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Letters to the Editor - Oct. 9

October 08, 2012

Who profits from higher land values?

To the editor:

I read that one of the positives for the new baseball stadium would be the increase in property values in Hagerstown. Since the field will be built at the outskirts of Locust Point, I am wondering where the proposed increased values will be bordered.

Mulberry Street is always a point to the east of the city. Could the western border extend to I-81? The northern border could be Northern Avenue and the southern border could be either Memorial Boulevard or Wilson Boulevard.

No one has yet to say or even speculate about the proposed boundaries. It seems that with the payment for surveying the site, the field will be built there. In fact, why have it surveyed?

The only reason for surveying the property is for construction. Has anyone ever seen a property surveyed without the intent of building something there? Add to this the fact that city officials have been going on junkets to other cities to evaluate how they utilize their baseball fields.

I completed a paper on public funding of sports arenas for my master program and it shows that independent research contradicts the hoopla surrounding the new stadium. I say new stadium because it will be built in the city. It should be built along the I-81 corridor where everyone can see it and have easy access to it.

Every major stadium is built very close to interstates and outside the city limits. There is a reason for that. Someone stands to make a lot of money if the stadium is built at the proposed site. If not, why build it there?

Jaime Trujillo
Keedysville


Go see ‘Harvey’ this weekend

To the editor:

Looking for something fun and enjoyable to do this weekend? How about checking out “Harvey” at the Washington County Playhouse. This gem of a theater is offering one more weekend of the wonderful show.

I recently attended and thoroughly enjoyed myself, and the other folks there seemed to as well. The show is a classic with tons of laughs. And the cast is superb. You enjoy a wonderful meal before the show and then the fun begins. Even though “Harvey” was written many years ago, it still stands up today.

Give the theater a call and make reservations. You won’t be disappointed. I’ll be going back again to take some more of my friends and family.

Dana T. Thompson
Keedysville

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