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Mail Call

February 09, 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 just wanted to make a comment on the flights between Hagerstown and Philadelphia. When Richard Henson owned the Henson Airlines, there were commuter flights to Philadelphia. On the early flight, you made a stop at BWI and then went to Philadelphia. On the later flights, you had to change planes to go on to Philadelphia. In those days, there were six flights a day to BWI and Washington National, with connecting flights to Philadelphia and Salisbury."

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"A recent caller to this column asked why the cost of housing in Washington County is so high. Others called in about rent increases and big jumps in tax assessments. You will notice these dramatic increases have occurred since the present County Commissioners took office. The absorbent taxes and fees they have targeted to do housing, the moratorium on construction of homes in rural areas and their proposal to increase rural lot sizes from one acre to five or 10 acres have dramatically increased the cost and value of housing, new or old. My new assessment is up 40 percent, how about yours?"

- Hagerstown




"Has anyone ever asked Rev. Guillory what kind of stationery he might have? Also, does he know that the Jonathan Street Community, the Elks Club in particular, has a parade every year? Mostly blacks, but whites are invited as well and there are black people in the Halloween Parade. So I think it's interesting that he couldn't have a parade because of the KKK protesting. They never protested any other parade, so why this one?"

- Hagerstown




"I am glad to see in tonight's paper where Bob Bruchey is going to run for mayor. I think he did a great job the first time and I will surely be one to vote for him. At least he walked the streets and shook people's hands and talked to the community. He was a very nice person to meet."

- Hagerstown




"Where in the world did this Rev. Guillory come from? I have never heard of him before. Also, Hagerstown is not a racist place, we all get along very well, we are no different, we all came from the same blood. As far as Mr. Fuller, a rule is a rule, if you can't follow them, then you can't get on the ballot. There is no discrimination here. As far as no black leaders, how many of them have actually tried to get on the ballot for council. They are all welcome, but they should follow the rules like everyone else that is voted in."

- Hagerstown




"It's really interesting, everything seems to be so fast- paced lately. When a company is advertising a commercial for Valentine's Day, right after that one, there is a commercial for Easter. The holidays are rushed too much. It's ridiculous. If you want to advertise or celebrate a holiday, at least give us some time to enjoy it. This is a poor sense of judgment. Take a break between holidays, give us time to enjoy one before bringing on the next one."

- Hagerstown




"Please be aware that when you go to a store, that there are elderly people or some people that have a physical disability and can't go as fast as you can. Please have some respect, yes, we know that you are important too and need to get where you are going too, but you have to allow yourself enough time. You have to stop rushing the elderly or disabled ones. To me, if you are in that big of a hurry, don't go to the stores and don't be on the road. Some day you are going to be an elderly person or be disabled and then you will know what it's like to be in that person's shoes."

- Hagerstown




"The critics of Tim Rowland should get a life. Apparently his humor is over their heads. Maybe they don't even realize that he is a humor columnist and a darn good one at that. He has Dave Barry beat by a mile and is a better writer than anyone at The Herald-Mail. We are very fortunate to have this very talented journalist in our town."

- Hagerstown




"I am reading the 'Thumbs Up' and 'Thumbs Down' section in Saturday's paper and I too agree that some city officials should get time off for the adjustment rate on the electricity falling over $116,000 that the taxpayers will have to make up."




"I am calling about the comment someone made about the State of the Union address and said Bush was going to cut Social Security. Nowhere in his speech did he ever say that. He gave numerous options that people have come to him with what to do with Social Security. That was one of the suggestions given to him. He did not advocate cutting Social Security at all. He does not want to cut Social Security benefits at all."

- Washington County




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