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Letters to the Editor - 3/2

March 04, 2002

Race track isn't wanted

To the editor:

In response to M. L. Watson's, "Support the track" article in the Feb: 19 letter to the editor:

Yes, we are doing everything we can to keep hose track racing out of Little Orleans. If Mr. Watson wants to wager a few bucks, he can drive to Southern Maryland or let that kind of trash business move beside his home.

As for economic development in Western Maryland, Allegany County needs to market a business that supports families, not destroys families.

Roger Yutzy

Hancock




Pets aren't a whim

To the editor:

Friends of ours called today to tell us they had gone to the Humane Society to look for a very small dog to adopt.

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They didn't find a small dog but told a sad tale about a 5-year-old beagle whose owners moved to a new home and didn't want to take their pet with them.

I am so disillusioned with people. A pet should be a family member and not a whim.

How could anyone not take their pet with them?

My granddaughter moved into a new home and took her three dogs with her.

I hope you people who abandoned your beagle do not sleep at night. You will be punished.

So animal lovers, if you'd like an abandoned beagle please visit your Humane Society at Maugansville and give the beagle and all the other abandoned animals a good home.

Rosa Lee Meyers

Hagerstown




Why 'low key' meetings?

To the editor:

In November 2001, The Herald-Mail reported that the Hagerstown's Sun's new owner, Andrew Rayburn, was hiring a consultant to ascertain the feasibility of building and funding a new stadium. This came as no surprise since a new stadium has been the focus of the Suns' management for quite some time.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, from out of the blue came the revelation that, since December, Sun's consultant Rick Horrow has been holding regular meetings with city officials, on a monthly basis to discuss, "...site, location, funding and design." Key participants included City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and City Finance Director Al Martin. The fact that all this activity has been sub rosa, taking place behind closed doors, is troublesome.

What should be of even greater concern should be the suspicion that this whole extravagance will be presented as a fait accompli to taxpayers, leaving us with no alternative than to, sheepishly, follow our so-called, "leaders," to the fiscal slaughterhouse. Mr. Horrow did say, "It's premature to delve into the details right now...we're in a period of low-key fact-finding." Why, "low-key," when one considers that this amorphous spending plan will, according to Mr. Rayburn, count on money from the city, state, Washington County governments and perhaps, if we're very lucky, even some from the team?

Before anyone rushes to scoop the money out of the trough to pay for this yet-to-be-revealed plan, we should remember last season's report from The Herald-Mail which revealed that The Suns drew a total of 100,690 fans to 67 home games, averaging about 1,500 fans a game. Fourteen of the league's other 15 teams had better attendance. As in the past, we are again being told that a new stadium will, magically, attract a vast new audience for The Suns. On whose authority? With this kind of big bucks at stake we're no longer in the bush leagues. Professional baseball is a business. Big business. Love of the sport gets put on the back burner when one has to justify a multimillion-dollar project like this to the taxpayers of the county. And the justification that a new stadium is all that's needed to turn the Sun's lackluster attendance record around just doesn't bear the scrutiny of anyone with an inquiring mind and a sharp pencil.

Loyal fans flock to see a spirited, winning team no matter what the sport but, the Suns have not, as yet, been capable of drumming up this kind of loyalty. Perhaps it would be better if, before he plunges into what is soon to become the usual frenzy of hype and promotion for a highly questionable project, Mr. Rayburn and his consultants would consider how to field a better team.

Then, when they have to turn the cheering fans away at the gates for a lack of seats, all the money and support needed for a new, or refurbished, stadium would magically be available.

Jim Strongin

Hagerstown




Communities want prison jobs, but not prison problems

To the editor:

Editor Bob Maginnis deserves credit for his passion, persistence and efforts to return ex-cons to their local community. For several years he has followed failing efforts to change reality and railed about ex-cons released on local doorsteps.

My, everyone wants the economic blessings that come with handling prisoners, but no one wants the work! No one wants to follow through on inmate treatment and programming. These problems will continue so long as the public fails to understand why their desire for change will come to naught.

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