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April 17, 2002

Eat dinner before you take your children out

To the editor:

It's getting to the point where you can't even enjoy yourself anymore in the community because food prices at ball games or movie theaters are just mindblowing. I target these two venues because they seem to be the most common places adults take children and spend money on their kids (in Hagerstown, that is).

I don't think it's coincidence that places where adults spend money on kids are the places where prices are the highest. Businesses know that adults will spend money on their children, most times without a second thought, moreso than when those adults is alone and common sense kicks into gear much quicker.

I think places such as a professsional baseball game and just about any movie theater that will charge $3 or $4 for a food item are not too concerned aboputy whether our experience as consumers at these venues is a good one. It's not just an issue of customer satisfaction either, but also of just good business. Does it really take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you lowered prices that you would bring in more business and repeat customers?

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I can tell you for a fact that if (for example) hot dogs were $1.50 instead of $2.25 I would buy at least two of them, maybe three! If I bought three, that's $4.50, but being that they are $2.25, I can tell you I'm only buying one! They just lost $2.25 from me. I'm making the point that I don't want to give these businesses more money.

What I am saying is that people are willing to spend the money if they are getting their money's worth out of something. The key to a good business is having repeat customers. After spending more money on food last night (at the Suns' game) than I spent watching my TV set, I can honestly say my next trip back won't be anytime soon.

That's bad business. If you have your customer walking away not wanting to come back for a while, you've failed at your business.

Places like ball games and movie theaters should make prices decent and fair and make it a place where you want to keep coming back 15-20 times a year maybe.

But with prices for food as high as they are, you have no choice but to make it an event, something you have to save up for, rather than a spur-of-the-moment "hey, wanna go to the game/movies tonight?" type thing.

These places even admit their prices are high by putting signs up that say you can't bring your own food in. That's an admission of high prices.

To all those who agree with me, eat a huge dinner before your next trip to the ball park or the movies and wonder who the vendors are making the food for.

Larry Simons

Hagerstown




Humane Society has trapping agenda

To the editor:

I am wrting in response to John Goodwin, who is the grass roots outreach coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States. Goodwin writes about what traps do to animals, when in reality he doesn't know the first thing about wildlife management or trapping.

His ignorance really shows in his statement that trapping doesn't help control the spread of rabies. Common sense will tell you the greater the population is of any species, the faster and more intense the disease becomes and the risk for human infection becomes higher.

It is just like your children. As long as they are at home, they stay healthy but once you take them to school with all the other children, they are sure to catch some type of germ. We must have tools specifically designed to capture some of our overabundance of wildlife.

Through the years, trappers and state wildlife agencies have developed tools and methods that have become recognized as some of the most advanced in the world to capture wildlife in a humane manner.

Wildlife Society and the International Association of Fish & Wildlife (which is the largest professional wildlife association) support the use of the foothold trap; they are not special-interest groups but are the trained professionals' wildlife associations.

The Audubon Society was the first group to file suit against the California trap ban and their concerns included the loss of effective trapping tools to combat predation of endangered species.

The foothold trap Goodwin is speaking of is used in relocation of numerous wildlife species. Why would we use such a tool if it does such damage? There is no alternative to the methods used today.

Traps are under strict regulations in the state of Maryland. HSUS is worth millions of dollars, yet they don't even own an animal shelter.

You must remember that HSUS has an agenda - circuses, animals in research, zoos, hunting, fur trade. And now they are setting the stage for attacking farming practices as we know them today.

Pete and Ron Leggett

Boonsboro




Orleans track would be sad

To the editor:

It saddens me to think that a race track might be built at Little Orleans. The Green Ridge area is so beautiful. My mother's family grew up in Pearre (Washington County) five miles from Little Orleans.

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