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by TIM ROWLAND | October 23, 2003
If ole Joni Mitchell were around Hagerstown today, writing her unique brand of commie-pinko odes to butterflies and truth, her lyrics probably would come out something like this: They paved Burger Chef And put up an AutoZone. Perhaps you noticed that last week the old Burger Chef fast-food restaurant building on Virginia Avenue was bulldozed to make way for an Advanced Auto Parts store, which is necessary because there is an AutoZone right across the street, meaning the avenue is lacking in auto parts symmetry.
October 29, 2012
What are the biggest challenges to agriculture today? I get asked that question a lot and I find that while the orders of the answer change, the primary answers don't. When I say the order, I mean the order of importance. For instance, a few years ago when the building boom was in full swing, urban sprawl would have been much higher on the list in the Mid-Atlantic region than it is today. That is not to say the urban sprawl is still not a concern. At last glance, they aren't making any more land, and for some reason, prime farm land is also prime development land.
October 9, 1998
October 12, 1998 Sauerbrey has poor record on environment To the editor: A recent profile of Ellen Sauerbrey indicated that she is trying to project a more moderate image. Yet on the environment, Sauerbrey is nearly as far right as it is possible to go. It is difficult to believe any of her other positions have moderated. Sauerbrey's web site asks that we "trust" her to preserve the state's environmental resources. However, the following statement is buried in the "environmental" section: "I will balance the state's environmental policies and objectives with private property rights," consistent with Sauerbrey's position on the board of directors of the "Frontiers of Freedom Institute," an organization favoring private property rights and "reduced bureaucratic regulations.
By DAVE McMILLION | October 9, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Far from the hallways of the state Capitol in Charleston, a group of Eastern Panhandle residents are coming up with their own ideas about how they believe state government should work. Clint Hogbin has been working as a community activist for 15 years, but when he focused his efforts on state issues, he always felt powerless. Hogbin said it always seems that unless he is connected to some "well-funded" organization, he is not going to get anywhere to influence state issues.
January 24, 2013
“In today's Herald-Mail (Jan. 16), three letters appeared on the Opinion page that everyone should take the time to read. One was written by Gina Anders of Shepherdstown, W.Va., one by Michael Karn of Hagerstown, and one by Ned A. Garrett of Hagerstown. I just wanted to commend these three writers on their excellent letters. Truer words were never spoken. It's not very often you find three excellent letters in the same issue, and if you haven't already read these letters, go back and take the time to read them.” - Hagerstown “I was just reading the Wednesday, Jan. 16, paper, and quite frankly, I am shocked that the BOE is shocked by the teen pregnancy rate, and that kids are sexually active as young as 8 years old. I know the BOE members come and go, but come on, you would have had to have your head in the sand not to have seen this coming.
May 18, 2006
Saturday's running of the Preakness, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown, will bring national attention, tourists and lots of money to Baltimore, where the event will be held at Pimlico Race Course. It's also a good chance to look at the benefits slot machines could bring to the state and what has been called "the sport of kings. " Last year, Gov. Robert Ehrlich told The Washington Post that Maryland might lose the Preakness if slots were not legalized. The Post also reported that the more than 100,000 who attend the Preakness offset the track's losses for the rest of its season, which usually draws 5,000 or fewer fans per day. At the start of the 2005 session, a group that included Magna Entertainment, which owns Pimlico and Laurel Park, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society made a report on horse racing to state lawmakers.
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | July 12, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Saying growth in the Eastern Panhandle could "decrease the quality of life" if it is not planned properly, the Charles Town City Council passed a resolution Monday night encouraging local goverments to work together on the issue. Under the resolution, the city would work cooperatively with the Jefferson County Commissioners on growth issues, said city council member Matt Ward. The city will also encourage other towns in the county to adopt similar resolutions, said Ward.
January 12, 2000
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer ANNAPOLIS - University System of Maryland officials hope to see $700,000 in planning and design money for the Hagerstown Education Center in Gov. Parris Glendening's 2001 budget next week. cont. from front page The university is recommending a total of $12.4 million through 2003. With everyone in Annapolis abuzz about the possibilities of a $1 billion budget surplus, hopes are high that Hagerstown's project will be included.
April 1, 2005
Is suburban sprawl a primary cause of Pennsylvania's problems, or are other factors holding back the Keystone State? The debate began with a Brookings Institution study that was released in December 2003. That study said that when it comes to urban sprawl, the state has some of the worst in the nation. In addition, the study said, the state has "no vision" for strategic planning, which means that older towns are being abandoned while the state spends money on services for newer suburbs.
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