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Letters to the Editor

November 27, 2009

Table games are essential for economic success



To the editor:

As a local worker and mother who found herself looking for a new line of work when the housing market collapsed, I became an employee at Charles Town (W.Va.) Races & Slots.

My job there provided me with additional income to put my two daughters through school at West Virginia University. And both my daughters now work part time at Charles Town Races & Slots.

As their mother, security is, of course, of utmost importance. I have no question the racetrack provides a safe and sound environment for my daughters.

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The company's charitable work in the community is easy to see - providing meals to the elderly, gifts to charities and providing several students in the area with tuition assistance to help them receive their college degrees. Charles Town Races & Slots also provides an on-site health facility for all employees.

As a mother, Realtor and citizen, I support table games. They will bring more business to our city and that is important, especially during our down economy. More business opportunities mean more jobs for our citizens, increased job security, added tax revenue and increased competitiveness with surrounding states, including Maryland. Without the added competitiveness of table games, our area will lose jobs and revenue.

Table games are essential to our town's economic success and I urge everyone to vote "yes" on Saturday, Dec. 5, for table games.

Kimberly White
Gerrardstown, W.Va.




JFK 50 Mile was a huge success for county



To the editor:

Thanks, Washington County, for the JFK 50 Mile.

What an amazing event - the longest running and largest ultramarathon in the United States. I know there are probably 145,000 Washington County residents who don't understand why anyone would want to cover 50 miles on foot in 14 hours or less. But there are more than enough entrants that the registration cutoff was reached and closed in three days.

A special thanks to the many supporters, particularly the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Herald-Mail, the Washington County Commissioners and the many outstanding volunteers at the aid stations, and the professional assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Maryland State Police, the National Park Service and all the other outstanding organizations. I know it was an inconvenience on the residents who live along the course, and the participants are grateful for their understanding and patience.

Particularly, I want to thank William "Buzz" Sawyer, who was a true visionary in 1963 and directed the race until 1993. Mike Spinnler deserves a special thanks because he kept the JFK 50 alive, has inspired many promising young runners, and has created such a successful and well-known race that the participation limit has been reached and athletes turned away the last five years. Successful events like the JFK 50 should be celebrated.

Finally, I want to thank the 1,000-plus finishers and the nice comments I heard from people all over the United States about Washington County.

John Louderback and family
Hagerstown

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