Mail Call for 6/24

June 25, 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:

"I want to know why there hasn't been any progress on the road construction at Huyetts Crossroads. On May 19, barrels were placed along the shoulders, which further restricted the already congested traffic situation. Nothing else has been done for over a month. Does anyone know the reason for the delay?"

"You keep hearing people complaining about the homeless shelter in Hagerstown. Many people are coming out with the politically correct attitude that the homeless shelter is needed and belongs in Hagerstown. But the reality is, if the people are homeless then downtown Hagerstown doesn't necessarily have to be their home. They can live anywhere, especially if their home is going to be charity. Living anywhere would be better than living on the street."


"I want to thank the County Commissioners and our administrator for hurting all the working class who make their minimum. They are going to hold their paychecks for three weeks by changing the county pay from weekly to bi-weekly. This is a huge financial hardship on the employees and you really don't seem to care. It's not bad enough that you have taken a tiny raise and with the increase in health care going up, some of us won't make any money. Now you are doing this. This is not the way you treat hard working employees who do their job, day in and day out. And to the accounting department, if you stop worrying about the personal issues and do your job, weekly payroll wouldn't affect anybody."

"I am calling about the Mail Call about people mowing grass and letting it all go into the street. The businesses along Burhans Boulevard always do that. There is always grass in the street and I also think it looks terrible. I am sure if it were homeowners, someone would open their mouth. Why are the businesses allowed to do this and the homeowners or renters can't?"

"I am reading about Linn Hendershot saying that the city needs to do more for the homeless. I agree, but I think they should be doing more for the people who are paying the bills. Because the ones that are paying the bills and taxes are the ones that keep footing the bill for everything."

"I am calling about the speeding and the traffic on Oak Ridge Drive. It is also turning into an Indy 500. There is going to be a serious accident soon. There are some neighbors that have gotten plate numbers, but we don't know who to turn them in to. The city, the county or state police? What can we do about this?"

"People make me sick about their privacy being invaded in Hagerstown. For instance about these cameras they are putting in Hagerstown. I don't live in Hagers-town, but I am a law-abiding citizen. Why would I worry about a camera being on me? I love it, it's for my safety. I have nothing to hide. Do you people who are opposed to this have something to hide?"

"To the person who wanted to know how to get the rust stains off your toilet. I have found Kaboom at any major grocery store. Just spray it on, leave it on, it cleans it up nicely."

"Why is the city of Hagerstown so desperate to collect this rental fee for rental properties without notifying the people in Hagerstown as to what the ordinance is all about?"

"I can't believe our elected school board is going along with the drastic changes that Dr. Morgan. Teacher morale is at an all- time low. I think it's time to ship Betty back to Baltimore and hire someone from Washington County as schools' superintendent."

"Thumbs down to The Herald-Mail. What do you have against the senior citizens having a prescription plan? In fact, it's a very modest plan compared to some that were offered. Don't blame the congress, George Bush promised this to the people when he ran for election last time and he was not elected, but I know why he is passing this now and it's a good thing for the senior citizens. He is hoping he will get his votes, but I know hardly any senior citizens who vote Republican and I wouldn't blame him. When we are done with Iraq it's going to end up costing us from $800 billion to a trillion dollars. A war for nothing. Our people are still killed even though they claim the war was over months ago. We are going to be there for years and it's going to bankrupt our country. He has already spent all of our Social Security. Bush will be remembered one of these days as one of the worst presidents this country has ever had, especially if we end up bankrupt."

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