Letters to the editor


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Westside not what it used to be

I grew up on the Westside of Columbus, and loved going down to Cooper Stadium. My son just went for his first time, and he loved it, as well. Basically, it was a place to escape to. It was exciting and fun to watch the fireworks at the game. We saw a couple of concerts there, including the final tour of the Judds.

Now they are looking to turn Cooper Stadium into a motorsports complex? With the new stadium, how much will the price increase? What are the players’ thoughts on the change? How would Mayor Coleman feel if his home was to be decorated with smoke and increased sound and traffic from the motors.

Numbers and numbers of places in Columbus have been torn down, and hardly any historical sites exist anymore. The ones that do, no one knows about, like the burial grounds for the old sanitarium on West Broad. Historical markers are barely noticeable in Columbus. Everything back there has changed, nothing is sacred. Then when new things are built, no one can afford the new excitement and even the new disappears.

We are active duty Army, currently stationed here at Fort Dix, N.J. Coming home was such excitement, but anymore, things have changed for the worse, not the better. The historical parts in Columbus are disappearing. New is not always better. At least Fort Hayes is one place saved…to a point.

Laura Rader Cooper,

Fort Dix, N.J.

(online submission)


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