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4/1/2013 10:07:00 AM
Letters to the editor: If fixing up is good for homeowners, then fix is good for Hall; Say 'no'

I was having coffee at McDonald’s in Spring Valley and I looked out the window at the historic Hall High School building perched on top of the hill like most prominent buildings are. It would be such a shame to tear down this piece of local history.
I have read the Open Forums, many of which were written by people in other communities, about the exaggerated disrepair of the current building. Although I wasn’t able to take the tour, my friend did. She said the newer part of the building was in good condition. It does need electrical upgrades, the roof has some leaks and it is not handicap compliant.
But, when the homes most of us live in need roofs, furnaces, water heaters and electrical upgrades, we fix them; we don’t’ tear them down and build new houses.
If fixing up is good enough for us, then its good enough for them. I’m voting to fix up the existing Hall High School at half the cost and one-third less time to pay off the loan.
I’m voting, “no” on the Hall High School referendum.
Marian C. Terry
Spring Valley

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Big difference sir. Huge difference sir.
A home has very few fire and safty codes.
A home does ot house hundreds of people all at the same time.
For most a house, when out grown is sold, traded so to speak, for something better.
While I am mostly not in favor of bulding new, things like stores in shoping areas, remodling, in my oppinion is far beter and a far better use of land, I cannot saythe same for a school.
In a school bld. the safty of the occupants must come first, I am a retired construction worker and did work on the new gymn at hall,and all blds. on that campass should have been demm. in the middle of the last century.
If youu value the lives and safty of the youth of the Valley then you must demand a new structure, you must.
If you wish to preserve the old struc. as a shrine to your misspent youth, then do so, but first bld. a new one.
I am outraged over the lack of any attempt to sell the need for that structre.
Don'tbelabout the cost of a new one but remember the one now standing was built by people earning less than $5.00 a day. They however valued the children of the town and knew that a good edu. was the only way to get ahead and so felt it was priceless.
I am old and retired and wish,at times. I could have furtherd my edu. but people did not live as long back then and family respon. demanded that I work and then there were wars and time was short. The best I could do was give my children the best edu. I could and now I want the same for their children.
How about you for yours. Are you willing to spend a few dollor a year to help them get that? Are you, all of you? I hope so.

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