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Reader requests pause on Covid Memorial

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Dear Editor,

 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.


Kevin Larson

Malden resident

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