Mail Call for 6-15

June 15, 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:

"Saturday's paper was the worst paper we have ever seen. The wedding page was in the middle of the real estate section for crying out loud, the obituaries were on A5 followed by church stuff and ads. Then you had weather and a religion page and then jumped right into the sports section. There was no consistency to the sections and it just jumped all over the place. It was the grayest thing we've read in years. Please stop whatever you think you're doing and go back to our wonderful paper the way it was. You're destroying the paper. Please, please stop."


"I'm calling in to compliment The Herald-Mail for its new format in regards to the obituary section. The new format allows the name and the age and also the birthdate to stand out clearer and I just think this is a great idea. Keep up the good work. I hope we see more new formats and new fonts for the paper. Thank you. Ray from Hagers-town."

"In case a poll is being taken, we dislike the new look for obituaries."

"This is for the people who hit a big white dog on Lappans Road on Wednesday. Thank you very much for calling us. We got our dog medical care, she's been in Park Circle Animal Hospital and after two days she was released. I thank you for your concern and calling us and for Park Circle. Nancy."

"What's with the obituary page? It's not a good change and we all hate it. Thank you."

"John Munson in the paper again and this time it's for yelling at a fellow commissioner. Someone needs to do something with this man. And your road should be done last, Mr. Munson, just because of your actions."

"Get rid of John Munson! Please!"

"If John Kerry is such a hero, how come he threw away his medals (or even pretended to do this) during an anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C.? He disgraced himself and his country with these actions and he doesn't deserve to be president."

"Lime Kiln Road in Sharpsburg, there's a detour, with a one-lane hill, with no rail. There are bends and several people who drive extremely too fast on that road. There are going to be lots of accidents."

"I find it interesting that the person who made the comment about the attention given to Ronald Reagan and the people in America need to wake up and not be distracted. I wonder where this person was when Bill Clinton done that little thing with Iraq and tried to take sight away from what was going on with him in the White House. But then, the reason this kind of stuff doesn't get in the paper is because it wouldn't fit in with the Bush bashing in Mail Call every day. I think you should change it to 'Bush Bashing' instead of Mail Call."

"I want to thank the young lady at Wal-Mart Optical in Hagerstown. My frames had broken and I was one day past my extended warranty period and she still honored the extended warranty. Nowadays, there aren't too many people that still do this. I didn't get her name, but I wish I would have because I would have made her my wife. I think she should get employee of the month."

"I am calling for the person who asked about how to dispose of a torn or ragged flag. You can take the flag to an American Legion post, VFW post or an AMVETS post. They have specific guidelines that they follow, with a ceremony and they dispose of the flags properly."

"I am from the Williamsport American Legion and anyone who has old flags that they need to get rid of, we will dispose of them properly."

"You caught three violations in your Friday, June 11, paper for the school dress code. I know in my community if kids were to wear this kind of stuff to school, the parents would be made to come pick their child up. On the front page there is a graduating senior with flip flops, then on Page 3, there is a young boy with open toed sandals. These are violations of the school dress code and someone should look into this."

"I watched President Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral and I have never been so ashamed in my life, then to see Bill Clinton appear to fall asleep while the services were going on."

"Congratulations to Amanda on eight years of hard work and good luck in high school. Love, Shane!"

"I want to respond to the article in the paper about Habitat for Humanity. I think what the people in Boonsboro are doing to Habitat is terrible. Would they rather these people of lower income go on Welfare or subsidize housing? Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization. What kind of town is Boonsboro to be against someone trying to better their community?"

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