Mail Call

March 11, 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:

"Boy, I sure was shocked to see Martha Stewart get convicted on all counts. I was sure she was going to get off."

"I want to differ with the person about discussing gays and said that hardly anyone ever goes to church anymore. We have three services each weekend in our church and it holds about 175 people. The church is pratically full all three times. Maybe you don't go to church. How could you tell how many people are inside that church?"


"I am in a wheelchair and there are a lot more people in wheelchairs that ride the bus like I do. I want to take this time to thank all the bus drivers for taking the time to strap us in and everything. So thanks from all of us."

"Well, Del. Shank, you just lost my vote. I will never vote for you again since you had to come out and say that we need a ban on gay marriages. I wish you people would wake up and realize that it's not that big of a issue. The issue is whether they have the same rights as what straight people have. It's not a religious issue. A marriage is a legal binding paper. You get a marriage license from the state or county, you don't get it from a church. If you want to get married in a church, go ahead. But it doesn't mean that marriage is some kind of religious thing that can only be done by straight people. Why are people so intolerant of each other?"

"In response to everyone complaining and saying that Social Services should help this person or that person. You need to contact the Department of Human Resources. They are the ones that make the policies and we workers have to abide by what they tell us. We have no control over who gets it and who doesn't. We strictly go by policy."

"John Kerry will be a great president and he is for the people. We need a Democrat in office now. We have had a Republican for so long now. If you have noticed that the Republicans aren't for the poor they are for the rich. Democrats are for the poor."

"In regards to the person who said that nobody goes to church anymore. Perhaps you should go to Virginia Avenue Church of God on Sunday mornings and you will see just how many people do go to church."

"My son and I have been going to church now for the past three weeks and he thinks it's just great. I do also because I always thought it would be boring, but I find it rather interesting."

"I hope the public is aware that the outstanding test scores celebrated in the past few months in the newspaper for Eastern Elementary and other schools are a result of last year's test scores and instructional programs. It would be interesting to see the test results after one year of implementation of the new $1.2 million elementary reading program."

"I am calling to find out if someone can give me some information on the Hagerstown Williamettes or something of that nature. Leave the number in the paper and I will get back with you."

"The AM radio station dropped the 'Don and Mike' show and replaced it with nothing. I say that because they now play the same record on AM and FM at the same time. They are competing with themselves for listeners. That is some strange programming. Bring back 'Don and Mike.'"

"There isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."

"I am a gay teenager and I live in Hagerstown and I don't support the gay ban because if you are happy with someone that is up to you. But it's one thing to flaunt it all around town; then I do believe that they should ban it for that reason because that is nobody's business. When I am in public with my partner, I do act straight and I don't flaunt it. I do feel that it shouldn't be flaunted."

"Raise property taxes again? They just got to be kidding. What are we getting back for our money? How fair is that? Why not raise the sales tax? Then everyone can share their burden."

"I do think it's disgraceful that a prominent businessman would make that comment about our vice president. Maybe he should apologize to Hagerstown and the vice president."

"Who in their right mind would believe Kerry would be a credible presidential candidate when he states he would permit gay marriages in every state. Then at the end of that same speech, he says, 'God bless.' This man doesn't know his Bible, Romans 1:24-28. Let's keep Bush in office."

"On Saturday, the president's radio address, he praised the new constitution in Iraq. But guess what, there is no new constitution. They failed to agree and they are still working on it. Last Wednesday in Iraq was the bloodiest day since the president declared major combat was over. It seems Bush doesn't know what is going on in Iraq. Maybe we need someone in there who does."

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