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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 24, 2014

Proposed apartments a good idea

By Diane Shannon | Apr 25, 2013

To the editor:

I’ve been reading about “Future of the former Nelson Nursing Home” debated and a few things come to mind.

Through the ages it seems like some things are OK, just not in my neighborhood! Long time ago it was people of a different color and recently a dog park and the list goes on.

This I don’t know for a fact, but I heard some of the neighbors at the time did not want Nelson Nursing Home there, which was built in 1975. Now it’s wanted for homes for employees of a nursing facility, primarily. I am appalled at some people’s lack of concern for the people that take care of our loved ones or someday perhaps ourselves.

This I know for a fact: in bad weather, hotel rooms were booked for the employees who lived out of town. While schools and others can be closed — some services are never. They give up holidays and weekends with their families.

However, I wonder how a single mother could afford $700 a month for a two bedroom apartment if they are a CNA, dietary, housekeeping or laundry person because they don’t make that much money! Hopefully they can get some rent subsidy on an individual basis.

Everyone likes a quiet neighborhood. But there’s no guarantee that a next door neighbor could move out and sell their house to someone with noisy dogs or children or not keep it up, etc.

 

— Diane Shannon, Fairfield

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