Regarding "Mental health hospital possible" in The Bee, Feb. 8: This project is sorely needed. Not only would this provide the important local psychiatric care for youths who need it, but it would provide local jobs and keep the money paid out by Fresno County within the county. This would strengthen our local economy rather than weakening it by sending that money out of Fresno.
The fact that the location would fill up a portion of the old UMC campus is another bonus, as it will protect against long-term blight on the neighborhood.
This project is good for Fresno from a mental health standpoint, from an economic standpoint and from an urban planning standpoint. It is a win for Fresno when Fresno needs a win the most.