We need strong and purposeful idea men in leadership

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

While trying to campaign, a jungle of experiences turned it all upside down, yet made clear my purpose.

There was discovery and disappointment, highlighted by receiving new informatiion that the pre Civil War era building I’ve written about at 1 Glenville Street was destroyed without a permit. So far nothing has been done about it and I wonder how long this will be.

Then it was spiced and mixed with an overly sensitive irate couple objecting to an off-the-cuff comment that was a hard, yet honest, interpretation of the moment. Then, a pleasant surprise by meeting up with the grandson of the builder of the Greenwich Point Coastal Watch Tower, who is looking into the tower’s history to bring it back to life.

With this jungle of experiences, I see now that politicking can no longer be a popularity contest.

The developer should be jailed and the irate couple should get over it. While the grandson should be given assistance to get the tower back up.

You can’t tell people how it is, even if the “ship of state” is starting to sink. I told a GPC member defending the tower’s loss that it was a symbol of Greenwich’s volunteerism of yesteryears, and the self-centered mentality has got to change for the survival of our community and our country.

She said you can’t run for office and tell the people they’re self-centered. I replied the country’s communities are all so self-focused it’s disgusting and if communities are not willing to contribute and find new sources for revenue we are doomed.

We need strong leadership that will tell it like it is. We don’t need sensitive popular leaders for a failing society who act like they care for the delicate needs of the populus but are really nursemaids for the feel/touchy new era that ends with the loss of America.

We need vigorous, strong and purposeful leaders who are idealists. These leaders should be idea men with new, strong plans who state facts and ruffle feathers. We need idea captains keeping the ships of state afloat and true to course.


Jim C. Reilly

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