Apathy over the tower looks like a sign of worse things to come

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

We are at the start of celebrating the birthday of the greatest country in history and it would be wonderful it there was also a new reason to celebrate.

This would be a celebration of affluent communities like Greenwich contributing to the country in its new time of danger. The Coastal Watch Tower is gone and the police will not have it for a command center for the Fourth of July fireworks for the first year since Greenwich Point has hosted it.

No more tower, no more police substation. It was not only still needed, but it was the only physical symbol of Greenwich’s contribution to the country. The police will be inconvenienced. But those that say “who cares?” will now say “Just say the police adjust.”

The wartime lookout was to my father a symbol of sacrifice. It represented the homefront while he was off fighting in North Africa and Europe. The tower was built for the good of the nation. The tower was built for the common good.

My father also saw it as a sign to agree to move to Greenwich with my mother, who loved the Greenwich beaches. He agreed, but had wanted to live in northern New Jersey.

He could live with Greenwich because the Coastal Watch Tower made him feel comfortable and showed Greenwich had rolled up its sleeves and pitched in. And now it’s gone and nobody seeming to care shows to me that nobody seems to care as to where this country is going.

With lurking terrorism, this new apathy becomes such a great danger. A more than wartime danger is down the road with the apathy and inner pursuits of the ever-growing tech culture. I fear the apathy towards the loss of the tower is a sign of much worse to come.

The tower was built as a contribution for the nation. I see it as for the good of the whole. Greenwich should be setting examples to the rest of the country. By doing this as a community project, that would not only help Greenwich but other communities.

 

 Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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