Events lead Reilly to wonder where the outrage is anymore

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Last week we watched the Oscars and dodged our 13th storm … for now. And I’m still thinking of the new view of Hollywood stars humanity thanks to Ellen DeGeneres’ hosting of the Oscars.

Yet I also stand with a soldier’s foreboding wondering how are we to survive. On PBS I recently watched an old musical production that included Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison of the Beatles and hordes of other musical rebels who musically championed causes in the Vietnam era and tried to make the world better. Where is humanity going, for the world did not get better.

In the 60’s and 70’s there was “personal hope” in mostly everything but now I see no hope. Where is humanity going in this high tech age? I started writing you, because of the shock of the Greenwich Point Coastal Watch Tower’s destruction, yet there still be no support for its restoration. I’ve even heard complaints for me to stop complaining about its loss.

Bob Dylan sings, I was so much older then. I’m younger then than now.

I did not feel the shock then. I do feel the shock now, with the celebrity media, the tower and so much more. Recently, I found myself stuck in conversation with a Greenwich businessman at a popular Old Greenwich watering hole and he told me that the 911 attack on the World Trade Center was no big deal.

I was floored and walked away, thinking of how my mother kept calling 9/11, another Pearl Harbor. Years later she said to me, “I don’t understand, the country mobilized after Pearl Harbor. I went from being a New York City model to the Army but after 9/11, what happened to us?”

Jimmy Kimmel said critics should be sterilized.

Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Eric Clapton sing a soldier stands with my life this rings in my ears, a soldier takes his stand.” And Jimmy Kimmel’s fascist sterilization joke passes with no outrage.

I know our “greatest generations” that defeated fascism wouldn’t know what to make of Kimmell’s comments, should the swastikas come back since our country’s going to the dogs.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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