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Letters to the Editor - July 23

July 23, 2013

Conditions at Hagerstown Suns games are not ‘poor’

To the editor:

You recently published a letter from a reader on the subject of the Hagerstown Suns baseball team that used the term “poor conditions” to describe what the public can expect when attending a ballgame at Municipal Stadium.

As a regular fan at Suns’ games, I can tell you that conditions there are anything but “poor.” The Suns do an excellent job of looking after the comfort and safety of their customers.

P.J. Garfield
Smithsburg


Auction offers treasures for Civil War buffs

To the editor:

The annual Preservation Auction by Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours this Friday will be one of the largest ever held by the organization. Hundreds of items will be auctioned, including books, prints, artifacts, toy soldiers, CDs, DVDs and other Civil War and historical memorabilia. Among the artifacts are two discharges for men of the 1st Maine Cavalry, Confederate money and dug items from Civil War camps.

Civil War art and new books by such authors as Scott Patchan, Jeffery Wert, Scott Mingus and Ed Bearss will be featured. Complete sets of books such as The Time-Life Civil War Series will be among the auction items.

Over the years, the seminars have raised about $170,000 through auctions and raffles. Donations are made to such places as Gettysburg and Antietam national battlefields, the newly established Monterey Pass Battlefield near Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and the Civil War Trust.

Since its inception, the guest auctioneer for the event has been John Kohler of Gateway Gallery Auction, who has donated his services for this worthy cause.

The auction is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Wilson College in Chambersburg.  

Ted Alexander
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours


Don’t use my tax dollars to build a stadium

To the editor:

Please, not my tax dollars to help the Hagerstown Suns build a new stadium. We, the taxpayers, should not be burdened with another project here in Maryland. If the Suns want a new facility, they should raise the funds needed to build what they want, or what the Washington Nationals want.

Ron Bowers said in the newspaper that most people he talked with want this new stadium. Most of the people I have talked with about this do not want tax dollars spent on this. Art Callaham now comes out supporting Bowers that it is more than a stadium and good for our community. It will be mainly a baseball stadium with use dictated by the Suns management. Those of you who support this project and benefit from it, put your money in it and not the taxpayers.

The Suns owners have worked Winchester, Fredericksburg and Hagerstown to work a deal in their best interest. I say to our government officials, “Do not use tax dollars to make this happen.”

Harry Saufley
Hagerstown


Remove ‘race’ from equation and look at real problems

To the editor:

I am a 76-year-old, white male who did what he could in the 1960s and have been watching the societal evolution since.  I listened to the president’s speech on Trayvon Martin and had to write.           

One thing I learned as a business consultant was that if you don’t correctly define the problem, you will never find a solution. I would like you to help relegate the term “race” to the scrap heap of language. America does not have a race problem except to the extent that we use it as an excuse to avoid the real problems of poverty and ethnic diversity.

Ask any professor of genetics how many races of man we  have on the planet and you will get the same answer: one.  What we call race is no more than ethnic variations.

The term race as a separator seems to have come in with the slave era as a way to dehumanize the victims of their trade and justify inhumane treatment. It has been used as a separator throughout my lifetime to pit “us against them” in our society.

Words are powerful, and as long as we hide behind race as a separator, we will not attack the causes of the socio-economic issues that plague our society. We have a large part of our black society that has accepted the race issue as their reality. We have a large part of the white community that view them as “other” and justify their prejudices.

While ethnic variances exist, to be successful in this country, one must adapt to the dominant culture, not become a subculture. We have too many black young men acting out subculture behaviors that prevent them from full participation in the dominant society. We have even more white young men clinging to their socio-economic subculture and blocking their upward mobility. There are more similarities in the socio-economic groups than in the ethnic groups.

We must stop perpetuating race as an excuse for not dealing with our education system, our poverty and our lack of opportunity for the next generation. Remove race from the equation and look at the real problems.

Bob Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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