Mail call

February 10, 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:

"I want to thank the person who found the brown purse and returned it to the customer service desk at the Virginia Avenue Food Lion. It is greatly appreciated."

"I want to know why the city is so quick to fine the residents when the city has done nothing to remove snow from the streets, so the residents have a place to park in front of their home or to do their business downtown. Hey mayor, before you go after citizens for not clearing their sidewalks, give the taxpayers what they are paying for, clear streets."


"In response to the person who wanted to know about the Denny's Pretzels and they thought the person last name was Snyder, it's not, it's Thurston. Denny Thurston is still around, but I don't think the recipe would do any good because you would need to have a special brick oven to bake them in."

"I would like to thank the snow angels on Jordan Road in Fairplay - Larry, Bonnie, Kenny, Ralph and Dan."

"I am calling about the keys that were lost at Wal-Mart. The keys, they were turned into the customer service desk. I am not sure if they are the ones, but you can check."

"I am the parent of the Washington County student that called about the long distance phone number. I don't get channel 99, I have a satellite system. I live out of town. Getting my son up at 6 a.m. to be at the bus stop at 7 a.m. I just wish there was a number for Washington County students to call that is not long distance."

"I am calling in response to the Mail Call that said about kids not shoveling or mowing. I have a 12-year-old son, he shovels and he makes good money at it, so if people wouldn't be so cheap and give people a chance. He has knocked on several doors with snow piled on sidewalks and they say no. There have been doors he has knocked on and they say to shovel and when he is done and goes to the door to collect, they just say thanks and don't pay him."

"To the person that said that they were a councilman's spouse and made a statement that, it makes no difference if you are 86 or 1 year old. There is an old saying that goes, 'If you make a statement like that to a horse, he would kick your brains out.'"

"It time to move on, stop talking about this 86-year-old lady."

"I found a keyless entry/alarm remote, it has a key chain on it that says, 'No Boundaries, Sport Outfitters.' It was found on Feb. 2 after the mall had closed. If this is anyone's, please call me at 301-582-6265."

"I want to thank our snow angels, Michael and Randy Shultz. They are very kind neighbors who help us all the time. Thanks again, guys."

"To the person who wanted to know the number in Washington County to call to report people who shovel snow into the road. First of all, where else is there to put it? Most of us don't have a lawn and only have little pavements. So where else are we supposed to put it when the city doesn't want it on the sidewalk?"

"I am calling in reference to the Mail Call about the heat being cut off in schools at 2 p.m. If the sick children end up in the hospital with the flu or worse, and they survive, is the school board willing to take the blame and pay the hospital bills?"

"In regards to the snow removal fines and the code fees. That is outrageous. They should check out the situation before slapping a hefty fee on someone."

"This is for the Tri-State retired military community: Your Tri-Care prescription coverage is being threatened with a much-higher co-pay. The threat has been addressed for the physical budget that will be affective in October of 2004. However, it is already been looked at and will be a major issue by the Federal Office of Management and Budget for the following fiscal year. Contact your congressmen and senators as soon as possible, to put a stop to this before it slips through the back door on the next attempt. The negative impact would be immediate for the present retired military community and the brave men and women of our armed forces that plan to retire in the future. They would also be impacted by a negative manner by any higher fees. Don't let them tamper with our hard-earned and promised benefits. Call and get a stop put to this."

"Concerning the city's going ahead and removing snow and then charging people, like that old lady, two things. One, the brick walkway going from the Market House lot, to the Franklin Street to the post office, which the city is responsible for, as of Thursday morning, is not clear. People were walking and slipping on it. Secondly, around the police station, either the police or the city is supposed to shovel this. There is something wrong with this picture."

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