Mail Call

January 11, 2005

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 think the doctors are looking at the wrong answer. I have had two relatives who have died and both were from the wrong diagnosis. At that point it was too late. No, nobody sued anybody, but had very good reason to be able to. It wouldn't have brought the person back. The doctors need to run their practices more like a business. I think if they have other doctors they share their practice with, they need to do more intense background checks and watch how they diagnose their patients within their office."


"Concerning the front page story in the paper the other day about the nude guy at Wal-Mart. It's seems to me that your paper would do anything to have an eye-catcher for your paper. You would do anything to have people pick up a copy of your paper. I think it was ridiculous to have a picture like that to draw the eye."

- Greencastle, Pa.

"It is illegal to allow a cat to roam. There is an ordinance stating that cats must be confined to the owner's property. I live in the Oak Ridge area and there are two cats running loose, both a nuisance to the neighborhood. This does prove to the neighbors that the pet owners are irresponsible and have a lack of moral conscience."

- Hagerstown

"The troops overseas - why don't you take the overcrowded prisons and take some of the prisoners and let them help fight the war instead of building more prisons?"

"Is anyone out there interested in Christmas cards? I have a lot of them to give away. If you are interested, leave your number in Mail Call and I will get back with you and I will bring them to you."

"I came down far West Church Street today. It's raining, ugly and I turned into Rockwell Avenue and saw the prettiest Christmas lights up in the daytime. It is so inspiring to see this. Everyone should go up that way and see them."

"Thanks to the lady who put her recipe for lemon cookies in the paper. I fixed them over the holidays and they were great. Everyone tried them and loved them. I just can't see what all the talk about these cookies were. The lady won $100 for them. Good for her. If you don't like them, don't bake them."

- Hagerstown

"Why don't we have a Macy's store in Hagerstown? Has anyone ever considered putting one here? I know they have one down in Centreville, Va., and it's a really nice store."

- Williamsport

"I would like to say hello to Dave Hannah of Hagerstown. I think he is the nicest person in the entire world."

- Franklin County, Pa.

"Bob Maginnis wrote an article at the end of December about how the residents of Washington County have welcomed people coming to the area from the outside. We moved here about six or seven months ago and have not felt welcomed at all. We have been ignored, looked at rudely - people have done everything but tell us to go back to where we came from. Nobody has done anything to make us feel welcome. I don't know which part of Washington County Bob Maginnis lives in, but it is nowhere near where we are."

- Keedysville

"I just wanted to say what a good job the town of Williamsport did on their Christmas lights and what a good job the house on Bottom Road did with the big Christmas tree they had lit up. It was really pretty."

- Williamsport

"I am calling about the people with the dogs tied to chains outside all day. It is a disgrace. We have a dog. We have a nice doghouse. I keep a nice warm blanket in it and when that one gets wet, I go to the Salvation Army and buy another warm blanket. I take him warm milk out in the evenings. When it is really, really cold, I will bring him in on an enclosed porch with a radiator heater."

"If your neighbor leaves his Christmas lights on all day and night, that is his business. If you can't get any sleep, close your blinds or hang a towel up at your window. He doesn't own the electric company, he just enjoys Christmas like most of us do. So stop being a bah humbug."

- Clear Spring

"What a tremendous service this column provides for our area. I have had lots of calls about the White Oak Forest Elementary School Reunion. I do need to correct the e-mail address. It is There was no 'E' in daley. Keep up the great work, Mail Call."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Does anyone know how to crack Brazil nuts easily without breaking them all up?"

- Sharpsburg

"Isn't that parking deck at the hospital owned by the hospital? I don't believe it is owned by the City of Hagers-town. The individual who claims to have seen a police officer checking the parking meters, I think if you had looked at his uniform a little more closely you would have found out that he was a security guard."

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