Mail Call

April 16, 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:

"Surprise, surprise, the reassertion of the Klan in Washington County. Would it be any wonder with the newspaper we have and the radical far-right letters that they print? It was very interesting to read the eight objectives of the Klan. The Herald-Mail promotes about six of those objectives every single day of the week so it's no surprise at all. And as far as it being the Newspaper of the Year, we've already seen that about 20 times in the last two months. Now that is the designation from the Trade Association. Now I won't criticize The Herald-Mail 100 percent because in some areas they do pretty well. I'll give you credit for that but why don't you ask the readers about that? We have lots of suggestions for improvements and the first thing is to get rid of your right- wing bias."


"This is about the kids at the school in the money machine. What a joke. They sell hundreds of dollars (probably thousands of dollars) of candy for the school and they get put in a plastic bag with $150 blowing around to try and catch. The one boy pictured was only able to catch $18 in 30 seconds. Well, what did the others do? They said 65 kids got in that thing. Not much incentive for a kid to sell anything at that school. After his $18, that left $132 for the rest to try and catch. I bet the last kid was left with nothing but air to catch. Glad my kids don't go there. What a joke and why would any parent allow their kid or kids to even think about selling anything for the schools nowadays?"

"About one month ago I found a folder with coupons out at the Martin's store at Valley Plaza. If you lost it, I returned it back to Martin's just the other day. Sorry for the inconvenience but it took me this long to get back to the store. So if you lost this folder, it's at Martin's at the Valley Plaza. It has your name on it so go in and ask them for it. And by the way, it is a really nice folder and it gave me a great idea on how to store my coupons now."

"Here we go again. First it was Hillary Clinton and now it's Teresa Kerry. Please."

"I'm glad we don't own a business downtown because I think the mayor and council would try to run it for us like they're trying to run the hospital's business that they know nothing about."

"Hello, I was just diagnosed with MS and I would like to know if there is a support group in the area."

"Can anyone tell me what is going on in the lobby at the hospital? Where are the information volunteers that used to be at the front desk? All you hear is a lot of noise and commotion and I hate to visit there anymore. And that lady at the other desk does nothing but just yells at you as soon as you come in the door. It is soooo bad."

"Yes, I found a blue lunch container on Virginia Avenue on Tuesday, April 13. If you lost it, leave your name and number in Mail Call and I will get back to you."

" I hope you can help me. I've often wondered about the building that's on the corner of Eastern Boulevard south and Memorial Boulevard. It is occupied at times and it has a sign out that says News Tech but it doesn't seem to be used all the time. Can anyone please tell me what it's all about?"

"Vietnam. Iraq. Richard Nixon. I am not a liar. George Bush. Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. See the similarities? We need to get Bush out now. Impeach Bush now."

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