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Beer at Cardinal Park and convenience center hours in Wednesday's Forum

Staff Report • Sep 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Two thumbs down for beer at Cardinal Park

The June 16 edition of the Johnson City Press had as the headline that read: “Beer at the old ballpark?” I have a few thoughts on the subject. It is nice to go to a ballpark such as Cardinal Park and not have to witness the smelly stuff or watch people drink it, spill it and drink it in front of children. My vote is to keep it out of Cardinal Park and keep it really family oriented. There are no comparisons when it comes to Kingsport’s Fun Fest and Johnson City’s Blue Plum. At Blue Plum people witness people walking around with a beer in hand, even pictures in the Press, but there is no alcohol at Fun Fest as it is truly family oriented. There is, however, a wine tasting event, but it is indoors. We normally attend a Cardinal game each year, but have not been able to this year due to an extended illness and Little League games. But I follow them in the Press. I have never attended Blue Plum, but what I’ve heard, read and watch on TV does not interest me in the least. Clear intelligent thinking is affected when alcohol enters the human body, and with enough of it, can cause extreme damage. Lots of folk know this, so let’s keep it out of both Cardinal Park and Blue Plum. JAMES S. POLLOCKJohnson City

Inconvenience Center

Why would a community service have extremely restricted hours? Very little service is received with the Cash Hollow Convenience Center when the hours are so limited. Why can’t Cash Hallow be open until six on weekdays, and four or later on Saturdays? Its hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, are very bad for someone that has a full-time job and works until 5 p.m. every day and does their yard work on Saturday. This becomes apparent when you have to be there 15 minutes before they close then have to wait in the line to get in only to be turned away. Then you have to wait until Tuesday or the next Saturday. Most convenience centers in Washington County have much better hours than Cash Hallow. When we clean out one area of our house we have to do it late at night or have junk just lying around. My family usually has to pack up everything going to the dump Friday night and make a run or two to Cash Hallow and then maybe still have trash that has to just sit somewhere around the yard or basement till the next week. If the facility is to be available for household trash, wouldn’t it make sense for it to be open at hours that would be convenient for most home owners? QUENTIN CANTLERJohnson City

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