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OPINION
November 12, 2012
Two matters should be evident following the Hagerstown city elections: First, it is impossible to read the election results as anything other than a rejection of the $37 million multiuse stadium as proposed on the corners of Summit Avenue and Baltimore Street. Second, this rejection, in and of itself, solves none of the city's problems. In other words, if the stadium as currently envisioned isn't the answer, what is? It will in all likelihood be up to the incoming council to make some quick and consequential decisions concerning the project.
OPINION
May 5, 2012
The proposed $30 million stadium to primarily serve as home to the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team is no easy call. To broaden its appeal, local leaders have set it up as a multiuse facility that could be used for high school sports, music festivals and perhaps even a minor league football team. The stadium site is also being sold as a key to downtown economic success, snug as it is against South Potomac Street in the city's core. The stadium is not cheap; as currently imagined, it would cost local government, i.e., the taxpayers, $800,000 a year to pay off its share of the $30 million note in 20 years, the balance coming from the state and from private sources (which we need to hear more about before taking an unequivocal stand)
NEWS
December 4, 2012
Environmental testing is continuing at the site of Hagerstown's proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center, and a full report is expected by the beginning of 2013, according to city Engineer Rodney Tissue. Workers were drilling in The Herald-Mail parking lot Tuesday as part of the Phase 2 tests to determine if the ground is safe for construction and to check for any potential hazards in the ground, Tissue said. “They retrieve the soil and send it to a lab for testing,” he said in an email.
OPINION
February 19, 2012
Local leaders have launched about as many plans for a new baseball stadium as Helen of Troy launched ships. Over the past 15 years, there have been a plethora of proposals, ultimatums, architectural plans, back-room meetings, funding mechanisms - and absolutely no results. Some might have to limber up their memories, but there was a time when pro baseball in Hagerstown was big. Led by the crazies of Section H, the old ballpark swayed at night when the Class AA Orioles affiliate took the field.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2012
The biggest favor minor-league baseball supporters could do for themselves is to stop talking about stadiums as an engine for economic development. That's like trying to sell a Land Rover based on its gas mileage. It's not just baseball that does this, obviously. Everything today is being touted as a “jobs creator,” most amusingly the ill-fated merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. For the last time that a merger of two corporate behemoths created jobs instead of destroying them, you'd probably have to go back to the Guilded Age. The next thing baseball supporters might consider is to stop placing the weight of city viability on the stadium's shoulders.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | July 21, 2013
I can't believe I'm writing these words; however, you may quote me on this: “Ron Bowers is right!” Of course, to not negatively reflect on my Republican roots I have to add: “for once.” No, seriously, Ron and I have disagreed and agreed on many issues. Neither our agreements nor disagreements have had much of an impact on anything of importance in the grand scheme of things; but, our discussions have led to a great friendship built on a foundation of mutual respect for each other's opinions.
OPINION
November 4, 2012
The Herald-Mail has avoided taking an editorial position on whether to build a new multiuse stadium in downtown Hagerstown because, as proposed, the project would consume much of The Herald-Mail Co.'s parking lot. We know that readers might think that any support was rooted in a desire to sell the parking lot and make money, or that opposition was rooted in desire to keep the parking lot as is. To date, the company has not received an offer for...
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | April 4, 2012
Some local officials and the Hagerstown Suns baseball club want to build a new city stadium, paid for by the city, county, state and the Suns. As a baseball fan, I hope this happens; a taxpayer-funded stadium would be a nice government subsidy to me. But local residents should wonder whether the Suns and I, and other stadium users, deserve it. Providing subsidies is a duty of government. But subsidies should only pay for important goods and services that people are somehow obstructed from buying or selling privately.
OPINION
April 29, 2013
When plans began to circulate last year for a new multiuse stadium in downtown Hagerstown, the goal was twofold. First, the stadium would make it possible to keep Minor League Baseball in Hagerstown. Second, it would be an economic engine for the city. To some, the second goal was perhaps more important than the first. Located just a block from the Potomac Street Arts and Entertainment District, the proposed stadium would have added juice to the city's core. No one felt the stadium could be a savior on its own, but the energy created by the project certainly would have jumpstarted other downtown projects.
OPINION
September 6, 2013
A week ago, Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts released a clear, well-reasoned statement of intent regarding a proposed multi-use stadium downtown. In it, Gysberts announced the city's resolve to get the project done, both as a way to keep minor league baseball in the community and as an economic revitalization tool. The only shortcoming is that this purposeful document was issued on Aug. 30, 2013, when it should have been forthcoming on Dec. 30, 2012. Much has changed in the past eight months.
