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Letters to the Editor 4/14/00

April 14, 2000

I did right

To the editor:

My vote against Senate Bill 211, the Governor's gun legislation, was the right thing to do.

The claim that this bill will solve the problems of gun violence is absolutely ludicrous. If the governor really is serious about reducing gun violence, then he will urge the House of Delegates to pass Senate Bill 303, Project Exile, as the Maryland Senate did last week.

This highly successful comprehensive crime-fighting initiative has reduced the murder rate in Richmond, Va., by 50 percent. Project Exile closes a loophole that allows criminals to avoid mandatory sentences and establishes new standards to deny bail to persons arrested with firearms. It also calls for heightened cooperation between local and federal prosecutors.

Project Exile, not SB 211, offers our best hope of reducing gun violence throughout Maryland.

Donald F. Munson

Senator, District Two

The governor's blackmail

To the editor:

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Excuse me folks, but isn't Sen. Don Munson doing exactly what we elected him to do? To look after the best interests of Washington County residents.

First Munson is attacked by Mayor Bob The Lip Bruchey for daring to support another study of the University of Maryland campus site selection, and then Del. Sue Hecht claims the county was denied much needed state funds because Munson upset the governor.

Now, let's look at the real problem. The downtown site is about the worse place you could pick for a college campus and the majority of Washington County residents are opposed to it. Furthermore, Governor Schaefer....oops Glendening knew his decision couldn't be supported by a common sense investigation so he threw a temper tantrum and threaten to destroy the sand box. The mature individual here, who is doing the right thing, is Munson, so why is he taking the heat?

Someone should have shut Bruchey up immediately after Steve Sager gave him the idea of moving the campus site downtown. And maybe Hecht should work at fixing a flawed system that allows the governor to buy votes and blackmail us with our own money.

Jim Laird

Hagerstown

Scanners aren't always accurate

To the editor:

Consumers beware! I do a lot of shopping and almost always find an error or two on each receipt. I really mean each receipt. Now, one would expect the employees to apologize, because the mistake is in the store's favor, but no!

I am not nasty when I point out the error. I just say, "excuse me, this Raspberry Jelly says $1.54 on the Bonus Buy sign. It appeared as $1.98 on my receipt and since I had purchased two of them that's 88 cents that I overpaid Martin's grocery store. Now that might not seem like a lot and indeed it's not, but this is 3 percent of my bill. Last week there was an error of more than $5 on an item I purchased two of, and my total bill was only $70.

Back to my point, which is the stores not only don't apologize, they are mad at me! They roll their eyes, huff, and I have heard an occasional groan. Sorry, but I expect to pay what they post on the shelf. I am knowledgeable about the price of the items I frequently purchase and shop the stores that have the best buys, sometimes going to the grocery store three times a week. Over-paying pays off for me at Martin's where they will give me the first item free, if you have over-paid what the shelf price is. It takes work, but I would rather be correctly charged. You'll have to read the details about that in the store.

My message to consumers, check your receipts each and everytime. Nine times out of 10 something is wrong with at least one item!

Lori Hall

Hagerstown

Good sidewalks and bad dogs

To the editor:

I for one would like to thank the City of Hagerstown and the city workers for the beautiful brick sidewalks.

Now if you can first do something about the people letting their dogs loose on them; I think there should be a law that people walking their dogs on the sidewalks should have to carry pooper scoopers and plastic bags to carry it back to their homes and apartments.

Come on people these men have worked hard to get our city nice. Let's help them keep it this way. Good work guys.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown

To the editor:

I didn't know whether to be flattered by Roscoe Bartlett's recent letter to the editor praising my knowledge of Congress, or miffed that he blamed me for The Herald-Mail's editorial.

Bartlett blaming the approval of "bad bills" on "the Rules Committee in the dead of night" is like Peter Angelos blaming the free agent system for the Orioles' poor finish last year.

Bartlett neglected to mention that the Rules Committee is controlled by the leadership of the Republican majority - his party and his leadership.

Is he objecting to having no clout? Is he admitting his party leadership has established an unfair process? Seems like his objection is with them, not with me.

As Bartlett knows, the regular appropriations bills are considered on the House floor under "open" rules, where anyone can offer an amendment.

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