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Letters to the Editor

July 13, 2010

Munson falls short on environmental issues



To the editor:

I believe it is important to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. Scorecards are an essential tool to seeing how our legislators are measuring up ("On the Campaign Trail," Monday, July 5, page A3).

However, as a Washington County resident, I was disappointed to learn that state Sen. Donald F. Munson's 2010 Maryland League of Conservation Voters' environmental score was 20 percent. It is imperative for environmental issues to remain a priority for legislators. Constituents should feel their legislators represent their values with each vote cast.

However, I feel as if my values are not truly being represented, as demonstrated by Munson's disappointing score. His score is simply not high enough, and it is necessary that he take the initiative to restore such environmental issues. By the looks of his score, it won't happen.

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It is essential for Munson to improve his score to truly be a representative of our community.

Erica Riley
Hagerstown




It's time for changes in Major League Baseball



To the editor:

I know umpiring is a very tough job to get it right 100 percent of the time. We witnessed that recently when a blown call took a perfect game away from Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers.

Umpires are human and make mistakes, but it is time to fix some things across the board in Major League Baseball.

In my opinion, Major League Baseball should have an instant replay policy put in place now. If MLB had it, this would not have happened to Galarraga.

Another thing that has puzzled me for years is the difference in the playing fields from stadium to stadium. I think the size of the playing field at every stadium should be the same. What other sport has to deal with this dilemma? None that I can think of.

Also while they're at it, let's decide to make both leagues have the pitchers bat or have a designated hitter.

Come on, Commissioner Bud Selig, fix these things now. The game needs it.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown




Table game costs out of reach for local residents



To the editor:

Table game minimums of $100, $50 and $25 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races might appeal to some, but it is economic segregation for locals.

I have been to many casinos. Some in Nevada had 25-cent craps, but $1 minimum usually can be found before evening prime-time hours nearly everywhere.

I learned to play craps using a method of three chips with odds and three bets. Even at a $1 table, it costs me $33 for one round. That is plenty for an ordinary person.

While it might be impressive to see players pull out wads of $100 bills at Charles Town's high minimum tables, it defeats the idea of a lottery where just about everyone can play.

Again, lawmakers such as John Doyle, who argued against and then for table games, have let the people down. When table games finally become a reality, only rich out-of-towners get the action.

Skip Tollifson
Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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