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Monday letters: Redeveloping Bull Street cost more than money

Grading, drainage and foundation work continues at the old State Hospital property.
Grading, drainage and foundation work continues at the old State Hospital property. tdominick@thestate.com

I was saddened when I read about the redevelopment of the State Hospital property (“Bull Street may include apartments,” Aug. 23) and then saw the photos below of the five children murdered.

The “Asylum” was approved by the General Assembly in 1821 to provide treatment for those with mental illness; South Carolina was the second state to fund this treatment and the third to create a mental-health system. Now the property is being turned into a ballpark, housing, shops, etc. I wonder how the 1821 General Assembly would feel about that.

Perhaps if Timothy Jones Jr. had gotten some some mental-health treatment, those children would be alive.

I remember walking my patients around the grounds and listening to their hurt, confusion and many challenges. They got help; some made it out and back to life. Sadly, some did not.

God help us to practice what Jesus taught us in helping one another, even “the least of these.” There’s more to life than just money.

Look at those photos of the children. No money can replace those kids.

Lin McKenney

Columbia

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