Mail Call

October 02, 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:

"To the lady who wanted to know how to make a green tomato pie. You make it the same as you would an apple pie. Chop up the tomatoes in your crust, add some sugar, a couple blocks of butter and a little bit of cinnamon, then put a top crust on, then you have your green tomato pie."

"I want to make a point: we need some radar or better police presence on Salem Avenue. These people are treating Salem Avenue like their own personal speedway."


"Isn't it interesting that one day after dogs are allowed to be walked in the parks, border- ing the park, but not in the parks, that two people interviewed in the paper were breaking the new law. They admitted it, that they were walking their dogs inside the park, and one didn't even have a leash on the dog. People like this that break the new law will make it hard for the ones who worked hard to get the law made, so you can at least walk your dog around the parks."

"The post office in Halfway is the greatest post office. The people in there are so nice. The two gentlemen have helped me in so many ways. The post office is very well appreciated. Also, about Bonnie and Clyde, the two little dogs at Bester, I think if they haven't been a problem, they should be able to stay. Children love dogs and if the dogs love the children, it probably makes the children happy. I think the vacation photos have been fantastic. I love looking at all the people and seeing where they have gone and I think it's absolutely wonderful that you guys put something like this in the paper. I wish everyone a happy day."

"I have a comment on Bill O'Reilley's opinion column in the Sept. 28 paper. He stated that children shouldn't have TVs and computers in their bedrooms because they are subjected to sexuality. Well, maybe so, but you can block sexual Web sites and even TV channels. You simply can't watch your kids 24 hours a day."

"On Sunday at Rest Haven Cemetery, a woman's wallet was removed from her car. If found, please put your number in the paper and we will call you immediately. A reward is being offered."

"Perhaps if more young children had the learning experience of a Bonnie and Clyde at school, acts of violence towards innocent animals will stop. Incidentally, in the Lifestyle section of Sunday's paper, Dr. Chris D refuted the negative views of some Mail Callers."

"After reading Sunday's paper, I am convinced more than ever that the hospital should remain in the city."

"Someone said that the old hospital would make a great headquarters for the Board of Ed because hospital rooms are a good size for an office, they have phone lines and power already there."

"If the lady that wanted the green tomato pie recipe would leave your number in Mail Call, I will be glad to call you and give it to you."

"Someone wanted the telemarketers' phone number; it is 1-888-382-1222."

- Hancock

"Can someone in the educational field answer my question. Is it true that the children are no longer required to pass the Maryland State Achievement math test? Please let me know."

"To the person who wanted to know about the 17-year-old boy and what would happen to him if he was put in a kennel with five or 10 pit bulls. Well, if he was put in a kennel with a pit bull like I have, he would get hugs and kisses and that's about it. It's people like that person that give these dogs a bad name."

"I really enjoy reading Ms. Parson's column from the Jonathan Street area. I don't live in that area, but I really enjoy reading her column."

"I would like to thank the person who found my daughter's purse at the Express Carwash and turned it in."

"I agree with the person who said that there needs to be traffic lights at Wal-Mart. At the very least, there should be some four-way stop signs out there before someone gets killed."

"I agree that the commuter buses shouldn't be shut down. But some time ago, there was some talk about having smaller buses. All the buses I pass seem to be as large as ever. Are there still plans for smaller buses? Wouldn't that cut down on the cost?"

"I think a word of thanks should be sent to American Red Cross for their assistance after Hurricane Isabel hit. If it hadn't been for them, I don't know what anyone would do without their help. I think these people are terrific and I think they should be given more credit than what they are getting."

"I wish people would stop complaining about the post office. We aren't perfect and neither are they. Stop complaining about getting mail for people who moved. There are a lot of substitute carriers that don't know who lives where. It's not their fault that someone moved seven years ago. Put your name on the mailbox and make it legible and maybe this won't happen as much. As for lost checks, the bank could be at fault, too; they could still be en route. The hurricane caused the Frederick plant and the main Baltimore post office to close, which automatically puts things behind. Get over it."

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