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Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Wise stewardship?

My family has lived in Cranberry since 1985. Regarding the news story “Improved playground on the way in Cranberry” (April 28 and, I'm wondering if Cranberry supervisors are out of touch.

Given the economy, I'm aware of neighbors out of work or struggling to maintain their standard of living on 1990s wages. How does one justify spending $82,500 on “design costs” for a “Kids Castle” playground on land currently used for the same purpose? What about the estimated cost of nearly $500,000 to complete the new playground? Perhaps a castle is exactly what it is. Is this wise stewardship of township resources?

Recently, my family received a solicitation for playground funds from the Cranberry Township Community Chest. I thought it helps support nonprofit organizations like Scouts, ambulance corps, firefighters and so on.

I do applaud the efforts and enthusiasm of volunteers willing to dismantle the old playground. Lumber reuse is a “green” option, as well as a cost-saving measure. This again raises the question of how the expected cost is so high.

Nancy T. Duerring


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