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Letter to the Editor - April 23

April 23, 2012

Let’s crunch the numbers on stadium renovation


To the editor:

The recent emphasis on keeping the Suns in Hagerstown is weighing heavily on the construction of a new stadium. While the lure of a new stadium is hard to deny, there has been an oversight by our elected officials and the media. No one has asked what the defects in the old stadium are that cause it to not meet minor league standards. And more importantly, how much would it cost to correct these defects in order to meet standards.

Most estimates put the cost of a new stadium at around $20 million. Much of that would have to come from Washington County taxpayers. In the recent past, the citizens of Washington County spoke out strongly against funding a new stadium. Even if many prominent citizens support the building of new stadium, the taxpayers may deny it again.

The citizens of Washington County need answers as to the reasons and funding needed to bring the old stadium up to minor league standards. Why not show the citizens of Washington County that wise choices can be made based on solid information about fixing up the old stadium versus the cost of a new stadium. If the Suns are to stay in Hagerstown, a choice has to be made. I personally feel the old park has many good years of service left. Of course, it will have to be maintained and periodically improved just like all public facilities, including new ones.


Ronald A. Kerns
Hagerstown

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