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February 23, 2006

"My mother, Margaret Nixon, and I want to express our sincere delight and pleasure for the many cards, visitors, and phone calls she has received since I called about her to Mail Call. You have given her much to think about and talk about, and brightened her days while convalescing at Ravenwood Nursing Home. I also want to express our sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Ravenwood Nursing Home. My mother has received the finest care possible from all the caregivers there. We love you and thank you for your dedication and every kindness."

- Hagerstown




"Can anyone tell me how to get rid of an annoying cardinal? This bird flys continually into my window and taps on the glass. This has been going on for almost a year! I have tried deflectors, owls, banging objects, etc., but he still persists. Help!"

- Hagerstown




"The caller wondered when Vice President Cheney and Brit Hume were going to obtain a marriage licence. I think it will happen the same day Clinton and Osama bin Laden get a marriage license. After all, Billy had Osama in the palm of his hand more than once, so Billy must really dig him. Now, poor Georgie gets all the blame for not catching Osama."

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- Clear Spring




"Do you people really want a millionaire to not have to pay real estate taxes just because they are over 65 or 70? They need to do something for low- income people, and maybe something for middle income but not everyone just because of age. Assets, especially land holdings, and income need to figure in. They also need to be county residents, and it should only apply to the primary residence, not land they own scattered all over the county."

- Keedysville




"I agree with the caller about the need for an ordinance dealing with cats that do their business in the yards of others. I cannot even sit on my patio in the summer due to the smell of the feral cats' deposits in my garden areas. Unfortunately, the neighbors leave food out for these cats. Fortunately for them, they have no tilled soil for these cats to use. They come over to my place! I have been on the humane society's list to lease a cat catching crate since October. It is my duty to pick up the crate and return it. If the cat produces a smelly substance on its 27 mile journey to the WCHS, then I have the horrible odor in my car forever!"

- South County




"The Daily Mail boldly prints 'Even his inmates cried.' At the bottom of the third column of the article these tears are described as 'alligator tears' which is an often-used misnomer for the term 'crocodile tears' defined in the Random House dictionary as 'a hypocritical show of sorrow; false or insincere tears.' The headline that this newspaper used shows a lack of respect for the passing of Officer Wroten. Bringing up that the inmates cried in this manner should have been cut from the reporters' notes. A positive headline would have been appropriate."

- Knoxville




"Carter the best president? I was selling real estate during his administration, and interest rates were so high that couples with good jobs and excellent credit could not afford to buy a home. During the Reagan administration interest rates went down and couples in their 40s and 50s were buying for the first time. Now imagine this happening under a Republican administration. Oh yes, I think Carter did give the Panama Canal back to the Panamanians."

- Funkstown




"I have noticed in the very cold temps, mothers having babies and toddlers out with no hat or any covering on its head. Heat escapes our bodies through our head. I also noticed these mothers bundle themselves up nicely."

- Hagerstown




"To the person wanting the homemade lye soap recipe - I forget how my parents made it, but if you go to the library and read up on it, it's free. To go to the college book store is quite expensive. Try the library. Wish I could help you. Made our clothes so white and clean. Good luck to you."

- Boonsboro




"To those trying to belittle and debase politicans. Does it make you feel better about yourselves or 'bigger people?' You all must have very low self-esteem. You do not even 'know' these people. Take a good, long, hard look at yourselves in the mirror. Would you tell Jesus this same garbage? How would you like someone to poke snide comments on things you do? I hope you do not call yourselves Christians. Christians follow Christ's teachings."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to give a big shout out to the Williamsport Wildcats for winning the MVAL Antietam Title. Congratulations to Coach Mowbray, the rest of the coaching staff, the players, the parents, and of course all of our great fans. There is no such thing as co-champions, being that the Cats beat North High both times this season. Good luck in the upcoming playoffs!"

- Halfway




"I wish they would bring back the song 'Harper Valley PTA', because the neighborhood I live in reminds me of Harper Valley."

- Boonsboro




"When I walk past a redhead at an entrance to a store or whatever, my lungs and health are not affected, unless they are smoking."

- Hagerstown




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