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Mail Call

August 08, 2006

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"We have used 'garlic and brewer's yeast' tablets from the 'natural remedies/vitaman' section for our dog and we have not had fleas or any other problems for over 12 years."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"To the person who called in looking for someone to take them to the doctor, please call REACH Caregivers' Faith In Action program at 301-733-2371. Our program is currently limited to medical needs transportation, but we will soon be expanding to include grocery shopping, running errands, help with yard work, snow shoveling, etc. To the person who responded to the former, and offered their assistance, please call REACH Caregiver's Faith In Action program at the above number. We are in need of all the volunteers possible to expand our volunteer transportation program."




"This is in response to the 75-year-old person who called in regarding dogs and cats not being allowed in the house. I really hate to say this because I have always been brought up to respect my elders, but this person is way off on this one. First of all, dogs and cats are not like sheep, cows or chickens, they are domesticated animals, they need companionship, affection and love. Dogs and cats are "pets" they do not provide us with any type of food the way cows provide us with milk and chickens with eggs, etc. Therefore, they should not be treated the same way all the other animals you described are. Secondly, there are many medications on the market that you can use on your pet so they no longer have fleas. That is a much more sensible answer than just throwing them outside. The fleas on an animal bother them whether their kept outside or inside."

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- Hagerstown




"This is to the inmate at WCDC who is complaining about the heat and the air conditioning. If you hadn't committed the crime that you had committed, you wouldn't be in there without air conditioning."




"I am sure many of the people from New York are here on Section 8 housing. Penny Nigh has been complaining for several years about this problem. Once you qualify for Section 8 housing, you can use it anywhere in the U.S. Hagerstown has more housing available than most cities. It is a national problem, and you need to complain to the U.S. senators, as I have."

- Hagerstown




"I just talked to a friend who lives in an apartment house. She lives up - certainly not on the first, second, third, fourth floor - and the elevators are broken. When I asked her if she had a fire escape, she said there are none. Does the government allow this?"

- Williamsport




"I was just riding in downtown Hagerstown on Franklin Street, and I saw the cross and the teddy bears and the flowers for the girl that was killed on Monday. I wanted to get a better look so I found a parking place and walked back to the memorial. I just stood there and thought about this girl, 20 years old, with a 4-month-old baby. I don't know what's going on anymore. You pick up the paper, it's a lot of stuff going on. People killing people, drugs, a lot of people coming here from New York."

- Hagerstown




"I'm reading in Mail Call about the dress code of the week. I just love it. It's just wonderful, it's great, but 'Sunday, dress as you want and go to church' - I didn't like that too well, because some people dress terribly now and don't know what they'll put on after reading that."

- Boonsboro




"I read in the paper about the attorney saying that the lethal injection resulted in tortuous death. I don't know how in the world attorneys can say something like that, when the poor victim was terrorized also, tortured with shooting."

- Hagerstown




"Congratulations to Salem Avenue for getting their school renovated. I wish that we at Conococheague and those at Fountain Rock and those area elementary schools had something to be happy about as well."




"I just received a letter from the Maryland DMV stating that my tags are up for renewal, but they can't renew my tags because I never paid a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot down at University Hospital. My car's got handicapped tags on. They're really on the ball. It even tells you right on the summons that the car's got handicapped tags on. It's really intelligent."




"For the last three days, everyone has been concerned about their animals being inside and staying cool. On the second day of the heat, I realized that our neighbor did not have food or water for that dog for those entire two days. If I would have known sooner, I would have called the SPCA. I did call the SPCA and they did come out and they did get I guess a warning or a fine. I'm not sure exactly what they got. I see sometimes in Mail Call that they put it in there, but they don't have the guts to go and report it, so I just wanted everyone to know."




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