Letter: Lack of care leaves Little Compton looking a bit shabby

Posted 10/14/20

To the editor:

In mid-September an old friend who hadn’t been in the Sakonnet area for over ten years, stopped by for a three-day weekend stay.  Both of us have always enjoyed long, …

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Letter: Lack of care leaves Little Compton looking a bit shabby

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To the editor:

In mid-September an old friend who hadn’t been in the Sakonnet area for over ten years, stopped by for a three-day weekend stay.  Both of us have always enjoyed long, well planned out hikes together, yet this time our hikes were more like long meandering tramps. Later on while kicking back with a libation and recovering from a long route by way of the Commons and onto and through the John C. Whitehead Preserve at Dundery Brook, he commented on how shabby the Town Hall looked, with its fading and peeling paint and shopworn boards in various states of disrepair.

He will admit that he sees all things built through the eyes of an architect, but also that he was seeing the Town Hall again, after ten-plus years, through fresh eyes. Unlike most of us he doesn’t walk or drive by the Commons once or twice a week or even once a month. After awhile our everyday environment becomes commonplace, looked at but not seen, taken for granted, accepted as is. Even my hyper-vigilant eyes, honed to look for things out of place, hadn’t noticed the long, slow ten-year decline of the Town Hall into shabbiness.

Tantamount to our Town Hall’s slow decline into visual shabbiness and structural degrade is the Town Council Republican majority’s long, slow 20 years of fading into inconspicuousness; all those years of functioning somewhat unseen, taken for granted, accepted as is and not held responsible for their poor stewardship of our common property. We are well beyond a fresh coat of paint. It is time to invest in our history, repair our Town Hall and restore its brightness and quiet beauty into a building we can be proud of again. 

It is not just a governmental change that is needed, but a change of attitude. Yes indeed, repair and restore but also vote to replace the Republican majority. 

Dennis August Almeida

Little Compton

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