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Mail Call for 2-23

February 23, 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 live in the 800 block of Mulberry Avenue and I just wanted to say that some people on Saturday mornings are taking the trash out of their car and just throwing it on the streets. I think someone should do something about this."

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- Hagerstown




"I read in the paper about people getting Social Security and SSI and don't need it. I know of a 24-year-old boy who lived in Williamsport and moved to Hagerstown. He gets an SSI check and I don't know why. He works and gets DSSI checks, too. If this isn't taking it away from people who need it, what is? His mother and father are both living, too."




"On Monday, CNN reported the national average on gas is $1.90. Why is Hagerstown higher than the national average? Is that because there is a monopoly on who sells gas, or what? Someone needs to address this issue because gas is still cheaper in Frederick than here."

- Hagerstown




"I think we all need a good laugh once in a while. I just saw on the news that at the beginning of the Iraq war, they said it would cost $1.8 billion. Here's the big laugh, now they say it's more than $200 billion. Thanks to George Bush for the big laugh."

- Hagerstown




"Citicorp donated $100,000 to the new stadium. What is more important, the senior citizens at Holly Place or a new stadium? I think the seniors could use that donation more."

- Smithsburg




"I was wondering why everyone is wondering about Holly Place? Why don't all the churches help out Holly Place? They manage to help the drunks and homeless find a place to stay."

- Hagerstown




"I have a double-headed nickel. One side is dated 1984 and the other side is dated 1991. Does anyone have any knowledge of how much this nickel could be worth?"

- Washington County




"To the person who was making fun of the elderly person who called in and asked about an unused tombstone. I think you should realize that we are all going to die and we will all need a tombstone to mark the site. Maybe that person didn't have the money to buy one. So stop making a joke out of something serious."

- Hagerstown




"Someone wanted to know the purpose of the emissions test. Yes, I too think it's a waste of money. It is supposed to help keep the air clean. We go in there, pay that amount to sit there, while they fool around with it. We go to pull out of there and we get smothered by the trucks and buses and diesel cars. They are smothering us with that. We don't cause any of that. We aren't the ones smothering the air. They need to start testing the big rigs and bigger trucks, then maybe they wouldn't be smothering us or the air."

- Washington County




"What is an emancipated teenager and how does someone become emancipated? That is the first time I heard that term before. Someone help me understand what this means."




"Boy, it was rough plowing our six inches of snow on Sunday. I think the farmers should feed the groundhogs and let them give the meteorologists some lessons. Hire the groundhogs and save the county a lot of money."

- Sharpsburg




"To the person who said that the rebel flag represents someone's country. Just what country does the rebel flag represent?"

- Hancock




"I was just reading the bill submitted by the Washington County Delegation. I was wondering why the state would want to go in debt for the $200,000 as a grant to some group called 'Inspiring to Serve, Inc.' whoever they are, for the construction and renovation of a building to serve the homeless shelter and rental space for a nonprofit organizations providing social services. When Christ's Reformed Church is up there struggling with the old shoe factory and can't seem to manage to get the same sort of operation going there. They had to go to the city for what they wanted because they couldn't do it and here we are going to do another one and the state is going to underwrite it. Doesn't make any sense to me."

- Hagerstown




"I want to thank the people who complained about the car on East Burhans Boulevard in the back of my brother's house. We finally moved the car so I hope you are happy. Thanks, City of Hagerstown, it wasn't a junk car, it was sitting there and a friend of mine brought it up to me as a gift. So thanks a lot for stressing my elderly mother out."

- Hagerstown




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