Letters to the Editor

January 31, 2009

Window case is clear

To the editor:

Why in the world would anyone spend so much time criticizing such a beautiful addition to downtown Hagerstown? The citizens of Hagerstown should be thanking Mr. and Mrs. Don Bowman for investing in the city, not trying to run him and other investors off, by nitpicking ridiculous and trivial details.

Bulls and Bears is the best thing that's happened in Hagerstown in a long, long time. I was hoping this investment might encourage others developers to invest in the inner city. But after seeing the hurdles and obstacles in the city over the last couple years, it's clear to me that this is not a "business friendly" environment.

Last year, it was the sidewalk cafes, and look how nice they turned out. Now it's the windows, even though they are of the highest quality and much more environmentally efficient than wooden windows.


What are you thinking? For goodness sakes, send the Bowman family a thank you card and stop trying to slow them down!

Gary Kelley

An incomplete history

To the editor:

It is unfortunate that the story about the closing of Richardson's restaurant did not include any mention of Sam Leiter.

Anyone who is really familiar with the history of Richardson's knows that Sam Leiter was the heart and soul of that establishment for over 20 years.

Sam devoted many hours to his work there and gave many Hagerstown youth their first employment opportunity. Over the years, he did it all, from dishwasher to short order cook, from manager to bouncer.

He often opened for breakfast and then closed after midnight. In short, much of the history of Richardson's happened on Sam's watch, and he earned the love and respect of customers and employees alike.

Those of us who frequented Richardson's during the good-old days of cruising the Dual Highway know the story of Richardson's must not be written without a special mention of Samuel C. Leiter.

Mike Leiter
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Heroes at work

To the editor:

I watched on CNN as New York rescue teams worked in concert to save the victims of Airways Flight 1549 from the Hudson River. I could not help but draw parallels to the professionalism and efficiency displayed by our emergency responders at the tragic fires on Calvert Terrace and a year earlier on Linden Avenue.

Both were close to my home. I had the opportunity to witness the skill demonstrated by firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, city and state police agencies, fire police and other support personnel. Their performance was outstanding as they attempted to save life and property. Everyone effectively performed the jobs that they were trained to do on this very frigid day.

I would be amiss not to mention the significant efforts of special neighbors who tried to enter the burning building before rescue personnel arrived. These folks also provided victims with blankets, warm clothing, shelter and encouragement during this very difficult time.

I was told of another act that occurred when a firefighter provided "snout to mouth" resuscitation resulting in saving the life of one of the dogs overcome by smoke. What an act of profound caring.

Thanks to the Hagerstown City Fire Department, Longmeadow Company 27 and others for canvassing the neighborhood afterward. They replaced smoke detectors and batteries as well as offering life saving advice and strategies to residents. Their efforts are appreciated.

Randy Schultz

Keep our voting machines

To the editor:

Maryland lawmakers face a difficult year of doing their jobs by facing the worst financial crunch in state spending in decades. Within the 90-day session they must design a budget that makes up for the $1.9 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year, starting on July 1. The dismal news is obvious: no new programs and severe cuts in all existing programs.

It is very refreshing and even laudatory to have our representative, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., coming out now for an obvious and much-needed budget saver for all Maryland taxpayers. Myers has listened to many Washington County voters (including me) who see no rationale for eliminating the touch-screen voting machines used in the past November elections. The Maryland legislature last year voted to disband these efficient ballot machines and replace them with the optical scan type, costing at least $30 million. I personally doubt that the touch screen machines used now have all been paid off; consequently, why is it imperative that we switch to another form in this fiscally demanding year?

Having worked as a poll judge in November's elections, I found no problems whatsoever in voter confusion or frustration in my precinct (Maugansville). Consequently, let's use common sense and keep what we have, thus removing the necessity for this unneeded new cost item.

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