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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 21

January 21, 2012

County has missed opportunities to thrive


To the editor:

Kudos to Washington County Commissioners President Terry Baker and Commissioners (Jeff) Cline and (Bill) McKinley, who voted against the monetary contribution to the Washington County Lobbying Coalition. While it was reported “whether we like it or not, this is the way it works in Annapolis,” such philosophy does not justify wasting money while in this county there are still the hungry and homeless and seniors who cannot make ends meet, plus some having to decide whether they can eat or take their medicine or find a warm place to stay out of the cold.

Further, with the vision of need in front of us, we still see usable buildings going to naught and money being outlaid thinking the once-thriving downtown can become the super mall of Maryland. All the while, our 40-some-acre former fairgrounds park missed the vision of money and events that could have been brought in had we built there a facility similar to the Toyota Arena at York Fairgrounds in York, Pa.

That facility has shown booking five years solid in advance that brings in money to the area plus providing the public with a variety of activities and events that all can enjoy. It appears, sadly, that too often Washington County ignores what it could have had and encourages departure of what it should have kept (examples: Hagerstown Model Railroad Club, now in Sharpsburg; former Western Maryland Railroad station that could have been used for excursions; the lost great Hagerstown Fair that could be again resurrected). Wouldn’t it be great not to have to go to Timonium or Frederick to enjoy an old-time great day at the fair?

 
Ronald D. Busey
Hagerstown




People of Maryland can’t afford more taxes


To the editor:

With the Maryland General Assembly back in session, it hasn’t taken the Democrats long to start talking about raising our taxes. There’s no excuse for them being so out of touch with the people they represent. Many people are struggling to hold on to their houses. They’re unemployed or underemployed. Some have had to take a pay cut or work fewer hours, which means they have less money for necessities. The people are tightening their belts as much as they can and the government expects them to fork over more of their income. 

Gov. O’Malley is considering raising gasoline taxes by 15 cents a gallon and tripling the so-called flush tax from $30 to $90, and floated the idea of raising the sales tax again. The Transportation Trust fund is empty because the governor keeps taking the money out and putting it in the general fund to cover his ever-increasing spending. He is doing the same thing with the Chesapeake Bay Restoration fund. How come the government never does with less?

The private sector is under assault by the Democrats in Annapolis like never before. Maryland has been a blue state for so long the Democrats think they can do whatever they want with impunity. In case they haven’t noticed, state governments across the country are turning redder with each election and it’s only a matter of time before the straw is going to break the camel’s back here in Maryland.


Mark Merson 
Boonsboro

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