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Letters to the Editor

May 09, 2009

Support ballot question



To the editor:

The Hagerstown general election is less than two weeks away. A very important issue on the ballot besides the candidates for mayor and City Council is a ballot question. This question appears in a box in the lower left comer of the ballot's second page and deals with whether or not we should change the dates of the city election.

If you vote yes, the dates should change to coincide with the presidential election. A vote yes may save the city at least $125,000 per election cycle that is now being spent to get a turnout of 12 percent to 15 percent. This is a hopeless waste of our tax dollars!

Some of our elected officials will give you a gazillion reasons why we should not change the dates, but don't be fooled. Vote yes on the ballot question to eliminate the absolutely unnecessary cost to have an election that turned out 12 percent. Change the date, save the taxpayer $125,000 and increase voter turnout.

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Paul Muldowney
Member
Board of Supervisors of Elections
City of Hagerstown




Book sale this weekend



To the editor:

The book drive for the 25th Annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale ended on April 24, and we are now making the final preparations for the sale. We would like to thank the thousands of local residents who have donated books, magazines, CDs, videotapes, audio cassettes, sheet music and maps for the sale, and the many businesses and offices who have generously acted as book donation sites.

We invite everyone to come to the sale, which will run from from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, at Laird Hall on the Wilson College campus in Chambersburg, Pa.

The tables will be loaded with books of every type imaginable, all at bargain prices.

Proceeds go to support local nonprofit organizations that provide legal help to low-income residents and victims of domestic violence.

Martha Ewan
Amberson, Pa.

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