Mail Call

September 02, 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:

"I want to thank the person who gave the recipe for seafoam candy. Both my parents and my grandmother are deceased and I couldn't get it. Thanks very much."

"I see where Washington County is about out of sewer capacity in some parts of the county. You know if you wouldn't allow development to run rampant and if you would have made them pay their fair share of upgrades, if you make the developers pay for what they should, new hookups, new sewer capacities, then the taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for that."


"After reading the article on the incident involving the Smithsburg Fire Company and Ambulance Squad, I think it is time, really far past time for the County Commissioners and the county government to assemble an independent investigative task force to investigate each fire company and ambulance squad in the county. This Smithsburg incident clearly indicates the need for the county government to have much closer control and oversight of the emergency service system."

"I wanted to clear up some confusion about Habitat for Humanity. People can't get a home from Habitat when they have no income. You must have a job and be able to pay the loan. Habitat does not give away free houses; these people must still pay for their homes."

"I have read the Aug. 24 article on the Smithsburg EMS story. This complicated and horrific story should have been reviewed carefully. It was disorganized and confusing. Run on sentences forced readers to read and reread nearly every paragraph. This was an unsatisfactory style of reporting."

"How can you say that John Kerry doesn't honor his Purple Hearts? Certainly, our country just doesn't hand out Purple Hearts for nothing. I am sure that they investigated the situation over there. The man was wounded several times and survived. I can't believe that they would just hand out Purple Hearts and Silver Stars for nothing."

"I just read the transcript of the Smithsburg Volunteer Ambulance. I hope that Karen Nichol is on an ambulance if I would ever need one. She is very good at her job. Mr. Tracey, you have no right to make any remarks. Someone lost a life and also a baby, which made the situation a lot worse."

"In response to the Smithsburg Ambulance chief: I am a registered nurse and I had my baby two days before this incident. It is so disgusting and unprofessional and it's a disgrace to medicine. What these people did, no matter what your personal feelings are, that can't influence the care that you give. Sometimes in highly stressful situations, you need someone there just to back you up. I just think that ambulance worker just needed someone to help and support her through that tragedy."

"I would like to thank Kristin Aleshire for seeing through the zoning amendment with no applicant."

"Nobody, man, woman or child, should miss the sculpture exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts that is on display right now."

"I was just coming in on Md. 64. A school bus was turning left onto Whitehall Road. Their turn signal evidently is broken because they didn't turn it on."

"I am really glad that justice was served in the Finfrock case. I knew Ms. Finfrock's daughter through Bester PTA, years ago. I feel what she has been going through in her last few months. I hope she knows that the man who did this to her mother is going to pay for it. I also feel for Brenda's kid and what they must be going through."

"Did you ever notice that all the people who are in favor of the hospital moving to Robinwood are all doctors, lawyers, business owners, very high- class well-to-do people who happen to live in that area? The people that need the hospital or need access to the hospital to remain where it is. This is not about relocating the hospital, it is about a rich man, poor man issue. I know they don't want to portray it that way, but it is a poor man, rich man issue."

"I am calling about the Habitat for Humanity, maybe there are some churches or ministers in Boonsboro who could talk to these neighbors. Maybe it is God's will to have that house be built in Boonsboro, where it is. Remember, 'I was thirsty and you gave me water,' 'I was hungry and you fed me,' and 'I was naked and you clothed me.'"

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