Do we have to wait until the next city council election to end this?"

"I would like to give a thumbs down to the police officers who were assigned to the Clear Spring prom on Saturday night. Half of the fun of a prom is getting a nice ride and a lot of money is spent renting limos, carriages, etc. Hours are spent cleaning up and shining up the cars, so that when you pull up and let your date out, everyone can see what you drove. The police took that away by making a lot of the kids park in the lower lot and walk up. Thanks for ruining what a lot of people look forward to. We didn't get to take pictures or film any of it."

"My son is a senior at Washington County Technical High School and back in March, he along with 20 of his classmates were inducted into the National Vocational Technical Honor Society. I waited, but nothing was in the paper. In April, my son along with other county students were recognized with an Award of Excellence from the county, still nothing in the paper. In a world of so much negativity, it would have been nice to read about these accomplishments in the paper. We should show these people that we are proud of what they have achieved. I for one extend my congratulations to all those students for jobs well done."

- Keedysville

"I used to enjoy driving out Eastern Boulevard, past the YMCA, but now I don't. They have planted all those trees and I think they are an eyesore. Couldn't they have picked someplace else to plant them?"

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