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Mail Call for 7/17

July 18, 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:




"In response to an article in Tuesday's Daily Mail about the state troopers planning to enforce posted speed limits more strictly. They quoted the state police captain. If he has his way, they will ticket people for going one or two miles per hour over the speed limit. Why are the state police allowed to speed on the interstate when they aren't working or while they are working? Also, why are they allowed to use their vehicles for personal use? I don't think the taxpayers should have to pay for their gas for personal use. I also don't think he has any right to ticket people for going one or two miles over the limit. I have had them pass me when I am going 70 mph. So what do you state police have to say about this?"

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- Hagerstown




"As you enter the city of Hagerstown from all four directions there are signs posted, 'Warning: City Noise Ordinance: Strictly Enforced.' Yet all over the city, even in the downtown area itself, there is noise enough to deafen you. There are boomboxes, loud mufflers, cycles, diesel trucks double parked, yet one man handing out Christian fliers is told by a policeman to move away from the square because he is making too much noise. Come on, Hagerstown, get real, you make me ashamed of my own town."




"The number for the IRS is 1-800-829-1040 and it leaves a detailed message of when you will get your refund and you will also be getting a letter stating how much you will be getting back."




"Does anyone have any information on two lawn jockeys being stolen out of my yard on Rockdale Road last Wednesday or Thursday? Call the Maryland State Police. They had black faces, their coat was brown and their pants were tan with solar lights hooked up to them."




"In regards to the July 15 article in the paper about watching your speed. I am a speeder, I will admit that. But what I would like to know is, does this apply to all the police officers, too? I travel 81 and 70 both and I have seen several officers driving in the fast lane on both highways with no sirens on and no lights on. Do they have to obey, too?"




"How are the local and state police going to enforce something they can't do themselves? They fly by you 80 miles per hour with their families in the car. They don't use turn signals. They don't use wipers in the rain. So, how can they give tickets for something they don't comply with themselves?"




"This is in reference to getting a ticket for going one or two miles per hour over the speed limit. Nobody that I know of, and I know a lot of people, has a speedometer as accurate as that."




"After reading today's paper about the state police wanting to enforce the speed laws. They should practice what they preach. They are just as bad as anyone else on the road. I witness it every day."




"After completing a cross-country trip, I arrive in Hagers-town and I have never seen ruder or worse drivers in my life. Wake up, drivers."




"My weed eater disappeared on Monday. I may have left it on the side of the road where I was working or someone stole it out of my garage. This is on Lappans Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike. Did anyone see anyone walking late on Monday night with a weed eater?"




"I am urging everyone who reads Mail Call to read Ms. Howard's letter to the editor concerning the Humane Society on F6 in the Sunday, July 14, paper. If you don't end up with tears in your eyes, you have not connected with what these animal-loving employees go through every day and what sadness the animals feel when they are left with no homes. Be responsible companions to your animal family so they don't have to go through this."




"To the people wondering about the tax credit checks. Most families will get a $400 check this summer for each child to cover the increased tax credit. But families who make between $10,500 to $26,625 are not eligible and this is from the CBS News Web site."

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