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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 24

January 24, 2013

The time to quit smoking is now, and help is out there

To the editor:

So, you want to quit smoking. I am 89 years old and in good physical condition because I am very active and I quit smoking when I was 50 years old. I manage 16 seniors playing tennis twice a week; all of them have quit smoking.

Now, listen, if you want to quit, you can do it, and here is how you can do it. I went by the health department the other day and they have an electronic sign there saying if you want to quit smoking, they will help you quit.

Let’s get serious about this. It’s a proven fact that smoking can kill you, and it’s a very expensive habit. Come on, do yourself a favor and kick the habit now. If not for you, do it for your spouse or your children. You know secondhand smoke is bad for their health.

If you take my advice and go to the health department, I’m sure they can help you quit. Once you’ve kicked the habit, in about 30 days you will feel so good about it and glad you are not spending $150 a month on cigarettes and putting yourself and your loved ones in a health hazard.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown


Now is the time to change Hagerstown’s history

To the editor:

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Stop wringing your hands and do something. We will lose our chance to change the course of downtown Hagerstown. Please don’t tell us you need another study or consultant’s opinion. Don’t tell us you don’t have the money. The city has squandered millions of tax dollars from the 6 percent hotel rental tax revenue and distribution that was originally designated to fund a stadium.

There is lottery money, Open Space money, stadium naming rights and grants that can be pursued to fund a stadium project. The Suns stadium can be an anchor for downtown revitalization. Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore should act as a model. There is a beautiful green open space that is the ballfield. Eutaw Street houses retail shops and restaurants and the warehouse for office space.

The primary tenant could be the Board of Education administrative offices with additional space for county and state agencies. This would act as a center for other businesses and support systems that would grow out from it.

You can do all you can to promote business downtown, but if you do not have the people to support the business, then you don’t have the energy to spark their success. Hagerstown needs vision. Be bold! Be the leaders you were elected to be — act with a promise for the future.

Randy Changuris
Brownsville

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