Mail Call

January 23, 2004

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:

"To the person who called Mail Call about the smokers at the Washington County Hospital, you said that the secondhand smoke was bothering you. Well, if that secondhand smoke is bothering you, than you are way too close to my face. I work at the hospital and it's bad enough that we have to stand outside in 10-degree weather and smoke. My suggestion to you is to hold your breath, if not, you are just way too close to my face."


"Any person with compassion for his or her dog would not let it outside day and night in this frigid weather. The dog house should be weatherproof. This can be easily done by tying plastic sheets around the box with a flap over the door. Dogs need water and as it freezes, their water pan should be checked daily."

"In response to the aircraft technician question in Monday's paper. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a certification as in aircraft and power plant technician or the federal communication license for electronics and experience with those to do maintenance for an aircraft."

"To the person who called in about the ponies and livestock on Pinesville Road. I think you need to read Jan. 20 on D6, Jeff Semler has a really good article on how you are supposed to take care of the animals. I think you would do well to educate yourself by reading his column. Read that and you will be enlightened."

"The SPCA keeps saying they want our donations and they want our charity money. But yet I see in Mail Call where they won't help the ponies down on Pinesville Road. Why won't they do something about that? Why should we keep giving money to them if they don't do any good? Maybe someone from the SPCA should respond to Mail Call and let us know why there is a problem and why you won't help get these poor ponies out of the cold. It's too cold out there for those livestock."

"My son had to pay $86 for one book for a course he's taking at HCC. It's for a health ed course, or something. It's not even a hardback book. How can one textbook cost $86? Who can you call about something like this?"

"Why can't the delivery people who deliver to the businesses downtown find another place to park instead of behind vehicles so they can't move or so they don't block the alley."

"If you have a problem driving through the weather as bad as it is, then stay out of the way of people who don't have a problem driving in it. I have no problem driving the speed limit or even a little faster, if I want to, but then I have a person like you in front of me that only wants to go five miles per hour and then wants to know why I have a problem with it."

"In response to the person who called in about the holiday trash on Oak Ridge Drive. I apologize for this problem as I wouldn't want the trash in my neighborhood either. I have a trash pickup by a local trash collector, evidently a bag fell off his truck. Again, I apologize."

"After hearing the state of the union address from our president, how secure the United States was and much better off. Why do we spend all the money in Washington, to protect the security, if we were that secure? Also, why when he goes everywhere, the fighter jets follow him? I think it's just a snow job. I don't think we are near secure enough. This shows me that we are not secure at all."

"My husband lost his black leather wallet with all his cards and money in it at Boston Market a few weeks ago. It had his driver's license in it with his address on it, if only you would be honest enough to return it. Of course, you wanted the money, so of course, you wouldn't have returned it. The cards and everything else is what's hard to replace. When things like this happen, I always wonder if they would like this to happen to them."

"This is Helen F. and I lost a ring at Food Lion and I saw in the paper where someone found a ring. Please call me at 301-797-9105."

"I am calling in response to a message about finding a man's wedding band. My husband lost one. It is diamond and gold and has some engraving on the inside that I can identify. My name is Bethany. My number is 301-739-1211."

"I read in Mail Call where someone was wondering if there was a widows or widowers group in the area. I was also wondering about that, too. Maybe if all the widows or widowers would call Mail Call and figure out where to meet maybe we could start our own."

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