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Letters to the editor 11/12

November 12, 2002

Bad apples should pay the tab



To the editor:


I am a property owner of rental units in downtown Hagerstown. I agree with every point Dick Chaney made in his recent letter to the editor.

I never ask my tenants to live in a house that I myself would not live in, and I keep my properties to a very high standard. One way to ensure good tenant occupancy is to keep the rental properties in excellent condition.

I do not like to raise rents. Why should I or my tenants be penalized for some other landlords' irresponsibility? Part of the reason that I have success with attracting good tenants is that I keep the properties in great condition and I do not raise the rents every year.

Let the landlord who is the culprit pay the price for his blood sucking irresponsibility. Have them carry the financial load for their run down properties.

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We who take pride in our properties should be praised instead of punished. This inspection program is grossly unfair to many of us. It's time for justice to prevail.

Corrine Mackley

Hagerstown




Big business wins



To the editor:


The outcome of the mid-term elections is yet another victory for corporate America and special-interest groups. It's a simple political oligarchy, and neither of the two parties are much different. They are both sponsored by the same corporate circles and as a result, they both return the favor in one way or the other, no matter what they tell the American people.

They have both ignored the dismal state of the economy, unemployment and replaced that the looming prospect of war with Iraq. Why can't we just replace the term "Democracy" with "Corporatoc-racy" since it has lost its true meaning anyway. This is why voter turnout is still low compared to other countries.

Alicious S. Phillips

Hagerstown




Does the mayor care?



To the editor:


Dear Mayor William Breichner:

You don't know me. I'm one of your downtown merchants. Have you ever walked downtown after taking office to introduce yourself? Or shopped downtown to support the merchants? It's a shame that our main concern is keeping the hospital downtown.

Aren't you concerned at all that your downtown will only consist of two colleges, a hospital and beautiful brick sidewalks? Why, please tell us, have you allowed the beautification project to continue into the last quarter of the year?

Are you not aware that retailers depend on this quarter to survive? I've seen nine business/offices close since last November, in a one block area alone! Why would people want to come downtown? Pretty sidewalks? I think not.

Downtown has so much potential. Do you not want a thriving downtown? We have so few merchants now, and the number keeps declining. Soon, parking will not be an issue. There will be no place to shop! I brought my business to the historic downtown because I believed growth was inevitable. Please Mr. Mayor, give us a sign that you really do care. Fifty-plus empty store fronts makes it seem as if you don't.

Patty Kucharski

The Morning Glory Emporium

Hagerstown




A good race



To the editor:


I would like to extend my congratulations to Del. John Donoghue. If there is anything that I can do to assist Del. Donoghue to move our community forward, I would be more than willing to help.

I would like to thank all of those voters who participated in the democratic process on Tuesday. Thumbs up for those of you who took your time to come out and vote. I would like to thank my family for their support, once again. I would also like to thank those who supported me and I promise to stay involved in the community.

Thank you to all the poll workers who spent their day making the democratic process work. And a special thanks to the Washington County Board of Elections for all that they do. Congratulations again, John. Best of luck as you continue to serve the citizens of this area.

Bob Bruchey

Hagerstown

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