Regarding "County Sells Its Oakland Health Building" (May 7): I found it an interesting contrast with respect to Allegheny County selling the Oakland health building for $4.9 million in 2013 when the perfectly located State Office Building with a centralized service for easy access to the public was sold in March 2010 for $4.6 million.
The difference between prime Downtown real estate that overlooks the Point selling for less than the county Oakland property demonstrates a stark realization of the marriage of money with politics. The decentralization of state offices necessary to serve the taxpayers of this area was a travesty to the citizens of Pennsylvania.
How many deals are made behind the scenes that benefit only a few while adding burdens to those who have the least? In addition, the state must pay rent to all the many offices that were displaced by the sale of the State Office Building and maintenance fees for those buildings are now paid to private industry. Was there ever a realistic cost-benefit analysis provided to the taxpayers for the State Office Building transaction?
MARY ANN VALLUS