O'Malley shouldn't be touting his 'successes'
To the editor:
I can't believe Gov. Martin O'Malley recently was in the area touting his "successes."
He was praising the town of Hancock for its care of the exhibits from the Sideling Hill Visitor Center. Why did they have to be moved from the exhibit center in the first place, where it belonged? How much money has it cost the state to close the center, install new gates and new signs? Now, we should be happy to have the state pay for one more sign explaining where the exhibits were moved to? I am outraged that they find this "acceptable."
I love this area and the town and go out of my way to support local businesses, etc. It was a great idea to move the C&O Canal museum closer to the heart of the town, but putting the geological exhibits into an old vacant department store building eight miles away from its intended home does no justice to the costs of all the years of blasting rock and building an interstate highway and museum to promote tourism. Local people on the mountain had their land divided and lives disrupted forever to make way for this.