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Editorial: Maintain, Restore, Recycle

Editorials grow by themselves. Some topic or other produces a response that is personal, not objective, and deserves a mention. This is not to say that this writer is correct – just that is it an opinion. We are sure you have yours and that is what the letters to the editor are for.

This week, the report so kindly elucidated by Oyster Bay-East Norwich School district assistant for business Christopher Van Cott brought out the opinion-response.

It was about the work at the Memorial Field Stadium. Over the years the repair of the stadium has come up many times. Several years ago the board considered demolishing the stadium but there was a hew and cry to save it. After all it was the result of the work of local veterans, to whom the stadium is dedicated.

Once saved, the decisions over the years has been what to fix. It’s been a long process therefore we are glad to hear that the board has come to a decision to fix the stadium and at the same time add to it more useable space for sports.

Years ago, after reporting on the school district and seeing what can happen when maintenance of buildings is used to cut budgets, we thought it was time for the state to come in and mandate maintenance. That is about what it has done with the creation of the Capital Projects Reserve Fund. Governments often govern by creating such incentives to doing what is perceived as right for the good of the community.

This seems to be a good case for that forced saving.

Added to the decision is Mr. Van Cott’s mention that it would cost millions to get rid of the stadium. Nowadays getting rid of waste means finding a place for it to go, another incentive to maintain, restore and renovate rather than recycle.

We hope you the voter agree that maintenance, restoration and in this case, addition is the way to go. You have to approve the use of the existing funds. Do take a look at what is proposed and make your decision.

Be sure to write in May 18 on your calendar to be sure to vote. The economy is always a subject for discussion, but we seem to be on an uptick, at least, we like to listen to the pundits who say things are getting better.