EDITORIAL: Should Anniston spend $3M of $13M for Chief Ladiga Trail?

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Jun. 30—What should Anniston do with the $13 million windfall it expects to receive through the American Rescue Plan?

Earlier, we suggested spending a chunk of the money to address the homeless problem in Anniston. The least fortunate have the smallest voices when it comes to government spending and priorities, and this should be one time when their health and well being are not forgotten.

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James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or jbennett@annistonstar.com.

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