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Letters to the Editor

February 04, 1999

Get creative and build the stadium

To the editor:

The Municipal Stadium is a pretty little thing. Unfortunately it does have several drawbacks which a new stadium would correct. First it is in a flood plain. Last year a wall collapsed because of its location. Parking is difficult. Even on evenings without promotions, my husband and I have had to park on residential streets.

The park is hard to find unless you are familiar with the area. A location near an interstate interchange would make to stadium easier to find and bring in many more fans. A large number of those leaving their dollars in Washington County would come from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia since it would be much easier for them to find and travel to the new stadium.

Sometimes businesses just need larger or improved sites to flourish. Lowe's has moved twice since starting business here.

Even if Hagerstown and Washington County did agree to build a new stadium, it could be arranged that little if any of the money comes from taxpayers. Putting the stadium in a business park (as proposed by Ron Bowers last year) would mean that a large portion of the infrastructure could be put in place at a relatively modest sum.

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There are many who have offered to do inkind work but are waiting for the politicians to make a commmitment. A fee ($1?) per ticket could be assessed to repay any bonds needed for construction. Naming of the stadium itself  is not the only corporate right that could be sold. 

Surely there are many other ideas out there for funding sources. Not to mention the thousands of dollars in Stadium Authority fees that Washington County citizens have paid and which ought to come back to us. 

There are not too many cities which can boast of having a professional baseball team, but Hagerstown does. Many cities are vying for this privilege. By not supporting a new stadium, our politicians may be ensuring that one of those others will win the Suns away from us.

Washington County is a wonderful place to live. It is rich with social, historic, educational, recreational and entertainment opportunities. To name just a few, there are: the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Maryland Symphony, the Hagerstown Choral Arts, the C&O Canal, streams, the Potomac River, state and city parks, a fine system of roads, many  with rich histories, an airport, railroads, a unique number of stone bridges, a top-rated golf course, public swimming pools, a skating rink, bowling, tennis courts, ice skating, roller skating and the Hagerstown Suns.

Florence Riedesel

Hagerstown

Honor our ancestors

To the editor:

Recently I visited the Buck Spring Farm House built by Ludwig Kammerer in 1774 and learned that it's in danger of being demolished. I must add my voice to those who want to save it, and I am appealing to Citicorp for help.

Ludwig Kammerer came to America in 1736, one of thousands of immigrants who came in the 1700s and while he and many others didn't distinguish themselves with any feats of tremendous historical interest, they came, settled and led productive lives. They are fine examples of our heritage and what we, as a nation of immigrants, have and can become.

The home and the one-half acre surrounding it, is now owned by the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., and the selling price is far beyond the means of the local historical societies to pay.

The building is a nice example of an early American stone home: and, although it will need some restoration, which the Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society is interested in doing, it by no means detracts from the complex as a whole. It represents our past and with its juxtaposition to the Citicorp buildings, with all the technology Citicorp represents, the whole site can point to our future as well.

Will Citicorp support the preservation of this historic site?

Marilyn R. Child

Allentown, Pa.

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