Mail Call

March 24, 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:

"Once upon a time in Washington County, all elementary students had an opportunity to play an instrument. Now we have magnet schools and students in a few selected schools have the opportunity to take part in instrumental music."

"I used to love to watch 'Days,' but now it is nothing but a murder mystery with a ghost coming back to talk to everyone."


"I have one word in response to the letter to the editor in the March 17 paper from Preston Law about Democrats for Bush. All I have to say is 'Amen.' It's about time that someone sees that Bush has really done something for this country."

"If your doctor gives you a paper to go to a pool, you can go to Robinwood Rehab Center. It is across from where you get your mammograms done. The warm water is very good for anyone who has back, knee or muscle and bone problems. It's very cheap there, too."

"I want to thank Mail Call for the request for the return of my bracelet. I am so glad that I gave my phone number. I received only one phone call and it was from a wonderful woman named Susie. She found my bracelet and graciously refused my reward. To everyone who works with Susie at Springfield Middle School, I want you to know that she is the most honest and caring person. Thanks very much."

"Where in the name of God do they think the seniors are going to get all this tax increase money?"

"Are our officials losing their minds or what? They are the ones who are responsible for this very large sewer debt that exists in this county and now they expect the homeowners to pay this bill down. They propose a $3 to $3.28 more per quarter for the next year and Rodney Shoop has the nerve to make a statement that $3.28 a month is only about six or seven cigarettes a month?"

"Soon the only people who can afford to live in Maryland will be the politicians. They should put up new road signs that say, 'Welcome to Maryland: The Fee State."

"I see the commissioners are going ahead with the runway project that we don't need and can't afford. So I want to put a proposal out to everyone in Washington County. Don't vote any of these incumbents back into office, none of them. If they voted for the runway extension, get them out of there. They are obviously more concerned about themselves and whatever other little plans they have going on rather than the taxpayers of this county. Once again, the County Commissioners have shown that the taxpayers' input has zero value with them. Where do they think all of us are going to come up with all this extra money we have to pay out?"

"Whatever happened to forming a senior citizens group? I am a senior and I would be interested in finding out about a senior citizens group."

"Take a close look at Wednesday's paper. Here is what you will find: a proposed increase in sewer and water tax, school board wants more money, a proposed income increase from the state legislature to increase car registration fee from $81 to $128. At this rate, in 10 years, the middle class will only be a memory in Maryland."

"All this complaining about same-sex marriages. Since when do people tell other people who to love? Why should anyone tell anybody how to live or who to love? People think that gay people and love in the same sex is all about sex. How wrong to think it is only about sex. I heard some people say it is just sick. How can love for someone be all wrong and sick? These people have hearts, too. Sometimes the heart is stronger than the mind. Hearts should be free to love whomever they want. What does God feel about this? I know what the Bible says. I also know what it says about divorce, killing and lying. We should just let people live their own life. Ever since the beginning of time, God has given humans free choice to make their own decisions, not to be made by someone else."

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