Kelly's Cuts

A wry look at the world of Mail Call

A wry look at the world of Mail Call

June 12, 2008|By KELLY MORENO

"Hi, I'm looking through Tuesday, June 3rd's newspaper. Well, I was looking for Woolie, and I found Woolie, but I can't find the Woolie entry sheet. You people are the biggest bunch of idiots I have ever seen in my life, and that goes for everyone that works at The Herald-Mail. Idiots, idiots, idiots." - Hagerstown

Goodness, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

"I would hope that Hagerstown would look forward and welcome developments like this."

Hagerstown, look forward? Welcome?? It's a nice thought, but remember where we are.

"With the high cost of fuel, to cut your gas bill in half, just drive one way. Solves the problem." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

I'll defer any comment on this call to Dick Cheney.

"I sure am glad we spent all that money out there at the airport, since air travel business is booming. If I ran my finances the way the county government does, I would be living in a cardboard box." - Pondsville


A cardboard box assessed at much more than its actual worth, too.

"I'm calling about that Kelly Moreno that writes, the editorial assistant. She should be taken out of the paper. She is not humorous. She makes fun of people and degrades the human race. She's terrible. Take her out of the Opinion." - Hagerstown

You should have seen me before I had my horns and tail removed.

"One day last week, I passed by that monster called the old light plant. What a horrible-looking thing it is, especially for strangers, visitors, newcomers to our town."

That's fine, because we don't want those people here anyway.

"I agree with the caller about the bar wanting to be open on Franklin Street."

Next thing you know, my porch is going to tell me it wants to be painted. And the grass will say it wants to be cut. Where will it end?

A "high five" to these callers:

·"I want to comment on the Verizon fiasco. If everyone affected by the Verizon act of selling their private numbers would contact their political representative and PSC, perhaps the practice of companies selling your personal information for profit would eventually stop.

Too many companies sell your information, and why? We pay for a particular service, and who signs an agreement to share their personal information? The publication of numbers is tragic for persons trying to escape domestic violence, a potential problem for law officials, and a tremendous nuisance for anyone changing their numbers to contact everyone they know and/or do business with." - Hagerstown

·"I am more than disgusted at the attitude displayed by the Verizon executives who met with the PSC this past Thursday. The thing that really sent my blood boiling was Tom Morgan's remark stating 'keeping a telephone number private is really up to the customer.' As a person who was affected by Verizon's 'mistake,' I'm annoyed that Morgan seems to be shifting the blame to the customers.

It is our responsibility to keep our numbers private. That's why we paid to have the numbers unlisted and/or unpublished in the first place. Now the private information of thousands of people, who chose to have that information withheld, is floating out there somewhere for anyone to access. All the while Verizon is basically telling us there's nothing that can be done.

I sincerely hope that the PSC does not just give Verizon a slap on the wrist. This company has potentially placed people's lives in danger and, more shockingly, displays a very apathetic attitude toward the whole situation." - Hagerstown

Kelly Moreno is a Herald-Mail columnist.

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