Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13

February 13, 2012

Think hard before voting for a new stadium

To the editor:

I have been following the articles in The Herald-Mail about the Suns and the ball stadium. Would the owners, Mr. Dahbura and Mr. Quinn, answer some questions?

1. Why did you buy the Suns?

a. to run as a business

b. as a hobby

c. as a status symbol

2. When you bought the Suns, you said there would be other activities at the stadium between ballgames and the offseason. What happened to them? I do not remember any.

3. How many full-time jobs, part-time seasonal jobs do the Suns create?

4. Can the employee support a family on the pay scale?

5. Does top management draw a salary?

6. You stated the Suns help the economics of Hagerstown. Can you provide cold, hard figures (not guesswork) on how many people stay at hotels, motels, eat at restaurants and go shopping on the days of the ball games?

Now for the Washington County Commissioners:

1. Where are the real figures? Do the ball games justify spending millions of dollars on a new stadium?

2. Where is the money coming from? The state is spending more than they are taking in. The governor wants to raise taxes on tobacco, gas, septic tanks, etc. — more burden on the taxpayers of Maryland.

3. What’s going to keep the Suns in town when they want something else? Leases can be broken.

4. If you approve the new stadium, does this open the door for all businesses in Washington County that help the economy to apply for financial funding to improve their businesses?

You have more important problems to solve and use taxpayers money on than a new stadium.

Bring some good paying jobs to the local area; repair the roads and bridges; get better care for the elderly, homeless families, health clinics and the hungry children; get funding for paid firefighters and emergency medical personnel; and get more police for the increasing drugs and crime.

Think hard before voting yes for a new stadium. The working people of Maryland cannot afford any more wasteful spending by the government.

Charles Miller

Local elected leaders continue to disappoint this writer

To the editor:

For some time, I have had less than a glowing opinion of the abilities or willingness among local elected representatives to concern themselves with the best interests of their constituents, and recent events have further eroded that confidence.

1. The continuing procrastination about doing anything about Municipal Stadium, for which funds were allocated some years ago from the hotel-motel taxes, and which now have disappeared. All this while Winchester (Va.) is proceeding with plans for a new minor league stadium, with the strong probability that it will house the now Hagerstown Suns.

The inaction of our elected bodies can do nothing but hasten the departure of the Suns from our city, with the resultant loss of revenue as well as civic pride and sense of well-being (and now a proposal for still another study).

2. Reports of the City Parks and Recreation Department plans to enhance public grounds for athletic activities, while closing the Hager House and Engine 202 from public access.

I heartily agree with making available venues for outdoor activities, but certainly not at the expense of sacrificing two of our historic icons, parts of our history that are irreplaceable. These two emblems of our heritage must continue to be maintained and made available to our citizens as well as tourists. Maybe Parks and Recreation is not the best group to protect this heritage.

3. The County Commissioners pronouncements about their support of recycling ring hollow from the proposal made to assess landfill users a fee of $35 for use of the recycling boxes.

I cannot visualize myself or any other landfill patron paying $35 for the privilege of using the containers when one can go 20 to 30 feet and toss the material in with garbage to be buried. It appears the commissioners are smarting about the loss of revenue from processing waste from the City of Hagerstown, and attempting to recoup those losses from their remaining customers, who lack a viable alternative. The better business practice would appear to be finding out how the competing landfill can process the city’s trash at less cost, and carefully examining current operations in an effort to make cost reductions in local operations.

W. R. Bloyer

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