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Mail Call for 12-17

December 18, 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. You must include your town or county of residence.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I have a checking account at the bank. I don't use my account that often, but when I do use it, they tell me I don't use it enough to cash my checks. I can't read all that fine print that they put in there. Is there something in there that says if you don't use your checking account within a two week, a month or two months, you can't cash a check? Can anyone tell me what the policy is for cashing checks? They told me that I had to deposit my check in there first."

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"I want to congratulate Pat Bartlett for getting into the top 10 for the Cookie Contest at The Herald-Mail. She has been in the top 10 almost every year."

- Hagerstown




"Thanks, Williamsport, for the wonderful holiday park. The decorations are beautiful."

- Williamsport




"In regard to getting bad service in a restaurant. I have left a penny before and that really gets them. It gets your point across, you don't have to say anything. But when they get that penny, they know what they have done - nothing."

- Hagerstown




"The recent comments about tipping has brought up a constant disagreement with my husband and I. First, let me say that we eat out approximately three times a week. We are very generous tippers, sometimes leaving 20 percent or more when the service is good. I say if we get lousy service, don't leave a tip at all. My husband always wants to leave a dollar or two. I say it doesn't tell the server that their service was bad. It just says to them that we are lousy tippers."

- Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.




"I wish to thank Katherine Fearnow for donating the Christmas tree to City Park. It's such a shame that The Herald-Mail could not take the time to find out who donated it."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the nurses at Urgent Care at Washington County Hospital in the emergency department. I was taken there on Saturday for something that was very alarming to me. It was a condition I had. The nurse I had and the doctor were terrific. They were just great, they stayed with me the whole time, they comforted me. This was on Saturday between 2 and 7 p.m. Thanks a bunch."

- Hagerstown




"The city of Hagerstown is becoming a town of crowded roads, overpopulated schools, vacant buildings in areas of town that used to be populated with businesses. Farm land is almost nonexistent. Wake up, board members and patrons of Hagerstown. New development has gotten out of hand and it's time to focus more on remodeling existing buildings, rather than changing the zoning codes for the benefit of new construction. Where are all these people going to be buried? Do we have enough land left to bury people?"

- Hagerstown




"Thanks to the kind couple who helped my father after he fell in the store parking lot off Frederick Street. Merry Christmas."

- Clear Spring




"I am reading an article in the paper that states that Hagerstown has 222 miles of sidewalks. Is this really true? Hey, 222 miles is a long walk."

- Boonsboro




"I want to congratulate my grandson, Matthew Boward, for being selected for induction into the National Honor Society."

- Hagerstown




"I think the children in the E. Russell Hicks chorus concert did a wonderful job. It's just too bad that the adults in the audience couldn't have been any nicer."

- Hagerstown




"Merry Christmas to all Mail Call readers. I would like to let the public know of the beautiful decorations on Greenbrier Road in Mt. Lena. I am not one of them, but there are certainly some beautiful ones."

- Washington County




"There is a house in the first block of North Mulberry Street. Their house is beautiful and you should see their house from the back. You should drive down Cannon Avenue, there at CVS and you can really see it from there."




"How come the city police are allowed to ride on the sidewalks with their bikes when it's not really necessary? But kids get yelled at. How come the laws aren't stiff on the officers like they are on the kids?"

- Hagerstown




"I don't think people should leave their phone number in the paper. That is totally dumb and dangerous."




"To the people who travel Sharpsburg Pike around 6 in the morning to go to work. I hope you are aware that there are young kids who are getting on buses. If you don't slow down, we will start writing your tag number down."

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