Comments in Walters’ letter prove that we need to change

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

It was personally disappointing to me to find out that the pre-Civil War-era building I’ve written about at 1 Glenville Street was destroyed by Fred Walters.

And then Fred goes after me, personally, in a letter to the editor? If he had contacted me after my first mentioning his building, for old times I would have lightened up. I thought he was long removed from this property and I still remember fondly, years ago, his showing me the building after he cleared his mother’s old apartment out. He then told me what I thought was a guarantee that he would do his best to save the building.

Then came Fred’s completely out of context “faults report” on my Greenwich Point totem pole in the Greenwich Post. I find the situation all too spicy, starting with years of avoiding longtime Point goers questions about what happened to the totem pole to the present campaigning to a partial mix of overly sensitive and self-focusing individuals like the irate couple objecting to an off-the-cuff hard comment. Then, to top it off, an old friend who I did not know was now a Glenville developer.

While deep in thought over irate young couples and false statements about my artful totem that cost me dearly for almost four decades, I wonder where we are all headed.

The lost Greenwich Point Coastal Watch Tower is a symbol of Greenwich’s volunteerism and it’s been replaced by a self-centered mentality that must change, or else we will fall deeper and deeper into a rapidly growing hole.

During World War II, people got involved in all kinds of drives and I feel this must happen now in the 21st Century. And it must be led by strong leadership that will tell it like it is.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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