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Mail Call

April 29, 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:

"To the caller from Hagers-town in regards to leaving the sex offenders alone. You suggested looking at the skeletons in our closet. Well, go ahead and open our closet. You won't find anything even close to being a sex offender or any other criminal records for that. If you would have done your duty and notified the development in which you live, we wouldn't be forced to go to the Web site, etc. that you pointed out. Next time you feel compelled to point the finger, make sure it's pointed in the right direction."

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- Williamsport




"I just watched an anti-smoking ad on TV with the baby monitor and baby crying, coughing and gagging. I think this is in very poor taste and I just wonder what kind of condition that child was put through to cough and hack like that just for that commercial. I don't believe in smoking either but I don't believe in using small children to that extent."




"As a consumer, I was wondering when did retail stores decide to be taking so many donations? Every time you walk in they want a donation for this society and that group and it's just ridiculous. You go to go shopping and the only thing you get bothered for is donations. We donate to different associations, not just one."

- Hagerstown




"This is to whoever called in and said whoever brought a telescope at a yard sale they found a lens and they can come back and get it. They never gave an address."

- Hagerstown




"About the ambulance driver who had that fatal wreck down on I-70, the paper said she had a medical emergency but any other time there is a wreck with a medical emergency it's either a heart attack or a stroke or the person has been drinking, it's always put in the paper. I was wondering why her medical emergency couldn't be printed."

- Washington County




"Let's give Tim Rowland's Sunday editorial on No Child Left Behind a triple amen. He nailed it. NCLB does not work because you cannot measure human variables."

- Washington County




"If anyone wants to take a drive and see something real beautiful, just come down Md. 67 and turn on Netz Road and see the beautiful dogwood trees. They are there every year but they are so amazing and now they've got pink cherry blossoms in back of the white dogwoods. It's just amazing to see this."

- Boonsboro




"I'm calling about the Mini- Page that used to be in the Sunday paper. You now put it on the back of the classifieds in the Monday paper. The kids hate that. They loved having it in their paper on Sundays to look at because on Monday they are in school and they have sports activities. No good, what's up with that? We need the Mini-Page back in Sunday's paper."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"It is always an honor to be chosen as the outstanding teacher of the year. But that reminds me of the winning pitcher in a ball game. He gets all the glory as if he won the game all by himself. I'm sure there are many good teachers out there and I feel sympathy for all the teachers who probably feel slighted."

- Boonsboro




"A super idea to change Municipal Stadium's name to Willie Mays Park. A win-win deal."

- Smithsburg




"On April 20, from its bi-weekly collection the Hagerstown Lions Club delivered 2,800 glasses, 100 frames, 875 glasses cases, and 6,600 lens valued at $40,187.50 to Church Medical Systems, Inc. in New Windsor, Md. Through the work of organizations like the Lions Club, that organization is able to offer humanitarian assistance to hospitals and numerous clinics in 60 developing countries throughout the world. I would just like to say that it takes many, many hours to do this type of thing and we do make four deliveries a year to that group. If any organization deserves one of your thumbs up award, I would like to suggest it's the Hagerstown Lions Club."

- Washington County




"I think that since you put the Little League baseball scores in The Morning Herald but not the youth soccer league scores that you should start to. I want to know what the scores for soccer were and you devote more of your paper to baseball then to soccer."

- Hagerstown




"The federal government gives less than 7 percent to the state to include in their spending on education, a lousy 7 percent. Yet with 'No Child Left Behind' they feel that they can tell the state what to do. The federal government isn't providing half the money they promised to 'No Child Left Behind' and yet the states are foolishly following those rules and getting no money from the government."

- Sharpsburg




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