Mail Call for 7/14

July 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:

"We would like to congratulate our grandson, Christian Doub, for doing a great job in school. He had all As and Bs the first two marking periods and all As the last two. He was in the second grade at Bester and will be going into the third grade in the fall. We are very proud of you. We love you. Nan-Nan and Pappy"

"I call Hagerstown Hobo City also. It's going to get worse since many Pennsylvania towns are going to charge $50 a week to stay in the shelters. I made a contribution to Union Rescue Mission because they are independent."


"Fireworks can be beautiful if they are done by professionals. If they are done by amateurs, they can be very dangerous."

"In reference to the new flea market on Howard Street that someone mentioned. They do take consignments and vendors. It is very clean and organized, too."

"I want to congratulate The Herald-Mail on the exceptional editorial by Bob Maginnis in Sunday's paper on affordable housing. An outstanding feature, also called 'A Father's Life of Service' and Tim Rowland's column in Sunday's paper. Thanks to all for excellent articles to read."

"The South High Class of 1989 will be meeting on Wednesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the Funkstown Tavern to discuss the upcoming reunion. Please call 301-745-1615 if you need further information."

"Eight of the 11 found animals listed in the July 6 Daily Mail were cats. As a personal observation, it may be that people have a tendency to get rid of their unwanted cats."

"Regarding the comments that landlords should be able to review police records themselves with the rent that they charge. Do you know that rent money pays for property insurance, mortgage payments and now a rental inspection fee? Anything left over must be saved to cover the loss of rent when the tenants can't pay, court costs associated with the eviction, the repairs that need to be done before the next tenant moves in. I never see a prospective tenant list their police record or drug problems on their applications. Maybe the landlords should submit each tenant application to Chief Smith for approval."

"The city owes it to the taxpayers to publish the salaries of all the employees of tax- funded social programs."

- Hagerstown

"For the person who called in and said why pay $75 from the Humane Society when you can get all the kittens free in the newspaper. For one thing, it's not $75, it's either $40 or $45 to get a cat and with that you get a free certificate for a free vet office visit, you get a spayed or neutered certificate to have that done and the cat has also been tested and treated for leukemia. All of these tests equal way more than $100 to have them done at the vet's office. As for the people who have the kittens in the paper, get your cat spayed or neutered and then you wouldn't have to put your kittens' ad in the paper."

"Speaking of old fogies, not letting people enjoy fireworks, I do hope that the folks who buy the new townhouses going in on top of the railroad tracks and the Fairgrounds know what you are getting yourselves into with the fireworks and musicals and other noise-making events, so you can't complain or get in the way of all the rest of us who enjoy all the fireworks and other events held over there."

"Has it occurred to anyone that however many houses have been built by Habitat for Humanity in this area, we only know about one that has made the newspaper and made it in a very ugly fashion?"

"I just saw on the local news where loud fireworks will make animals run away from home and never come back. Does anyone know if I can make this work for my wife, to make her hear loud noises and run away from home and never come back?"

"I agree with the Mail Caller about the fried chicken. There is a little store in Cearfoss where you can get what you pay for. If you don't like a certain kind, tell them and you don't have to get it or pay for it. The chicken is pretty good up there, too."

"My family and I were just at Smithsburg Carnival and we were playing bingo there and we'd just like to let the bingo caller know that he was very, very rude and that the bingo hall might have been a lot fuller had he been a little bit more customer oriented."

- Hagerstown

"To the caller complaining about off-duty police riding around in cruisers, it's called visibility and a deterrent. Someone thinking about committing a crime, like robbing you, decide to run away when they see a cruiser drive by, not to mention that the police could get help quickly if there is a problem even if they are not on duty."

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