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Sunday, February 10, 2013
p>Virginia Tech is planning to destroy Barracks No. 2 (Rasche Hall) and Barracks No. 3 (Brodie Hall). How can my university obliterate two old dormitories that have been continuously occupied by students for more than 100 years?
Fewer than a half dozen structures remain from Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College, and these two brick buildings helped form the original quadrangle, now known as the Upper Quad.
One of them is older than the word "Hokie" that was invented in 1895 as a new school cheer, when the name of the school was changed to Virginia Tech (VPI, if you will). That was when the school colors were changed from black and gray to orange and maroon, and just before we built our first greystone (Hokiestone) buildings. How far we have come.
In 1957, when I was a student, these two old buildings were rehabilitated and adaptively reused, with new additions to meet the need for expansion. Shouldn't there be a design competition in 2013 to use the skills of design professionals to solve this problem again? It is unthinkable to wipe out this part of the university's heritage.
As an engineer, I love our motto "Invent the Future," but it does not fit with "Destroy the Past." Just say no to this idea.
LOUIS L. GUY JR.
A wasteful photo-op
That was a beautiful picture on the front page of The Burgs of Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam and friends seeming to move the historic Black House (Jan. 31). I cannot help but wonder how much money was wasted on that photo opportunity.
Were the white hard hats and shiny white shovels all purchased just for this? How much for the box of sand, and how much wasted labor to place it in that office?
It seems the more expensive a government project is the more waste is tolerated. Why not spend an extra $500 for a group picture?
The people of this county are looking for ways to save money so that they can pay taxes and still live here. Our elected officials do not seem to care about cutting costs, only raising taxes.
If only I could do everything I wanted and not cut costs and just tell my boss that I needed $500 more next year.
People, we are supposed to be the bosses of our government.
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