Mail Call for 6/25

June 25, 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:

"To the person in Mail Call from Clear Spring who was wondering what children are supposed to do. Well, if you people would allow things to move into Clear Spring that would benefit the children and adults, maybe the children would have something to do."

"Driving down Jonathan Street the other day, I was struck by the beauty of several pots of hanging petunias at a person's front entrance. These flowers were so beautiful with vibrant lavender and purple bloom. Whoever has these petunias has taken very good care of them and I just wanted to let you know how much your flowers brighten my day. They are gorgeous."


"I want to congratulate Jennifer Palmer at Hood College for being on the Dean's List. Love, Pappy and Grandma."

"I have lived in Boonsboro all my life and I am ashamed of the citizens in Boonsboro. The people who are helping Habitat to build this duplex have been cursed at. I pity the people who buy this duplex. There has been a little house in a back yard along the alley that has been there for years in the same alley. The people rent it out and have for years. But I guess this was OK because they are local people. The Habitat duplex will face the back of garages. They are the ones that will be looking at the back of buildings and have no view. I am really ashamed of people in this town."

- Boonsboro

"We have been reading a lot lately about teenage dress codes. Maybe they are confused about the mixed messages they get from adults. For years, Smithsburg Middle School has had an eighth- grade prom where the girls could wear a formal dress if they wish. This year, they were told that they couldn't wear the formal dresses, but they weren't told until after the dresses were purchased. At another dance, they were told they couldn't dress up and had to wear T-shirts and jeans. On one hand, we tell them to dress up and look respectable, on the other hand, we encourage the opposite. I believe that people in authority at the schools should concentrate on teaching our children instead on what to wear to a dance."

"To the individual in Sharpsburg who doesn't want the children to ride their skateboards and things in the alley next to their house. Well, the town officials want them to play in the street or ride in the alley. They can't play in the street, so the alley is the only other optional place."

"Why would Habitat deliberately put new construction facing an alley? That says desperation and second-class citizenship. Why don't they go out to these developers and see if they can't strike a deal with one of them? There are so many projects around this community that would have a small piece of land and they could construct their home on that small piece of land inside their growing development so everyone can get to know everyone and nobody would be a second class citizen with a home fronting on an alley."

"I found a Bible on Jefferson Boulevard on Md. 64 across from Doub's All American Food. It was found on Tuesday. If the person who lost it wants to call me, there are a few names in the book. My number is 301-824-5390. I found it lying in the street."

"Did Bill Clinton really fall asleep at Ronald Reagan's service, or was he just praying?"

"Did anyone find a set of keys with Nissan tags on it? Car keys. I don't know where I lost them, but if you found them, call Mail Call."

"There is foot patrol and bike patrol. By riding the bike, the city police can cover more area with the bikes. Don't fight a good thing, whoever you are. They do an excellent job. I wish we had five or six more."

"Does anyone know what happened to the ice cream truck? We haven't seen it in our neighborhood for over three months now."

"What happened to the nice lady who used to work in the jewelry department at Kmart?"

"The Williamsport kids have nothing to do either."

"I live on the main street in Funkstown and they need to do something about these trees, especially the plum trees. We have little plums lying all over the place. They fall on our cars and sidewalks. We have bird droppings all over the sidewalk and our cars and it smells. We have to hose off every day, which runs up the water bill."

"I am 74 years old and live at Potomac Towers. I can look over and see the fireworks going off from the stadium. I have always loved them. If I live to be over 100, I will still always love them. Please don't let the people complaining stop them."

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