I read with interest and some dismay the guest column by Leland Faulkner published in the Sun Journal March 16. His comments were thought-provoking regarding the recent public meeting about Bates Mill No. 5.

In my view, the various comments made by the public were well-received and definitely not ignored. I especially noted the point made by Elliott Epstein, that we are stewards of our heritage, just as we are stewards of the environment. I did ask a question about consequences of demolition, but by no means should that be taken as a condoning of that particular possibility.

Democracy works best when people come forward freely and give opinions on what would benefit the city; this brings diversity and vibrancy to the community. I can say for myself that the effort made by those concerned was much appreciated.

No decision has been made at this point as to the future of the mill.

If anyone has any concrete suggestions to offer, now is definitely the time to make them.

Elizabeth Dube, Lewiston

City councilor, Ward 6

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