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Letters to the Editor - March 22

March 22, 2013

Garden Club says thanks for Art in Bloom’s success

To the editor:

On behalf of the Hagerstown Garden Club, the sponsors of Art in Bloom, I would like to thank the entire community for its enthusiastic support of this event, specifically for the preview party. We are pleased to share that in its 11th year its popularity continues to grow and the event is sold out.

The purpose of Art in Bloom and the preview party is to continue to broaden the exposure of our community to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and to raise money for the museum. All proceeds from Art in Bloom go directly to the museum.

Special thanks goes also to the key people who have worked diligently to make this Friday and Saturday a huge success. First of all, many thanks go to my right-hand people: Rosanna Gonzalez and Denise Pennington (preview party); Linda Hood (sponsorship); Jane Rozes (organization and orientation of floral designers); members of the Hagerstown Garden Club, all of whom support and work for Art in Bloom in various ways; the many sponsors of Art in Bloom, especially our in-kind sponsors AC&T, Gordon’s Grocery and Wantz Distributors; and most importantly to our very special caterer this year, Alex Tiches of LJ’s and the Kat Lounge, who has provided us with a fabulous menu. We also appreciate all the extra efforts of the museum staff. 

Thank you all.

Maureen Sasse, president
Hagerstown Garden Club


City needs to get out of real estate business

To the editor:

This letter is in reference to the City of Hagerstown, the mayor and city council, and whoever else is involved in buying property and reselling such property. My question to the mayor, council and the City of Hagerstown: Are you a licensed Realtor? Do you have a Realtor license on display where it is visible to the public? If so, where?

The City of Hagerstown has been buying and fixing up properties for years and reselling them. Hagerstown doesn’t need to be in the real estate business. Hagerstown has more important things that need to be taken care of — drugs, murders and other crimes are far more important than real estate. Focus more on getting more police and firefighters that we need. These two departments are the most important in Hagerstown, not real estate. Get the fire department and police the much-needed upgraded eqiupment they need to do their job more effectively. Quit the wasteful spending and do the right thing for Hagerstown.

One last thing. Clean up the area around City Hall, East and West Franklin, East and West Washington, Antietam, and North and South Locust streets. This area is disgusting with all of the trash. Clean it up, Mr. Mayor and council.

Gary Bloom
Hagerstown


Voters need to kick incumbents out of office

To the editor:

As long as our federal and state legislators, regardless of their political affiliation, keep getting re-elected while not being responsive to their electorate, the important issues that the electorate need accomplished will not be. It is time that the American people take back their government by not electing anyone who is currently in office.

If the rare incumbent who puts the people’s interest first is sent home for a term, he or she, if public service is really their calling, will run again and be returned to office. A message needs to be sent to our elected officials that the people will no longer elect career politicians who only care about their well-being. Spending billions of dollars on other countries or as payback to the rich donors, be they individuals or corporations, while Americans struggle to make ends meet and our country’s infrastructure collapses is ridiculous.

Our country has the funds and the resources to provide jobs for all who want them. It has the resources to ensure that no American child goes hungry. If after working a lifetime, retirement funds are not available to a dedicated American worker, a message needs to be sent to those who can ensure otherwise.

Members of Congress should not be allowed to exempt themselves from laws that all other Americans must obey. And they should not have the health care that ordinary citizens can only dream about.

If providing those things that I mentioned with our tax revenues and making legislators feel the sting of being a working American is not accomplished by those in office, vote all of them out and elect new representatives whose motto is “America, and its people first.” Until that happens, don’t complain about our elite, do-nothing legislators.

Robert W. Leisure, No. 159-827
Roxbury Correctional Institution

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