Mail Call

November 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:

"The City of Hagerstown couldn't afford to install air conditioning in three new fire trucks recently purchased. Therefore, each of the respective fire companies chipped in with the money to put in the air conditioning for the new trucks. If the city couldn't afford those air conditioners for the trucks, how could they afford to pay almost $500 an hour for Baltimore attorneys to counteract the move that the hospital so wisely wants to make?"

"I also feel that with the Mummers' Parade that it should be North and South alternating like they used to do. The funny part of it is, Williamsport is saying that North was last because they were at competition. That may be true, but this was South's year to go first and North was going to be last anyway. That is why the band director did pick the competition because they knew they would be back in time to be last anyway. Why Williamsport went first and not South, I have no idea, but South was at the parade route at 5:45 p.m. like they were supposed to."


"I am calling to congratulate Bill and Elaine of the new Antietam Family Restaurant, formerly The Antrim House Restaurant, on their new ownership of the restaurant, from their very valuable employees and customers."

"I think it's great that The Herald-Mail put a thumbs up in the paper for the veterans from World War II until now. That's interesting, but what happens to the man from Charles Town who was in the paper the other day? I think he said he was a World War I veteran. So I guess he just got left out of that. Or is the paper's accuracy called into question again? You can't believe anything you read in the paper anymore. You need to check your stories before printing them."

"I want to respond to a letter to the editor from a lady in Boonsboro in Sunday's paper, entitled, 'Merit doesn't always pay.' The gist of her article is that just because some people have jobs that pay better, that shouldn't be held against people that don't have the same high-paying jobs and that people who work hard, should basically make the same money, based upon their needs. What the lady should look at is the basis of socialism, which was from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs. That is what Karl Marx taught and that is evidentially what she believes, and that is not the capitalist system that our country has lived under for all these years."

"I am calling about the craft show that was at the community college this past weekend. I would like to know what happened to all the vendors that used to be there. It was pathetic this year. We can do a lot better than that."

"I want to say hats off to the Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. I am glad that someone has the backbone to stand up for what the United States has fought for all these years. I am an American and a veteran."

- Hagerstown

"Are we ever going to get our Dunkin Donuts' and Baskin Robbins in Hagerstown? I am sick and tired of going out of town to get these treats."

"We wish to thank The Herald-Mail and The Daily Mail for the excellent coverage they gave the Williamsport Wildcats girls volleyball team and the boys soccer team. The pictures and article written were great. Our hats off go to the girls for being Maryland State Champs and for the boys for first runner up. We are very proud of them and wish them the best in their future endeavors. Go Wildcats!"

"Judge Moore, you are a winner in God's eyes and also in the eyes of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks for being faithful to God. Sorry to say, but more and more the people of God are being persecuted here in America. This is another sign, that Jesus is coming soon for all who love and obey Him. Trusting in His soon return."

"Last Saturday night, I attended the Potomac Playmakers' Production of 'The World Goes Around.' It was one of the finest musical shows I have seen in years. Kudos to Director Ruth Ridenour and the entire cast and crew. I urge everyone to go and see this show, I think they present it again at the last part of this week. I have been a patron of the Potomac Playmakers for many years and it's still hard to realize that there is this much talent in the Hagerstown area."

"I worked at the Gateway Crossing in Hagerstown and if those houses exceed $150,000, I am 15 foot tall. And I am not 15 foot tall."

"I want to congratulate Patrick Lynch for being a star at E. Russell Hicks and for making the honor roll. You are doing a great job and we are proud of you, Patrick."

"Congratulations to my son Christopher Rinehart for doing great on our report card for the first marking period at Eastern Elementary. Keep up the great work. Love, Mommy."

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