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OPINION
September 10, 2013
“I live on San Mar Road, and some of these expensive vehicles are coming down through Mount Lena, 70 mph. Older people are out on the road, whatever, 70 mph, showing off their big, expensive vehicles. The police better come before someone's hurt.” - Mount Lena “I'm calling because I work for the City of Hagerstown, and where I work, they've decided to put in cameras for our security, but they placed them facing inward, not outward, for security reasons. I myself did not serve in the military to come back and have cameras faced at me, to see what I'm doing.
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OPINION
September 6, 2013
A week ago, Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts released a clear, well-reasoned statement of intent regarding a proposed multi-use stadium downtown. In it, Gysberts announced the city's resolve to get the project done, both as a way to keep minor league baseball in the community and as an economic revitalization tool. The only shortcoming is that this purposeful document was issued on Aug. 30, 2013, when it should have been forthcoming on Dec. 30, 2012. Much has changed in the past eight months.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns have spent an entire season proving that size doesn't matter. The Suns haven't been the biggest team on the block, but they have been able to rule the South Atlantic League Northern Division playground for much of the season. The same could be said about the crowds supporting the Suns at Municipal Stadium. They have been a small, hearty group that shows muscle when needed. That is what the Suns will be looking for Friday night. Hagerstown hosts Game 2 of the Northern Division playoffs at 7:05 p.m. with a chance to move into the SAL championship series with a win over West Virginia.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhun@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
Area residents had mixed feelings this week about Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts's recent comments that the city still wants to build a downtown stadium regardless of whether the Hagerstown Suns baseball team stays or goes. Brett Oxendine of Hagerstown said that the minor league Suns have been around since he was a kid, but the city should “call it a day” if they leave. “If they're moving, don't build the stadium,” said Oxendine, 33. “I think they (the Hagerstown City Council)
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
The fourth annual Hub City/Maryland Softball Show/Greene Turtle Home Run Derby will be a day late, but won't be a dinger short. The charity exhibition of power hitting at Municipal Stadium has been moved to Sunday, instead of its normal Saturday night, but will provide more bangs for the bucks. The uncertainty of the Hagerstown Suns' playoff schedule forced the event, featuring some of softball's best power hitters in the Mid-Atlantic, to wait a day. That ended up being a good thing.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | August 28, 2013
Fredericksburg, Va., officials announced last week that they've crafted a new proposal for building a stadium that would become home to the Hagerstown Suns. The announcement caused great turmoil in Washington County where some local leaders want to build a taxpayer-financed stadium in downtown Hagerstown. It's unclear whether the Fredericksburg plan will come to fruition. An earlier proposal was abandoned following taxpayer outcry against using public money for the stadium. Initial reporting on the new plan indicates that, instead of using tens of millions of tax dollars to build the stadium, the city would use millions of tax dollars to build a parking lot for a privately built stadium and then give the stadium owners tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
Residents Tuesday night fired a double-blast of criticism at the Hagerstown City Council and Mayor David S. Gysberts over growing city crime and their handling of the potential move by the Hagerstown Suns. Six speakers and one person who submitted comments for Councilwoman Penny Nigh to read aloud brought up the issues during a public comment period in a council meeting at City Hall. Residents in the Jefferson Street area complained about unruly youths congregating in their neighborhood, gangs, drug use, thefts, destruction of property and other offensive behavior.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
After months of public inaction, a majority of the five-member Hagerstown City Council is now in favor of building a new multiuse stadium for the Hagerstown Suns at a controversial downtown site. Councilman Donald F. Munson - who got elected last year running on a platform that opposed a downtown stadium - publicly pledged his support for the downtown location on Tuesday at City Hall, saying he sees little else in the way of large projects that can help re-energize the city's downtown tax base while retaining the minor league baseball team.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
As stadium site selection and financing remain question marks for the city to retain the Hagerstown Suns, a new privately-driven proposal to bring professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Va., is in the works that has “enormous potential,” according to Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn. The Suns have partnered with Diamond Nation, a New Jersey-based company, that plans to privately finance and build a “destination” complex that will include a 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium, as well as amateur baseball and softball facilities on roughly 45 acres in that city's Celebrate Virginia South development, according to Quinn, a letter to Fredericksburg businesses and media reports.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has officially joined the effort to keep the Suns in Hagerstown, delivering a letter last week to the minor league baseball team's majority owner pledging to lobby the city, county and state for a new stadium downtown. “We realize that should the Suns stay here, the team will need a new stadium,” the Friday letter to majority owner Bruce Quinn read. “To move this goal toward fruition, we will continue to lobby agencies - the City of Hagerstown, Washington County and the State of Maryland - to help secure funding to build the state-of-the-art sports facility the Suns deserve.
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