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People’s column

Facility closing

an area wound

Editor, OBSERVER:

I went to TLC three times. I guess there isn’t much demand in Irving.

It used to be a big hustle bustle hospital then parts of it became abandoned… people left for better opportunities.

I should have left years ago, but my hubris is to blame. I hope my sister, bless her, can get another stable job. It was fun going there but then it got dark, the gift shop closed, many parts closed, it’s almost like an abandoned mental asylum, with all these corridors its spooky.

I do have memories of when it was churning but for now, I think it’s gotten too big for the area. I guess we were all scared of going to the hospital but maybe we should have gone for silly things to keep demand high. No one is to blame, but maybe me for not going for all the little things.

It’s seems like the Hostess scandal. A company files bankruptcy, gets rid of 15,000 workers, destroys union, comes back with 1,500 employees a year later and all for the want of a horseshoe nail. That ignorant childhood I lived was a mere fantasy.

JOSHUA ALLEN,

Angola

Bail decision

will haunt Cuomo

Editor, OBSERVER:

Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown his affection for criminals with his new bail reform laws and we have already seen its negative effects.

What we do not see publicly is the damage he has done to the employees that work behind the walls in the Department of Corrections. The governor on his own signed an executive order limiting the use of, as he calls it “solitary confinement.”

First, New York does not have solitary confinement. Those inmates placed in special housing are afforded more programs and services than those in general population. This is just him trying to placate to his constituents.

The individuals placed in special housing are there because they cannot follow the rules of the agency and facility. It would only reason that some of those in society that cannot follow rules and laws of the land that landed them in jail would also violate individuals and laws in prison.

To not be able to remove them from general population places both staff and inmates in grave danger. To not be able to remove criminals from the public places the public at risk. The same holds true in prison. If you cannot remove an individual from general population or to limit the time of removal, gives the criminals power and rewards their unruly behavior. Is this what we expect from the leader or the executive?

If we die in the line of duty I would ask that the governor be a pall bearer to let us down one more time.

VINNY BLASIO,

Lake View

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