You heard about it on these forums several months ago – the attempt by Lou Magazzu to give land to Ed Salmon’s son-in-law (KBA Architects) which was ruled improper. The concept was that Lou would give county land to Ed Salmon’s son-in-law, and they would build a chapel at the veteran’s cemetery in exchange.
Was the land valued at $1,000,000 we have to ask? If not, why have the bids for the chapel been coming in at $1,000,000? That seems suspicious. It would seem to us that if this project were to proceed, the taxpayers should have some say on this public project that doesn’t create any jobs, nor does it benefit the general public.
Now Lou, who never served this country, will be quick to jump on the patriotic bandwagon and claim we are anti-veteran. Not so! My personal opinion (not the opinion of the management of MW) is that if any public money is to be spent on veterans, there are more pressing issues such as quality health-care facilities, increased transportation infrastructure, and assistance for disabled veterans.
A chapel would be nice if Cumberland were not the poorest county in the state. A chapel would be nice if we didn’t have the highest level of poverty, unemployment, and children on welfare. However, there are many more issues more pressing than this election year ploy.
So once again, Lou, when are you going to answer even ONE question posed by this website?