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Reader Responds to Editorial About Auditorium

I complement you on a well-written and informative editorial regarding the pending proposal to tear down the old Emporia Elementary School auditorium. Assuming that your alleged historical facts leading up to that proposal are correct, then I find nothing in your opinion piece with which I disagree.
 
I am one who has fond memories from having grown up attending various assemblies in that facility, of having been there several times when my sons attended school there, and of having participated in and being in attendance at various other functions there over the years.
 
The one thing that stands out in my mind from a trip to Rome, Italy many years ago, was how so much of that city's buildings and infrastructure had been maintained and preserved for many decades, and even centuries.  Here in America, we--and particularly our governments--regular demonstrate a preference and even a fondness for tearing down the old and building new from the ground up.
 
One suggestion during this period of time pending a supposed final vote about how to proceed would be to appoint a citizens' committee of persons not only simply interested in preserving the structure, but who would have expertise and knowledge appropriate to the situation from a practical standpoint.
 
As a county resident with no legitimate right to have input in this matter, I nevertheless would further suggest that such a study not be done by using taxpayer's dollars to pay for professional opinions, but by persons willing to study and make recommendations that are both practical and in the best overall interest of the city as well as the entire community.
 
Keith W. Mitchell  

Editor's Note:  The subject of the Auditorium will be debated by the Emporia City Council at this evening's City Council Meeting.  Also on this evening's agenda is a public hearing about the change of the Polling Place for City District 5.  The public hearing begins at 6:30 and the regular meeting will begin immediately after.

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