People must focus less on self and more towards the world

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Another week goes by and I have not heard anything about the tower.

Perhaps, once I have the fortitude to pass the Gatekeeper’s Station that now stands alone without the Old Sentinel Tower, I will find others who see the sad tragedy in the Coastal Watch Tower’s loss.

I ended my last thought on the tower and Greenwich with “nobody cares.” Well, I know people have to care about something other than themselves. I was taught that we all belong to the family of man and the greatest example of this family was the United States.

The tower was built to help defend and protect the greatest country in the world. We are not only the greatest country in the world, but in some ways we are the world. I have believed in this since my youth.

I grew up in Greenwich with very idealistic and patriotic parents. I learned to feel that Greenwich was a sort of a symbolic end result of what citizens and immigrants strive towards. Greenwich should lead in new ideas and ideals for helping/guiding our country.

When I state “We are the world” I’m not only pointing out what the United States did in saving the world in WWII and all efforts since then to help, I am pleading for less effort towards self and more towards the world.

We are in trouble now. I feel this lack of response to my efforts to bring the tower back shows this. I have a gut fear, but won’t accept, that many of the status minded care only for “glittering fluff.”

I know somewhere there must be care by all types for the country, its history and what it symbolizes. And I know there must be care for structures like the Greenwich Point Tower that are true American symbols of our country, ourselves and our struggles.

I stated at the end of my last letter that nobody believes in anything because I wanted to create reaction. But I have heard nothing back yet. We have to be more then just another spoiled New York City bedroom community.


Jim C. Reilly

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