Ri­d­ley Hall a ‘sad shell’

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor:

I’d like to comment on an ar­ti­cle head­lined “Coun­cil approves Ri­d­ley Hall de­mo­li­tion,” which ap­peared in the May 22, 2012 edi­tion of The Com­pass.

Ri­d­ley Hall, which today is a sad shell, and com­pletely at odds with its il­lus­tri­ous past, will face be­ing torn down. Com­bine the un­der­value of her­itage is­sues, the lack of money for her­itage, and not pro­mot­ing the town for its rich her­itage, and it is next to im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate a cul­ture of con­ser­va­tion.

How can the res­i­dents of Har­bour Grace feel in­spired or em­pow­ered to take a more ac­tive role in pro­tect­ing and cher­ish­ing their his­toric en­vi­ron­ment when there is such a dis­con­nect be­tween the town coun­cil in Har­bour Grace and its res­i­dents in­volv­ing her­itage.

The Town of Har­bour Grace has de­cided to ac­cept a fund­ing ar­range­ment with the provin­cial govern­ment to build a new arena in the town. I am re­ally be­wil­dered. Is this a mis­guided ex­trav­a­gance?

Rhonda Par­sons writes from Toronto. She is a sea­sonal res­i­dent of Har­bour Grace, and spent many sum

mers dur­ing her youth in the town.

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