The article published in last week’s Malden Advocate referenced the “Covid memorial” sponsored by outgoing city councillor (Debra) DeMaria. I would like to set the record straight. I am not against any type of memorial. But using state or city funds from Artline is a poor choice in public funding. We never erected a memorial for ALS, cancer, or domestic violence deaths. COVID has taken its toll on all Americans these past two years – no question about it. But councillor DeMaria, this to me, as a taxpayer, looks likes grandstanding on your way out. At some point in time, this should be revisited, yes; but not now. Malden Art’s vice-president Candace Julyan needs to put the brakes on this until such time a board of volunteers can convene and come up with another plan. Again, this is too soon to move forward, so I ask ARTLine, as a taxpayer of the city of Malden, to please hold off on this COVID memorial until a later time.