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Letter to the Editor: Thanks ABOE

Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I have been hesitant in getting involved in the discussion of the school board selling Polston School property to Dan Russell. I feel it is time for the silent majority to let their voices to be heard. I hope a few more will step up. I have talked to a lot of people in the community and especially business leaders who support this decision. I also applaud the school board for this decision. Kudos to all except one.

I feel the economic wellbeing of our community is overlooked. I am concerned that a large number of our graduating seniors and college graduates this year will be leaving our community. I donít see where having a community garden helps with this problem. It always disturbs me when an entity from outside of our community comes in to tell us how we should run our community!

The Alamosa Community Development Corporation proposed a similar project of an upscale R.V. park some years ago but did not get it off the ground. Extensive studies were done as to the economic benefit this would be to our community with very little impact on our resources. I applaud Dan Russell for having the courage to step up and propose this project. This project will not only benefit our community economically today but for generations to come.

I have proposed additional parking for Cole Park on the north side of the river for some time. The city built a bridge to nowhere across the Rio Grande River some time ago. This project will finally make the bridge useful and provide much needed parking for Cole Park activities.

I thank the school board for having the foresight to see the future benefits to both the community as well as the school, for this project. There are many other locations where we can build a garden and I understand that alternate locations have been proposed, but there is only one location for Danís proposed project and the Polston site is it.

Instead of attacking someone for taking the personal risk and effort to better the economic environment of our community, we should be thanking Dan Russell and the school board for their forward looking decision and willingness to add to our economic base in our community. Without our business and economic base that creates jobs this community would not exist and the future of our young people to remain in this community would be even worse.

Concerned citizen

Terry Smith

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