Attitude of today’s leaders makes them ‘Benedict Arnolds’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Connecticut is now the birthplace of human flight. Gustoff Whitehead flew two years before the Wright Brothers.

I yell, oh well, it’s just “changing history.” What’s next? The true story about and the reasons behind what Benedict Arnold did for our country?

Connecticut is ranked 46th for economic performance and 43rd for economic outlook. At great cost, physically, personally and monetarily I learned that we have old wealth with attitude. And zip for new growth, as I witnessed through my experience with Greenwich Point and the Greenwich Point Conservancy.

I’ve seen money being spent on what pleases the few. I tried to impart plans that would not only stimulate growth in capital, but elevate people’s comprehension. Yet, not only did I find it trashed but those of WWII era who are part of the plan are put down.

The original saying “You’re a Benedict Arnold” applies to the few people in charge.

The great Col. Samuel Colt had great ideals and must be turning in his grave. Colt produced for the “freedom of our nation” in 1800’s Connecticut. He could never imagine present day decline in ideals. He turned out implements that helped save the Union and had a desire to see Connecticut and the nation grow with equality for all.

His book Armsmear, told of more than dreams of wealth and patriotic devotion. He wanted to elevate the whole laboring class to a higher plane of intelligence, enjoyment and effort by making “homes healthy, happy and hopeful for these laboring souls.”

What would Colt say of those that put down the “memories of laboring souls from WWII that saved much of Greenwich Point.” He’d call them Benedict Arnolds.

Those leading today on all sides care for their own and what they believe with no room to respect and defend the other side’s rights to differ. I see no hope without reasonable compromise.

Unless all stop and take inventory on our state and country’s decline and unless truth of principles unite dedicated individuals in community based efforts to find many new grassroots revenue sources, these ranks will sink to 49th plus.


Jim C. Reilly

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