To the Editor:
I, as many of you, read the flier that came with our mail. It is captioned: “Mayor Merchant conducts town business illegally.”
My question is, how much is a life worth? This is not a rhetorical question. I have spent a lot of time trying to answer this question and have no answer yet.
It is obvious to everyone that lives in Plymouth that the firehouse is antiquated and ill-equipped to facilitate the growing population and needs of our community. It is also obvious that the firehouse is landlocked. The only access for expansion is the half-acre lot that is adjacent to the house on South Street.
Maybe the mayor did not follow the letter of the law as stated in this flier. It is not unusual that negotiations must be entertained when desperate situations are at stake. It is imperative that the firehouse be brought up to code to accommodate the equipment that firemen so desperately need. Also, please remember all of the firemen in our town are volunteers. They enter very dangerous situations trying to save others, often putting their own lives at risk. I do not believe that $215,000 is too costly for such a noble deed. I must say that using this issue to besmirch Mayor Merchant is quite distasteful.
I still do not have the answer to the question I began this article with. Maybe the individual(s) who circulated this political attack have the answer: just how much money was my brother’s life worth?
Barbara Holmes Watson