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Letters to the Editor 8/12

August 11, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/12



Playing with numbers



To the editor:

The lead item on Sunday, July 16, pertains to McClure's conditions for supporting the funding of a proposed baseball stadium.

One requirement is "guarantee that the Hagerstown Suns will remain at a new stadium even if the team is sold." Who would be the guarantor and what would be his ultimate responsibility and what are his financial resources?

Another condition "a 20-year lease for the team." Who is the lessee? Suppose a major league no longer wishes to support minor league baseball. Read the paper and you will see that sports teams flit from city to city like butterflies, leaving enormous stadium debts behind.

Richard Phoebus states that "stadium finances wouldn't work if attendance projections were set at 2,000 per game." Phoebus proposes a figure of 3,000 per game to make the figures work. If we are into fudge factors, let us move to an attendance of 5,000 and the enterprise could be so wildly profitable that no public funding would be required. Dwell on this; if any game did draw a 3,000 attendance it would approximate only 2 percent of the population of the county.

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Some of the people involved in this should know better.

Robert P. Molten

Hagerstown

Unions no longer needed



To the editor:

In reference to the Verizon strike: I wonder if unions are still necessary in today's world. Since large corporations such as Verizon now provide superior benefits and nice wages, does the union still need to exist?

I don't work for Verizon or the CWA, but I do know first-hand the impact of these strikes. Families are broken apart as management staff work to cover CWA positions during these strikes.

These non-union staff members work to provide us, the community with services. Mothers and fathers are gone from their children, their homes and their loved ones.

If we look directly at today's world and how things happen, does anyone really need the union? The reality in life is simple. If you're not happy, change it. Stop continuing to expect more and more. If you are so unhappy at your place of employment, here's a thought: The classifieds for this paper list possible employment opportunities.

The phone service works, with or without the CWA at this time. Yes there are going to be problems, but they will be fixed. Verizon should simply eliminate this problem in the future and just train new individuals, those who want to be employed and earn an honest living.

The power of large corporations give us all many things in life.

Without our employers, insurance alone would exceed many people's weekly paychecks.

The CWA should be concerned that if the phone services continue to work, are they really needed? Yes delays exist, but do we need 85,000 people to correct delays? The CWA should be concerned that one day companies such as Verizon will realize that 85,000 people cannot only be replaced but with fewer people.

People need to stop wondering what they can get, which is what this is about, and learn to live with what they have.

Joe Buechling

Hagerstown

Put Jesus in your boat



To the editor:

Any person who has ever experienced any large medical bill and has their insurance cover the cost of that bill 100 percent knows the value of that insurance.

When on judgment day we see the whole scope of our entire lives and we know that we have taken advantage of the immense grace of accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Lord and master and repenting of sin we will know what the covering of his precious blood for us meant.

And stamped across the story of our lives will be a "paid in full" by Jesus Christ for you with his precious blood.

The Bible says: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body."

As long as we are on this earth there is time to begin to love God more, to begin to love and respect ourselves and others by loving actions. It is only God's love through us that will change this world and it is always a conscious effort on our parts. With Jesus Christ in the boat of our lives there is no possibility of sinking.

Dorothy Panettiere

Hagerstown

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