letters to the editor

January 19, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/22

Powell misses the point

To the editor:

In his article that appeared in The Herald-Mail of Dec. 24, 2000, Allan Powell attacked the election results of 1876, the Republican Party, President-elect George W. Bush, the Supreme Court of the United States, the state of Florida's election machinery, legislature and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Professor Emeritus Powell neglected to attack the National Rifle Association (I am proud to be a member of this organization) and its very capable truth-speaking President Charlton Heston. Why or how did this escape Professor Powell's critical attention?

Professor Powell is apparently burdened with an unbearable load of frustration and is trying to lighten the load by using untruths and in the process, expressing very sour grapes. Of course, this is the liberal viewpoint, a viewpoint that is, as the situation requires, based on fallaciousness. Professor Powell, if in the recent election the situation had been reversed, the Democratic nominee would have been victorious. If this had happened, would you have condemned the Democratic Party for winning? I can't imagine that you would.


Professor Powell has coined rather silly names for President-elect George W. Bush and predicted dire consequences for his coming term of presidency. Unfortunately, there exist people who will try to create dire and troublesome situations. Some years ago, country-western singer Merle Haggard recorded and released a hit record titled "On the Fighting Side of Me." One line of this song advises, "if you can't love it, leave it." There are people in our country that need to listen to and perhaps follow this advice.

As to the attacks directed at the Supreme Court, Florida and its governor and the Republican Party, some people are, by nature, superior in performance. They expect and withstand attacks such as Professor Powell has leveled. Professor Emeritus Powell, your remarks to Justices Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas are uncalled for and undeserved. Other than the right to speak freely, just what are your qualifications that allow you to comment on these distinguished justices' style of jurisprudence?

Professor Powell's article predicts that the opposition to the Republican Party will be energized in 2002 and 2004. I agree with Professor Powell, but does he realize that the Republican Party may also be energized in a like manner? The recent election proves that there is a 50/50 split. This certainly proves that Republican numbers are much better than they were in the two prior presidential elections. Was this not proven in the recent presidential election by the results from the great state of Tennessee? By the way, I am perplexed that reference to Tennessee did not appear in Professor Powell's article.

Professor Emeritus Powell, your article will definitely have support as well as opposition and this is as it should be. As for you, I hope that the burden you now carry will become less so. If not, you are looking at a miserable four years.

Calvin G. Pryor


Let players pay

To the editor:

Just a few thoughts arising from the sale of the Hagerstown Suns. I welcome Andrew Rayburn to the county and wish him success.

I also want him to know that the expectation we taxpayers had of the former owner for responsibility for providing for his team is the same for him. Using taxpayer dollars to enrich baseball owners or to provide for the entertainment of a few baseball fans is unacceptable.

Winston Blenkstone was willing to invest $500,000 for sky boxes, but he was about $25 million short of the private investment dollars needed to close the deal. So, as the new owner thinks about how much he might want to contribute in order to get our whole-hearted support I suggest that his goal be 100 percent. I encourage him to own the stadium, the parking lot, the concessions, the apparel sales, the whole deal.

And if he needs some help raising that kind of money, I suggest that he keep his hand out of the taxpayers pocket and look to baseball. Contact enthusiasts like Alex Rodrigues - $252 million over 10 years; Manny Ramirez, $160 million over eight years; Bernie Williams, $87.5 million over seven years; Kevin Appier $42 million over four years; Darren Dreifort, $55 million over five years; Mike Hampton, $121 million over eight years, or any one of the hundreds of super-rich baseball players of today.

It is baseball players and owners who have come up through the system and struck it rich who ought to be funding minor league sports out of gratitude for how they were helped - not poor taxpayers who will not in their lifetime hope to make even a small percentage of what the major league players and owners themselves make. Make us all proud of you Mr. Rayburn, show us it can be done.

Edward L. James


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