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Letters to the editor - 6/13

June 13, 2003

Positive event gets no press



To the editor:

For nearly six years the St. Patrick's Chorale has endeavored to become a meaningful and contributing organization within our community. We provide quality seasonal music two times per year. Our charter states that we will provide concerts at no charge, as we refuse to exclude anyone from attending due to economic circumstances.

Hagerstown and the surrounding area is home to our members. It is where we live, raise our children and identify with all that our great nation has to offer. These concerts are a gift to our citizens and our community. It is important for us as a group, to return a small portion in return for all that we have received. It is also our way of making our home a better place to live.

This past Memorial Day weekend (2003) was a very meaningful time for us. We provided two concerts honoring the everyday people of our nation and our armed services personnel. These concerts were provided by 100 of our community's people and drew nearly 800 attendees. How many events in our community occurred this past holiday weekend that can claim such a success? What kind of recognition did we receive? None. I represent some of the finest people our community has to offer. They are what our nation is all about and they deserve better. It appears that if you want to be recognized by our print media you must commit a crime, be from out of town or grow an unusual vegetable. I guess your sense of news is different from mine.

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Our concerts on May 24 and 25 were like all of our past concerts. They had a theme with narration and appropriate music for the particular narration. We don't just stand in front of an audience for two hours and sing.

This year our narration focused on what the common people of our country have done during times of crisis. The narration also paid tribute to our armed services. We used a particular story about an event that happened in North Platte, Neb., during the second World War to make our point. I am ashamed to say that the newspapers of North Platte provided at least three feature articles about our community and our concert. Our community newspaper, in spite of our publicity chairperson's efforts, provided none.

We will not be deterred from continuing our concerts in spite of the lack of any recognition from you. The word of mouth has secured a place for us in this community but it would have been rewarding if you had been a part of our success.

John H.M. Stull

President, St. Patrick's Chorale

Hagerstown




Fireworks OK at a reasonable hour



To the editor:

In his letter to the editor which appeared on Wednesday, May 21, Mr. B. Edward Davis, gives the impression that I am opposed to the Hagerstown Suns program of holding fireworks after the ball game at night. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I would advise Mr. Davis to get his facts straight.

I and the residents I have spoken to who are upset because of the noise are opposed to the late hour in which it occurred. It isn't a pleasant experience to be suddenly awakened by very loud, booming noises at fifteen minutes after midnight, being frightened that a terrorist attack may be underway. And may I inform Davis that there are several elderly people living in close proximity to the stadium. Please consider them.

I have received a number of phone calls from people who do not reside close to the stadium who object to fireworks at such a late hour; a lady living in the 800 block of Virginia Avenue and another from as far away as the Mount Aetna Academy area. One man told me he called the Maryland State Police to ask what was going on.

In my conversation with Kirk Landis, general manager of the Suns, he admitted it was "a bad call" and indicated they will endeavor to see that it isn't repeated.

So, on with the fireworks, but at a reasonable, sensible time.

John H. McCune

Hagerstown

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