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Mail Call 4/26

April 27, 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 was wondering if anybody out there knew the laws regarding a community taking over their homeowners association. We have terrible lawn maintenance and we are lucky if they mow once a month and as homeowners we would like to get together and organize this and have our own officers and organization and be able to run our community where the homeowners and community benefit. If anybody has any information, please put it in the paper so we homeowners have a better chance of running the community."

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- Hagerstown




"Last week the U.S. Senate turned down a billion-dollar extra budget for veterans affairs. This was for post traumatic stress disorder and mental problems plus other veterans' benefits. Why do the Republicans and President Bush keep turning down our veterans hospitals? Most veterans voted for Bush, except me, so don't cry about your benefits."

- Hagerstown




"This is a reminder that it's not too late to contact me if you want to attend the White Oak Forest Elementary School reunion on Sunday, May 1. Call Carole Smith Daly at 1-304-274-1134 or e-mail at twysdaly@adelphia.net."

- Berkeley County, W.Va.




"Responding to the caller from Fairplay referring to Mary Magdelene. She was the woman who Jesus had delivered from seven devils, according to Luke 8:2. Since that time, she was a very devoted follower of Jesus Christ, visited His tomb and was there at His crucifixion. Though originally a very sinful woman before she met Christ, there is no mention of her being a prostitute in the Scriptures, but because of her intense devotion, Jesus memorialized her to great honor."

- Franklin County, Pa.




"I am concerned that graduating seniors and even older former students are allowed to still come back to the high schools, roam the halls and wait outside of classrooms. I want to know what the policies are on this. Once students have graduated, I think there should be more security on the doors, especially since a lot of these schools now have children daycare in the schools. Could someone please tell me the ruling on this?"




"I would like to know what the ruling is on these 3-wheelers. They're out there and the land is posted 'No Trespassing,' but they are still riding them even though the police have stopped by."




"I just wanted to say thanks to the guy in the little red car who came out of the alley without stopping and almost hit me broadside. He didn't even stop to see if I was OK. He just kept on going. I just wanted to say thanks to him. We don't need anybody in this town like him. We have some decent, good people in this town."

- Hagerstown




"Just to let some of the people know in the city of Hagers-town who want to redo the downtown to bring in people. I was there last Friday and I went to three different banks on a Friday night at 5:30 and no bank was open. If you want to draw people to the city of Hagerstown, maybe you need to have the businesses open."

- Washington County




"A man complained about we should be thankful that we invaded Iraq because of 9/11. I'd like to point out that 11 of the hijackers were Saudi Arabians, one was French and one was, I believe, Jordanian, but none of them were Iraqis so it just doesn't make any sense why the Bush administration decided in January before he took office that they needed to invade Iraq."

- Washington County




"I see in the paper there is an article about the Alaskan pipeline. People don't realize that the oil that comes from Alaska is sent by a line down to California and then put on ships to go to Japan. So that's where our Alaskan oil is going - it's going to Japan, not to the United States."

- Washington County




"I'm calling in regards to that ice box that the city has out there that they call a skating rink and my question is to anybody who can answer it. The skating rink is always losing money. Those young folks and their instructors claim to have paid $3,600 a month to the skating rink. If you multiply $3,600 by 12 that comes out to a pretty penny but they claim they are losing money. If they are losing money, then why don't they accept that $3,600 a month for 12 months?"

- Hagerstown




"To the person calling in about the parking at Washington County Hospital, if you put a quarter in the meter that would have lasted you an hour, so apparently you are not telling the truth when you call into Mail Call. We will take that into consideration the next time you call."

- Washington County




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