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Letters to the Editor

February 25, 2000

Community is missing a great opportunity

To the editor:

I want to know what is wrong with the people in this county. We have the opportunity to have a beautiful stadium and roundhouse complex that will benefit all of us who enjoy doing something other than sitting on the couch.

All I hear is everyone complaining that we need to pay off the water and sewer debt and I agree, but should all other projects be put off until this is done? If that is the case we will no longer be 10 years behind everyone else, it will be more like 50 years. The leaders of the city, county and the county delegation of the Maryland General Assembly have worked hard to come up with a plan that will pay down the debt, fund a new stadium and that will give tourism grants to all nine of the county's municipalities.

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All of these things will benefit the county as a whole and most of the funding will come from a hotel/motel tax increase. I know that a lot of people have a hard time understanding that the money raised by the proposed hotel/motel tax will not be coming out of the pockets of the people who reside in the county.

If I remember correctly, that was the biggest concern, so now what is stopping you from supporting this project? I am sure there will be other reasons for opposition if for no other reason than to hear yourselves complain. Wally McClure is one of the most vocal people who is in opposition to this project.

First he says that if this stadium doesn't cost the city more than the current annual subsidy there would be no reason to call for a referendum; now he wants to do it no matter what. Mr. Clinton, I mean Mr. McClure, why did you take one stance on this issue and then after things appear to be going in the right direction you take another? Just admit it - you don't want a new stadium and will do your best to see that it doesn't get built. We (the people in the county) voted to put these people in office, now let them do their jobs.

I would also like to comment on a letter entitled "Let's pull together now to kill the stadium," written by Dave Lescalleet. In this letter I read where Lescalleet disagreed with Curt Hornbecker about the county being afraid of change. I have to agree 100 percent with Hornbecker. If you believe that the $5- and $6-an-hour jobs that have been created by the outlets and the mall expansion, along with new traffic lights, are real change I feel sorry for everyone who lives here.

I encourage anyone and everyone who wants not only financial but recreational opportunities available to them to look outside of Hagerstown and Washington County then you will see just how far we are lagging behind.

Steve Kendall

Hagerstown

Giuliani, Clinton seek far-reaching support

To the editor:

On Feb. 22, I received a fund-raising letter from the campaign of Rudy Giuliani asking that I donate to his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

I found this quite surprising, since I reside in Maryland. Today, on the Herald-Mail Website, I read Bob Maginnis' thoughts on the fund-raising letter he received from the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Why do Giuliani and Clinton feel that anyone outside the state of New York should participate in the election of New York's U.S. Senate delegation?

I have no personal stake in New York politics and, as a non-resident, do not feel that I have a right to influence a New York election. At the same time, I feel it would be wrong for a Maryland candidate to solicit funds from New York or any other state. I find it interesting and bothersome that such tactics are even legal.

I am left only to wonder whose interests are represented by politicians who seek and obtain funding from individuals outside the state they are elected to represent. If I were a New Yorker, I would consider Giuliani's and Clinton's actions a slap in my face and an affront to the office they seek.

As a Marylander, I am certainly offended by such behavior.

I encourage those who share my concern to make those concerns known locally and in New York.

Tim Sharpe

Smithsburg

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