18 November 2008
Letter to the Editor
I am writing to add my thoughts about the recent article in the MetroWest Daily News about the Garage for college president costs $165K. I do agree that it is nice to have a garage to park your car in, keeping it protected from the weather. I don’t think it is a need.
I have been involved professionally in the real estate business since 1970 and agree that a garage does enhance the valve of the home. The price of garage, $165,000.00 could have been used to build a home for a family.
The Framingham State College president may have a promise of a garage, but it does not appear that this extravagant garage was part of the contract. Framingham State College could have used these funds in a more productive manner toward educational needs. How many college tuitions would the $165,000.00 cover?
How many people does this $165,000.00 expenditure benefit…two…the Framingham State College president and his wife.
We are in troubled economic times. We have the Framingham Jail Diversion Program that is a model for other Jail Diversion Programs that has already benefited thousands of people, and only needs $60,000.00 to stay alive. The $60,000.00 was cut from the state budget by Gov Patrick and needs to be returned, so that the Jail Diversion Program can help untold numbers of people.
The “powers that be” should review the Framingham State College’s spending and redirect that $165,000.00 to more productive projects such as the Jail Diversion Program.
The idea of a Commonwealth is to do things for the common good. Let’s help the untold thousands, verses two, and spend wisely.
Rev Paul N. Papas II