I am dismayed and outraged by the decision to close SCI Cresson and the back door-antics in which the decision was passed down and delivered to the 524 employees who have provided their dedicated service.
The entire situation is outrageous, and I hope that the local taxpayers realize what a travesty this is.
To start, these employees were informed of the closing via the local news, while at home with their families, or perhaps while working a shift at the very prison that is closing.
What a way to learn that your career and loyal service is potentially coming to an end. I would also like to point out that many of these employees are veterans who served our country both at home and abroad.
We are always talking about honoring our vets. Is this how we do so? By dismissing them via news broadcast?
As already pointed out by many, this is one of the few big employers in our area.
The statement that closing SCI Cresson "Should save taxpayers money" is no comfort to me.
Nor should it be to the local business owners and contractors. The employees at SCI Cresson are people who patronize businesses in our towns. This will have a long-term negative economic impact on all of us. I hope that we are not going to sit back and watch this happen to our people, in our town.