Good day, Editor,
Previously this writer loosed his criticisms on the proposed monstrosity opposite the East Norwalk Railroad Station; or, the old Factory Store property where Pooch Hotel presently resides. Among the litany of ripostes were those from a respondent named, Rick. He seemed polite enough to be concerned as to whether he was insulting. Did not take umbrage with anything he offered. He made his case with some fine points. However . . .
. . . at this stage of the issue, concern is not with boat slips and emergency calls; against the overriding issue of loss of political power by the residents of East Norwalk. The proposal of the monstrosity in question near a whistle-stop railroad station is a bitter foretaste of what is to come. Mr. Alex Nosevich, just the other day in The Hour, leveled criticism at what he sees as, perhaps, encroaching urban decay, having lived as he once did in Bridgeport. The urban decay being the result, in part, of political corruption in collusion with opportunistic land developers.
East Norwalk already has a large block of rentals in the boondocks of the old Norden property. But the current proposal is in the community proper. And as long as this continuum proceeds unabated, it manifests the reality of the political situation: That no matter who East Norwalkers vote for — Democrats and Republicans — their position in the political process is anything but secure; underscoring John Adam’s warning:
“Power always follows property. Men in general, in every society, who are wholly destitute of property, are also too little acquainted with public affairs for a right judgment, and too dependent upon other men to have a will of their own. They talk and they vote as they are directed by some man of property, who has attached their minds to his interest. A balance of power on the side of equal liberty and public virtue is to make the acquisition of land easy to every member of society, to make a division of land into small quantities. . . . If the multitude is possessed of landed estates, the multitude will have the balance of power, and in that case the multitude will take care of liberty, virtue and interest of the multitude in all acts of government.”
Addendum: The last commentary by this writer saw criticism of a five story monolith as hardly being conducive to the small town atmosphere that is East Norwalk; rather, a two or three story building as a center for the requirements of East Norwalk, including even a bookstore. This proved at odds with another writer who stated that a bookstore would fail. I would draw the writer’s attention up the line, Route 7, to New Milford. In the old city center, the Bank Street Book Nook, in business for many years. Brings in authors of name for discussions and book signings. House of Books in Kent, since 1976. Or back track to Ridgefield, Books on the Common, since 1984. But continue up Route 7, even into Massachusetts, Angus Books in Sheffield. The Book Nook in Great Barrington. . . Of course, if you reside in a benighted community where the most banal of superficialities has imprisoned minds of the most untutored variety, then yes, a book store will not survive.