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Letters to the Editor - 5/29/03

May 29, 2003

Speedway left out of paper's coverage


To the editor:

Let me start by saying that I am in no way affiliated with Hagerstown Speedway.

However, I can not sit on the sidelines and not speak out about what I feel is a sad issue.

I have personally attended races at our local speedway since the 1960s. I have seen it go from a struggling speedway to one of the best tracks in the country. Let me say that credit has to be spread from the original owners to the present ones.

Over the years your paper provided good coverage of the events there, from weekly results to upcoming events.

However, over the past several years there has been virtually no coverage from your paper. There is however plenty of coverage of the Hagerstown Suns and other sporting events. I really think if you would check, you would find that our local speedway brings much revenue into our area when events are held - motels, restaurants, etc.

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All benefit from it. Recently I spoke to you about this as well as speaking to your sports editor. Both of you were at a loss when asked about the reason why, although you were quick to point out, and rightfully so the outstanding Saturday page that you put together covering NASCAR.

In closing I only ask that your paper provide coverage to a place that has entertained thousands of people for 50 years, and has never threatened to move if the city or county didn't build them a new facility.

Frank Danfelt

Hagerstown

Term limits are the answer


To the editor:

The longer members stay in Congress the more spending they vote for. They don't represent their people as well. They have free taxpayer-funded mailings, high-paid staffs to do volunteer campaign work, easy access to media and the ability to give out special favors from federal government in return for votes and campaign contributions.

They have "campaign finance reform" laws that protect incumbents by limiting fund-raising by challengers. Ninety eight percent won re-election. They used to serve us, but now it's a seat in Congress for big money. They make $145,000 per year, while I get $11,000.

Also they get pensions worth millions of dollars. They don't even have to live under the very laws you and I must live under.

These same politicians are raiding the Social Security Trust Fund to finance wasteful spending such as $2.7 million for a music center - $2.6 million for a train museum. They spend our tax money to reward their own special interests.

Congressmembers cling to their office jobs for big pay, big pensions and other perks. We need to fight against career politicians by passing laws against it by having a U.S. term limits law passed in Congress.

The president, 38 governors and legislators in 19 states are already term limited. It's time for all members of Congress to face term limits as well. It would be more fair and more people would feel like voting on election day.

If we had term limits we would have less partisan in-fighting, budgets that pass on time, decreased influence for special interests that buy politician votes, less chance of tax raising to fund pet projects, and create a sure way to make them accountable to the voters. People want their government back. Again, we must push for Term Limits Pledge for all Congress members. Then we will be represented better by our Congressmembers.

Anna Lee Burker

Sharpsburg

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