Mail Call

October 28, 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 noticed with the three local trials, we have the D.C. snipers, we have a woman that killed a mother and her child and we have a man that tried to kill a law enforcement officer. The media is doing nothing but turning it into a large soap opera, each one. The criminal justice system needs revamped and completely redone and the media should be kept out of it."

"I would like to say congratulations to the South High jayvee football team for shutting out Williamsport 27-0 on Wednesday night. There were two teams on the field, but when it came to penalties, you would think that there was only one team on the field. To the Williamsport fan who harassed my family, shame on you!"


"To all the funeral homes: I am calling from a funeral home in Hagerstown and I read in the paper last week sometime about someone who said about a woman named Tanya at The Herald-Mail being one of the nicest and kindest people to talk to when calling there. I agree 100 percent. If you need help with an obituary, talk to Tanya, she is great. She is fun to talk to, she laughs and she is very understanding when you call in with a correction."

"I found a very old Hagerstown Bakery salesman's order book. The address was 109 W. Franklin St. The salesman's name was Pierce and his route was in Jefferson County, W.Va. The book has names and addresses of individuals and businesses and how much they owed. If this book would be meaningful to you, leave a message and number in Mail Call and I will give it to you. By the way, there was no dates in the book, but a loaf of bread was 8 cents."

"What day is trick-or-treat for Hagerstown, Thursday or Friday?"

"I live on Sharpsburg Pike and the people up the road, before you get to the battlefield, has three spiders in their yard every year for Halloween and I think it's neat. I think people should just take a ride down there and see them. This would be something for the children to see. It's between Fairplay and the battlefield on the right-hand side of the road going toward Sharpsburg."

"I am trying to find out when Woodmore Development is having trick-or-treat."

"We should all be grateful that the school board can't float bonds because the entire idea is a sham. It's just a way to force the county to pay $1.7 million. The school board has spent the last two years increasing its pay and benefits, much higher than any working group in this county. Now they come back and want more and more money, this time for schools. The Board of Education has to be reined in."

"I was wondering how some landlords can get away with renting places and others can't with this surcharge, when their place is falling down and run down. But yet, they don't have to pay for it. That's not fair."

"The deer whistles can be bought at Startzman's Hardware, 775 S. Potomac St."

"Congratulations to all the honor roll students at Western Heights Middle School."

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