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Sign decision regrettable

To the Times of Ti:

It has come to my attention that the (Inter-Lakes Health) hospital board has decided not to renew Scott Hearburg’s lease for the McDonald’s sign on Route 9N just before the monument. This is a truly regrettable move as it will not only hurt McDonald’s, one of Ticonderoga’s most successful businesses, but is also a slap in the face to one of this community’s most outstanding contributors. It seems unbelievable to me that as we struggle to revitalize our town, we cannot find a way to work with an individual who has always done his utmost to help this community both financially and through his tireless support. Scott’s efforts on our behalf are significant and numerous including his latest endeavor spearheading the fundraising and installation of the new playground at the middle (elementary) school.

During these tough economic times, McDonald’s continues to be one of our largest employers. Why would we want to do anything to adversely affect this business? It sure seems like the hospital could use the annual lease income, too! Although the sign has been there for over 20 years, I have never paid much attention to it....I know where McDonald’s is located. But think of the countless visitors to our town that enter from the south. Maybe Scott’s sign isn’t the most stylish based on our new standards, but can’t we give him a chance to improve on it before we throw him out?

If you consider Scott to be a friend, he’s probably one of your best friends...that’s just the kind of guy he is. Since I am certain there are many of his friends in our community who may not be aware of the hospital board’s unfortunate decision, I would ask you to contact someone on the board and encourage them to be a little more flexible and give Scott a chance to deal with an obviously correctable sign issue.

Rick Bartlett

Ticonderoga

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