Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

August 1, 2013

We may lose memories, but we may end up saving millions

Your license plate number may be on a candid camera

When I read Colleen Burke’s ill-informed “commentary” (“They could care less about us,” July 26 Times-News), I had to laugh. Then when I realized that she wasn’t writing satire, I had to cry.

Burke apparently belongs to a group of individuals who have not been following the Memorial Hospital demolition very closely. She needs to read the Times-News more often and more thoroughly.

For several years, we have heard about the possibility of the hospital being demolished, but only now she pipes in with what appears more to be a personal vendetta against the mayor than an informed opinion.

Our community will lose a building full of memories when Memorial Hospital is torn down. But we’ll also be ending a cycle of dumping millions of taxpayer dollars into a failed effort to sell or reuse the property.

Pave the streets with that money instead of wasting it on an unwanted albatross! We will get in place of it, a building site in the city that brings great possibility.

I am sure that the mayor and city council wrestled with this issue a great deal already, but in the end, since following the dialogue through this newspaper, I believe they have come to the right conclusion.

I only offer the advice that the memorial plaque and stone in the building be saved before the building is demolished. Hospital or not on that site in the future, it is a “memorial” site.

Thanks to our city officials for having the gumption to stop the financial bleeding and eliminate this property.

Davis Manns

Cumberland

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