Having recently visited Slovakia, I was again reminded of the natural beauty of that country. However, I was saddened by the neglect of the once-magnificent buildings. St. Martin's Cathedral is just one example from among the thousands of potentially beautiful [once renovated] treasures that Slovakia possesses.
My first suggestion is that beginning with the president, every member of parliament donate 10 per cent of their annual salary to a fund for the preservation and renovation of such buildings.
My second suggestion is for the city of Bratislava to twin with Vienna - it is in their mutual interest, both being former centres of the Austro-Hungarian empire - and set up funds for the preservation and restoration of just two gems in Bratislava.
Should all else fail, perhaps the seminarians attached to the cathedral could be provided with rags [preferably damp] so they can dust the inside of the church! You may feel that I am somewhat negative, but really I am very positive and am writing only because I love the country of my birth.
10. Feb 2003 at 0:00