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Letters to the editor

November 11, 2003

Commissioners dropped the ball


To the editor:

The editorial in The Daily Mail on Nov. 3 suggests that no one has been watching the store at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the last five years. That's a surprise? Hardly.

When public pressure was brought to bear on the County Commissioners in 1995 to answer some serious questions raised by the business community regarding the operation and objectives of the county run bureau, the commissioners saw the handwriting on the wall, surrendered to public pressure, turned the CVB over to private enterprise and walked away from their responsibilities.

It was good that county government got out of the tourism business but deplorable that the commissioners failed to meet their responsibilities by ensuring that proper provisions existed to safeguard the millions of lodging tax dollars raised.

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All the commissioners have done since then is take their more than 50 percent share of the lodging tax money, laughing all the way to the bank.

Without question it was the commissioners' responsibility to see that appropriate safeguards be in place to protect the millions of dollars that came into the county treasury. Obviously that didn't happen.

We are indeed fortunate that the commissioners are no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of tourism. We are unfortunate that the commissioners failed to meet their obligations as elected officials to protect the tax dollars they are responsible for safeguarding.

Donald Day
Hagerstown




Paid for nothing


To the editor:

How nice our elected officials in Washington, D.C., saw fit to vote themselves a $3,300 pay raise. It would be nice if they voted a raise like that for our nation's elderly in Social Security instead of a 2.1 percent raise. It would be nice if these soon-to-be $158,000-a-year representatives would actually come up with prescription drug plan for our elderly that is affordable for them.

In fact it would be nice if all our elected officials actually earned the money that they voted for themselves. It would be nice if they concentrated on making our country better; helping its people - all her people - including the elderly and those losing their jobs and homes because companies moving out of the country, etc.

It seems to me that they have lost sight of why they are there. It's for the people, not big business. It's for the common man who needs that representative in Washington to voice his concerns, his needs. Not for the fat cats in white collars.

Maybe on each congressman's, every senator's, the Supreme Court justice's, even on the president's desk there should be a plaque with the words of the man known as the peacemaker to the Iroquois - "Think nothing forever of yourselves, O chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground."

Now those are words for true leaders to live by.

Joseph DiMaggio
Cascade




Spruce it up, to tear it down?


To the editor:

Hey taxpayers, read this: The Washington County Hospital is remodeling. Yet they are tearing it down and moving. What a waste of our money. Who is running Washington County, repairers or tear downers?

People are wasting our money. Come on voters, let's make a change and please no more taxes. If you need money to waste please tax the people that have all the trailer-holding buildings in Washington County. Why should we pay tax for them?

Louise Shipley
Clear Spring

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