A better course for Connellsville
It was with a heavy heart that I read the news in the Daily Courier that the entire Community Center Board had resigned. What in the world is wrong with this city?
To me it seems to be a no-brainer that the jewel and lynchpin of the whole community center is the Porter Theater. I was utterly amazed when I first set foot in it last year for the Conn-Area Catholic School musical. But for the most part, the theater sits empty. The city has this beautiful resource, but those who truly want to capitalize on it seem to be stymied at every turn.
The theater could be a means to bring people into town. The Carnegie Library in Homestead comes to mind as an example to emulate. It has become a popular venue for bands, comedy shows and other entertainment. Why can't we do that with the Porter? Imagine the impact it could have on the city. By bringing in people, it would create an opportunity for new business.
While we're at it, why not make the town more attractive? Who could argue with that? Well, apparently those in power. A better-looking city, people choosing to live here, more businesses — certainly none of these alone will be the salvation of the Jewel of the Yough. And no one denies that we desperately need to attract industry with its well-paying jobs. Ultimately without that piece of the puzzle, we are just spinning our wheels.
With that said, let me pose a simple question: Where do you think a business owner would chose to locate? In the slums? Or in an attractive and culturally-rich locale?
The Rev. Bob Lubic
The writer is pastor of the Connellsville Catholic Community.
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