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Mail Call for 8/14

August 15, 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:

"Usually I like Tim Rowland's column, but not the one on the pit bull. I don't think it was humorous. Do you have a pit bull, Tim? Did you read about the 2-week-old baby who was killed by the family pet pit bull? I guess the baby must have kicked him, teased him or whatever."




"I believe that they should build a Wal-Mart near the Sharpsburg Elementary School because we don't have any shopping within a couple hundred miles of Sharpsburg. Please consider this."

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- Sharpsburg




"I missed the bus to Wal-Mart last week by five minutes, so I had to wait over a half an hour for another one. A bench sure would have helped the long wait for the other bus. Why can't they put benches at the bus stop in downtown?"




"I have lived in Hagerstown ever since I was born 33 years ago and each day I wake up, I get more embarrassed to call myself a citizen of Hagerstown. Now people are out there complaining that their kid has to learn Spanish in school. Well, they should be happy that their kid has this opportunity to learn a foreign language in school. There are more languages and cultures out there than ours, in this little town. Wake up people, this is the 21st Century. Get a life. Stop complaining and just be happy you have yours."




"It's a shame that the city can't afford to hire a college coordinator. You would think that education for the Hagerstown residents would be top priority for this city. If you would cut some of the city jobs on the second floor of City Hall, you would have money for stuff like that."




"To the person who said that Hagerstown should get on the history kick, what planet are you from? History doesn't pay for itself. Let's take two examples, one, Hager House, doesn't generate any money. Number two, the Fairground's Gate Building that the city restored, doesn't generate any money."




"I think that 16-year-olds are too young to be driving on the road. They don't have enough experience. I think they should raise it to 18- or 20-years-old before getting a driver's license."




"Mayor Breichner, what makes you think you are going to keep the hospital in town? They need to be at Robinwood. Since you have been in office, I haven't seen any street repaving done, they are all in terrible shape. Plus, the city police don't have a contract. I think it's time for you to step aside."




"I want to know who gives Hagerstown City Police the authority to come on a business of a private property and tell them what they can and can't do inside their business. This is hypocritical."




"In reference to the article in Tuesday's paper pertaining to retired state employees. When you become 65 years old, Medicare is your main insurance anyway, so why should the state pay for your insurance? The county retired have to pay for their own insurance, so why should the state pay for yours? Medicare is a good paying insurance to have."




"I want to say thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harshman on Shinham Road for all their beautiful vegetables that they provided to the community. They are very generous people and work very hard and need to be uplifted and praised for the food that they share with the community."




"I agree with the parent who called in about Bester making the children wear their shirts. I don't think they should have waited until two weeks before school to make this rule. This decision should have been made at the end of last year. I think that the school should reimburse the families for this or not put this decision into play in September, wait until next year. I think this is wrong and should have been voted on. Bester, you need to get on the ball, I know you are hurting for money, but don't punish the people who are working hard and can't afford it."




"Bester Elementary sent home the dress code paper, the last day of school. If you would have checked your child's bookbag, you would have found this paper that said about the new dress code. I, for one, think this is a great idea."




"If a child can't go to an R- rated movie because it contains blood and guts, why is it OK for them to see it on our downtown streets on a poster? This is not right. This is not freedom of speech, this is visual."




"The curb maintenance people should go down on Antietam Street and give notices. The street has weeds growing up through the bricks and stuff. It doesn't look good at all."




"We heard that there was going to be a Wal-Mart in where the old Weiss was over by Big Lots. Is this true?"




"To the misinformed person in Mail Call who blasted Bester Elementary. I have two boys that attend Bester and we have known about the dress code since about a month before school left out last year. Most of the kids that I have talked to are OK with it. You can wear whatever jeans or kakis you want, it is only the shirt. There are shirts available for $5 and $10."

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