IN MY OPINION
The generous people who donated should be up in arms about this as well.
Hospital mural deserves preservation
Where has the beautiful mural gone? Recently I was at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and was saddened to see that the large mural, The Warmth of Sharing, had been removed.
This mural has graced the wall of the hospital for 15 years. It “represents different age groups and ethic backgrounds to show the diversity of Cape Breton,” according to the artist, Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon.
Fire regulations have changed, which prohibits the expansion of the mural, but in this age of technology there must be another solution that would leave the mural in place but allow new names to be added.
What will become of this piece of work? Surely it will hang elsewhere for others to enjoy or be returned to the artist. I am certain the public would continue to enjoy this work in a new location.
Come on, Cape Breton, stand behind your local, award-winning artist and let it be known that we want to keep this beautiful piece of work hanging in our hospital where it has been for so long. The generous people who donated should be up in arms about this as well.
Let’s put our collective minds together and find a new home for this piece of Cape Breton art work or let it stay where it belongs. Ruth Perry
Donkin coal rejection doesn’t stand up
The story that a group is trying to raise funds to open a soup kitchen in the former town of New Waterford (Group Begins Fundraising to Open Soup Kitchen, Feb. 19) really shows the need for the people of the industrial area of Cape Breton and outlying areas to show support to get the Donkin mine into full production as was planned by Xstrata Coal and Erdene Resource Development, with a workforce of 300 miners and an additional 900 jobs in companies supplying the mine.
The loss of the proposed rail line will mean jobs gone by the wayside due to the fact that Nova Scotia Power is using the excuse of too much sulphur and mercury in Donkin coal. The coal is coming from the coalfields that were produced from No. 20, No. 26, Lingan mine and mines in the North Sydney area when they were sup- plying the power plants.
Now we are being led to believe that the coal and petroleum coke that Nova Scotia Power is using is much lower in sulphur and mercury than coal from our Harbour Seam, and this is not based on fact. If the truth be known, we are being led down the garden path. Joan Wells