Historic preservation is commendable when it benefits the future; knocking down beautiful buildings is tragic -- future posterity forever lost. However, to insist that Central School is more beautiful than the future education of our youth is callous and preposterous. Insisting that the past is more critical than the future is akin to smiting noses to spite faces. If we don't educate our children, they will be utterly incapable of appreciating the value of a historical structure.

Helenans have mandated that our children are more important than brick and mortar. Anyone that has the time, energy, and money to pursue frivolous lawsuits against upgrading school buildings has already lost the battle for progress. If the Nicholsons truly want to help the city of Helena move forward, they should invest their money in subsidizing school remodeling costs. They could litigate against the Rail Link until an overpass is built over the Montana Avenue crossing, which would then make it possible to put a roundabout at Malfunction Junction. Doing so would not only allow the Central students to return to the task of regaining their school, it would create access to the currently stagnant Caird property project. Stop looking back and move forward!

Matthieu Oppedahl

Helena

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