LINCOLN — Fifth- and sixth-graders from Lincoln Community School had to leave their classrooms last week when the two rooms closed for renovations. But the town of Lincoln hasn’t left its youngsters without a place to learn.
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision to close the state hospital in Waterbury comes just in time to avoid wasting precious state dollars on repairs to an antiquated facility, built in 1890, that has needed to be shuttered for years. That it took a flood of disastrous proportions to prompt the decision is testimony to the ill affects of a political system in which protecting one’s own economic turf is more important than doing what’s right for patients or the state as a whole. It’s understandable, but a real obstacle when needed changes must be made.