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Letters to the Editor

December 10, 1999

Suns contribute in many ways

To the editor:

I am writing to support the construction of a new sports stadium for our community. Without it, I fear we will lose professional baseball and the benefits it brings to our quality of life. As a representative of the non-profit community, I know first-hand how the current management of the Suns bends over backwards to accommodate civic, social and charitable organizations throughout the county.

The Suns have sponsored a Canned Food Drive every year since 1993 to benefit Food Resources, Inc. and help less fortunate citizens in our county. I know that they work with many other non-profits with special promotions and publicity to benefit their programs and services: Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Washington County PTA, American Dairy Association, Lions Club, Hagerstown Little League, as well as Food Resources, Inc.

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One needs to look at the total impact that a professional baseball team has on the quality of life in our community and they will see that their contribution is substantial, both from an economic as well as a social standpoint.

I urge state and local officials to act now to build this high-impact facility and enhance the quality of life for Hagerstown and Washington County for years to come.

Bradley N. Sell

Hagerstown

Let's reclaim country with third party

To the editor:

With Congress openly admitting the government's spending limits have been exceeded, congressional members will still get their substantial pay raise. The president will get $200,000 each year (that is equivalent to an annual pay check for 17 working stiffs; or, it is enough money to feed 2,830 starving kids located in the poor areas of the United States).

Each Congressman gets an additional $4,600 per year and each cabinet secretary and the vice president will receive the same cost-of-living equivalent. The total yearly cost is in the high 11 figures without two decimal points at the end. In case you are wondering what this has to do with anything, I'll tell you. The surplus that was to go for a tax cut or to bail out the Social Security fund and help the elderly pay for prescription medicine and the projected surplus for 2000 is no more.

As a matter of interest, there is speculation that the Social Security fund may be gutted once again by our elected representatives to continue their uncontrolled spending. All of this surplus and extra money did not go for projects to help the American people. All of it went to assist foreign governments.

Do you still believe those in Congress care about the people of the United States? It is obvious their interest is with foreign powers (for future alliances or favors,) big business (money for their campaign coffers), special interest groups (the almighty vote) and self- preservation (greed).

Those you elect to these high offices are not willing to make any kind of a sacrifice for their homeland. It is time for a third party in our government. With election 2000 we should strive to cleanse our government of those not willing to put America first. The American people should reclaim their country.

William Peck

Needmore, Pa.

Stadium complex would benefit many

To the editor:

I am fascinated by the proposal for the new Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum and Sports Complex. It is an innovative and forward thinking concept. I hope that some day soon I'll be able to be on hand for the grand opening of this new complex. According to the proposal, our new baseball stadium would function year round as a sports complex available to baseball and soccer leagues already in existence and looking for new venues.

The complex would be anchored by two tenants tried and true to Hagerstown and Washington County, the Suns and the Roundhouse Museum. With the support of these anchor tenants, the involvement of youth sports organizations and the inevitable rise in Suns attendance that a new sports complex will bring the project presents itself a viable economic investment.

What I didn't see in the proposal were the elements that drive the negative side of the stadium debate as it plays out in our community. The Roundhouse Museum and Sports Complex will not benefit only a few, it will not increase taxes, it will not overburden the city or county with debt, it will not sit idle for most of the year and it won't make anyone rich. If your were opposed to a tax-supported stadium, please look at the new proposal. You will find that some dedicated people have worked out a solution that satisfies your concerns.

If you're a fan of baseball, a railroad buff or a parent with children growing up in Hagerstown or Washington County, it's time for you to get involved. Our County Commissioners and City Council need to see that there is support for the new Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum and Sports Complex.

Dan Spedden

Hagerstown

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