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Letters to the Editor 3/26

March 23, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/26



Stop the races



To the editor:

I trust the residents of the Hancock area are aware that a businessman wants to establish a horse racing and gambling business just about 12 to 15 miles west of Hancock in Little Orleans, Md.

Citizens Against the Racecourse, an organization of Little Orleans residents that is working to prevent the establishment of such a business, appeared before the mayor and town council on March 14 and asked for help.

At that meeting, I reminded the elected town leaders that in 1998 we all welcomed the good news about - and commended the faculty, staff and students of Hancock Middle Senior High School - upon becoming the first school in Washington County to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This award was given in large part because of their achievements in the academic program of this school.

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All of us - citizens, families and town government officials - should encourage our youth to work to develop all of their academic abilities. But we need to be just as concerned and caring about the recreational activities available to them and how those activities influence their character.

At that March 14 meeting, no member of our elected town government could suggest one good influence such a racing and gambling business would have upon our community.

I urge every citizen who truly cares about the moral character of our young people to implore our mayor and town council to take a public position and actively work with other government officials and oppose the establishment of such a gambling business.

There is a major effort to teach character traits in Washington County schools in a program entitled "Character Counts."

To our mayor and town council, I thank you again for your willingness to serve us citizens; it does indeed demand your time and abilities to serve.

Also, I urge you elected leaders to be men of the character and the courage to publicly and actively oppose the establishment of this horse-racing and gambling business.

Patsy Kerns

Hancock




Don't be duped; tax plan is unfair



To the editor:

President Bush's much-heralded tax plan does nothing for people earning less than $25,750. If you are single and earn $6,000 to $25,750, you are currently in the 15 percent tax bracket. Under the Bush plan, your tax bracket will not change.

You get nothing. If you are married and file jointly and earn $12,000 to $43,050, you folks are currently in the 15 percent tax bracket. Under the Bush plan, your tax bracket will not change. You and your spouse get nothing.

Bush campaigned on a promise to give everyone who pays taxes proportionate tax relief. People who earn less than $25,750 pay taxes. Maybe not as much as a person who earns $100,000. Nevertheless, tax relief is just as important to those considered "poor" as it is to those who pay $20,000 in taxes.

President Bush has a peculiar sense of humor. He said, "People who pay taxes should get relief. After all, it's their money." Are we to assume people who earn less than $25,750 and pay taxes aren't human? When he winks, as the president often does on television, it's no different than his father saying a decade ago, "Read my lips. No new taxes."

Before Bush's tax proposal reaches the Senate floor for final approval, contact your respective Senators. Tell them you pay taxes too, and should get a break the same as the wealthy, even though you are "poor."

Theodore A. Schendel

Hedgesville, W.Va.




Thanks for support



To the editor:

I want to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Hagerstown, my family and friends for their support during the primary election.

I look forward to the weeks ahead, when I will get into the neighborhoods all over the city. I want to talk to these citizens in order to address their needs, and what we can do to improve the quality of life for them. I welcome these friends and neighbors to get in touch with me, and I will be happy to meet with you.

Carol N. Moller

Candidate for City Council

Hagerstown

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