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Letter: Misguided priorities?

My general question to all Concord townspeople is, doesn’t the Main Street renovation project feel contrary to human nature, or just simply contrary to everyone’s moral responsibility to care first for the less fortunate?

Has anyone investigated channeling this enormous grant into something that could both beautify and address some of the problems of the city? Was there consideration of environmental worries and so thoughts of rain gardens, rain barrels, roof-top gardens?

Any concern for dwindling food pantry stores, and so maybe a joint effort of both area farmers and town citizenry to combine energy and ideas to grow sustainable vegetable patches or fruit trees?

We all realize that this enormous expenditure is designated for beautification. Why aren’t churches, synagogues, schools and civic organizations speaking up for people affected by inadequate housing, by the economy in general (many families living in cars), shortage of shelters, reduced availability of staples at food pantries, and on and on.

It is unconscionable and contrary to our basic moral responsibility to others to not at least explore various options which might both offer visual pleasure for the casual shopper as well as serve the common good.

MARY CONGORAN

Hopkinton

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