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January 04, 2015


Just a small correction Brian ... Ms. Rushing was a student at the Oregon State School for the Blind as a child. I don't believe she taught there. It was her home for several years, so her desire to see it preserved is understandable. How would anyone feel about their childhood home being torn down? I hope Salem Hospital now sees that they need to compromise with their neighbors, and part of that compromise should be a good faith effort to reissue an RFP and find a good use for Howard Hall.

Jim, I realized Rushing was a student. That's why I said "where she was taught." Maybe you missed the "was." Anyway, I hope Salem Hospital does what you suggested: issue another Request for Proposals to reuse Howard Hall.

Brian trees are being cut down this morning,it looks like at least one of the oaks one the east side so far. Also there is heavy equipment in the area.

Ken Adams

Salem Hospital has been lusting over that property for over 30 years, at least. They finally have a craven, corrupt enough city government in place to surreptitiously carry out their will.

I love your blog and appreciate that somebody is saying the hard things. Remind your readers that the white oaks in many cases predate white settlement.. Keep writing and discussing the decision making process...

Beverly Rushing filed an Intent to Appeal with the Court on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. We are now looking for an attorney who can help us with the appeal. We don't have funds to pay for an attorney so we are asking for an attorney with an interest in Salem's quality of life and historical preservation to step forward with some assistance.

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