Mail Call

December 24, 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 am the lady who was looking for a SpongeBobSquarePants stuffed animal. I am so grateful for you doing this. My son will be the happiest kid now at Christmas. Here is my cell phone number, call me 240-675-0018, my name is Tanya. I don't know how I can ever thank you. I hope you have the best Christmas ever. May God bless you and your family."

"This is to the kind gentleman who found my checkbook and calendar book in the parking lot at the post office on Wednesday night and came in to give them to me. Sir, I ask God to bless you on this Christmas Day and the New Year. You made my Christmas. Thanks again! You were my guardian angel."


"I want to make a suggestion to the person who was giving away those teddy bears. Why not give them to a place like the Beverly Healthcare in Hagerstown? That's a nice thing for you to offer to give them away. There are many residents there that don't have family or have anyone to come and see them. The holidays are basically for children, but they are always for children of all ages, young and old."

"I am glad that we caught Saddam, but I am concerned how we haven't been able to catch bin Laden. We need to stay aware of this because not knowing where he is, he could do something just like Saddam has done. He is another character that needs to be caught and put to justice. Hopefully we can have some peace now."

"There was an article about poinsettias in The Daily Mail on Dec. 18, from the Penn State Extension Service. It said that poinsettias are not poisonous. I can tell you that my granddaughter's kitty cat ate one of the leaves and within 20 minutes, her kitty died. Don't tell me that they aren't poisonous. They need to go back and do some more research on poinsettias."

"I didn't vote for the mayor of Hagerstown, but I do support him in not having the gay pageant in Hagerstown. It would be a disgrace to the Hagerstown area. I am so glad that Pennsylvania is getting it."

"I just wanted to say thanks Mayor Breichner for everything that you have said the past few months about the gay pageant. We don't need it in this town or any other town."

"Way to go to the Ranson Police Department on their thoughtfulness to the needy this year."

"Just wanted to say happy holidays to all the Mail Call staff."

- Williamsport

"You need to talk to A subs before you slam them. Some of them are retired teachers and some, like me, work at the college, teaching there and on our days off we help out with the public school system. It's not always that the board chooses not to hire them, maybe we don't want to be a full-time teacher. We have seen what they do and we don't want to have to put up with what they do, day in and day out. Sadly, though we didn't realize that until after we got our degree in education."

"I am calling about businesses that never shovel their sidewalks behind their buildings. When you walk your children to the bus stop, someone is going to get hurt. I called the city on a Monday about this, it has been over a week now and they still aren't shoveled. If this was my sidewalk, I would have gotten a fine by now."

"To the lady that was wondering about a lost wallet left at the Wal-Mart Customer Service desk. I also found a wallet with a sum of money in it and gave it to a cashier manager, in Christmas of 2002. After visiting personally and asking the cashier and calling, to see if they gave it to their rightful owner, I am still wondering."

"It's that time of the year, let the price gouging begin. I can't believe how much gas prices have gone up. You can tell winter is here; they know that people have to have it to survive, so they know people are going to pay for it regardless. You are getting as bad as the government, gouging us for every penny you get."

"Mark on West Washington Street is a real snow angel. Thank you."

"I want to wish Debbie at Weis a very happy holidays. She is always nice and friendly. Also a happy holidays to Marcie, a customer service cashier at another grocery store in Hagerstown. This is from Helen."

"I can't believe some of the Hagerstown City Council members are so strongly against reality TV shows, but yet all their meetings are televised. To me, that is a fine example of boring reality TV."

"I want to congratulate Winter Street Elementary School's first and second grade for their Christmas pageant. They did a great job. Hooray for Winter Street."

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