Mail Call

October 08, 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 would like to hear the readers of The Daily Mail who are the citizens of the city of Hagerstown on what they would think of a charter change which would eliminate the city administrator's position and give the mayor back a vote. If it were accomplished at the next election, then the next mayor elected in would be the one who would be given those powers for the first time. My thinking, we could get more truly qualified candidates for the position of mayor, if they thought they were actually going to be doing the job for the city of Hagerstown, with full voting powers on the council restored. I would read what anyone else thinks about this idea."


"To the parents who called in about the trick-or-treating on Thursday night. At least there isn't any school on Friday. I don't know why those chose Thursday night, but perhaps a lot of people are going away on a three day weekend."

"There are quite a few things about government that people need to look at closer. I am calling about a class action suit against our government for discrimination against notch babies."

"Bill Clinton lied to us about an affair, which was nothing. George Bush is lying to us about national security in a war. He needs to be impeached."

"If anyone wants to know why Bush went to war with Iraq, it's simple, Saddam tried to kill his father."

"The Boonsboro High School Class of 1984 Reunion Committee is looking for you. If you are former classmate and graduated from Boonsboro in 1984, please e-mail us at with your name and current address and any former classmates that you may be in contact with."

"To the person who wanted to know why trick-or-treating is on a Thursday night. Well if you remember, all the drunks are out on Fridays and Saturdays. Be realistic, when it falls on another date, trick or treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. if your child is just doing his area where trick or treat is, then he has plenty of time to get home and go to bed and be able to get up the next morning. It's only for two hours and ends at 8 p.m. So what's the problem?"

"I would like to know who to contact about this hazardous material surcharge that they are putting on your gas bill for a propane company. Does anyone have the number so I can call and find out why we are being charged for this?"

"I am calling to speak to the person or persons who took my purse out of my car at the South End Shopping Center in front of the laundry mat between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. There were some family pictures in a Bible that I had in my purse. If at all possible, drop some of the contents in my mailbox or take it to the post office. You shouldn't bother stuff that doesn't belong to you. Please just return the Bible with the pictures. I hope that you are reading the Bible that was in the purse and learn that 'Thou shalt not steal' nothing belonged to you."

"City of Hagerstown has done it again. They have moved trick-or-treating from Thursday night to Friday night. How can we give out candy to the little monsters and go to the football games for our big kids? I am going to the game."

"I am interested in an article that I read concerning sending Christmas cards to the troops. The organization listed in the paper was South Washington County Military Support Group. I wish someone would print a number to reach this support group."

"I just saw on the front of the paper where they are tearing down two more buildings down downtown to put the college in. It looks like they have the right idea, there shouldn't be anything left down there except Carson's Jewelers, the hotel and the college. I would like for someone to try and figure out how many millions of dollars was wasted to put that college in the grungy downtown area instead of putting it where they were offered land for free by Allegheny Energy or by putting it at HCC where they could have shared resources and it would have benefited both organizations."

"To everyone who is coming up with all these glorious and grand ideas for reusing the hospital downtown. The hospital found it was not cost-effective to renovate the building because parts of it was soooo old. How do you propose these other folks would find the funds to renovate the building?"

"Tim Rowland's column in Wednesday, Oct. 1, is one of the funniest columns I have ever read. I laughed out loud throughout the entire article. I agree with him, I want the dogs brought back, but I am sure that won't happen. Children are not really allergic to dogs, but if they are, just stay away from them. Dogs do more good than anything else for children who can't have pets."

"To the person who called in to tell people to stop complaining about the post office. Thank you! Postal workers put in long hours and work under stressful conditions. They do the best they can and get large amounts of mail moved every day. A kind word to your carrier, rather than constant complaints, will make you both feel better. A word of advice. Put a change of address at your local post office when you move. This helps you get your mail and helps keep a new residence at your old address from getting it."

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