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Munson's letter responds to mayor's jab

March 29, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Donald F. Munson responded Wednesday to critical remarks made by Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II two weeks ago.

In a letter to the editor sent to The Herald-Mail, Munson thanked those who came to his defense after Bruchey told a group of business people that Munson needed to change his attitude about locating the University System of Maryland education center in downtown Hagerstown.

Bruchey said to get money for the university, "you have to shut Munson up."

Bruchey later apologized for his remarks.

At the time, Munson made no comment. On Wednesday he said he would let the letter speak for itself.

"As a result of recent unwarranted verbal assaults on me by the Mayor of Hagerstown, I received hundreds of telephone calls, e-mails and letters supporting my efforts to provide first rate educational opportunities for the citizens of Washington County," Munson wrote.

Bruchey had no comment about the letter.

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A problem arose with the university earlier this month, when Munson supported a budget amendment that would have reopened the question of the university's location.

Gov. Parris Glendening said the university would not be funded unless the amendment was deleted.

The House of Delegates removed the amendment, although it will be up to the conference committee on which Munson serves to make sure it's kept out. Munson has said he will work to do that.

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