Letters to the Editor

Living in Auburn's real world

My husband and I are relatively new to Auburn compared to some of our neighbors. We have lived here for 10 years now. We absolutely love Auburn but not for any of the reasons mentioned in the mayor's update of April 5.

We love it here and choose to stay because we have great neighbors who care about each other. He fails to mention that the people of Auburn he pretends to care so much about were not included in any of these "wonderful" decisions, which were all made for us, not with us.

I say pretends because of our experience with the ice storm of 2012. After complaining about our six days without power we mentioned that maybe we needed to move and the response was "go ahead." The mayor should be reminded of how many of his subjects have been, and are still, unemployed while the employed City workers enjoy a free gym membership.

How many houses are currently in foreclosure in Auburn? We have to pay for our membership even while unemployed, and I'm quite sure they could also afford the $19 monthly fee. Never in our lives have we ever received any incentives given by a healthcare provider because someone is exercising. It just doesn't happen.

The money wasted on this benefit could be, and should be, much better spent.

While walking our dog we have from time to time seen homeless people, one woman in particular who was living in her cardboard box behind an empty building. Does Auburn provide any services to those homeless people?

We don't see that the important issues are being addressed and don't share the same warm and fuzzy feeling about the current conditions. We, too, would like to know also where those crime statistics are coming from. We always seem to have some creepy stuff going on.

Meanwhile, it's spring and the birds are singing, the golf course is green, and Mayor Lewis can sing his own praises while the rest of us are living in the real world.

– Sandra Alcott

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