Indifference to loss of tower is appalling

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

After handing out flyers on Memorial Day about the tragic loss of the Greenwich Point Wartime Lookout Post, I hear nothing.

This is appalling indifference in Greenwich. How does the passing of the “only physical symbol of Greenwich’s actual commitment to our nation” go without any reaction or comment other than a typical generic news piece in the Greenwich Time.

No other physical sight in Greenwich represents the community’s effort for defense like the Tod’s Point Coastal Watch Tower did. Yet, only in the land that I jokingly call Never Never-Land can a town official justify spending money to destroy an honored facility and leave the North Concession Stand open to the elements and the unusual-able.

The plans of the Greenwich Point Conservancy can be made to work around the needs of the people. The people are the many and I say the many come first. I have witnessed the few who feel they have the right to control the aesthetics of Greenwich Point. The many still want a nature preserve and the few want to “gentrify” the Point and have everything their way.

I have seen so much of my childhood Greenwich disappear and the destruction of the tower was the final outrage. I shout that this “Unreal Place,” with no regard for what has come before, from the Pickwick Arms to the original hospital, must wake up. There has been no regard for history and it’s outrageous. I see the influential don’t care as our history disappears with not a bit of concern.

Greenwich should be setting examples for other towns, states and nations. We should be in national news for promoting everything from preservation to security and defense. For out of affluence is supposed to come leadership and knowledge, not waste and decadence.

I again cry for the loss of the tower and I look at the reason for its loss as just plain hedonism. And I state again that most of us either wallow in decadence or wallow in the aftermath of outrageous waste caused by others!

Those that run this town care for nothing.


Jim C. Reilly

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