Mail Call

December 12, 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've received lately:

"What was wrong with blackening the arrow and voting the way we have for years? Nothing wrong with it, but the new way now, the results could be manipulated."

"I would like to comment on the Board of Education's article about substitute teachers. Again, they make everything look good for the public. In reality, Washington County substitutes' are paid less than any other county. They make the three levels of substitutes look impressive, but in reality, whatever level you are, all substitutes do the same job, no matter where they go, so the levels mean absolutely nothing. The so-called C subs do the best work and work the most. The $95 they quoted for a long-term sub position is untrue. That is only for a substitute, it is only $10 more a day for a B or C sub. The C subs are also the ones doing more long terms because they do the best work. Any way you look at it, the three levels for subs are nothing less than discrimination. Tell it like it is Board of Ed and shame on you for paying so little."


"We would like to congratulate our granddaughter Heather for making the Distinguished Honor Roll at North High. Keep up the good work, we are very proud of you and love you. From Gram and Pappy R."

"Do some people think that disabled people don't exist? There was a bunch of snow in a handicapped parking spot at the Elizabeth Hager Center parking lot. The snow is supposed to be cleaned out of the handicapped spot so a handicapped person can park there and use the ramp to get up on the sidewalk. Next time someone should remember that. We do exist and we also need to get to where we want to go."

"I am in favor of moving the hospital to the Robinwood Medical Center. But what is with the road deals again, it's already a problem on Jefferson Boulevard and they are planning to make more cars go on Jefferson Boulevard? They should make them go around the Smithsburg area or the Eastern Boulevard area. Why pick on our community? Pick on someone else."

"I was reading in the paper about Medicare. The way I read it, is you have to pay $420 a year, that is $35 a month, $275 deductible, insurance will pay 75 percent of drug cost, up to $2,250. Well, my drugs run $934 a month, so after two months, they won't help me. Number two, why buy the insurance, when it is only going to help me for two months, that is costing me $770 a year now, out of my pocket, for Medicare, another $420 a year, just to save me $90 for two months?"

"Mayor Breichner, don't apologize for your comments made regarding the hobos, the gays and the KKK, you are absolutely right! We don't need a bunch of people performing."

"What is wrong with the Herald-Mail putting in the same horoscopes? They put one in one day and the next day, they put it in again."

"I am calling about the person who wanted to know about the winter coats. Boonsboro High School is doing a clothing drive, they are always looking for people to give clothes."

"Would the person or persons in the North Street/Broadway area who owns a small black and dark grey striped cat, with four white feet, please remove the string or rubber band that is wrapped around her tail. We have tried to catch the cat to do it ourselves, but we were unsuccessful. It is cruel to leave the animal in its condition."

"The president says things are getting better in Iraq. Say that to the 60 soldiers injured on Tuesday. Obviously, we are going to be in Iraq for a long time. George Bush isn't the man to lead us through Iraq. We need to vote that man out."

"In response to the person who wanted to know about organizations that were helping kids with winter coats and Christmas baskets. You can contact any of the county public schools, they are always looking for people to donate any type of winter clothing for needy students."

"I was sorry to hear about there no longer being a 'Christmas with Nick' at the Four Points Sheraton. But I would like to thank him for donating his time to the Christmas dinners. I have benefited for quite a few years in going to these dinners. I would hope someone else in the community would do this."

"Why doesn't the city and county put their heads together around the holidays. With Mr. Nick not being able to host the 'Christmas with Nick' at the Four Points, maybe they could do something to replace that."

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