Letters to the editor - 6/18

June 18, 2004

Development will hurt land values

To the editor:

Most people will agree that traffic on Eastern Boulevard has reached critical mass. With the proposed hospital move to the Robinwood area and possible rezoning from R-3 to C-4 of the Harrison tract off U.S. 40 near its intersection with Interstate 70, Dual Highway east of Cleveland Avenue is doomed to become a quagmire in both directions. Plans for the 94-acre tract show a number of stores and a second Wal-Mart, scarcely five miles from the existing one at U.S. 40 and Interstate 81.

This proposed rezoning and retail development could occur years in advance of any additional lanes being added to Dual Highway or improvements being made to intersections already operating at a failing level of service.

It would seriously devalue the residential areas that surround this tract on three sides and endanger the children who live and board school buses from Landis Road to Mount Aetna and beyond. When did Mr. Harrison and city council members last try to navigate Dual Highway, particularly "Duckpin Alley" during peak hours?


A new shopping complex in the face of vast vacant retail space in shopping centers throughout the city defies logic and would be counter-productive to revitalization efforts currently under way downtown. With regard to responsible city planning, one could argue that Hagerstown might be moving from a foul-up to something fouled up beyond all recogntion.

Performance appraisals for elected officials are called elections. No one should forget that.

C. Evans


Hospital solution

To the editor:

Let me see if I've got this right. They built a new landfill, a new road to get to it and a new bridge to cross a creek along the way. In about four years, it is almost full (I wonder where all this garbage is coming from; it can't just be Washington County) and they now need to open a new section.

Then there is another group that wants to build a new hospital, a new road to get to it and a new bridge to cross a creek along the way - Bingo!

Why not build the hospital over the dumps? They would already have the road and the bridge, which would be a huge savings over building new ones. Not to mention, it would ease the traffic congestion that would be taken off of Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard.

Just an idea.

T.C. Rainey


Pictures were outrageous

To the editor:

I have never written a letter to any paper before, but I am so outraged and sickened over what I saw driving home today that I had to protest in some manner.

I am a mother of two small children and as we drove home from our shopping trip to Wal-Mart, we were accosted by pictures of bloody and mutilated fetuses. I was furious that it was not safe for me to drive my children down a public road without having to order my 7-year- old to cover her eyes and pray that my special-needs 4-year-old could forget the visions of chopped up babies.

I have never been exactly pro-life, although abortion would not have been an option for me. What I saw today did nothing to draw me to the pro-life side. Instead, it firmly convinced me that I would never take part in a protest that used such horrific propaganda.

I am against child pornography and rape, too, but I do not expect to see photographs of it on my way down U.S. 40!

A.R. Himes


Help appreciated

To the editor:

In the early morning hours of March 10, my husband and I were awakened by our smoke alarm. After checking the house, my husband discovered we had a fire in our chimney and living room wall and an extreme amount of smoke.

I called 911 immediately and after what seemed like forever but was only about 15 minutes, three fire companies - Williamsport, Fairplay and Halfway - responded. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of them for their quick response and professional work putting out our fire.

It was quickly contained and they worked together like a team. We were so sorry one firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but when we had a second incident later in the day, that same firefighter was there.

We hear so much about fire and rescue companies in big cities competing against each other, not wanting to work together, afraid one will have to do more work than another, but these men only cared about extinguishing the fire with the least amount of damage to our home.

These men worked literally hand in hand, carrying out bucket after bucket of bricks from our chimney/fireplace that had collapsed.

These people are not paid firefighters but volunteers who work full time jobs and most had to go to work afterward. The small donation most of us make to these volunteer companies is only a drop in the bucket for their hard work and dedication to our community.

Paul and Marsha Kinzer


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