Catholic schools vs. oldsters

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I was glad to read the Lewiston City Council and the School Committee’s decision to maintain the Multi-Purpose Center for senior citizen use (April 26). Seniors are the core and foundation of any community. As its foundation, they have weathered the hard times and indulged in the good times. They should not be shuffled around on a whim. They deserve stability. They have earned it. The Multi-Purpose Center provides that stability with ample parking, easy accessibility and a kitchen that meets their needs.

The additional temporary classrooms requested by the School Committee should adequately fill the needs of Longley School. With the ongoing construction of Farwell School, the possibility of a new Pettingill School, and creative redistricting/transportation of students, the needs of our community should be met.

School Committee member Jim Handy has suggested the $300,000 in the budget for Catholic schools could be cut to fund the additional cost of the portable classrooms. If this recommendation is allowed to happen, would Mr. Handy be in favor of a city referendum to install school vouchers?

I would consider other alternatives to make this workable. The issue should not be Catholic schools vs. senior citizens. The community deserves better.

Richard Morin, Lewiston

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