Goodwill in Greenwich goes a long way

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

With the ever chilling and isolating high-tech age it is time to promote real hands-on physical arts, amongst ourselves and in our institutions.

Individuals, especially the young who spend hours on their high-tech instruments, lose the ability to physically connect and even sometimes interact. I see in this tech world a loss of goodwill, similar to having jumped back into community service after the army so many years ago, when very few showed good will towards veterans.

I was excited, finally, last week after over 40 years of service to my community — I felt there would be a new beginning, because of a positive meeting with First Selectman Peter Tesei. I left Town Hall with a new feeling, a feeling not felt since my Boy Scout days of service, before the army.

Tesei agreed with me, or I thought so, on trying to find balance between technology and nature. Goodwill seemed confirmed and I had the feeling that I was finally coming home to a town-sponsored humanitarian effort to keep the natural as much a priority as the tech.

I felt a sense of relief, after all those years, that started with my trying to help aimless young people, hippies and Vietnam era vets that spent all their time at Greenwich Point, with no help from the town.

Now, this time, I thought for sure that Tesei would come through. Yet, the bureaucratic wheels turn slow and there be little time, unless good will is used as a lubricant.

Tesei agreed and goodwill seemed confirmed, after a very positive campaign season — a campaign that took much effort on my part to tone down the outrage I felt after the loss of the coastal watch tower at Greenwich Point, yet I did so to keep goodwill.

Now, time is of the essence. I see a very small window of opportunity. Greenwich could make national ground-breaking history if last week’s meeting bears any fruit.


Jim C. Reilly

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