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Say no to FLAG

| Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Say no to FLAG

Re. the news story “New look around town” (April 12): It stated the Freeport-Leechburg-Apollo Group is asking the state to approve a $6,700 grant for restoration of facades of privately owned buildings in Leechburg.

Our Armstrong County commissioners last week approved sending FLAG's application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development. This paves the way for your tax dollars to be used for private renovations.

I often receive requests in the mail to help disabled veterans I am told cannot feed their families. We see devastated souls locally who have no shelter. But the owner of Ulmer Entertainment and the owner of the former Veterans of Foreign Wars building — now occupied by Farmers Insurance — believe it is my responsibility to supply dollars for renovation on their property.

Our Armstrong County commissioners should have taken a stand against this corporate welfare maneuver and voted against the FLAG application. And our state legislators should stop funneling our scarce dollars for these unnecessary, money-draining requests.

Regina Liermann


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