Don't waste the municipal center

Editor of the Reformer:

The Municipal Center is a major asset that must not be squandered. Its interior should be completely modernized to a 21st -century functionality for the police station. It would be nice if the interior could have as much dignity as the outside, but that is probably too much to ask for. We all know that with most of our nation's wealth going to the top few percent, an induced tax fever is perhaps driving people into some dark age where money is sacred and majestic buildings are sacrificed. This is a microcosm of the environmental macrocosm. Let's resist that desperation, and at least maintain a pride of place occasionally.

On the other hand, fire stations should be out of the public eye, designed for functionality, and located in an industrial park. Fire trucks are huge, noisy things that are not suited to a residential neighborhood. No money should be spent creating some middle class "look" in a futile effort to domesticate them.

Christopher Sproat, Putney, Jan. 11