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Letters to the editor

May 19, 1997

Please vote

To the editor:

I have lived in this area for 65 years and even though I no longer reside in Hagerstown, I still regard it as my hometown. It is where my heart lies and it is where I share my concerns and interests with the citizens of Hagerstown and Washington County.

That is why I feel compelled, because of the lack of interest in the upcoming municipal election, to share my 20 years of political service and continued interest in Hagerstown and Washington County affairs.

The crime I read about in the Herald-Mail newspapers is appalling but it didn't happen overnight. It's been growing for some time and now, increasing so rapidly that it isn't going away as quickly as hoped. No amount of money or members of police officers is going to help without the cooperation of the citizens.

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It begins in the home where parents must be responsible for the supervision of the children's whereabouts and activities. It is not up to the police or the schools to rear your children.

Citizens and parents should report all illegal or suspicious activities, especially in drug trafficking, in spite of fears of retaliation so that crime can be stopped immediately. It is every person's responsibility to help safeguard their neighborhoods.

The downtown area has been argued for nearly 50 years, especially since most of the downtown has moved to the suburbs. I will remember when downtown was the place-to-be Friday and Saturday nights. There were four movie theaters. The stores, including three dime stores were open and there were enough nice places to eat reasonably. But let's face it. Times have changed and so has life. It will never be the same again and never will downtown be like it was. We must accept that while, at the same time, we try to improve the unfortunate conditions we have unwittingly allowed to happen.

The fault of the downtown deterioration has been mostly the lack of cooperation of the merchants and the building owner which is too lengthy to explain in this letter. However, much credit should be given to the members of the city - who have valiantly tried to improve the downtown and they should be supported for their efforts. All the problems of the city boil down to the massive need of cooperation as well as pride in and support of local endeavors by the community. Certainly not so much criticism especially when you can't possibly please everyone.

I earnestly urge you to vote in all elections. It is your civic duty as well as your support for good government. Give careful consideration of the candidates who have presented themselves to serve in yours and the city's best interest. It is a great personal sacrifice to hold public office. How well I know! But, beware of those who promise so much more than the city can afford without big tax raises. Ask where the money is coming from for all the promises made. Also, carefully consider the candidates' educational background, experience in management and finance as well as their ability to lead effectively, respectfully and with devotion to the good of all citizens truly at heart.

Jane M. Burhans

Whitings Neck, W.Va.

Remember Ellen

To the editor:

Referring to Friday May 9, Morning Herald article regarding the Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, House Speaker Casper Taylor used his speech to ridicule Ellen Sauerbrey and the "radical right" and Republicans he said she represents. I would like to inform those individuals that represent the 62 percent "radical right" that voted for her in Washington County that they should be very much insulted, just as I am very much insulted and should remember Taylor's remarks when they go to the polls to vote. Perhaps we can go over that 5,993 right here in Washington County to make the difference that was and will be needed to put Ellen Sauerbrey in the governor's mansion in 1998.

Vikki Jarnel

Hagerstown

What would old soldiers think?

To the editor:

I wonder if any of the soldiers who were maimed or killed in the Civil War realized their sacrifice would enable men a century later to play emulating war games and boost local tourism efforts?

If we must celebrate war, would it not be better to extol that which freed the colonies from foreign domination?

R. H. Babylon

Smithsburg

Md. horses thrive

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate the two Maryland horses that went to the Kentucky Derby, especially Captain Bodgit's second place finish.

Maryland horse racing is a high quality industry with a long history and something for Maryland to take pride in; not the black hole the governor calls us.

Our thoroughbred and standard-bred horses set world records at premiere tracks across the country every year! Unlike Governor Glendening, I hope Maryland horse racing is here to stay. The slot machines at the tracks will make our purses to the horses competitive with Delaware, something desperately needed to keep the high quality of racing, Maryland has come to stand for.

We hoped for good luck for Captain Bodgit in the Preakness, another premiere race in Maryland. I know when my horse won at RCR, it was like winning the derby to me.

Jackie Rae

Friendship, Md.

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