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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

Howie Cen­tre

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

Glace Bay

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