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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rob Meltzer
June 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Rick had a thread last week about the failing infrastructure and the need to put infrastructure money to use on necessary projects. In Newtown Connecticut, a perfectly good elementary school is going to be torn down because people are squeamish about going there, as if the place is somehow haunted or something weird. Fifty million dollars in infrastructure improvement money will be used to tear down a perfectly serviceable public building to build a new building. According to the AP, “efforts are being made to secure federal money.” The money that is being sought is money that would otherwise be used on roads that are failing and bridges that are falling. If the good people of Newtown want to spend their own money on a new school, that’s fine. But in a time when we can’t find money for roads and bridges, the idea of using scarce money for the luxury of tearing down a good building is not only a waste of tax payer money and an affront to good usage, but also an endangerment to the public at large. The people of Newtown should be embarrassed and ashamed of their self-centered greed.

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