New Year’s wishes coming true could make 2014 into a great year

Greenwich-Voices-DadakisTime really does fly. Already 2013 is behind us and our 2014 journey has begun. While it’s fashionable to offer New Year’s resolutions or predictions at this time, I will bore you with neither.

Instead I offer New Year’s wishes — things I wish would happen in 2014, but probably won’t.

My first wish is that town leaders admit MISA’s underwater orchestra pit is a dangerous failure and stop it.

All reports indicate the cofferdam, which is designed to keep PCB laden water out, isn’t working correctly. Speak with some of those leaders privately and you’ll realize continuing with the orchestra pit could cost taxpayers a lot more than budgeted and still not be reliable.

Potentially a future breach could contaminate the entire auditorium. Imagine the damage that would cause. Is such a complicated and dangerous engineering design necessary for a high school auditorium? Which town leader will have the courage to say stop? Anyone?

On the federal level, Nancy Pelosi insisted you must pass Obamacare to know what’s in the law. Our congressman was smarter than that. Jim Himes assured us he’d read the entire bill so he knew exactly what he voted for. So I wish Himes would explain now why he didn’t fight against the most onerous provisions of the bill.

Why didn’t he call out President Obama for lying that you could keep your health care plan when he knew it wasn’t true? He should also explain why so many Greenwich citizens are paying enormous Obamacare surtaxes that were meant to apply only to the rich. People in Omaha making the same amount may be rich, but not in our area. Himes refused to argue for us while Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler, facing similar issues with his Manhattan constituency, at least brought it up.

I wish Sen. Dick Blumenthal wouldn’t fret so much about someone’s late Christmas present and instead address the train wreck called Obamacare. We haven’t heard a whimper from Blumenthal about investigating the Obamacare debacle, but if your Christmas present is a day late, Blumenthal is on the job with an investigation and government intervention.

I wish Greenwich would learn how to collect leaves in a timely and efficient manner. After all, we’ve had a leaf collection program for decades. While collection has deteriorated in recent years, it was an unmitigated disaster this year.

Leaves were left piled on roadways for weeks, blowing everywhere and impeding some traffic. Many leaves weren’t collected before the snow flew, so when the town finally got to it, the job was poorly done. Last week, when the thermometer dropped to 4 degrees, I saw town workers still picking up leaves. Something’s wrong.

How many tax dollars are spent on this poorly executed program and why is government doing it in the first place? While I’m one who “benefits” from this “service” it’s really more of a hassle than a help.

I wish in 2014 Greenwich Time columnist Bob Horton would get his facts correct. Horton has intense opinions which he’s entitled to. However he’s not entitled to his own version of facts. How about a little research, Bob? Perhaps the Greenwich Time’s editors will finally fact check him the way they fact check letters to the editor.

I wish in 2014 RTM member Chris von Keyserling stops using the RTM pulpit to bully moderator Tom Byrne. It’s wrong when von Keyserling goes off on Byrne and my fellow RTM delegates frequently express their displeasure. I admire Byrne’s patience trying to quell the bullying while balancing von Keyserling’s right to express himself.

Finally, in 2014 I wish that I don’t go to a single funeral, especially yours or mine.

Have a Happy and Healthy 2014.

 

Ed Dadakis is former chairman of the Republican Town Committee and has spent more than 30 years serving on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). He may be reached at [email protected]

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