Re: National Tower - Gettysburg

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Posted by on December 16, 1999 at 12:22:46:

In Reply to: Re: National Tower - Gettysburg posted by newyawk on December 12, 1999 at 17:43:01:

: : Today's edition of the Gettysburg Times ( reports that yesterday (Thursday - 12/9/99) Government officials filed an eminent domain lawsuit to seize the national Gettysburg Battlefield Tower at federal district court in Harrisburg. The story goes on to say that the condemnation case will take about six months and that the only issue being how much the Government must pay for the tower.
: : Check the story out for yourself.
: : Bill N-T

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: Although the National tower is a disgrace and dishonorable to the men who fought at Gettysburg the government should be spending money on buying land that is not protected at the moment. 6 million dollars could buy a lot of land!!

: Most of you probably disagree but I think it is more important to save land that is not protected than to worry about something that is already there and is an educational tool. When we get the majority of land saved then we should worry about things like the Nati. tower.

You make a good point - there's lots of property that could be acquired with that money, however, many people have lobbied for quite a while against the Tower just to get to this point. To stop now would render that effort wasted. Also, no matter when someone decides to go after removal of the Tower, whether it be now or some point in the future, there will always be some other "Better" use for the funds approprianted. We'll never acquire all of the battlefield and we'll never restore everything to its 1863 condition. We have to accept that and prioritize the our goals - others have decided that its time to go after the Tower. We all need to keep working toward continuing preservation and restoration efforts.
Bill N-T

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