Mail Call

February 05, 2004

Mail Call rules

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.

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.

    We're waiting for your calls.


"I have a surplus of canned food and I wanted to know where I can take it to give it away. I am not familiar with Hagerstown and wouldn't want to try to park somewhere not knowing where I am going. Could someone let me know a few places where I can take this canned food for the needy."

"Does anyone know who designed the outlets? They sure didn't think about the senior citizens. How are you supposed to carry a lot of packages from the store the entire way back to the parking lot? I wish someone could explain this to me, especially if you are handicapped. It's just totally impossible."

"The Board of Education needs to look into its policy of school bus transportation. I have had the unfortunate experience of being stuck behind a bus on our route for a long enough period of time that it made me late for work, while the bus driver stops at every driveway in our development to pick up children. I understand that the winter has been very cold and the parents don't want their children freezing, but this is an everyday occurrence. What ever happened to designated bus stops for children to wait at? In our development, the driveways are not very far apart. I have even left earlier in the morning, but have run into another bus doing the same thing in another part of the county."

"Has anyone read Tim Rowland's book, 'Petrified Fact?' I am enjoying it so much. I have family who live in Morgan County and grandchildren who go to Berkeley Springs schools. The stories about that area are so interesting. There is a laugh on every page about the Tri-State area. Good job, Tim."

"I am calling about the snow removal policy of the city. I read in Saturday's paper that the City Administrator, Mr. Zimmerman, believes that they are trying to be reasonable. How can it possibly be reasonable to charge an 86-year-old woman hundreds of dollars to remove snow in a little bitty path in front of her small property and to charge people $45 for salt, when you can fill the back of a pickup truck for less than $45? It's ridiculous."

"Holy cow, charging over $200 to clear a sidewalk of snow. Where can I get a job like that? I am all for homeowners to be responsible for their properties, especially, healthy, young, able-bodied owners and tenants, but let's get reasonable. Hopefully the city can come up with a better way, waivers, paper notifications in the tenants' doors, lower fines, say like $25, recommendations to the people who can't get out to shovel, like a list of people to call to do the job for them. Instead of charging someone on Social Security practically their entire monthly income. Perhaps I could charge the city $200 every hour they don't come down my street to plow, four to 10 hours after it has snowed. It has happened before, where it has been over a day, that we don't see a plow after a heavy snowfall."

"I think it's very underhanded for the city of Hagerstown to charge an 86-year-old lady more than $200 to clean the snow off her sidewalk. This is not the way we like to treat our senior citizens in this community."

"I want to express my opinion on this fee that they charged this 86-year-old lady. I think it's pathetic that anyone, I don't care about the circumstances, would impose a fine on this lady. Maybe she couldn't get out there to shovel. Don't you have any compassion for people in Hagerstown? You could have let her know, she could have gotten someone to do it for her. There certainly should be someone in this town that knows her and would shovel it for her."

"I lost a set of car keys at the Wal-Mart Supercenter this past Sunday. There were only two keys, one of them was a remote keyless entry pad attached to a silver ring. Can you turn them into the Wal-Mart courtesy desk? I would appreciate it."

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