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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 5

September 05, 2013

Forget the Suns; bring investors back to downtown

To the editor:

When I read about the preliminary deal between Bruce Quinn and Fredericksburg, Va., concerning the Hagerstown Suns, it confirmed my thoughts that Mr. Quinn never wanted to remain in Hagerstown.

He offered to finance a significantly smaller portion of a stadium here than he is offering to Fredericksburg, and it didn’t seem that he was committed to signing a 30-year lease in Hagerstown. He would not accept upgrading Municipal Stadium, nor did he offer to do it. He never brought Diamond Nation or any private investor to Hagerstown. 

What if Mr. Quinn was not allowed to play in Municipal Stadium while he awaits a new stadium in Fredericksburg? The Baltimore Colts snuck out in the middle of the night. Baltimore upgraded downtown with Inner Harbor, and the Ravens came knocking.

Bring back the investors who showed interested in redeveloping downtown Hagerstown. Invest in projects that create many full-time jobs and attract new residents.

Robert Streeper
Hagerstown

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Republican Party is no friend to self-respecting women

To the editor:

On Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26), I asked myself why any self-respecting woman would be a member of the Republican Party.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin did not “misspeak,” as he said, when he went on the defensive about his anti-choice stance over “legitimate” versus other forms of rapes. I think he was espousing exactly what he believed, relying on the phony science that Republicans promote to deny any challenge to their platform planks. To top it off, Akin was a member of the House Committee on Science.

Add this to the offensive Rush Limbaugh rant about funding for birth control. We saw a pattern of disdain for women when he used a derogatory term to describe a Georgetown law student who supports birth control.

This is a political party that has decided that the “barefoot and pregnant” slogan of the 1950s is where they want to be on women’s issues. Women should be wearing aprons, not lab coats or hard hats, by their measure. How any woman can ascribe to a political platform that has such disdain for her safety, dignity and intelligence is beyond comprehension.

At least Akin is gone, but so many others continue along these same lines from places in this country that have been gerrymandered to keep the far right in control of the House of Representatives. Fiscal conservatives have allowed the hijacking of the GOP and should be ashamed of the extreme direction they are heading in. The majority of women voters continue to flee from the often clueless, white male-dominated ranks now in charge of the Republican Party.

Linda M. Smith
Hagerstown

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