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Editor:

We Wyomingites get agitated with our federal bureaucracy and ineptitude. However, let's take a closer look right here at home - we will see the same! I am referring to the Wyoming men's prison in Rawlins. The "new" South Facility was built in 2001 to replace the North Facility which had many problems. It was supposed to last for at least 50 years. The Casper Star-Tribune has reported many structural and land subsidence issues with this 16-year-old building -- sinking foundation, doors that won't close, leaking roof, offices that cannot be used due to safety issues, etc. Now, many millions of dollars will need to be spent to "fix" this, and some people even say that it should be abandoned and a whole new prison built!

As a Wyoming taxpayer, I am outraged that we are even in this situation. First, why was the "new" prison built on land that is known to subside? Did no one on the building committee realize this? Second, even with the necessity to take the lowest bid, there should not have been such shoddy workmanship. (I have not been able to find out who the contractor was on Google). Do we not have specifications as to the materials to be used and contracts to enforce certain accepted building practices? Third, where was the oversight on this facility? I am thoroughly disgusted with our Wyoming bureaucrats - they really dropped the ball.

I would suggest, at a minimum, legal action against the contractor. In the future, we need to make sure that we have knowledgeable people on these construction committees. All bids for new construction need to have in writing exactly what products are to be used and how they are to be installed.

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JEANNE LESKE, Casper

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