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Letters, Aug. 9

Keep the canal

The TID path with the burbling rivulet alongside it is one of the jewels of Ashland, a pleasure to me and my children. For those of us who cannot walk on hills, it is one of the only truly flat places we can get our daily walk in. It is loved by so many, and the open water is a big part of that.

As a member of many boards over the years, I know that when management tells you what needs to be done and why it’s unavoidable, it is hard to say no, even if the stakeholders or constituents want you to do so. Don’t be buffaloed into an ugly and costly option. The time for finding the most expensive options for everything in the town budget is over.

The total water savings by covering it is negligible to the town’s needs. Even sealing the bottom, while a better option than piping, will take water away from many mature trees.

Let’s leave the things we love in Ashland.

James di Properzio

Ashland

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