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Outraged at possible loss of Forkland grant

July 18, 2004

Dear Editor:

The members of Forkland Community Center are shocked and outraged that the Frankfort administration is considering revoking the $250,000 federal TEA-21 grant that we were awarded in September 2003 to restore our historic buildings.

If, as Senator Buford suggests in your story, the buildings are not qualified to receive this grant, this fact surely could have been discovered sometime much earlier in the almost two years since Senator Buford himself visited the Forkland Community Center on Nov. 6, 2002 and urged us to apply for the grant - long before we received a large check in a ceremony, or were assured that everything was ready to go and hired a contractor to do the work. More likely, Forkland's grant money might be diverted to some other project that will supposedly win more votes.

We are proud that the Forkland Community Center has never asked for or received any money from any government or other agency in the past - it has been purchased and entirely supported by the volunteer labor and donations of the people of Forkland. But our money-making activities, such as the upcoming Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue Oct. 8-9, can nowhere near generate the funds needed to restore our aging buildings and save them for future generations.

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We may be innocents and not realize that the breaking of a contract is "normal government practice." But even if it is, does that make it right? In Forkland, we think a promise is a promise!

Pat Williams

Gravel Switch

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