Greenwich Time was unfair in its debate coverage

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I have been involved in politics since my very civic minded parents received a raw deal in Greenwich in the mid 90s.

They were two greatest generation idealists and they taught me those ideals while contributing so much to home and country. But they were horribly treated by the Greenwich medical system.

I have spent a lifetime trying to live up to what my parents taught. Trying to contribute, I have made countless proposals to better our community’s situation. I have been politically motivated in this and received positive reactions in selectmen debates since 2003.

I have been in enough debates to know how great it is to get applause on some of your remarks. And I had great response, with some standing at the end, clapping approvingly. I heard many great comments after the LWV debate at Town Hall on the 16th. I had many offers to help bring back the Coastal Watch Tower at Greenwich Point, including an associate of the Democratic candidate, and many people gave positive thoughts on how good my mobile office idea would be keeping officials in the field.

These mobile offices would not only have the selectman’s assistant in touch with residents, giving strong aid, comfort  and reassurance, but also provide “positive moderating of town personnel” for safety, counseling and help toward building morale.

But the Greenwich Time’ story on the 17th was outrageous in considering the all-around contribution I made to the debate. The short part in the article on my contribution was misleading. I did pass on the question about the pension, but in my rebuttal made good points that the audience gave approval to.

This article makes my role in the debate out to be mostly a negative, when I gave so much more to the night.

“I have no idea,” should not have been the last bit on James C Reilly, an idea man. I would think that a rounded objective stories would not only be fair, but help to start changing many Greenwich residents’ conception of a daily paper that is not impartial or competent.


Jim C. Reilly

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