Mail Call

March 05, 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:

"On Jan. 31, 2003, my mother passed away at a nursing home. She had long term care insurance, which I am still trying to collect so I can settle her estate. I called the insurance company last year on Feb. 2 to tell them she had died. Then her doctor, myself and the nursing home filled out the information and dates and sent the papers to the insurance company. I have written letters and have called them and I know a dozen times. I have eight names, dates and times documented, each one of them told me a different story. Her policy was nine years old, payments were taken out of her bank account automatically. She was an 80-year-old on a fixed income. Please can anyone help me? What can I do?"


"I have a cell phone that I would like to donate to someone with disabilities. I read a message in Mail Call the other day. Call Mail Call and leave a number and I will be glad to donate it."

"Hagerstown, don't you think it's time for some changes at The Maryland Theatre? All you get is the same old, same old, year after year. It's time for some fresh ideas."

"I am a Washington County resident living in Sharpsburg. I would like to thank Tim Rowland for his comments in his column in Sunday's paper about the runway extension. I also feel that this is not right."

"For the person who found the mushrooms up near Blairs Valley Lake. Just a little advice, you will do much better if you hunt farther down south at this time of year. I found my three gallons, down on the mountain behind Dargan. You have to hunt on this side of the mountain; that gets the most sun because that is where you will get the bigger mushrooms."

"I have mixed feelings about widening Dual Highway to three lanes. First of all, it's already a two-lane speedway. This would actually just make it a three-lane speedway. We need more police in that area. There are too many speeders and not enough police."

"Can anyone tell me why they changed the voting machines?"

"I have a large igloo doghouse that we bought from PetSmart in good condition that we would like to give away. If you are interested in this, call me at 301-393-5456."

"Run, Bucky, run. I like to see Bucky run."

"I am very interested in the free computer, call me at 240-675-0018."

"In regards to the $200,000 that Bartlett and Cheney raised. You will never find them giving any money to anybody. They are only for the rich and the high business people, they aren't for the poor."

"All this talk Bucky in the paper sure makes me hungry."

"I don't like the new voting machines. When I went in, I touched the screen, someone come up and it wasn't the one that I voted for. For a minute I thought I was in Florida."

"I have caller ID and I get some calls that comes in and says Private, but doesn't give a phone number. Does anyone know what this means?"

"To whoever steals flowers off of graves at Rest Haven Cemetery, their hands should burn."

"To Social Services, you should help people that need help instead of all these lazy people who could be out there working. There are jobs out there, you know."

"What is up with Social Services not wanting to help someone who had heart surgery and not able to work, but you will help someone who can work?"

"Why do the schools have to be on the Internet? What an absurd question. The Internet has been around for at least the past 10 years. Maybe it will help the next generation not be so unintelligent."

"I was in my work truck the other day and I heard this thumping noise. The girl in the car beside me was listening to this horrible music and she had two young kids in there, with the rap music turned clear up. What kind of mother is that?"

"I bet that the hunters in this area take the Bucky having a wasting disease nonsense so seriously. That exactly zero of them stayed home for fear of bringing back a deer with a disease. Chronic wasting illness is something someone found in a herd of elk in Wisconsin. Come on, get real."

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