Mail Call

February 03, 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.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Please follow these rules when calling Mail Call:

  • It is best to limit your calls to issues in the news, but it's OK to say something nice about a person, place or thing you like about this area.

  • It's OK to criticize decisions by government officials, but don't get personal.

  • We don't allow people to criticize a specific business.

  • Don't call about buying or selling an item.

  • Don't call to advertise your business or ask where a certain item can be bought in this area.

  • Don't give medical advice.

  • Don't criticize a specific neighbor.

  • Don't call about hiring someone to do odd jobs for you.

  • Do have fun with Mail Call. You can thank someone for doing a nice deed for you or honor someone for an accomplishment. You can even tell your neighbor how nice her flowers look.

  • Or, if you like, you can vent in Mail Call, but please, no profanity.

Here's some of the calls we've received lately...


"In reply to the elderly lady who called in about assisted living: If she would call the Washington County Housing Authority, my name is Vicki at 301-791-3168, ext. 203, we would be glad to help her."

"I'd like to nominate the City of Hagerstown as an anti-snow angel. I live in the 100 block of South Potomac Street and none of the parking spaces have been plowed. Last night I had to ram my car into a space because of all the snow. And the car got stuck getting out this morning. And getting to a parking meter isn't possible, there's no way to get to the sidewalk because of the snow banks from people cleaning their sidewalks. This morning I went to my car and found a parking ticket. I figure the city has a lot of nerve, charging for these hideous parking spaces. If they want to charge for the spaces, give us something for our money, such as clean spaces and a way to get to all the parking meters. The businesses in my block haven't had any customers this week because of the spaces not being cleaned. That is a terrible way to treat the residents and business owners of this city. I always put money in the meter, but when I can't get to the meter, I can't put money in."

"Twice, I have seen the TV show 'Apprentice' repeated the following week. What gives?"

"In regards to Washington County schools calling off school when it snows - I agree that they should announce it the night before instead of waiting until 6 a.m. when you get the kids up and then tell them they don't have school. Get with it, supervisors."

"If the commissioners pass this tax increase for high speed Internet in the schools and pass it on to our cable bills, they are going to know it come election time. I am all for education, but I don't have high speed service in my home because I can't afford to pay what the cable is charging. So how are the schools going to afford it? I guess we will pay for it."

"Does anyone have the number for me to call to get my name on the list for the city to come clean my snow, like they did for the residents on Spruce Street. Please put it in Mail Call."

"After reading the article about all the children that have died or have been injured with the cafeteria tables, can someone tell me if we have those kinds of tables in our school system and, if we do, when are we going to get rid of them?"

"Is there a number in Washington County where we can call to report people who are shoveling snow into the roads after the county has already plowed the roads? Also, could The Herald-Mail do an in-depth report for each town to find out where to report these for each town?"

"I want to thank two very nice men. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, in front of F & M Bank around 6 p.m., my car stalled. A very nice man helped me push it off the road while I called my son. Four other men stopped and asked if they could help, but my son was already on the way. While my son tried to fix my car, another man stopped to help. He even went to his house to get the tool my son needed. We couldn't fix it on the spot. My alternator froze up. My other son came to move the car and towed it to my house. Thanks to all the nice people who helped me and stayed with me until my son got there."

"I am calling about the places that are for handicapped and disabled and elderly people - why have they moved in young people with children and big dogs? Aren't those places supposed to be for the elderly and disabled, not the young with children?"

"I know some people have snow angels, but I have a neighbor that doesn't even know me unless they want something. They were right by my mailbox and sidewalk, but wouldn't clean the snow away. You know who you are, but I will still be a good neighbor to them."

"This is for Gary Hawbaker. Congratulations. All your hard work paid off. We think of you often. All the nurses at FMH ICU."

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