Letters to the Editor 10/29

October 27, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/29

Let businesses pay for stadium

To the editor:

I noticed two stories related to the stadium scheme this week. They both show how the proponents of this dubious project will say anything to force the taxpayers to buy it for them.

During the last legislative session our elected officials were successful in passing a "sewer debt reduction plan" in which the county would use money from the hotel tax and money that would have gone to charities to pay off the sewer debt.

The sewer debt payment is a mandatory condition. This plan will also leave $500,000 a year for "economic development" (i.e., :the stadium).


Now I read in the paper that some of our elected officials want to remove debt repayment requirement from the "sewer debt reduction plan." Now what will they call this plan? How about "the stadium funding plan?" Thank you, Bill Wivell, for putting the brakes on that idea.

Yesterday I read that the stadium task force has figured out how to "save" $8 million on the cost of a new stadium. Before, it was going to cost $15 million but now, after saving $8 million, it will still cost $15 million!

I guess the cost savings were achieved by ridding the stadium of the (no longer politically expedient) railroad museum. How can we trust a task force that underestimates the cost of a project by $8 million to give us any reliable figures?

How can we trust a task force that has promised as much as $7 million in private money (but come up with nothing but promises) to make sure the taxpayers don't get stiffed. This should not be a publicly funded project! Let Richard Phoebus, the stadium task force and the Blenckstones pay for it!

Joe Lane


I won't 'load' up the downtown with my business again

To the editor:

Do you want to know why no ones wants to come downtown?

I will give you an experience I had last week. I stopped on S. Potomac Street in a 10-minute loading zone and went into the symphony office to pick up a ticket and was in there no more than five minutes.

As I returned to my car, a meter person was standing behind my car with his pencil on his parking ticket book, beginning to write up a parking ticket.

He informed me that this was a loading zone and I should not be parked there. I stood there and looked at him in amazement. I informed him I was picking up a ticket. He informed me that was not loading!

He moved away from my car mumbling and I told him, "This is why people do not come down town, because of the harassment and I will make sure I do not come downtown too soon again."

I would like someone to explain to me what the loading zone areas are for if they are not for running in somewhere to pick up something.

Downtown Hagerstown will never become an attraction for shopping or anything unless the harassment of innocent, law-abiding citizens stops.

Donna Smith


Mallard's satire is unfortunately lost on this reader

To the editor:

Regarding "On Mallard," by Constance McCollum.

It is indeed sad to find that the art of political humor and satire has evaded you. Political humor has for centuries delighted millions. Mallard's satirical style and lampoons are welcomed.

I've enjoyed reading good political humor whether it is directed at conservatives, moderates, or liberals.

The creator of "Mallard Fillmore" expresses concerns with loss of individual freedoms, lampoons the foibles and follies of politicians, and spoofs individuals to make them realize that they are an inextricable part of the political process. Bruce Tinsley encourages individuals to exercise their right to vote . . . how about you?

"Mallard Fillmore" does not offend this reader who enjoys political satire.

The country needs columns that evoke thought in its people, otherwise we become an insouciant citizenry.

Personally, I enjoy a good chortle or guffaw, while reading this "fine newspaper" in the morning!

S. Meyers


School system's 'Project Challenge' under seige again

To the editor:

This is a wake-up call to all parents, grandparents and friends of elementary school children in Washington County public schools. The issue of Project Challenge is again in the news.

It was one year ago that the Washington County Board of Education decided to redistribute 16 Project Challenge teachers throughout the 25 elementary schools. The decision resulted in six schools losing Project Challenge time, one of which was Paramount Elementary School.

Unfortunately, this issue was portrayed as a "North End" Paramount school issue, which it was not. It was about concerned parents getting together and voicing their displeasure at the loss of a resource. Despite meetings with the Board of Education members, more than 200 petition signatures and a letter-writing campaign, the Project Challenge teacher distribution did not change.

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