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Letter: Force drunken driver to pay for skate park

Force drunken driver to pay for skate park

The Alix Rice Peace Foundation’s park project is a fitting memorial to a young woman whose life was ended far too early by a drunken driver.

It was inconceivable to read that the project has received grants of $128,888 toward the $350,000 cost of the skate park from the Regional Economic Development Council (New York State dollars).

In a region where the needs of the vulnerable far outweigh financial resources, doesn’t the person convicted of driving while intoxicated (and most connected to her death) bear the responsibility of paying for the creation of the park? At the very least, he should pay the yearly maintenance fee of $6,000 to $10,000 in perpetuity.

Mara Koven-Gelman