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LIFE IN ALLENTOWN WOULD BE BETTER WITH FEWER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES

Your Nov. 26 editorial "A good use for old motel" misrepresented the concerns of Allentown residents with respect to the Salvation Army's plans to expand their operations through the purchase of the Travelodge Motel at 984 Main St.

Area residents were not primarily concerned with the relative merits of the Salvation Army's ever-changing plans for the Travelodge Motel, nor those of similar organizations.

Rather, their concerns centered around the need for the Salvation Army, and the numerous other organizations that have already done so, to locate in and around such a small area as Allentown.

These various organizations, including the Salvation Army, serve all of Erie County, yet not all of Erie County plays host to these groups to the degree that Allentown does. Your editorial encouraged further social service centralization in Allentown by noting the Travelodge's fortuitous proximity to the transit corridor and downtown offices -- "the type of location needed by a program that aims to help those trying to help themselves."

Wasn't that kind of you to encourage the further institutionalization of Allentown?

How about some of that sympathy and compassion for those taxpayers who foot all the bills while at the same time trying to maintain and enhance a city neighborhood? That would be far easier if less of the county's problems were routed here.

ELLEN S. BURNS
KYM L. MOSGELLER
Buffalo

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