Honor and respect must overcome partisanship

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Honor and respect are keys to the kind of successful operations we need to bail out our ships of state.

Those that run our town, state and country need their pockets filled with the right keys to proper relations. Unfortunately, those that run our ships of state have mostly empty, keyless pockets. Partisan attitudes rule and if you can’t decide what road to take, you’re lost.

Thanks to partisanship, I see the ability and common reasoning of those in charge coming into question.

An example is the accusation of fault about Reilly art and the artist by a retired town boss. It ignores the unwritten town of Greenwich rule that unfavorable town business never becomes public, putting competence into question. I find it lame that a false story is put out to the public.

I killed the true story about the neglect towards my art. I stopped an article to be printed in the Greenwich Time back in the late 90s because of my respect for the system with hope that the situation would be remedied. I had hoped that the neglect of this Reilly art, the Greenwich Point Totem Pole would be corrected. Because of my honor and respect for the officials, I expected it would be mutual and my sculpture would be saved. Yet it was not, but I did not make an issue out of it.

That lack of respect, along with not honoring the other’s point of view, feed the partisanship that now stifles the country and stops compromise that is needed to solve issues and get jobs done.

A great deal of what stops officials from coming together in compromise needed to solve issues and using the keys of respect and honor is close-mindedness.

I was especially shocked by a “partisan close-minded political world” attitude from a prominent Greenwich politician this  past Sept. 11. On this heartbreaking day, when all Americans should be as one, I talked to this man and he showed only contempt for the political opposition.

I stated to him that all should be as one, especially on this day.


Jim C. Reilly

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