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Letters to the Editor 5/12

May 14, 2001

Letters to the Editor 5/12



A candidate I know well



To the editor:

With our city's election only a few days away, I find myself remembering the first election in which I was eligible to vote. I remember how important it was to me. I was excited that I could have a say in who was elected!

I read everything I could about the candidates. I discussed their platforms, qualifications, and character with my family and friends. On the day I went to the polls to vote, I felt I could make an informed decision, but I also wished I could know more about what kind of people the candidates really were.

I didn't know back then that one day I would be in a position to help others know more about a candidate in an election. I am in that position because one of the candidates for mayor is my husband, Robert E. Bruchey II. I want to share with the residents of Hagerstown some of what I know about my husband and the kind of person he is.

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On May 9, Bob and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I know from being married to him for that long that he is very good at compromise, communication and problem-solving. A marriage can't last and be a happy one without these skills.

Bob also came from a great family. Many of you knew his father, as a seargent on the Hagerstown City Police Department, and as a friend. Bob's parents taught him the importance of family, and today he is a dedicated and devoted husband and father.

His parents also emphasized honesty, a strong work ethic and compassion for others. Bob learned these lessons well. He is honest even when it means stepping on some toes. Sometimes that is the only way to get someone moving again.

Bob has a very strong work ethic. He does his best at whatever job needs to be done, and he enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done.

Bob's compassion for others is well known. He tries to put himself in the other person's shoes as he listens to them. His door is always open, and he is willing to talk to anyone. He established "Mayor's Night In" for this reason. On this night, he's at City Hall to speak with anyone that shows up.

Children and youth are important to Bob. He tries to get them involved with their community.

I'm sure you read where his opponent said his most recent effort to have children involved with the community was "campaign oriented." It's too bad Bill Breichner took away some of the pride these kids felt in their accomplishment. They practiced hard and did a terrific job in helping out the city.

They deserve our praise! The election had nothing to do with it. Bob saw this group of students perform in March and thought they deserved the honor of representing the city.

Last spring Bob had a group of students from Fountaindale involved in "Campaign Clean Sweep." A photo of the group throwing away trash helped promote this effort and was displayed as an ad on County Commuter busses.

Throughout the last four years Bob has been involved in reading to students in the schools, has helped several students with school projects, and worked with Mr. Koogle from the Board of Education to involve students with City Council meetings. He does these things because he believes in children and knows they are our future.

I hope I have helped you to get to know Bob a little better. I can tell you that Bob is dedicated to making Hagerstown great. He loves this city and you can feel confident you've picked the best man for the job when you "Re-elect Bruchey for Mayor" on May 15!

Susan Bruchey

Hagerstown




Breichner a fine employee



To the editor:

Paul Muldowney's opinion (April 28) is not supported by accurate facts. Bill Breichner has consistently demonstrated excellence as a Council member for 12 years.

As a city employee Bill served with honor, including as City Administrator.

For this mayor's race Bill Breichner offers several unique qualities that are very important to the success of the city. These qualities include leadership, deep knowledge of the city's operations, statesmanship and a commitment to the responsibilities of the mayor's office.

For a better Hagerstown I urge all citizens to cast their vote for Bill Breichner for mayor.

Steven T. Sager

Hagerstown

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