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Letters to the Editor - June 22

June 22, 2013

Get used to goverment knowing your business

To the editor:

It has recently been reported that our government now keeps track of all our telephone use. They keep records of the numbers we call, the time we call and how long we talk. All I can say is: Get used to it.

In January of 2012, the president signed the NDAA, which effectively repealed the Posse Comitatus Act that had been in effect since 1878. This was the law that protected Americans from abuses by the federal government and the U.S. military on U.S. soil. This repeal effectively paved the way for the United States to become a police state. In a police state, the government keeps close surveillance of all its citizens. We are becoming a police state: Get used to it.

The government of the United States now keeps track of our phone calls, our Internet use, our banking habits, our medical records and many other pieces of private information. They want to keep as much information about where you are and what you are doing and which people you are talking to as they can. If you want this country to become a police state, you will allow the government to keep doing this. If you are not willing to speak up to stop them: Get used to it.

James Dupont
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


Hagerstown Suns are as good as gone

To the editor:

You might as well say the Hagerstown Suns are history. Over the past 33 years, the Suns have been a part of Hagerstown as our minor-league baseball team.

The Hagerstown mayor and City Council and Washington County Commissioners have promised to build a new stadium for the Suns. They have failed us miserably. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a waste of time and money to even try to keep team owner Bruce Quinn from pulling the plug to keep the Hagerstown Suns in Hagerstown. When the Orioles and Blue Jays affiliates were in town, this government on both sides dragged its feet on building a new stadium.

What’s going to stop Mr. Quinn from taking the team and packing up and leaving in the middle of the night like the Colts of Baltimore?

Hagerstown better get used to not having a minor-league ball team because of the local government. What happened to the hotel-motel tax that was supposedly to help fund a new stadium? Where did the money go? Was it spent on some other project? Instead, the City of Hagerstown is wasting taxpayers’ money for the Ripken Design Group to find the right place for a new stadium. Obviously, this study has failed.

If you have read the Herald-Mail article (June 7), Fredericksburg has three things going for them — a larger area, larger population and the opportunity to build a new stadium next to Interstate 95. It would seem that building a stadium next to I-70 east of town or I-81 north in the West End is the ultimate solution to Hagerstown’s problem, but our local politicians can’t hear what the people are saying.

In closing, I say good-bye to the Hagerstown Suns. You will never see minor-league ball ever again, thanks to our politicians for not acting sooner and appropriately.

Gary Bloom
Hagerstown

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