Mail Call

August 20, 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 the city police of Hagerstown continue to harass cab drivers who pull up in front of my house to pick me up when there is no parking space. The public service commission says that they must be in front of my house, not three houses down in a parking space. If you're going to continue to harass the cab drivers, please harass the other people who sit in the street dealing their drugs."


"About the Bester Elementary uniform policy, welcome to Baltimore City. It's just another innovation brought from Baltimore City that didn't work there and probably won't work here either."

"This is an answer in response to the person who put in Mail Call about state employee retirees who don't pay health insurance. Whoever you are, you are wrong, you don't know what you are talking about. I am a retired state employee and I am still paying health insurance out of my pension. So the next time you have something to say about something that you don't know anything about, find out first."

"Why is the YMCA getting money from the United Way and a large percentage of tip jar money? Membership has tripled and it has become like a country club. Poor people can no longer attend the YMCA."

"Would the man who bought the scoring plow with the broken handle from the yard sale at 16958 Broadfording Road around 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, call Jeff at 301-491-8643. It is important that I get in contact with you because it was sold to you by mistake."

"What has happened to the electric bills? My bill has jumped $50 and there are two people in this house and the kilowatts hours are less than what they were last month. I know they said the rates were going up but this is ridiculous."

"I was reading in Friday's paper where an older man in Williamsport attacked a windshield of a car. I understand that people were going fast, but he had no reason to hit the windshield or try to hit it. He could have hurt the child that was in that car. Him and his family are religious, so why would he lash out at someone like this? Just call the law and have it taken care of."

"School is about to start for the next year and due to cuts, Clear Spring Middle and Clear Spring High will both have a part -time media specialist. As a parents and taxpayers, we feel that we are entitled to full- time librarians at each school. They are the ones that help the students in all areas, which would be a big help to see 'No Student Is Left Behind.'"

"To the person who made the comment about the recall of Governor, why can't we recall the president? Why would you want to recall the president after the trash that we had in Bill and Hillary Clinton? I don't understand why you would even think of something like that. If we can put up with the trash of the Clintons, we can put up with Bush."

"I see where someone put in Mail Call about the junk cars in the Cedar Lawn area. If people would read their property deeds, they would find out what should be and what shouldn't be."

"It seems to me that the problem isn't with Section 8, it's just that Penny Nigh has never had to ask for help. People aren't all bad, just because they need help sometime. What Penny Nigh needs to do is focus on the downtown area, and see why there aren't any jobs in town. She needs to find out why they are just moving out. She is blind sided by crime. Crime is everywhere. She just doesn't want to admit that it is in her neighborhood, too."

"My spirit was lifted today. Usually I see people asking for money and standing on the corner. The other day, I went to Sharpsburg and right on the corner were four young boys handing out pink papers. I opened my window and took one. It was free breast cancer screenings. Those four boys were standing in 100-degree temperatures handing out these free breast cancer screenings for next Friday. This is remarkable. I congratulate them for doing this. These boys really made me happy."

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