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Letters to the Editor 10/31

October 31, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/31



Support stadium renovation plan



To the editor:

The fate of our new stadium is once again in the hands of the County Commissioners and once again it will be a close decision. The Stadium Task Force proposal to build a new stadium on the current site has every opportunity to win state funding as an example of the kind of urban reuse project the current administration promotes through Smart Growth.

The proposal also eliminates the old stadium reuse issue, satisfies the needs of the team and its owner and it ensures that Hagerstown will have professional baseball for decades to come. Professional baseball is an inspiration to our youth and a new and innovative ballpark is just what our community needs to avoid a huge loss and to improve its outlook and reputation.

The County Commissioners have a funding source for the stadium in the form of the hotel/motel tax increase that the Stadium Task Force helped provide. The County Commissioners should support the stadium proposal with much confidence and put us on the verge of a great success.

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Dan Spedden

Hagerstown




In support of Dori Nipps



To the editor:

As our local and national elections loom ever nearer, all of us are bombarded with information, promises and sometimes "pie in the sky" assurances from the candidates. Many are tempted to wipe the slate clear of those in office when our personal agendas have not been met. Others look beyond personal gratification and take into consideration what is best for all in the long run. Hopefully, this is the mentality that will prevail for our nation, state and county elections.

For that reason and more, I find myself continuing to support incumbent Dori Nipps for the Washington County School Board. I have had the pleasure of working with Dori during the past six years as she served our county and I served as CAC chair for Hancock Middle-Senior High School, the first National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Washington County.

Through my personal agenda requests, I realize that Nipps is a hard-working board member who questions fairly, debates with vigor, and is fiscally responsible in her role. This is her style and record for the entire county system. She is one who will work for the good of the whole and strive for a better school system for all.

I may choose to upset the status quo in some of the upcoming elections, for the right reasons, but for the Washington County Board of Education elections coming up, I hope to return Dori Nipps to her position. Please consider her record and be added to her list of supporters, so you too can say, "Nipps Works for Me."

Daniel A. Murphy

CAC Chair Hancock MSH

Mayor, Town of Hancock




Halloween day more like Halloween week



To the editor:

When is Halloween, exactly? Is it on Oct. 31 or is it on Oct. 26?

Aa a resident of Fairway Meadows, I discovered a flyer in my mailbox announcing that trick-or-treat would be held on Thursday, Oct. 26. I am wondering if this is the date for trick-or-treat everywhere, or just where I live? I don't even know who the powers to be are who make these decisions. There was no contact person or phone number on the announcement.

When I was a child, trick-or-treating was held on Oct. 31, the day observed as Halloween, regardless of the day of the week Oct. 31 fell on. I realize times have changed and, in the interest of safety, communities now designate trick-or-treat hours. I can appreciate the rationale for this. I do not understand the rationale for holding trick-or-treat five days before Halloween on a weeknight?

If the day for trick-or-treating must be a date other than Oct. 31, wouldn't it make more sense to have it on Friday, Oct. 27 or Saturday, Oct. 28? At least those days are closer to the "real" Halloween and children and parents alike could better enjoy the occasion on a weekend evening, rather than a school night? Since it has been deemed we will hold trick-or-treating on an evening during the week, why not let it be held on the "real" Halloween, which happens to fall on Tuesday this year?

What's next, Christmas on Dec. 20? How about making Thanksgiving a Monday holiday?

Julie Shields

Hagerstown

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