Mail Call

April 22, 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:

"Sunday was a pretty nice day. I took my dog down below Sharpsburg hunting mushrooms. He's a good dog. I got him at the SPCA. I call him a him but he's really a she and I call him Jake but he doesn't know the difference. If you get one, don't get too big a dog. It shouldn't weigh too much, about 20 or 25 pounds. And if you can find one with some white on its nose like a pig nose, they make the best mushroom hunting dogs. Don't get one with a black nose. They're not too good. We found our share. Well, he found most of them, I just picked them."


"Well, here it is April and I can't wait until Christmas so I can buy John Munson a big pit bull for a Christmas present."

"There's a survey in the paper today asking if the Humane Society should get $783,000 for its budget. Well, here's my two cents worth. No, no, no, no, no. Of course not. If the animals are in bad shape, do the humane thing and put them out of their misery. That's what they're there for. Don't charge an arm and a leg to adopt them out. Don't have questionnaires as long as a country mile for applicants to fill out just to see if you think they deserve an animal. But the big question is - where are all the donations and will bequests that the Humane Society has gotten in the last 10 years? Herald-Mail, go back and check a few of your stories in the past and see just how much money has been given and willed to that place."

"I see where the Humane Society wants another three quarters of a million dollars. They say the animals that they bring in are in such bad shape. Well, then buy a box of .22-caliber bullets at 2 cents apiece and that will solve the problem. And it won't cost the taxpayers another three quarters of a million dollars."

"Please, if you have a complaint about your neighbor, go to them and tell them about it. Don't go behind their back. If you have nothing else to say about someone, don't say anything at all. Don't be part of the gossip. Try to mind your own business. I try very hard to mind mine."

"Here it is 10:30 on Monday evening and the trash is lined up along the streets in the North End. The ones that haven't blown away or that the cats or birds haven't torn open. Maybe the city should hire a consultant and find out why the North End can't have its garbage collected in the time allowed on Monday morning, not Monday night at midnight or Tuesday night. Terrible job there, terrible job."

"I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to John Munson. We the taxpayers are grateful for your efforts in stopping the unneeded airport extension project and to control the ridiculous spending at the SPCA. Isn't it bad enough that the county spent some taxpayers' money to build that new dog pound, but now they want more taxpayers' dollars to spend on stray animals. When was the last time that the commissioners spent that much on senior citizens? Mr. Munson and Mr. Wivell will both be re-elected for trying to control spending. As for the rest of the commissioners, I think you need to be permanently removed. If Mr. Snook wants to spend all this money on unneeded projects, then he better start planting some money trees in his backyard. We are fed up with footing the bill for Mr. Snook's out-of-control spending habits."

"Last week, my doctor sent me to the emergency room at the hospital so they could run some tests on me. I drove up to the hospital and parked. This was so easy. I am so glad I didn't have to drive to Robinwood. The traffic that way is terrible. I was impressed with the care I received, the doctors, the nurses and aides were fantastic. The test and machines were very good. I was very pleased with my experience there and I hope it can stay where it is now."

"On April 13, I watched the president's speech on TV and I know at least six or eight times he said he wanted to change the world. You know, I thought I was listening to Hitler. He wanted to rule the world, too. So I don't know if he is obsessed with power or what, but he can't rule the world or change it. I wish he would free the American people instead of holding them hostage in another country."

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