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Letters to the Editor 12/28

January 02, 2002

Letters to the Editor 12/28



Renters need some help



To the editor:

I would like to know if price fixing is legal and is happening with rental housing. It seems as if folks who rent are paying too much for substandard housing. Landlords all seem to raise the rent at the same time to prevent their clients from moving out of their units to cheaper housing.

I know there is a landlords association, so there should also be a renters association to decide if we are being overcharged for having to live in housing just one step better than being homeless.

Renters don't get to build the house to suit their desires but usually have to take whatever is available for their price range, which has nothing to do with location or much of a choice.

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Also if housing in Hagerstown is so plentiful why are there so many air conditioners in attic windows in the historical sections of Hagerstown? Does this mean that people are living in attics and cellars of rich landlords?

I don't believe historical properties should be rental units. The people who buy historical property should have to live in them and not be allowed to rent them out because most of them are outdated and were sold because they were too expensive to maintain by the owner. And would also cost the renter in heating or cooling costs.

Look at the amount of mailboxes on the once single-family homes. Put these "historical" properties back into single-family homes and let them pay the large utility bills and enjoy these old large white elephant properties.

The landlords get low-interest loans and probably many other tax benefits from owning so-called "historical" properties but they don't have to live in them.

Our rent went up $75 in the first few months of this year as a surcharge for the cost of natural gas. And we are still paying it.

Homeowners can use many ways to reduce their heating costs, including no heat which probably many are doing because complaining to the people in charge of fuel pricing is useless and better yet saying anything to government representatives is a joke.

All of us unfortunate renters would like to live in rental housing that is affordable, is not postage-stamp size, is reasonable in design, fireproof, soundproof but that's becoming increasingly impossible; so we consumers need rent control.

Doris A. Reynard
Hagerstown




We pay the taxes



To the editor:

How can County Commissioner John Schnebly say that citizens of Washington County have no financial stake in paying the bills, in regards to the Board of Education ?

Where does he come from making such a stupid remark? If we citizens and taxpayers of Washington County don't then who does?

Russell Kendall
Hagerstown




Another tragedy



To the editor:

The entire nation weeps over the 5,000-plus persons murdered on Sept. 11 and prays "God Bless America," and very rightly so. But while we pray for God to bless America, what are we answering him when he asks us about the now 40 million-plus persons murdered in America's abortion mills on a daily basis since 1973?

Where are our tears for an entire generation and when will we turn from this butchery? Let us now seek our living Lord Jesus while he can be found, for he loves us and he longs to forgive us our sins and heal our land.

Kathryn Freese
Greencastle, Pa.

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